How I got into the Surety Industry – Part 1

How I got into the Surety Industry

In 1981 I was 19 years old and working at a day care full time and in the fast food industry part time.  I came home from work one day and my Mom had circled an ad in the Classifieds. (remember the old days when we read newspapers?) Well, she told me it was time for me to get a “real” job.  I thought I had two real jobs already, but I called the office and made an appointment for an interview and had no idea what I was in for.

The job interview that got me into surety industry

I got to the interview with time to spare and spoke with a very nice woman who told me the Manager would be in shortly.  As I sat in the front office truly not knowing what to expect, this woman came through the door like a whirlwind, yelling and cursing about something that had just happened.  I sat there not knowing what to do. Until the nice woman from earlier came out and said “Ok, Marcia will see you now”.  Wait a minute… you mean that woman that just flew in here like the tazmanian devil is who I have to talk to?  To say I was scared is a huge understatement.

The next 30 minutes were a blur.  I remember taking a typing test and being told I could not type worth a darn.  I don’t remember much else about that interview except that woman was someone I wanted to work for.  She scared me, but I knew I’d learn so much but figured there was no way she’d hire someone who’s biggest accomplishment at 19 was the record I held for wrapping the most chili cheese dogs in 60 seconds at Der Weinerschnitzel…yep, that was me!

I got the job, even though the other gals in the office told her she was crazy for hiring me.  I worked for Marcia on the surety side for many years until she opened up her own agency.  She was a great mentor and I still look to her for guidance with my own agency.  Also, she has taught me so much over the years and I still talk to her to this day.  She is truly someone I respect and appreciate for giving me that chance so many years ago.

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