PILKEY-HOPPING & EKBERG, INC.
They say relationships are key in insurance, but for Reid Ekberg, that doesn’t end with his client relationships. “I saw firsthand from my father the flexibility and quality of life a career in the insurance industry could offer,” Ekberg says. “He was there to coach all my little league teams, and I want to be there for my kids.”
After working as a claims examiner and an English teacher, Ekberg joined the company in 2008, and was appointed president last year. Since he took on the role, the company has grown by 11%, and has maintained an average yearly growth of 5% for the past eight years. Ekberg was also named the Young Agent of the Year by Independent Insurance Agents Brokers of Washington State in 2014, and now serves as chair for the organization’s Young Agents Committee.
He cautions his fellow young professionals that although technology leads to innovation, they should not let that replace foundational communication and sales skills.
Best advice for other young professionals:
“Use your youth and passion to your advantage. Your clients, peers and mentors want to speak with young professionals who possess excitement and enthusiasm. Don’t hold back when it comes to sharing your goals and hunger for success – leverage it.”
Pilkey-Hopping & Ekberg, Inc
2102 N Pearl Street Tacoma, WA 98406