November 2, 2018 by Danielle Kubes
Jonathan Langlois ended up an insurance broker by accident.
As a child, he dreamed of being a movie director, which led to him studying art in college. Unsure of his next steps, he took a gig as a bicycle messenger. But sharing the roads with cars while on a bike proved too dangerous a career, so he decided to take an indoor job. That led to him being an office clerk in a brokerage.
“As I loved the work atmosphere and the opportunities the brokerage field could offer, I decided to undertake insurance studies to obtain my brokerage licence,” he says.
Langlois has always risen to the occasion when it comes to a good challenge. He climbed the ladder from clerk to portfolio manager for Vezina Assurances, where he now specializes in damage insurance. But he hasn’t forgotten the adventurous spirit of his youth; he’s developed his business in a remote region of Quebec, and he flies up every month to deliver his services.
Indeed, what he loves most about his work is the fact that every day is different and it’s impossible to get bored.
“The field of brokerage is for you if you are willing to work in a constantly changing environment where you learn every day,” he says.
His favourite part of the job is the client relationships he gets to build. He’s proactive and always goes out of his way for his clients. In fact, he’s so successful at establishing trust and networking that he’s doubled his book in the past five years, largely due to referrals and introductions.
With all the changes happening in insurance, it’s difficult to predict where the industry will be in five years. But whatever the future holds, Langlois will be ready.