We had the good fortune of connecting with Lesa Inglis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lesa, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I don’t serve this world, I serve the Lord. That means I’m not driven to make a sale. I truly enjoy helping others and my clients know that about me. They are comfortable calling me for guidance on all kinds of things regarding insurance, obviously, but also disability, medicaid, social security – really anything about which they think I may be able to point them in the right direction if I can’t help them myself. I’m the first to admit there are some things outside of my expertise but as a client told me a while back, “I know you’ll tell me the truth.” I like that I am the trusted advisor I set out to be.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I know my clients don’t see me as just an insurance agent because I’ve been told as much. I try to treat others the way I want my loved ones to be treated – the way I would want to be treated – and that has worked well for me. People know I care.
Anyone can sell insurance but very few agents will take the time to get to know their clients, making sure each person is where they need to be with their coverage even if that means telling someone to stay where they are. By that I mean that at times, someone new comes to me and I tell them they are already in the best place and not to change anything. Needless to say, they are usually surprised that I’m not trying to sell them something.
At the end of the day, it’s important to be comfortable with the decisions you have made.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So much has changed since Covid-19. I’m not even sure some of the businesses are still open. My hopes are high though!
Georgia is truly an eclectic place! Depending of the time of year, Amicolola Falls for a hike and then back to Marietta Diner for dinner; The High Museum or Botanical Gardens and Naan Stop for lunch; Piedmont Park and The Varsity; a musical at Fox Theatre and a stop at The Cheesecake Factory for dinner along with a slice of Tiramisu Cheesecake afterward; a concert at Chastain Ampitheater with Chic-filet and a bottle of wine; a motorcycle ride up to the Smith House in Dahlonega (taking Hwy 53) or the Dillard House in Rabun County; a concert on the The Square in Marietta – I could go on and on. Georgia has always hosted festivals, outdoor concerts here and there, and incredible scenery for fabulous bike rides! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It sounds corny but my husband, Craig, is my biggest supporter. He has put out event signs in the pouring rain, carried countless boxes of materials, assembled marketing items, driven me to pick up contracts when I was too sick to drive myself, gotten up early on days off to bring coffee and breakfast up to my office. He picks up the slack I leave, especially at busy times, all the while working a full time job himself. He doesn’t have to be asked to help. He just instinctively goes out of his way to to keep our home fires burning and make sure I’m taken care of.
And, I would not be true to myself if I didn’t say that God is my rock! He is the only reason I am here and able to do what I do.