Entering the commercial space
30 August 2019 | Business
I started working at King Price Insurance in 2017 as a broker manager and I was thrown into the deep end from day one. That was the quickest way to get a 26-year-old youngster going in the commercial space, as it was a major eye-opener for me. Being fairly fresh out of college, I had no idea how this commercial game was played. Nonetheless, it all became easier and now I am having a blast. Working with insurance brokers 90% of my time, we can often be seen at the nearest coffee bar discussing work-related things. They are also my business partners and one thing I have realised in our small market is that strong relationships will get you far in the commercial space but also in your personal life.
I have a strong sports background and an office job was the last thing I ever wanted. I am sure a lot of young professionals feel the same way but with great flexibility comes great responsibility and that is something I have always strongly believed in. It is also one of the factors that will get young professionals to the top in any industry, not only insurance.
I was part of the business development team when we opened our branches at the start of 2019 and being a part of that was really amazing. My team was faced with a lot of challenges in the beginning but our branches are booming in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Mariental, Otjiwarongo and Ongwediva and it is really awesome to see what impact we as King Price have on the whole of Namibia. It is a pleasure to be able to share the King Price experience with all people, even in the smaller towns of Namibia.
In conclusion, I believe entering the commercial space could be very beneficial to any young professional as the knowledge you gain is priceless. Any person with a good amount of logic can make a killing in the industry.
I thank King Price Insurance for this opportunity and for being an awesome company to work for.
* Heinrich Smit is a business development manager at King Price Insurance
Heinrich Smit is grateful for the opportunity to work at King Price Insurance.
Photo: Evany van Wyk