A guest post by: Josh Lipstone, Chairman of the North Carolina Young Agents Committee
As I sit here typing this… We are less than a week away from Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season. I have many things to be thankful for this year and one of them is being the Chairman of the Young Agents of North Carolina. I never thought when I first joined the committee five years ago while working in a three person, at the time, family agency, I would ever be asked to lead this group.
I’ve had the privilege of attending multiple national conferences and the question that I am always asked is, “How do you guys do it in the North Carolina?” My answer is always the same; “We stand on the shoulders of those that came before us.”
That sounds cliché, and it is, but it’s the truth. Our state association is looked to as one of the premier, if not the premier, associations in the country. We’ve had many great leaders: ranging from our most recent CEO, Kelley Erstine, and Chairman, Bobby Salmon, to our new CEO, Aubie Knight, and Chairman, Scott Evans.
So this year, I am thankful for all that came before me. Without the hard work that you all have put in, I would not be able to sit here and write this article.
I am reminded of a conversation that I had with a couple of Young Agents from Massachusetts at the Young Agents Leadership Institute in September 2014. They told me that this is the first year that their state association created a line item on their budget for them. I didn’t know how to react when I heard that. I couldn’t imagine doing the things that we do in North Carolina without the support of our association. Not only do they support us from a monetary point of view, but they support us from a resource point of view, too.
With that being said, I want to thank Allyson Knott for everything she does on a daily basis for us. Without her, you wouldn’t be reading this article, our monthly meetings would not happen, and we wouldn’t have a conference or convention to attend.
So, as I always do at the dinner table with my family, I want to say that this year I am thankful for what those who’ve come before me have done, so that I can stand on their shoulders.
Next month I’ll fill you in on what project we’ll be working on the next two years, how you can get involved with the project, when you can hang out with other Young Agents at a baseball game, and much more.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!