At Ross & Yerger, we believe our employees are a vital part of our company’s continued success and advancement. Get to know one of our Producers/Shareholders in this month’s Employee Spotlight.
I started at Ross & Yerger January of 2014 as a producer in the Future Partner Group. I did not come from an insurance background so had to learn quickly. Fortunately, we have great teachers. I have a tendency to ask a lot of questions, so I feel a need to recognize the patience of my co-workers. Nobody enjoys an insurance claim, but it is a proud moment to see your clients taken care of when they happen. I can’t say a claim is my favorite thing, but knowing your clients’ assets have been protected when bad things happen is very rewarding.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Jackson, MS, just around the corner from our new office. I went to St. Richards Elementary and St. Joe Junior High. In my elementary days, I took lessons to learn several instruments but none of them stuck…violin, piano, drums, guitar….In fact, my piano teacher told my mom that she could not take her money anymore. She felt bad that I had not improved at all and basically fired me as a student. That said, at least I developed an appreciation for music. In 9th grade, I moved to Jackson Prep for high school. My senior year, I led the Jackson Prep Patriots to a state football championship…from the sidelines as a male cheerleader.
What are three words that describe you best? Entertaining, Genuine, Determined.
What motto do you live by? Live each day to the fullest.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I like golf, tennis, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, snow skiing and being on the water. I enjoy cooking, especially if it involves a grill or smoker. I like a good story and learning about random topics. I believe everything is better with music, and can be found listening to various genres most all the time. Also, I try to make sure my 8 year old little girl is well-rounded, so I attempt to immerse her in many of the activities I enjoy.
What is your favorite TV show/movie? I like watching sports. Currently, I’m enjoying lots of winter Olympics. It’s tough to pick a favorite movie, but I’ll go with Office Space – it picks up on so many different comical topics of working with others.
What is your favorite sports team? College – Ole Miss. I also like LSU as both my parents went there. NFL – New Orleans Saints. NBA – Memphis Grizzlies. MLB – Atlanta Braves. NHL – Nashville Predators (I’ve only watched a couple games but like that they throw catfish on the ice). OLYMPICS – USA
What is your favorite food? Sushi
What or who is your favorite band/singer/song? Band - Phish. Song – Ripple by the Grateful Dead. The 23rd Psalm was part of the inspiration for this song. My favorite lyric is “reach out your hand if your cup be empty, If your cup is full may it be again”. I like the positivity and generosity of that thought.
What is one of your biggest pet peeves? Inefficiency
What has been your best memory while working at R&Y? I can’t name a specific one, but the time we spend around the lunch table in Tupelo is special. I have heard many tall tales and hilarious stories, and laughed until I cried!
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know about you. I’m a pretty open book, but I will admit that I thought about getting into falconry once. I researched it heavily and ultimately decided I should not pursue it. One source stated that you would lose your job, family, belongings etc. if you became a falconer – those didn’t sound like good outcomes.
What is your proudest accomplishment? Personally – My daughter is my proudest accomplishment. My wife and I made the decision to only have one child and we are committed to developing her into a good person who will make a positive impact on the world. Professionally – I’m very proud of the work I have done at Ross & Yerger and proud to be a shareholder in the agency. I know it could not have been done without the team surrounding and supporting me. I am optimistic about the future and hope to continue sharing in success with Ross & Yerger.
Thanks for being such a great part of the R&Y family, Michael!