Commercial insurance producer
SECURITY SERVICE INSURANCE
Years in the industry: 25
Michael Mares always wanted to be in sales and have the opportunity help entrepreneurs with their businesses. That desire led him into commercial insurance, where he’s worked for the past 25 years. During that time, Mares has been involved in several industry groups dedicated to increasing racial equality and inclusion in insurance. He has served as a board member for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as chair of the Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation, and he’s also a member of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado.
“Barriers to the industry really center on education,” Mares says. “Fewer minorities are going to college and learning about the tremendous opportunities the insurance industry offers. To overcome this hurdle, we need to get more minorities into college, and companies should focus recruiting efforts on minority students.”
Reflecting on his career, Mares says the industry has come a long way regarding diversity, but he believes it still has a long way to go. “I feel the insurance industry is still one of the least diverse industries in the country,” he says. “I would like to see more minorities in sales and marketing positions and management roles with all of the companies I represent. It all starts with education and recruiting qualified minority individuals and sharing the knowledge with these individuals. Insurance offers great opportunities that are going to be around forever.”