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Account executive lead
Alliant Insurance Services Inc.
Christopher Mowery intended to pursue a career in financial planning after graduating from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 2006 and moving to Chicago. But he began temping for a small agency and found insurance to be a challenging field with a different problem to solve every day. That stoked his interest and keeps him engaged in his position as account executive leader for Alliant Insurance Services Inc.
What is the No. 1 concern in your specialty?
The market is very volatile. There were so many quarters of auto prices increasing, and then it went to property and now the umbrella markets. It seems like there is not as much stability from the carrier side for appetite or pricing, and that is causing a lot of consternation among insurance folks.
How do you see your job changing over the next 10 years?
One of the challenges is going to be finding qualified people. If you look at the financial sector and what happens during recessions, insurance jobs are pretty insulated when the economy downturns. While we may make less money because of insurance premiums going down, we still have a business necessity to perform for our clients. It’s a protected field, and I’m surprised there aren’t more people looking for those industries.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Stick with it. It’s overwhelming at first, and there’s a lot of nuance and technical areas … but long term it can be a very beneficial career.
What is your favorite app or gadget?
I look at Flipboard a lot, which has different news sources. Instead of getting one viewpoint on the world, (you) get a few different ones. Weather because Chicago’s crazy. It was snowing a week ago and now it’s 50 (degrees).
What is your favorite meal?
In the insurance industry’s battle for talent, there are plenty of incumbents to fight over.