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Dean McDermitt has had an interesting road to becoming an insurance agent/registered representative. Dean received his Construction Engineering Degree from Iowa State University, but worked in sales selling educational reference guides to families in North Carolina the summer between his junior and senior year. “I’d have to say, looking back at that experience defined the person I am today, I just didn’t realize it until later.”
Dean started his career with Peter Kiewit & Son’s Construction Company in the Albuquerque, NM office. He worked between New Mexico and Colorado on multiple jobs working his way up to Project Engineer, one step below Superintendent. After 3 years of biding his time working where he was asked to go, Dean found out he wasn’t being groomed to go any further with Kiewit. Ironically, he was friends with a few other graduates who lived in Albuquerque, without knowing each other in school. Dean was asked to interview for a mortgage loan officer position, told about from one of these friends.
Dean got the position and was now in the services field. He was very successful and after only six months, he started to get groomed for management. “It was very natural for me to talk about saving money with people in their homes. I guess my engineering background of solving problems came in handy. It’s just that I’m solving financial problems, instead of construction problems.” Dean was to become the manager in the Seattle office in a few short months. However, the company was rumored to be sold so he decided to move back and start over in his home town, Omaha. Dean worked in the mortgage field for 12 years, before the real estate bubble crash. He even owned his own mortgage brokerage from 2003-2009.
Dean decided it was time to change careers once again, and looked to his mother for guidance. Linda made the comment, if he were to get his life insurance and registered representative license, he could work alongside her as a team. So that is what he did. We all knew he had the work ethic and intelligence, but we didn’t know he would almost ace those exams.
Now it is apparent, this is Dean’s calling. He is genuine, friendly, outgoing, thorough, direct, knowledgeable, and very analytical when recommending actions for his clients to take. “That very first sales job the summer between my junior and senior year of college, not only was the key to getting hired with Kiewit, but would be the absolute foundation for my life!”
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