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since 1989 Guest Columnist:
Connie Sullivan email@example.com
Sometimes is is hard to believe that I have been in
aviation insurance for 36 years. I just got out of the Air
Force when the opportunity came along for me to get my start
in this business. I was going to school at the time at
Southern Illinois University in the Aviation Technology
Division. I was a Vietnam verteran, as was one of my
instructors there. Most of the students attending were just
out of high school, so I had more in common with the
instructor than I did with my felow students.
approached one day by an instructor impressed with my
abilities in his subject. He asked if I would be interested
in an aviation insurance underwriting job. I jumped on my
motorcycle and headed over formy job interview, not
realizing that a beard, bell-bottom jeans and t-shirt
probably wasn't the way to go. I was told it might be a good
idea to shave, and put on a propershirt and tie, and come
back for a second interview if I was interested in gettng a
job there. I said "Sure man, it's only hair."
came back for a second interview with a proper shirt and
tie, clean shaven, and driving my 1965 Corvette Sting Ray.
Impressing them with my knowledge of aircraft, they asked me
to come back for a third interview.
Well, the third
interview went fine and I was offered the job making $500 a
month before taxes. This was definitely a cut in pay from
the G.I. Bill and unemployment income I was getting, but
that, of course, would not be forever and this would get me
out from under aircraft and behind a desk.
was in October of 1973. By 1976 I was making $17,000 a year,
and by 1979 about $48,000 and was on my third job living in
Birmingham, Alabama instead of the small town I grew up in
To be continued ...
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