Born and raised in Chicago, Sr. Account Executive Sue Cherry has been a valued member of the AccuQuote family for 20 years. Sue is a hard-working, divorced mom with two kids. This year she became a grandmother. Congrats, Sue.
1) How long have you been with AccuQuote? I started on April 8, 1996.
2) How did you start selling life insurance? Back in 1990, I was going through an awful divorce and working part-time for a local insurance agent in Skokie, while my kids were in pre-school. The job was great because I was surrounded by supportive people at a time of significant change in my life. After my divorce was final, my boss helped me get my insurance licenses (in 1992) and hired me on full-time. She was great.
3) What is your most memorable interaction with a policy holder? I have had many memorable experiences, but there is one story in particular that still sticks in my mind. About ten years ago, the wife of one of my clients passed away. But since he and his wife both had life insurance, we were able to help the family financially get through a very trying time. To this day, everyone in that family knows me by name. Even the grandchildren know Sue Cherry got the family $250,000 when their grandma died.
4) What do you like best about your job? I love helping people and enjoy making a difference. It’s so heartwarming when people come up to me to thank me for the insurance recommendations I made for them. This is my calling. Because of my divorce, I ended up with no financial security. So I think it’s my purpose in life to help other people get the financial security they need and deserve.
5) Why do you think life insurance is important? Life insurance is important because if you die or become disabled, how will you protect your family’s welfare? Life insurance does that. The problem is, life insurance is an intangible expense, so many people will eliminate it use the money for other expenditures. I had a man who said, “My wife doesn’t need me to have life insurance, so she can marry someone else.” And I responded, “If a woman is financially secure, she doesn’t want to be a nurse with a purse.” In other words, no woman needs to be tied down to take care of someone else.
6) What do you think is the best or most useful insurance product that AccuQuote offers? I would say life, disability and long-term care insurance. They’re all very important products.
7) What are your hobbies? I enjoy escaping into a happy movie. I also love to travel and spend time with my kids.
8) What is your favorite book? “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” By Stephen R. Covey
To learn more about Sue, watch this great video. As an AccuQuote Account Executive, Sue knows her stuff.