By: Taylor Haines, CEO of Encompass Agency, Buffalo NY, a SAN Group Member Agency

I’m an explorer by nature. My wife and I like to hike in the Adirondacks where we enjoy the exhilaration of choosing different paths to explore. Some paths have led us to spectacular views.

That explorer sensibility has played a role in my insurance career as well. When I got started, I saw two paths: I could work as a captive producer for some of the largest carriers in the world, or I could go out on my own as an independent agent (IA). In the years since, I have walked both paths. For me, becoming an IA was the best choice.


Read the full article published March 17, 2023 in The Standard. Reprinted with permission from The Standard, Copyright 2023, Standard Publishing Corporation, Boston, MA. All rights reserved.