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Who I work for and why

Who I work for and why

I have had a lot of jobs in my forty-five years of life.  I’ve worked as a janitor, as a tennis pro at a Country Club, as a pastor at several churches and as the head of a start-up publishing house.  All of my past jobs have had good things about them and all of them have had bad things.  I’ve learned much from every one of them and am thankful that I have gotten the experience from each of them.  Learning to work with others in pursuit of a common vision and common mission is challenging but it always motivated me to work on a team that cared about their vocational identities as well as the overall corporate goals.  But as I have aged, I have been looking for a job that has far more good things than bad things.  I want employment that seems perfectly suited for my gifts and skill sets.  I want a job that has clear and positive communication between leadership and management.  I want a job that motivates me to every day excel, because I am excited to chase the company’s mission.  And I think I have finally found my ideal spot. 

I am working for a business now that I never thought I would work for and for an industry that I thought I would not be interested in.  But, as it turns out you can never say never to anything in this life.  What is this job and what is the company?  Well it’s called Sewell Shutters and it designs and installs McKinney plantation shutters and South Lake plantation shutters in homes all around the Dallas area.  It doesn’t sound that interesting does it?  Even as I write this I cannot believe I am saying that this is my perfect job, but so far I can find nothing bad.  Communication is both top-down and down-up.  In other words, everyone listens to everyone else without letting positions determine the weight of the ideas being shared.  There is respect shown to everyone and although there is a clear leadership structure, the leaders are always trying to be fair with those in the lower levels of management.  The pay is set at a living wage for everyone.  They have biblical values that they follow and they pursue integrity at every turn.  And last but certainly not least, they do amazing work for their clients who all seem to heap praise on the company for doing everything so well.  I can’t wait to go into work every day and try to be a positive influence like everyone else around me.  I don’t know if I got blessed or just got lucky that I found this place.  I recommend that you really seek out your own perfect job someday.  I think if you go into your next job search with that sort of intentionality, you too can find your best place to work.  Good Luck!!!

Insurance Claims Consultants

Insurance Claims Consultants

Just as their title suggests, insurance claims consultants are those people who can help guide you through an insurance claim process.  If you experience a fire, as an example, and you are needing to file fire damage claims, it can be a more arduous process than you might think.  In this case, you’ve probably never done it before so it can feel so daunting.  You probably don’t know what you can even ask for as far as money for repairs and replacement of possessions.  And you probably wouldn’t know that relocation costs can even be covered.  Finally, you might not know that some insurance companies are quite stingy in their settlements. 

With all of this in mind, I suggest that you hire an insurance claim consultant to train you and guide you through this whole process.  They will not only help you understand what is supposed to happen at the end of the day, but some of them who are known as Public Adjusters actually take on an advocacy role.  In other words, Public Adjusters stand on your side of the table and help negotiate the final settlement.  In most cases they help to get you a lot more money than you would have gotten on your own.  That’s a big deal if you want to get everything back that you lost in the fire. 

(By the way, Public Adjusters don’t just handle fire damage claims.  They usually handle every kind of claim that you can imagine.  Here are a few other claims that they work with:  water damage, smoke damage, sinkhole damage, lightning strikes and floods.)

Anyway, I just wanted to throw that information out there just in case you need to make any sort of insurance claim.  Why not bring in some experts to help you get the maximum claim possible?  I know that if something happens to my house or business, I will definitely employ a reputable company. 

Long Lasting

Long Lasting

What makes a company last beyond it’s first few years of operation?  I hear that more than 60% of new businesses fail within the first three years and I doubt that it is just bad management that takes them all down.  Maybe it’s a lack of initial capital or a poor work force that gives them a bad reputation, which drives customers away.  I guess some of it could be bad marketing or a lack of clear vision and mission to guide them.  And of course, there could just be a bad owner who cannot communicate with the public or his/her potential customers.  There are probably other factors that I cannot think of right now, but it is a fascinating thing to consider, especially if you are an entrepreneur who is currently starting a business.  How can you start a business that will last generations?

