In 2001, Cory Albin, a football player at Rocky Mountain College, organized “Bears on Bulls,” a fundraiser in which Rocky’s student athletes got a chance to test their skills against real bucking bulls.
When he became an agent for Farm Bureau Insurance seven years ago, he had a different idea about how his career would pan out.
“When I started with Farm Bureau, I thought I would be out in the country dealing with a lot of farmers and ranchers,” said Albin, who is from Sidney. “But it turned out a lot of my clients live in town or are just regular 8-to-5 workers. We definitely have ranching clients. But really, it’s a very diverse clientele.”
Describe how you got where you are in your work today. I wanted to purchase life insurance before my daughter was born, so I went to a local agent. He introduced me to Tom Cunningham, the agency manager in this area, and after a series of interviews and tests, I was given the opportunity to pursue a career with Farm Bureau Insurance & Financial Services. Starting as a scratch agent was difficult during the first few years. My perseverance kept me going through the hard times and has led me to the rewarding career I have today. I could not have done it without the help and support from my family, friends and mentors.
What’s the toughest challenge that you have faced in your business? Creating such a great group of clients. I starting with zero clients the first month, so after you visit with your family and friends, who else do you call? There were days when I would sit in my office not having any appointments or anyone to call. With good time management and a hard work ethic, I was able to build a business that I am proud of. I strive to be that person someone can call if they are in an auto accident, something happens to their home, or worst-case scenario, something happens to a loved one.
What did you learn from that challenge? Having family, friends and mentors to set great examples and show admirable leadership can help you through the toughest times in your life. I also believe that hard work and dedication will always pay off in the end.
What’s the best business advice you have received? “Someone is always taking your picture” and “Be employed tomorrow.”
Who gave you that advice? Tom Cunningham.
Here’s what I’d like to do to improve my community: I would like to continue to educate and help clients with their insurance and financial needs. I would also like to continue contributing to my community when possible.
Aside from profit and loss, how do you measure success in your job? The ability to make a difference in my the lives of my clients as well as their satisfaction in the service and products we provide.
Which living person do you most admire? My parents. They taught me to be ethical, reliable and hard working. I am so thankful for everything they have done to help me get to where I am today.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being a single dad and watching my daughter grow into a sweet and intelligent little girl. I now look forward to watching her grow into a beautiful young adult with my wife, Bethany. My greatest business achievements are yet to be. I aspire to be a leader within my company as well as my industry. I am a 2014 qualifier for the Million Dollar Round Table, which is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. Most importantly, be the kind of husband and father that my wife and family can be proud of.
I’m happiest when I’m… traveling and spending time with my friends and family.