Brooklyn, October 20, 1995.
I walked out of the offices of the insurance company I dedicated 13 years of my life to, into an unknown, unplanned, unintended future.
Medical insurance: none.
No rate books.
Lacking a company structure and culture.
Truly my own boss.
Thankfully, fully licensed.
Used a part-time position at H and R Block to learn the income tax preparation business from the world leaders.
While preparing taxes, I gave each tax prep client who came to my desk my calendar, card, and a list of my insurance services.
Prospecting. And the plan worked.
Many of those wonderful folk are still clients to this day.
Many of those years weren’t filled with Harvard Business Review successes, but we never missed a meal and always wore clean clothes. Went to more movies than I can remember. Even attended NY Liberty games, and the theatre at least twice each year.
Sadly, Ashley and I survived the loss of her mother in 2002, and later, three of her grandparents.
But along the way, we found Prep For Prep, which led to Poly Prep, which led to Yale, (Lord to I miss going to Yorkside Pizza and enjoying their Chicken Tenders!). Now Ashley enjoys a stage and TV screen career whose trajectory is ever skyward.
I am blessed with agency agreements with Travelers, Kingstone, and Progressive insurance companies, as well as Guardian, and Globe Life, just to name a few.
Empire Safety Council named me a Delivery Agent and Instructor in April of 2000. Can’t wait to write my tell-all about some of those wild classes. Especially the time a married couple made out in the bathroom during class!
And through it all, I still wake up each and every day and feel blessed to say, “Thank you Lord for another day to serve the public with the greatest products in the world. Even when they think they won’t be burglarized, suffer a disability, have a house fire, or die.”
And guess what? In my mind, I’m just getting started, really ready to rock and roll as I share decades of accumulated knowledge and experiences with anyone willing to learn.
Many thanks to my many wonderful clients, the companies which believed in me, and in my mission, and most of all to my world-class, true-gift-from-God-even-though-she-sometimes-drives-me-beserk-daughter, Ashley.
Without you kiddo, I don’t think I would have made it this far.
Here’s to at least 50 more. So what if I’m just a little bit greedy. I think I deserve it.
Love to all, and again, thank you.
Eustace L Greaves Jr.
Eustace L. Greaves, Jr. LUTCF has enjoyed a career in insurance, income tax preparation, investments, and defensive driving instruction spanning nearly 39 years. You can reach him at his office number, 718-783-2722, his cell at 917-783-7209, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit his website, https://greavesinsurance.com where you can subscribe to his monthly newsletter, “Health, Safety, and Good News You Can Use.”
If you are ever in New Haven, Connecticut, take some time to order a great meal (like their Chicken Tenders) from Yorkside Pizza Restaurant. They are located at 288 York Street, New Haven, CT, 06511. Their telephone number is 203-787-7471, and their website address is www.yorksidepizza.com. Enjoy!,