I think that it might be a combination of good management, strong financial backing, excellent hires, solid marketing, a clearly communicated mission and vision, a great leadership starting at the top and trickling down – basically all of the opposites of what makes businesses fail.  I think that these things give companies a chance to succeed in the long run instead of flaming out in years one through three.  But I also think there must be other things that keep businesses strong for decades. 

There’s a company in Dallas that has been in business for three decades doing McKinney plantation shutters and South Lake plantation shutters (They also serve other suburbs in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, but because of my personal location, I focus on those two.)  They are not just staying afloat either – they are thriving.  They’ve served thousands of customers who swear by their work and so I assume the obvious – it also takes quality service and quality products to make customers happy and thus get good word of mouth.  But I also know that this company has solid family values that underlie everything they do.  They are a biblically-based company that is not afraid to let people know that they want to be held accountable for what they believe in.  So, I think we can add “stated good values” to the equation of what makes a business last.

Do you have any other opinions about what makes a company last longer?  What other ingredients am I forgetting?  Help me complete this picture with your comments.  Thanks in advance.

Decorating your home

Decorating your home

My wife and I have been trying to decorate the interior of our house for three years now.  Of course, we started with a few cool rugs and a stylish couch.  We paid a lot of cash for a really nice armoire that is the centerpiece of our living room.  Our big television sits on that.  We also invested quite a sum of money on some art hangings that are very cool.  Our bedrooms have comfortable beds covered by nice comforters and duvets.  It’s all coming together nicely.  But recently, I have been thinking about adding some plantation shutters to give our windows that extra pop.  I have been hesitant to do this because I have seen some really ugly plantation shutters in the past and didn’t want to hire some company who deals in cheap materials and does shoddy work.  So, I have been careful in doing my research.  And I think I have finally found a company that has the experience to hang the exact type of plantation shutters I want. 

This company has worked with thousands of satisfied customers who all give glowing testimonials about them and their work.  They have done a lot of McKinney plantation shutters and South Lake plantation shutters since they are located in Dallas (Really, they work all over the Dallas area, but they have focused on those two areas for a while.  Still, they will go almost anywhere in the area to handle any size job.)  What impresses me most about them is that they are a Christian company that strives to do hard work as an example of their beliefs.  They want to bring glory to God in their work so that means they want to do the absolute best work possible.  To do this “best work,” they use the best materials – nothing cheap – nothing that is going to chip or fade.  On their website, they explain what these materials are and go into excellent detail about how these materials stand out from the rest.  Anyway, the name of their company is Sewell Shutters (www.sewellshutters.com) and I am going to hire them at some point.  When I do, I’ll write another article to let you know what I think from my experience. 

Fire Damage in Plano

Fire Damage in Plano

Plano began as a small little suburb of Dallas but it has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade making it one of the fastest growing suburbs in Texas.  I know from my year living there that it has all the makings of its own claim to be a big city, but has still been swallowed up by the DFW area.  Anyway, that’s not why I am writing.  I am instead writing to address a need for so many people – fire damage in Plano.  I don’t know if it just the city’s growth or what, but there has been a significant increase in fires over the past two years – both commercially and residentially.  And I wanted to write this little article giving some advice to those who have had these fires and/or who are going through the loss at this time.  I also write to those who might have a fire in the future.  It’s always good to be prepared just in case the worst case scenario happens.

Here’s what I am advising:  If you have a fire and need to file a Plano fire damage insurance claim, make sure to check into hiring a company that does public adjusting before trying to handle your insurance company on your own.  Texas public adjusters are those professionals who help you with the process of filing your insurance claim and who help you get a proper settlement so that you can repair the damage to your home or business.  I can say from experience that when you have a fire, it can be quite expensive.  Not only is there the external damage that needs to be fixed, but all of possessions inside of the house or business might need to be replaced.  And I can say that getting the right amount of money back from your insurance company can be quite a challenge.  Some of them tend to see things as “what is the lowest amount of money we can give the persons filing a claim?”  They are a business too and of course want the best for their bottom line.  Besides this, the insurance process itself can be very frustrating and difficult.  That’s why I am suggesting that you employ a Texas public adjuster firm to help you.  One example of this type of company is called Abba Claims and is located in Dallas.  There are others, but the one I have the most confidence in is Abba.  I have had excellent experience with them in the past and I think you might want to check them out at www.abbaclaims.com to get a good idea as to what they do well.

