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Jared Bradshaw, who has been an entrepreneur since he was a child, opened two gyms starting when he was 18, and won a Golden Gloves boxing title for California in 2010 before realizing he loved business, and became an insurance agent. He opened MaxPro with a partner in 2017.
What is the biggest challenge of working through the pandemic?
We figured out that 99.9% of our business would be essential workforce, so we’re constantly trying to help with risk management and HR and every aspect that our clients need help with. I wouldn’t say there was any one thing that was most difficult. It was just a matter of planning and gathering the resources that we needed in order to service our clients.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
We see a lot of people in the industry work for larger firms, and they get kind of stuck in those positions. If you can, take some time to learn about the industry and do your research. Find out what you’re good at and see what’s fun.
How will your work change going forward?
We’re going to be doing, obviously, fewer in-person meetings and a lot more conference calls. We actually typically like in-person meetings, and really getting to know our clients, so this will be a little bit of a change for us.
What should the industry do to attract more young people to work in it?
The industry needs to focus on almost pushing for insurance to be taught in high school, probably, to attract younger talent. A lot of us didn’t think about insurance growing up, thinking that could be a great business.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I’m always working out or doing something active. People always realize that when they come to our office and see a soccer ball or some weights on the ground.Click here to Watch Video