I started my career in insurance after receiving my undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition from Centenary College of Louisiana, and my graduate degree in Management and Marketing from Texas A&M University. So, I am certain that you can see the connection! I was like many college graduates who started in the business – it was the only industry willing to pay liberal arts majors an outrageous salary for a non-desk position.
I received my “formal” training in claims with the nations’ largest auto insurer. There I met wonderful people and learned tons along the way. One of the main lessons I learned was that I wasn’t really sure if claims were right for me! Not convinced that insurance was my passion, I left the company in 2000 where I embarked on a series of “part-time” and “self-employment” endeavors. I did small engagements at other insurance carriers and eventually started working for my father’s friend who happened to sell insurance. It was great. I had the potential to make lots of money, learn interesting things about interesting people, but most of all, I was able to help individuals realize their dreams as well as give them some piece of mind!
After working for my father’s friend for several months, I decided to go out on my own. In early 2006, I started HM Risk Group, with a dream, $500.00 and not one single client! There is no secret to my success. I was blessed and fortune to meet people who were willing to help my business expand and grow.
I absolutely love music. As a classically trained violinist and vocalist, I hope the spirit in which this blog was created is not only helpful, but entertaining as well. I was fortunate to study with one of the best musicians in the world, Sho-Mei Pelletier of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As a longtime resident of Dallas, Texas, I was very active with the Dallas Symphony’s Young Strings Program, Dallas Opera Distinguished Audiences, and Dallas Chamber Orchestra Board of Directors.
I am very active in Professional Liability Underwriting Society, U.S. Reinsurance Under 40s Group, Inc. (Texas Chair), Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), South Texas Society for Healthcare Risk Management (Board of Directors), City of Austin Green Business Leaders, Texas Wall Street Women (San Antonio Volunteer Chair), Conference of Minority Transportation Officials – Austin Chapter (2nd Vice President), Austin Independent Business Alliance (leadership circle), Central Health Equity Policy – Executive Committee, Board Member of sharing business, Camagora, and I previously served as a voting member of the City of Austin — Bicycle Advisory Council.
In 2013, I was honored to be a Gubernatorial appointee to the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (board liaison to grantees) and in 2014 I was appointed by Texas Insurance Commissioner, Rathgeber to the Independen
In my spare time, I am busily running my other venture, Hill Country Bike and Wine, globetrotting, and performing in and around Austin.