The following story is a question and answer session done with Shamar Slappy, age 23, of LaGrange, Georgia, and insurance broker/financial consultant.
THE MURPHY GAZETTE: What is your job?
SHAMAR SLAPPY: I am an Insurance Broker -Financial Consultant. I provide all types of Life & Health Insurance, Mortgage Protection, and I also set up diverse Retirement Accounts. I offer consultations as well where my clients and I go over their current financial situation and discuss their future goals. By the end of the consultation’s clients have sound financial strategies to help accomplish their goals.
THE MURPHY GAZETTE: Did you choose your career or your career choose you?
SHAMAR SLAPPY: I definitely think my career chose me. I majored in Business Administration with a focus in Sports Management, so insurance was the farthest thing from my mind. But once I started to receive job offers, none of them resonated with me, it was as if something was missing. I knew I wanted to make a difference and help people, and I just didn’t see an opportunity to do so with the offers I had on the table. It actually wasn’t until my now mentor/business partner asked me to interview at his agency that Insurance was even an idea.
THE MURPHY GAZETTE: What is the best part of your job?
SHAMAR SLAPPY: The ability to help people when they’re in need. The importance of insurance usually isn’t realized until it’s too late, so to be able to give a family piece of mind before that time comes is the most rewarding part of my job.
THE MURPHY GAZETTE: The COVID19 has impacted us all – not just with our health, and of course, the loss of lives, but economically – how has it impacted you?
SHAMAR SLAPPY: A high percentage of my job deals with face -to- face interactions, so once that was no longer a possibility it definitely took some adjusting. I’m very personable and that helps when it comes to building lasting relationships with clients, so trying to have that same effect over the phone was a learning curve. Although working from home hasn’t been terrible, I’m more than ready to get back in the field.
THE MURPHY GAZETTE: What are some of the changes you have made in your daily life and routines as a result of the virus?
SHAMAR SLAPPY: My daily routine pre-virus was pretty structured. I’d wake up around 6 to get an early morning workout, head into the office at 9 and be on the road seeing clients by 11. So, with the virus destroying my routine I’ve had to find different ways to fill the free time. I’ve always loved reading, so I’ve added a “reading hour” to my daily routine and I’ve started to go walking around my neighborhood for fresh air and some socially distant human interaction (lol)
THE MURPHY GAZETTE: What good has happened to you – spiritually, emotionally, physically – during all of this?
SHAMAR SLAPPY: COVID-19 hasn’t been all bad. It certainly has opened my eyes to the little things I’ve taken for granted for so long. It’s made me appreciate life more and all of its beauty. Career wise the free time has allowed me and my business partner to step back and start a rebranding process. We’ve been able to reach out to current clients and future clients alike and get an idea of what they would like to see from Links Financial Group in the future. We’ll be releasing our new website design shortly so be on the lookout for that.
THE MURPHY GAZETTE: What changes will you make in your career from this point on until the virus is gone and after it’s gone?
SHAMAR SLAPPY: As far as changes go, adaptation is key. I’m going to do whatever I have to to make my clients feel comfortable with me coming into their homes and being around their loved ones. So, if that means wearing a mask, wearing gloves, and carrying hand sanitizer at all times then that’s what I’ll do.
THE MURPHY GAZETTE: How would you encourage others through this time?
SHAMAR SLAPPY: I live my life by faith. If I could offer words of encouragement I would say “Keep the Faith.” Keep the faith that this will not last forever. Keep the faith that the loved one you’re so concerned about is doing everything to stay away from the virus and it’s not going to harm them. Keep the faith that there are better days on the horizon. Keep the faith that although life may have a new normal the new normal will be better.
For more information about Shemar and his business, Links Financial Group, call him at 478-230-6794, or find their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LinksFinancialGroup or through his personal email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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