Agency Freedom

Agency Freedom


Agency Freedom Podcast exists to help insurance agency owners and sales professionals make the jump from the captive world to the independent side of the industry. We then equip you in every topic imaginable to help you dominate your market once you’re FREE. We deliver authentic, actionable and audacious content and hard-hitting interviews from the best former captives in the country. Make your Freedom Jump with Agency Freedom Podcast.

Hosted By

Hosted By

James Jenkns

In this episode of Agency Freedom Podcast, James shares a special on-location episode with members of the Killing Commercial mastermind.

Episode Highlights:

  • David Carothers explains that the major purpose of Killing Commercial Mastermind is to create a community of individuals who can rely on each other, learn from each other’s experiences, and help each other improve. (4:52)
  • James Jenkins recommends Killing Commercial to anyone searching for a community of commercial lines focused rockstars who are killing it in incredibly spectacular ways. (6:10)
  • David Carothers mentions that the community has a lot of great things going on that will transform the financial futures of many families. (7:55)
  • Doug Benz believes that establishing his agency in Buffalo was the smartest decision he’s ever made. (11:38)
  • Doug Benz explains how fantastic it is to talk to other individuals and hear about what you’re doing in your agency. (13:11)
  • David Carothers highlights how everyone in the community is upfront and honest about what they’re doing well, what they’re suffering, and what they could do better. (15:13)
  • Dan Smith explains how the Killing Commercial mastermind helps him run his legacy agency. (21:44)
  • Mike Carey shares what made him happy and at ease as a Killing Commercial mastermind member. (22:55)
  • Justin Sloan explains how he met David Carothers and became involved in the community. (24:16)
  • Dan Smith discusses their greatest success as a fourth-generation legacy agency. (28:55)
  • Justin Sloane mentions that his agency recently merged with six other local businesses and are now more than just property-casualty. (31:22)
  • Justin Sloan explains that during the first season of Protege, he had significant personal development. (35:32)
  • Mike Carey mentions that the one thing they are successful at in their agency is ignoring rejection. (40:16)
  • Dan Smith explains that the carrier selection process and procedures have been key to the success of his agency. (42:32)
  • James Jenkins discusses his favorite feature of Key West as a first-time attendee. (45:56)

Key Quotes:

  • “Our real goal was to build a community of people that could rely on each other draw off of each other’s experiences and make each other better.” – David Carothers
  • “It’s been exponential growth since I surrounded myself with David Carothers and others and like-minded people.” – Dan Smith
  • “I’m really trying to grow the agency, with some of the captive partners coming in and saying – You know what, that model was great while it lasted. But the future is definitely independent channel. And you’re seeing it from all the other captive carriers across the board.” – Justin Sloan

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