Meet Matt Greenway, vice president, commercial insurance at FNIC.
Tell us a little about your business. – I work with businesses to protect their assets by building comprehensive property and casualty insurance programs. The insurance industry is constantly changing and as a risk advisor for my clients, it is my job to stay ahead of the curve on new coverages and exclusions that are introduced to the market. Insurance policies, especially on the business side, are not created equal and business owners may not be aware of the can deficiencies. The FNIC (fnicgroup.com) organization has always taken great pride in our coverage knowledge. I feel we do an excellent job educating our new team members and make coverage knowledge priority one. Insurance really is a fun and interesting industry. I get to work with a variety of businesses in different industries which means no client or day is the same for me.
How did you get started in the business? – I would guess 95% of insurance professionals will tell you they didn’t go to college to be in insurance, they fell into it. My Dad was an Ag banker all of his life so I figured I’d follow in his footsteps. My first “real” job after college (2010) was at a bank refinancing sub-prime mortgage loans. After eight months on the job, they fired our division nationwide because of the effects of the 2008 financial crash. I wanted to stay in sales because I love interacting with people and a family friend told me I should give insurance sales a try. I got my start selling personal lines insurance for the Gale Breed State Farm Agency and quickly found out insurance isn’t such a bad gig.
Tell us a little about your family. – My wife Alex is a nurse and we have a four-year-old son, Leo. Leo is a very curious kid always asking why and he loves helping me “attempt” to fix things around the house.
Who inspires you? – My 93-year-old cancer-surviving and football-loving grandfather who lives in Athens, GA. He’s the happiest guy on the planet. Unfortunately, he’s dealt with losing several loved ones throughout his life including three spouses prematurely to illness and his only daughter. He is the most positive and determined person I have ever met. He tells me on our weekly phone calls to start planning his 100th birthday party.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “You can have anything you want, but not everything you want.” – Dan McLaughlin, Wayne State College head football coach
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – I’ve been teaching Junior Achievement to 8th graders at St. John’s for the last 11 years. Our curriculum focuses on personal finance and getting kids ready for the real world challenges like budgeting, credit scores, career choices, etc. It is really rewarding to see the kids light up and get excited about their future. The Lincoln Junior Achievement chapter is one of the best in the country and we’re lucky to have it available to our future leaders.
What is your favorite TV show? – The Office.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – This is a tough one. For a date night, either The Oven downtown or Casa Bovina.
If you could have dinner with one person from the past or present, who would it be? – My grandmother Rosina who I’ve never met. She was a true Southern Belle from what I’ve been told.