The following interview was published in The Carolina Agent magazine.
Steve Chalk, LUTCF of Chalk & Gibbs Insurance in Morehead City, NC, takes over as IIANC Chairman for 2019-2020. In addition to his long-standing relationship with the insurance industry, Steve has a strong love for his family and community.
Thanks for sitting down with us, Steve! Start off by telling us about yourself and your family.
Steve Chalk: I was born and raised in Morehead City, NC where I graduated from West Carteret High School. I attended Atlantic Christian College, now known as Barton College, in Wilson, NC.
I have been married to Kathy Lawrence Chalk, who is from Apex, NC, for over 40 years, and I have two sons.
Stephen, is married to his wife, Katie, and they have two children, Weeks and Frances Ann. Stephen recently transitioned over to Property & Casualty from Real Estate at Chalk & Gibbs. We also own Dee Gees Gifts & Books run by Kathy and Katie.
Thomas, our second son, works for Mungo Homes in Apex and is married to Stephanie who works for NetApp. They have a daughter, Laney Lee, and three dogs.
When you’re not busy with the insurance world, what kind of fun things do you like to do in your free time?
Steve: You can usually find me golfing, boating and/or inshore fishing.
How are you involved with your community?
Steve: Currently, I serve on the Downtown Morehead City, Inc. Board, and am the Endowment Chair at First United Methodist Church in Morehead City. I am also the co-founder of CG Foundation, which helps people with epilepsy and special needs. Beyond that, I also serve as the Chair of the West Carteret High School Hall of Fame committee.
What got you started in the insurance industry?
Steve: I began working at Chalk & Gibbs in 1987 as a life and health insurance producer. I got my start when my father and brother asked if I wanted to come back to Morehead City to live and work and I couldn’t pass that up (although we were happy living in Boone, NC!) And I’ve been there ever since!
As Chairman, what do you hope to see IIANC accomplish in this upcoming year? What are your main goals?
Steve: My main goal is to sustain the momentum that we’ve been building up these last several years. We have developed a new strategic vision that will propel us to new successes and increase the engagement from all of our agency members. There are great things coming to our members from our association!
How did you first get involved with IIANC? How would you say being involved has most affected your career?
Steve: I’m pretty sure I was asked to be on the Association’s Group Medical Plan committee back in the 90s… it was a long time ago, so it’s hard to remember exactly!
When you are involved with IIANC you are exposed to opportunities that truly help you grow, learn and network with so many good, strong members from other agencies.
Do you have any tips that would you give to someone wanting to become more active with the association?
Steve: I encourage members to volunteer their time to serve on committees, offer assistance to association staff and serve on the Board. It is an outstanding experience and time well spent.
FUN FACTS ABOUT STEVE:
Do you have any pets?
I am a dog lover. I am now on my fourth Golden Retriever named Cane.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Carteret County is blessed with so many good restaurants, but if I was forced to pick, I would go with City Kitchen in Beaufort!
What is your favorite spot to be in your spare time?
Golf course or on a boat!
What has been the best moment in your life?
Tough one! You think it’s when you meet your future bride, then it’s children, then it’s grandchildren!
What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
We started a nonprofit charity to help people called CG Foundation, which helps families affected by epilepsy in Eastern North Carolina communities.