Adam Gilroy initially studied marketing in college; thanks to his late father’s place at the Lansing-based Capital Insurance Services, Gilroy found his niche in the insurance industry. Today, after 19 years of agency experience, he is still enjoying giving others financial protection and peace of mind.
“It was originally my dad’s agency, so I had an opportunity to learn the business and see if it was something I was interested in. It’s an awesome industry,” said Gilroy, vice president at Capital Insurance Services. “It (insurance) allows commerce to do what it needs to do.”
Between professional, commercial and personal liability, the agents at Capital Insurance Services tackle the needs of an array of business sizes. Gilroy remembers conversations about claims over Sunday dinner when growing up, so the importance of different insurances has never been lost on him.
“I think some people are kind of jaded by insurance. You pay the same thing over and over and feel you never get anything for it, but you do gain a peace of mind if the house burns down, for example. Or, eventually, something’s going to happen to that car,” Gilroy said. “You think that you’re saving money by skipping insurance on any number of things, but you hurt yourself in the long run.”
Research, being on the move, retaining information, sifting through mountains of different regulations and pertinent nuances – all skills come into play when it comes to providing the products that best fit a client’s insurance needs.
“You have to educate yourself. You can’t keep going in this industry if you’re not willing to learn who you’re protecting, how they’re set up and just things you didn’t know before,” said Gilroy.
In Gilroy’s world, work and life are tied to the hip. In staying active in his family, as well as coaching at Bath High School, long weekends and late nights of wrapping up business are the name of the game.
“I think it’s great for people who can find a specific work-life balance, but, for me, I enjoy life now,” said Gilroy. “It’s all part of life – working, then having time for self and family. I think life in general is about finding a balance.”
Gilroy lives in Ionia County’s Saranac village and looks forward to returning to mid-Michigan. He encourages young professionals to stay working, stay motivated and love their parents as much as possible while they’re still here.
“Don’t take your parents for granted; they’re not going to be here forever, so make them proud,”