COVER STORY: YOUNG GUNS KELLY BELISLE Insurance broker HANCOCK INSURANCE BROKERS Age: 28 Years in insurance: 2
In the short time Kelly Belisle has been with Hancock Insurance Brokers, he has made a tremendous impact. “Kelly is an exceptional young man. He goes above and beyond what is asked and expected of him,” says Hancock’s Sarah Crocker. “He’s only been with us since September 2015, but the customer feedback I receive, as well as his producer totals since being here, have done nothing but go up.” A team player in all aspects of his life, Belisle has played for the Tri-Cities Baseball League for the last five years.
REGINALD TURNBULL Insurance broker TURNBULL-WHITAKER INSURANCE Age: 24 Years in insurance: 3
Introduced to the industry by his father, Reginald Turnbull switched his career from broadcasting to insurance after the amount of human contact changed his perspective on the industry. “What I love most about my job,” he says, “is when I reach that apex in a client-broker relationship where they no longer see me as their insurance broker in it for commission, but as Reg Turnbull, the guy taking care of us.” One industry peer says, “His innovation is his ability to do what others his age don’t – be old-school.” Turnbull recently completed his CAIB in a year’s time and keeps involved with industry and community organizations. He is a member of the Young Brokers Committee of IBAM, is involved with the arts student body council for the University of Manitoba and sits on the board of the Granite Curling Club.
ASHLEY MISURKA Assistant branch manager and senior adjuster CLAIMSPRO Age: 31 Years in insurance: 8
A former dental hygienist, Ashley Misurka started her insurance career working part-time at an independent adjusting company before switching fully to insurance. Currently, she co-manages ClaimsPro’s Special Risk Division office in Toronto. “I enjoy meeting people every day,” she says when asked what she loves most about her job. “I find it rewarding to help people during a difficult time in their life and help them recover from a stressful situation.” Misurka is a member of TIWA, OIAA, CIAA and the Insurance Institute of Canada, and is an active volunteer and blood donor.
FAZAL ASHRAF Leader, risk management & insurance CITY OF CALGARY Age: 30 Years in insurance: 13
Initially set on becoming a lawyer, Fazal Ashraf was pulled into the insurance industry after picking up a CIP book. After graduating from Mount Royal University, he pursued a career in risk management. Since 2007, Ashraf has worked in that capacity for the City of Calgary. “I love the variety and complexity of risks that I manage on a daily basis,” he says. “With a municipal corporation like the City of Calgary, it’s always a mix of potential risks, and each is evaluated on its own merits. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, something new comes up.” Ashraf is also the communications chair for this year’s RIMS Canada Conference. In addition, he is a past board member on the Southern Alberta Risk & Insurance Management Society, is an active volunteer at industry events and regularly gives presentations to entrepreneurs on risk management and insurance.
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