In April, Lee Mowry became Vice President of Sales for One Life. And boy, is he excited about it. “At 69 years old and after being in the business for 44 years plus, I feel like I’m at my best!” he said. “I’ve reached my dream job with my dream team!”
Lee graduated from Georgia Tech as an engineer, but he soon switched to the insurance industry when he realized that he preferred dealing with people rather than numbers. Starting as an agent in 1970, he eventually built and operated his own successful independent marketing organization before joining Occidental Life of North Carolina in Raleigh as Vice President of Marketing in 1993.
In 1998 he moved to Shenandoah Life in Roanoke, Virginia, as Vice President of Marketing and Sales. He spent the next 11 years there before joining AmeriLife, where he was President of the IMO division for five years. Contemplating retirement, he was approached by One Life Founder and Principal Owner Ken Parker and President/CEO Scotty Elliott and asked to join the One Life team.
Since then, his feet have barely touched the ground, literally. “I’ve been on 55 airplanes since April 1,” he said. He has visited all of the One Life Academies and has participated in opportunity meetings with potential team members at least once or twice a week. “I’ve brought quite a few agents with me to One Life because of the relationships I’ve built,” he said.
Given his sterling resume, it’s no surprise that Lee describes himself as self-motivated – although he also attributes much of his success to the mentors he has had throughout his career. “I do a lot of self-study, a lot of prayer, a lot of reflecting,” he said. “I’m also very motivated by my wife, JoAnne. She’s a huge support. Every decision I’ve made, she’s been right there.”
He and JoAnne have been married for 22 years and live in St. Marys, Georgia. Lee loves relaxing with his five grandchildren and playing golf, although he admitted, “My game goes up and down.” When he can find the time, he enjoys reading.
Lee describes himself as passionate about One Life and its products. He plans to grow the brokerage side of the business, recruit and train agents on the career side, and help negotiate contracts with new carriers. Within two years, he predicts, the company could reach $50 million in sales.
He attributes One Life’s prosperity to the core values that he sees in everyone from top management on down. “There’s something unique in the level of integrity and honesty,” he said. “The entire team is something you want to be a part of. In all the years in this business, I had not felt that sincerity before.”
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