Legacy Story | Don and Lane Boozer
Most people know that I am a member of this association and this industry because of my father, Don Boozer. What many don't know, is that my father is a member of this industry because of me. In the late 60s, my dad was a rising star as a trumpet player. He was among the best. My sister was already in the mix, then along came me. Dad decided that the family needed more than the occasional pay check of a musician. Someone invited him to look at our industry and what we do. The rest, is history.
In the mid-90s, Dad asked me to join his firm. I eventually accepted his invitation and haven't looked back. I love the way we help people. In the life insurance world, we're heroes. People often misunderstand what we do. When, in fact, we are their greatest advocates in time of need. If we do our jobs right, we make those times of need a lot less painful. That makes me proud...of ALL of us.
I would not have survived 20 years in this industry without NAIFA. I don't think I would have survived two. NAIFA has ABSOLUTELY made a difference in my life and continues to do so. I'll be here for a while.
My tenure as part of the NAIFA-Texas board, and eventual Presidency, would likely be my crown jewel at this point. I had the honor of serving alongside many of my mentors, and many that I mentored. I got to get involved at the association level. I got to get involved at the grassroots political level. I got to shake hands with Governors, Congressmen, Senators and Presidents. I've had the pleasure of meeting some of the most accomplished people on the planet because of my involvement in this industry.
When involved in the LILI program, Covey's 7 Habits resonated with me, and still does...every day. But also because of LILI, I was reintroduced to a childhood favorite that I'd forgotten; Shel Silverstein's, "Where the Sidewalk Ends."