Q and A with Joel Kleist
Q. Tell us a little about yourself (your name, title at company, where you are from, etc.)
A. My name is Joel Kleist and I am an Account Executive at Allied Insurance Managers, Inc. I was born and raised in Michigan, and I love this state. I am married to my beautiful wife Dayna, and we have a pooch named Brisket. She is a Portuguese Water Dog. In my free time I enjoy exercising, spending time with my wife, playing sports and just being outside and active.
Q. How did you first learn about Allied Insurance Managers?
A. I heard about Allied Insurance Managers through their internship program in spring of 2013.
Q. What do you like most about Allied Insurance Managers?
A. When I first started as an intern, it was very clear to me that the agency valued their employees, and operated with integrity. I believe that is imperative to running an agency, and I am glad to be a part of such an ethical organization.
Q. How do you define success?
A. I believe success is dictated simply by the accomplishment of goals in both your personal life and in business. So consequently, success varies from individual to individual. As I accomplish the goals I have set for myself, I find satisfaction overall in my life.
Q. What are your top three life highlights?
A. Getting married, the day we started our child adoption process, and being casted with my wife, as an extra in the Batman v. Superman movie (we made it into the movie).
Q.What does a typical day look like for you?
A. Wake up, get ready, drink my coffee and my protein shake. In the morning, I tackle my emails and the tedious tasks of putting in applications and then spend the rest of the day prospecting or taking care of my clients. What I enjoy most about my job is meeting new people and learning about their business: what they did to build it or survive different setbacks and then coming through it all stronger. It’s extremely interesting and motivating.
Q.What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
A. There are two answers. In my personal life it would be letting my wife know how much I appreciate her. In business I would say the most important thing would be that, regardless of the situation always operate with integrity.