Agency Freedom

Agency Freedom

Agency Freedom Podcast exists to help insurance agency owners and sales professionals make the jump from the captive world to the independent side of the industry. We then equip you in every topic imaginable to help you dominate your market once you’re FREE. We deliver authentic, actionable and audacious content and hard-hitting interviews from the best former captives in the country. Make your Freedom Jump with Agency Freedom Podcast.

Episodes

August 12, 2022 59 min

In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with Andrew Correll, Director of Insurance Solutions with Security Scorecard.


Episode Highlights:

  • Andrew mentions that he began his career in the insurance market 10 years ago, mostly handling cyber insurance underwriting for technology and life sciences companies. (5:14)
  • Andrew believes that it's up to all of us to learn the ins and outs of what we do, instead of just trying...
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    In this episode of the Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with Jason Johnson and Katherine Jones from Coterie Insurance.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Katherine discusses her role as Director of Communications for Coterie. (4:49)
  • Katherine and Jason explain that Coterie is a managing general agency and that they do not want to be a direct to consumer company. (7:56)
  • Jason explains his role as the Director of Agency Experience as well as his p...
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    In this solo episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks about the possible benefits of being a producer instead of an agency principal.


    For many people, the producer career track may yield greater happiness, satisfaction, and personal wealth than the agency principal track.


    Episode Highlights:

  • James explains that for some, depending on one's goal, and how they are wired to be in the industry, being a producer is better than an...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with Erik Garcia, Certified Financial Planner and Investment Advisor with New Century Financial Group and the Founder of Plan Wisely Wealth Advisors. He is co-owner of Garcia Insurance Services in New Orleans. And, he is the co-host of the podcast Stuff About Money They Didn’t Teach You In School.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Erik discusses what made him decide to enter the insurance indu...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with Troy Smith, Retired Detective and Hostage Negotiator with the San Antonio Police Department. Troy is now with the Black Swan Group.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Troy shares his background story and how he ended up joining the San Antonio Police Department as an officer and later as a hostage negotiator. (5:19)
  • Troy discusses what led him to the Black Swan Group where hostage negotiat...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James shares the second part of a special on-location recording with members of the Killing Commercial mastermind.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Alan Kinney shares that before entering the insurance industry, he attended engineering school and worked for IBM for seven years doing process management work. (4:53)
  • Alan Kinney mentions that he has a strong process background, and Drew has a strong data ba...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James shares a special on-location episode with members of the Killing Commercial mastermind.


    Episode Highlights:

  • David Carothers explains that the major purpose of Killing Commercial Mastermind is to create a community of individuals who can rely on each other, learn from each other's experiences, and help each other improve. (4:52)
  • James Jenkins recommends Killing Commercial to anyone ...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with "Broker Brett" Fulmer, Ambassador for Finaeo, Evangelist for Smart Choice and startup consultant.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Brett shares his background story and how he got started in the industry. (7:45)
  • Brett talks about his team of six agents that he has recruited for SmartChoice. (12:26)
  • Brett explains that he has been a P&C guy but he is enjoying learning about li...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with Michael Zalle, founder and CEO of Yellowbird, an environmental health and safety consulting company.


      Episode Highlights:

  • Michael tells James about the growth of Yellowbird since its inception three years ago. (4:37)
  • Michael shares his background story, and what Yellowbird does in the industry. (11:48) 
  • Michael explains that he started Yellowbird because the concept of skil...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, host James talks with Pat Mulroy, Head of Distribution for Tarmika.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Pat shares his career path in the insurance ecosystem. (4:51)
  • Pat talks about what Tarmika is doing on the embedded side and that led to his position there. (6:25) 
  • Pat explains that Tarmika sees embedded insurance as something they can offer to both consumers and agencies as an additional distribution me...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with the one and only Dr. Billy Willams, CEO of Inspire A Nation, an equity partner in over 100 retail insurance agencies, and an investor in many other businesses.

     

    Episode Highlights:

  • Dr. Billy Williams talks about his background and what led him to start Inspire A Nation. (5:23)
  • Dr. Billy Williams shares that he does not worry about a person's mindset, but what is importan...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with Corina Ludwig, CEO of Function Fox, a task and project management software platform.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Corina discusses her background, as well as her life vision and values. (4:58)
  • Corina explains when they discovered that the technology they had created for themselves may benefit others in the creative industry. (6:21)
  • Corina mentions that their group prefers to focus on...
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    May 27, 2022 85 min

    In this super-packed episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with five outstanding female agency principals from across the country. They cover a wide variety of topics and provide valuable insight and perspective on the state of the industry and how we can better foster growth in our teams and agencies.


    A special thanks to Vonda Copeland, Ciara Gravier, Whitney Ricci, Teresa Kitchens, and Ngozi Nnaji for joining us on this e...

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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with Cory Schnabel, Agency Principal at KC Insurance Group in Kansas City, MO.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Cory talks about how he got started in the insurance industry. (5:27)
  • Cory shares that he bought his first Allstate agency in 2010. (6:42)
  • Cory how he started KC Insurance Group and what helped him to get contracts with several carriers. (12:51)
  • Cory shares that his referral partner...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James welcomes co-host, Ciara Gravier, to the show. Ciara is the co-owner of The Bunker in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


    Episode Highlights:

  • James introduces the topic for this episode, Excess and Surplus insurance, and his episode co-host, Ciara Gravier. (0:11) 
  • Ciara talks about the importance of efficiency in her two person agency. (6:38)
  • Ciara shares that one of the things she did that helped ...
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    In this solo episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks about key points from the first year of the podcast, what the future looks like, and addresses some lessons learned about social media and digital communication.


    Episode Highlights:

  • James shares how he was invited by Jason Cass to join the AI Podcast Network and start his podcast. (3:49)
  • James talks about how he has improved as a podcast host over the year. (6:27)
  • James expl...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with two insurance podcasting legends, Zack Gould and Matt Naimoli.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Matt and Zack talk about their experiences and how they founded G&N Insurance. (8:54)
  • Matt and Zack talk about what made them realize the value they could contribute to a channel they assumed was much smaller than it really was. (13:13)
  • Zack shares that the BobbleOn experience was motivate...
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    In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James talks with Peter MacDonald, Co-Founder, and CEO of Wunderite.


    Episode Highlights:

  • Peter shares his background story and what led him to the insurance industry. (5:31)
  • Peter shares that he met Wunderwrite’s Co-Founder, Joe Schnare, on his first day of business school. (11:11)
  • Peter explains that one of the challenges the industry is facing is not having enough technology to capture unde...
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    In this special on-location episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James shares a series of brief conversations with attendees at the Better Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on April 8-9.

    This is part 2 of a two-part episode. Make sure to catch the first half that was dropped a couple of days ago on our episode feed.

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    In this special on-location episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James shares a series of brief conversations with attendees at the Better Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on April 8-9.

    This is part 1 of a two-part episode. Make sure to catch the second half that will be dropping a couple of days after this episode.

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