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Raised by immigrant parents, Felipe Garcia said he was driven early to pursue his education. A strict father who instilled a passion to “do what is expected and more” also helped fuel the drive that led to an “accidental” career in insurance. Mr. Garcia, who specializes in creating cyber liability insurance programs for public entities, said he is driven by challenges.
What’s your top tip for working remotely?
Treat it like you would any day, working in the office. For me, it’s getting up, taking a shower and getting dressed — not being in pajamas all day. Having a schedule like you would in the office.
How will your work change going forward?
We have yet to see the impact of the pandemic in the insurance market. One thing that is changing is having conversations that you don’t have an answer for, and that is new in my line of work.
What should the industry do to attract more young people to work in it?
Have young folks attract young folks. Have younger brokers and younger professionals reaching out to universities.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I am a singer and music is my passion. I used to be the lead singer of a boy band called XY Unlimited and performed in music venues on Sunset Boulevard in California. I still like to jam here and there with some karaoke sessions now, or sing my daughter to sleep, reliving the good old days.
What’s one habit or hobby you adopted during the pandemic?
I got a pandemic dog, a golden retriever. I became a dog person.
All-time favorite movie?
The original “Jurassic Park.”
What is your favorite meal?
Anything Mexican because of my heritage, but Italian and Cuban are up there, which is why I married someone who is both Cuban and Italian.