We met some of the team of The MacDonald Insurance Group off of 280 to find out how they make a positive impact in the Birmingham community. Brandon MacDonald explains how team building, creating a fun work culture and offering rewarding opportunities to make a difference is key.
The MacDonald Insurance Group
Brandon MacDonald, a graduate of the University of Alabama, joined American Income Life Insurance Company (AIL) in 2011.
The company offers life, accident, supplemental health, hospital indemnity, cancer, and critical illness protection.
When Brandon was looking to purchase an existing business he was contacted by AIL, and this led to The MacDonald Insurance Group being established.
“I wanted to find the right opportunity that would allow me to work with career minded professionals and satisfy my desire to build a business. I always enjoyed team building and helping others be successful.”
Brandon set up the AIL’s The MacDonald Insurance Group (TMIG) with a mission to provide great benefits for working families,
“We’re able to provide affordable benefits they might not otherwise have access to. Our representatives embrace the idea that every family they visit should be in a better place after meeting with us. Our products allow families to reduce the negative impact when unexpected or potentially catastrophic events occur in their lives.”
Building community driven careers and having fun is ‘part of the culture’
Brandon setup TMIG with the aim of providing “an opportunity for growth and success by building a culture of confidence, individual achievement, and the desire to have a positive impact on others”.
I wanted to know what it’s like to be part of TMIG and spoke with Aaron Parsons and Amy Baird to find out what they think.
Amy has been with TMIG for 8 years,
“I started when I was 23 years old and didn’t know much about business. Over the time I’ve been here, I’ve benefited from strong leadership that has helped me grow professionally and has developed my impact in supporting the needs of local families. We grow and build positive lives together.”
“I enjoy leaving a family in a better place than before they met me. We build a genuine connection and care about the people we’re interacting with. The relationship that we develop with clients in getting to really know them is what sets us apart.”
Aaron told me,
“It’s such a unique opportunity which allows me to run my own business, have my own team and make my own decisions, but at the same time I have the support of people around me to guide me.”
Being a fun place to work is something that Aaron places importance on;
“Throughout the day we’ll stop what we’re doing and do something to keep energy and spirits up. It could be a limbo competition! 10 minutes out of the day which re-energizes the team and ensures that being a fun place to work is part of the culture. Even on the weekends you’ll catch us at places like TopGolf or go-karting at Autobahn.”
For information about career opportunities at The MacDonald Insurance Group, visit: www.ailcareers.com
Giving back to the community
TMIG is focused on being a positive contributor to the communities in which they live and work through such activities as adopting families in need, volunteering at local soup kitchens, and ongoing donations of canned foods to the Lovelady Center, and clothing to America’s Thrift Stores.
Brandon says that by doing their part in a philanthropic role, offering quality affordable benefits to working people, and making professional opportunities available to those who aspire to achieve at a high level, his Agency does all they can to create a positive footprint.
Amy explained that supporting the community doesn’t just mean supporting customers,
“ We meet families that we might not necessarily be able to help for one reason or another. I once met a family who had never been able to afford a Christmas tree; I came back to the office and we were quickly able to sponsor a Christmas tree for that family. We’re inspired to focus on doing great things for others which I think sets us apart”.
Aaron told us,
“I knew a lot about insurance products when I started on this career path, but it wasn’t until I had my first client that I realized what an impact we have on people and families in the community. From that day on, I wanted to help people even more.”
More about The MacDonald Insurance Group
Phone: (205) 756-7003
Contact them here or visit their offices which are open Mon-Fri, 9-5PM at:
3500 Blue Lake Drive, Suite 495, Birmingham, AL 35243