Featured business person: Brad Williamson

05/08/2014 7:40 AM

05/08/2014 10:00 AM

Brad Williamson

New York Life agent

Trained on a somewhat obscure brass musical instrument called the euphonium, Williamson said he eventually decided he didn’t want to make playing that his career. But he has found the experience useful in making presentations about financial planning.

“Being up in front of people, I’m comfortable with it and natural,” he said.

Williamson said another part of his background – his father was a pastor – plays into his career as well.

“Growing up in a church really shaped my value system and made me want to help people be better stewards – get out of debt, save money for the future, have the right amount of insurance.”

Williamson will be featured in the company’s periodical for his work with a sales process called Macro Asset Perspective, used by about 15 percent of the company’s agents.

“It really launched my career,” he said.

Williamson, 33, was born in Topeka and graduated from high school in Lawrence, although his father’s work took the family as far away as Texas. He attended Wichita State University on a music scholarship, but after earning his bachelor’s degree in music performance, he went back to WSU and earned a master’s degree in business administration.

Williamson said he went into banking because he wanted “bankers’ hours,” leaving nights and weekends free for his family and church – but he says he soon realized those hours didn’t really exist.

He worked for Fidelity Bank, Intrust Bank and Credit Union of America before moving to New York Life in 2011.

Williamson and his wife, Mackenzie, have three children: Anna Lise, 6; Bryce, 4; and Katie, 19 months.

Joe Stumpe

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