With that I will leave you and hope you never have to deal with a residential or a commercial fire.  But if you do, consider what I said and make the process easier and more lucrative.

Smoke Damage

Smoke Damage

Smoke damage claims in Dallas are up this year because of a lot of small fires that broke out during the winter season.  From Christmas trees to fires in fireplaces getting out of control, there are a lot of reasons for small fires in your home or business.  And even though those small fires might not blaze and cause full-on destruction of your property and your possessions, there has probably been a lot of smoke damage that renders your stuff ruined.  And I have found that a lot of people who are affected by this kind of damage don’t think about filing a fire or smoke damage insurance claim in Dallas.  This is a mistake.  If this has happened to you, you definitely need to file an insurance claim with the company you are with to help recover from the damage.

As well, I would recommend beginning this process by contacting a Texas Public Adjuster to help you as you deal with your insurance company.  Public Adjusters are quite helpful in giving you great consulting and they as well can act on your behalf with regards to getting the best settlement on your claim.  As you might know, some insurance companies are not always looking to give out a fair settlement on smoke damage claims.  This is a problem that Public Adjusters can help you solve.  I know of one company in particular that deals with smoke damage claims in Plano and in the entire Dallas area.  Check out Abba Claims and ask for Ches Bostick to get that ball rolling (888-908-2042).  I figure, “Why go at this process alone when you can have well-trained professionals do it with you?”

Well, that’s all I have to say for now.  I just want everyone who has had smoke or fire damage to make sure they get the best possible settlement.  I hope this article has helped you in some way or another.  If it doesn’t apply to you, feel free to share this information with a friend or family member who is going through this process.

Texas Public Adjusters

Texas Public Adjusters

I’ve never had anything like a fire or mold or smoke/water damage hit me like they have hit so many people.  I’ve never gone through the emotional losses that come with destruction of property.  And I’ve never had to deal with filing a claim with my insurance company other than with a car wreck.  So, when a Texas Public Adjuster from Dallas came to speak to my class, I was pretty new to the whole conversation.  It seems that this man is a professional in dealing with insurance claims to make sure that people get fair settlements from their insurance companies.  He brought up an example about a couple dealing with a fire damage claim in Plano and he said that they lost just about every valuable thing in their house.  What wasn’t destroyed was smoke damaged and could not be returned to any sort of useable form.  So, they called their insurance company and got the process rolling so that they could get their possessions replaced with new ones.  But the amount of money that they needed to get full replacement was not being offered by their insurance company and they were feeling quite desperate.  This was when someone told them about how Public Adjusters work to make sure people get more money to cover their expenses.

So they called his company, which is located in the heart of Dallas (Abba Claims), and asked if this man and his associates could do anything for them.  Ches, the owner of the business, immediately took note of their situation and considered the amount of money they were claiming they needed to get their stuff back in order.  Then he assured them that he had experience in working with their particular insurance company.  He and his colleagues then set to work on being their advocates in getting them what they needed.  After a lot of back and forth, there was finally a breakthrough and the couple received a check that was more than satisfactory for them to get back to normalcy. 

After this man gave his example, he asked if any people in the class had experienced any sort of damages that required an insurance claim to be filed.  Several of the people in the class weighed in and a few of them talked about how hard the process had been in working with their insurance companies.  Not one of them said they had even heard about Public Adjusters but said that they wish they had.  The Public Adjuster told us about all of the various claims that could be filed and then fielded questions from all of us.  I asked that if I ever had any of that stuff happen to me, could I call their offices since they are located in Dallas and I live in Lubbock.  He said that they would pretty much work for anyone, anywhere. 

I hope I never need to make use of a Public Adjuster, but this class was great because it made me aware of a resource available to everyone to get fair settlements on just about any sort of claim.  I made note of their phone number and their website just in case I ever needed them to fight for me. 

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