DALLAS — Growth and opportunities.
Whenever Setra Stevenson is asked why she deemed in necessary two years ago to relocate to Texas from Michigan, those are among the factors that top her list.
A native of Detroit, Stevenson has gone to great lengths to ensure she savors the various benefits that come with moving to what many describe as a progressive market.
After all, like many of her peers, she’s aware they do things big in Texas.
“Texas is like No. 1 (in America) as far as like low unemployment,” Stevenson told MemphiSport during a recent interview. “But actually, when I came here, I wasn’t even thinking about insurance. I was trying to get into the schools to teach.”
To her credit, Stevenson who, like many who label Dallas an attractive, thriving market, appears to be adjusting comfortable in this, a rather unfamiliar establishment.
Aside from earning a reputation as an accomplished educator who boasts a heart of youngsters of various walks of life, Stevenson nowadays has found her niche in another ever-demanding insurance industry.
Stevenson is Owner/Agent of Farmers Insurance Setra Stevenson Agency at 15851 Dallas Parkway in Addison, an endeavor that is seemingly coming full circle for this Denton, Texas resident in such a brief time.
A former dual-sport athlete who is mostly remembered for being a majorette at Detroit’s Cooley High in the early 1990s, Stevenson also starred in softball before ultimately being offered a scholarship as a majorette to Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
According to Stevenson, the competitive drive that comes with sports is what essentially jumpstarted her desire to engage in a career in the insurance industry. A little more than two months removed from having becoming a full licensed owner/agent, it’s safe to assume the sky’s the limit for his energy-driven, thriving entrepreneur who has demonstrated time and again to conquer the toughest of life’s obstacles.
One moment, she’s studying countless hours an array of essential material on what it takes to embark upon a fruitful, efficient tenure in insurance. Weeks later, she is overseeing her own agency from a facility in the heart of North Dallas.
“You can have your own agency and have your own building or you can have your own office,” Stevenson said. “But a lot of people don’t (want their own building) right off.”
Considering she has enjoyed success as agency owner in such a brief timespan, Stevenson said she relishes the fact that even while contemplating pursuing a career in education during which she worked for the Fort Worth Independent School District, she elected not to teach on a full-time basis. Among the reasons is that even while managing and overseeing an insurance agency, she makes it home in time to spend with her children.
“My passion has always been education,” said Stevenson, a mother of three who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management in 2007 and a master’s in Business Management in 2009 from the University of Phoenix. “My heart is there, but when I got (to Dallas), I was the only (parent) in the house. As a single parent now, I have to think about the money because I have mouths to feed.”
Aside from running her agency and tending to the needs of her family, among the attributes Stevenson — whose daughter is enrolled at the University of North Texas and son attends North Central Texas College — makes certain to demonstrate is having a heart for people.
In other words, part of rapid success is because her reputation is such that she establishes authentic relationships with her clients.
“I never want to come across as a salesperson,” Stevenson said. “I want my clients to feel comfortable. I want to build a relationship with them. If you get a salesperson who never met with the client, there’s no relationship. I don’t want people to be discouraged. That’s something I said I didn’t want to do. I don’t want anybody to sale me something and I don’t hear from them.”
In assessing her brief time in the Lone Star state since she left Michigan, Stevenson strongly contends delving off into the insurance business was an opportunity worth taking.
A golden opportunity, that is.
“It’s a company that has tremendous growth where you can come in and within a year, you can have your agency.”
What a difference two months have made for this former college majorette.
Thanks in large part to the growth and opportunities.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on Farmers Insurance Setra Stevenson Agency, call her office at 972-726-0544, contact her via mobile at 817-995-6755, or log on to www.setrastevenson.com. Also, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to email@example.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.