“I chose to put all my contracts with IFG and work exclusively through IFG because of who they are. Because of Tyler. Because of Adam. Because of Josh. Because of Ryan, I trusted them. There are a lot of shady people in this industry. Unfortunately, I have met some of them. The most important thing is to work with people you can trust.” - Jessica Askins, Askins Insurance Group
Hosted by Director of Marketing and Sales Matthew Murray, IFG is excited to visit with Jess Askins, Medicare expert, and owner of the Askins Insurance Group in Lima, Ohio.
Matthew and Jessica reflected on how far IFG's creative team has come regarding its video technology in one year. This time last year, our first podcast with Jessica never saw the light of day. Finally, it is so incredible to spotlight one of IFG's valued relationships.
Jess got her start in insurance selling cancer policies door to door after receiving her license. Then, looking for more, she started selling final expense for a brokerage out of Archdale, North Carolina. From there, she moved back to Ohio, selling P&C for a while and then onto group benefits—mostly cold calling, policy analysis, and working to give the beneficiary a better solution.
After 20 years of experience in Life insurance and Medicare planning, Jessica established her agency, Askins Insurance Group, in Lima, Ohio. Strategically positioned, Lima is in the middle of a triangle between Dayton, Toledo, and Columbus, Ohio. Jess is surrounded by family and excited to be in the same business complex as her family's pizza restaurant.
In 2016, Jessica Askins began her partnership with Innovative Financial Group (IFG), one of the leading solution providers in the Medicare space.
Matthew Murray asked, "Why IFG?" Jessica responded it's awesome to have people I can go to for marketing advice, website development, and mentorship. She added, "There are lots of agents within the IFG family that are more than willing to help. I am always ready to help other agents, and other agents are willing to help me. Plus, there's always someone to reach out to because you are not just on an island trying to do it by yourself."
Mathew explained Tyler's vision is for all our agents to grow and scale together. We have an open-door policy at the home office. If you have questions, we are here to get answers for you. Jess said, "I chose to put all my contracts with IFG and work exclusively through IFG because of who they are. Because of Tyler. Because of Adam. Because of Josh. Because of Ryan, I trusted them. There are a lot of shady people in this industry. Unfortunately, I have met some of them. The most important thing is to work with people you can trust."
Matt shared that the same goes for clients and beneficiaries. They should also be working with people they trust. It's a culture, and IFG instills that ideal in its agents and agencies. "You talk with Tyler long enough, Josh, Adam. They're not out to get anything from you. We call it earning your override. We are going to make money from the business you write, but here's how we are going to support you. We give you Marketing dollars, access to a CRM, access to our creative department, and more..."
Jessica is excited about her new logo designed by the IFG creative team and her new website, www.AskinsInsuranceGroup.com, launching today!
Over the next couple of years, Jess plans to expand her marketing efforts, and IFG is here to assist her omnipresence within the community—lots of good tips in this video.
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