Friday, January 22, 2010

The Importance of Role Models

I find it difficult to believe that it has been almost five years since the passing of Phil Konvitz. Mr. Phil, as many knew him, was the undisputed leader of the bail bond industry for over 50 years. Despite his physical absence from the scene, we feel his presence on a daily basis throughout AIA. Indeed, AIA stands as the legacy of Phil Konvitz.

I was very, very fortunate to have been able to spend time with Mr. Phil in the later years of his life. He taught me many things about this business, both through his words and through his example. He was the kind of leader that we should all strive to be, one who leads with his actions and not merely his words.

I have been lucky throughout my life to have many great role models who have helped me along the way. I learned very early on that it is very important to listen and learn from those who came before you. Too often it is easy to rush to judgment without the experience or knowledge necessary to achieve your success.

In addition to Mr. Phil, I have been very fortunate to have worked side by side with my father, Robert Nairin who has been a leader in the bail bond industry for nearly 50 years. My dad has proven to be an excellent role model for me as an intelligent, thoughtful and caring businessman who is always extremely committed to the success and well being of our agents. I am extremely lucky to continue to be able to work closely with him and, to this day continue to learn valuable lessons from him.

The lesson in all of this, as I reflect on these two great mentors, is the importance of learning from role models. I have learned a tremendous amount about both my profession and myself by just listening to men like Mr. Phil and my father. The impact these men have made on my life and on AIA is profound and continues even today in our dedication to providing the highest level of customer service and support. I am honored to have had these great industry leaders in my life. I believe that throughout a career, learning and education is something that never stops. I encourage all of you to pay attention to those around you who have been successful and listen carefully to the lessons they can provide through their actions and their words.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that no matter how well you think you're doing something, there is always someone who can teach you something and make you better than you'd be on your own. I appreciated reading your post. Keep up the good work!