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My Father and the Insurance Business

May 13, 2009
Chris Garlasco, Owner & Managing Partner - Founders Insurance Group

Chris Garlasco, Owner & Managing Partner - Founders Insurance Group

Last week, many people lost a good friend, I lost my father. His name was Richard and he, like me, was part of the insurance world. He spent over thirty years working for Travelers Insurance Company. As many in his generation, he only played for one team, from the very beginning to the end; it was always the “Red Umbrella.”

Unlike me, he didn’t know any more about the inner workings of an insurance policy than any other average person. You see, he worked all of those years on the loading dock and in the supply rooms. He had not been formally educated and his desire to see that my sisters and I were the first in his family tree to hold a college degree was his dream. The company took care of him and he took care of the company. He also spent many, many years working a second job in the evenings just to make sure that there was money in the bank and food on the table.

The moral to the story is this: Our insurance companies are made up of families just like yours, hard working people at all levels doing their best each day for their company and their families. Like all businesses, mistakes and poor decisions are sometimes made, but those are generally the exception and not the norm. In this decade, insurance companies have become a favorite media and legislative target and the fact is that sometimes it is deserved. But remember, behind those company logos there are several hundred thousand people working in health, life and property and casualty insurance. There are far more people like my father than there are villains.

Thank you for spending your valuable time with me today,

Chris Garlasco

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  1. May 13, 2009 2:11 pm

    Our condolences on the loss of a dad and a friend. With all the AIG headlines and other bad press, the general public sometimes forgets that the backbone of the insurance industry is made up of the kinds of small businesses that this country can’t afford to lose.

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