October 30, 2018 by Danielle Kubes
Taylor Bettinson took his first insurance job as a 16-year-old to earn a bit of extra cash. He then got busy with school and life, but returned to the industry four years later with a clear direction in mind.
Determined to carve his own path, he started out with a contract position at ECI Enterprise before becoming a broker at Marsh and finally landing at Hub. Then, in 2012, a surprising—and welcome— opportunity arose.
Senior management had taken note of Bettinson’s sales talent, as well as his professionalism and hunger for new challenges, and asked him if he’d be interested in leading the aviation division. He jumped at the opportunity.
“I really like the sophistication and the spec of my niche industry,” he says. “It’s very tough to learn, and very tough to get good at, and there is a barrier to entry, but then once you’re in it, it’s really fun. And I’m having a lot of fun.”
Management’s confidence in him has paid off: he’s qualified for the Top Sales Performers Conference at Hub’s Sharp Awards three out of the last five years.
The next step for Bettinson is growing his team and overseeing a greater group of specialists to further Hub’s success.
Bettinson didn’t get where he is today on his own: he credits a large part of his career trajectory to the mentorship he received. That’s what makes motivating others so important to Bettinson. He wants to pass on what his mentor taught him: that it’s essential to truly enjoy your job to find it fulfilling, and it’s up to leaders to extract value and potential from their team.
“I want to transcend beyond personal success and make it about team success, and to help others learn and achieve their own milestones.”