David Shotts

David Shotts

Vice President


Ascend Insurance Brokerage

Chicago, IL USA


You’re not going to accomplish anything without a little risk. Anyone who’s ever done anything started by rolling the dice.

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David Shotts

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The Importance Of Work-Life BalanceWeb Exclusive
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Transitioning From Being A Musician To Working In The Insurance FieldInterview Excerpt
Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Attended the University of North Texas, where he earned a degree in marketing.
While in college, he played in a band and toured the country playing shows.
During this time, he worked part time for a private security company and, after graduating from college, he decided to make that his career.
Says that he started to doubt his choice of career in his late twenties—asked himself, “Is this what I want to do with the rest of my life?”
As luck would have it, due to his knowledge of the entertainment security sector, he was recruited into the insurance industry by his broker.
Says the transition into the insurance industry was difficult because he had no idea what the industry was all about and he had to learn everything from scratch.
He is now a vice president at Ascend Insurance Brokerage, an entertainment industry insurance broker, where he specializes in insuring major music festivals.
Says he feels fortunate that his love of music has become so intertwined with his professional career.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
University of North Texas
Career

Career

Vice President

I develop risk management plans for clients & advocate for them to insurance companies.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Music
Music
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

Not to sound corny, but every day I wake up is a great day. I love what I do. I love to bring new clients on. I spend a lot of time talking to existing clients and working with my team to problem solve. I love when we get to compete against huge multinational firms and (hopefully) beat them. That's always fun.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You must hold state licenses in insurance. Once you obtain that, there are hundreds of designations one can get. At the end of the day, I sell. If you're looking to "climb the corporate ladder", learn how to sell.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Get an understanding of a professional field you would like to go into. Go after it, find a mentor through networking and don't listen to people who say "you can't do that" or "it's not done that way".

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Insurance
undergrad
Bachelor
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't know if this is what I want to do for the rest of my life."

Challenges I Overcame

Career Change