This story of USHEALTH Group’s career success doesn’t start the way you might think. Born in the expansive state of Texas, Randy Hildebrandt strove to go big in life, much as the state itself is so well known for. He was a pitcher for Anderson Shiro High School in Anderson, Texas, and made quite a name for himself hurling 92-mph fastballs as a junior. He impressed a lot of people with his talent for baseball, which made sense— Randy idolized one of the biggest stars in Major League Baseball at the time, Nolan Ryan.
A Difficult Beginning
Ryan retired in 1993 with 5,714 strikeouts, and Randy, like any other young hopeful, dreamed of joining the acclaimed ranks of the MLB as a major league pitcher. But Randy’s baseball career saw the end of the line – he injured his shoulder in one of many high school games, and although the first surgery was a success, his time with the Blinn College team didn’t last either. In his own words, Randy soon became a “liability,” and it didn’t take long for him to realize that he had to turn his back on baseball.
After leaving Blinn, Randy got accepted at A&M, where he joined the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band while majoring in business and economics. Outside of the college classroom, Randy worked as a bartender and waited tables, and while his majors promised a high-paying job in the future, Randy recalls that they weren’t actually his ideal choice.
Where to Go Next
He eventually got a degree and saved up some cash. Along with his beloved truck, Randy had nothing else to his name—not even a solid plan.
Unsure of what to do, Randy decided to post his résumé on Career Builder and Monster. Eventually, he received a call from a woman named Connie, claiming she could help Randy. However, the young Texas native soon became hesitant, learning from Connie that the job offer involved selling health coverage. With the office location being in Round Rock, near Austin, Randy was also looking at a 200-mile drive.. But, the woman was confident and assertive, and so Randy gave in.
Randy ended up in a room full of eight people, who quickly lost interest as the job was being presented. Being the only one left, the presenter forwarded Randy’s résumé to a man named Kevin Ferrell. The very next day, he received a call from Connie saying that he was to be interviewed by Mr. Ferrell. So, Randy drove back to Round Rock, took a test, passed it, and started training.
Fast forward to six months later, and Randy’s life had become a routine, at least during Mondays. He would meet Mr. Ferrell for a meeting, but despite having been employed for half a year, he still was unsure of what to do. Randy had no idea how to sell health coverage, and overall described his experience as simply: “I sucked.”
Nevertheless, Randy didn’t lose his dreams of going big, and he soon found himself studying what the big earners were doing. He got one of the more established agents to be his mentor, who advised Randy to stay with him for a full year to learn the ropes. The young college graduate could have easily left,–but ignited by trust and faith, he stayed, listened to his mentor, and there he built the foundation of what he is today.
Leap of Faith
In 2012, Randy made a leap of faith. He left his former job and moved to USHEALTH Advisors (USHA). Presently, he works as a Satellite Division Leader. After meeting CEO Troy McQuagge, Randy was inspired to become one of the top leaders and producers at USHEALTH Group.
Rather than simply promoting health coverage and supplementary products, USHA is an insurance provider that aims to enact a positive difference in the lives of many people.
In 2010, the agents of USHA created the Helping Other People Everyday (HOPE) program. Together, they have raised thousands of dollars and continue to make donations to communities who need it the most.
HOPE’s first project helped thousands of people acquire new homes in New Orleans after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Working together with the Phoenix of New Orleans (PNOLA) organization, USHA agents volunteered and labored to make sure that Mid-City residents were safe and well fed.
To this day, USHEALTH Group continues to push HOPE to help communities and residents grow.
Today, Randy is already a married man and father of two boys. His wife, Ashley, is the “rock of the family,” and serves as his inspiration along with their children. Randy still strives to be the best in what he’s doing at USHEALTH Group by helping more people along the way through his work and living by the golden rule, his mantra in life.
For more information about USHealth Group careers visit USHACareers.com.
For more information on CEO Troy McQuagge visit his SlideShare page.