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Jordan McCarter | Cocktails with KB

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]When I first met Jordan McCarter, I knew life was about to get more exciting. Here is someone who is passionate about life, about meeting new people and getting to know them. Those qualities are perfect for his role at Pearson Dunn Insurance; he is the “Connector”. That’s what it says on his business card. When I asked him to join me for cocktails, I geared up for a great conversation, and that’s exactly what I got. 
We sat down and chatted over Manhattan’s (his) and Gin and Tonics (mine), oysters, and charcuterie at Tavern on George in Hess Village.

KB: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
JM: My uncle John once told me “Never take a sandwich to a buffet.”

KB: Why Hamilton?
JM: Born and raised. I really like the people, there are a lot of good people in Hamilton.  There’s a lot of history in Hamilton…more than most people know, more than I know.

KB: Give me three words to describe Hamilton.
JM: Great opportunity everywhere.

KB: What’s the best thing about what you do?
JM: Lunch.

Also, working with my family is pretty awesome.  It’s the accountability. It’s an incredible opportunity. One that I’d like to have with my kids some day.

KB: What’s the worst thing about what you do?
JM: Working with my family.  Just kidding.

The perception of our [insurance] industry.  Nobody likes it, nobody wants to buy it, and everyone hates the insurance guy.  I want to change that perception.  I’m working on eliminating the points of pain throughout the insurance process.  And, by points of pain, I mean seeing your premium go up and being frustrated because you don’t know why it’s going up.

KB: What’s your motto?
JM: Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.

KB: What’s the best thing about 2014?
JM: Tim Hortons Field.

KB: How is the insurance world changing?
JM: Telematics, also known as usage-based insurance. It gives insurance companies the ability to adjust your premium on your driving habits and characteristics. If you’re driving 50,000 kilometres a year, you’ll be rated for driving 50,000 kilometres a year.  If you’re driving during rush hour, you’ll be rated as someone who drives during rush hour. Statistics show that if you’re driving during rush hour, you’re a higher risk driver and this device will tell the insurance companies.   If you’re braking hard, if you’re not using a turn signal, anything like that.  If you’re driving during rush hour, you’re a higher risk driver, so this device will tell the industry.  It personalizes the industry.

It has been tried before, in the late 90’s, but the consumer didn’t adopt it.
The data will only be used to lower your premium.

KB: What is one thing people need to know about insurance?
JM: You can’t buy more when you need it.  In other words, make sure you’re properly insured and that you understand the policy so that when you have an issue (claim) there are no surprises.

KB: What has been the biggest learning curve of your life?
JM: Thankfully, they’re not a client anymore.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey”][vc_column_text]

Lightning Round

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life? See reasonsjordanisgrumpy.tumblr.com   Just kidding, it’s actually 10.

Best gift you’ve ever received? It’s the Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit, cut out of wood.  It hands on my wall.

How do you like your coffee? Black.

Favourite band? Less than Jake.

Favourite solo artist? Jay-Z.

A book you plan on reading? The 4-Hour Work Week. (and those 4 hours are lunch).

What do you love on a pizza? Everything. (Is that an answer?).

Dolphins or koalas? Dolphins.  They’re smarter.

Favourite colour? Tarheel blue.

Least Favourite colour? Hot pink.

Best way to decompress? Washington State Syrah.

Weirdest word in the English language? Lexicon (I don’t like this question).

If your life were a song, what would the title be? I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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