JOHN LAPOINTE

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Account Executive

LaPointe Insurance Agency

Age: 25

ABOUT HIM: Born and raised in Swansea, attended La Salle Academy in Providence for high school and met his now fiancee Nicole Almeida, graduating in 2011. They live in Cumberland, R.I., and he graduated Boston College in 2015 with a degree in sociology.

WHY YOUR FIELD?  It’s a family business; My grandfather Herman Lapointe started it in 1960 with Michaud & Poirier Insurance Agency. My Aunt Colette Lapointe McKeon is treasurer and chief operating officer, and my father, Bill Lapointe, is president and expanded with our offices in Westport and North Attleboro. I always had this thought of a career in insurance in the back of my mind, but growing up it wasn’t my goal. You could say insurance is in my blood, though I never thought of it as a career until about two years after I graduated from college and working at Massachusetts General Hospital in development. I joined the family business in 2016, knowing no one was going to continue it into the third generation. My long-term goal is to some day buy the agency and continue the legacy my grandfather began.

BEST CAREER ADVICE:  It might sound cliche, but work hard. My favorite quote that’s pinned by my computer at work by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is “Be humble, be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.”

HARDEST LESSON LEARNED: Whenever I’ve gotten myself into trouble it is because I’m not being patient. I have to tell myself to not try to do too much, too fast. I think it comes with the territory of being a millennial, but we’re all so caught up with instant gratification. Life is a marathon not a sprint.

MENTOR(S): My Dad is my biggest mentor. We have a great working relationship, and I am just grateful to work with him every day. From the technical aspects of insurance policies, to sales techniques and general business advice, he’s my go-to and he always makes himself available for me. Working together is awesome. It’s like stealing time. At my age, I think most people talk to their dad only once in a while, but we see each other every day. It hasn’t once felt like it strained our personal relationship, in fact it has probably strengthened it.

GIVING BACK: I run an organization called “Young Professionals of Greater Fall River.” Our goal is to develop and encourage the positive attributes young professionals bring to the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island as a whole by valuing commitment, ambition, civic engagement, integrity, respect and camaraderie in a welcoming atmosphere. We host events each month to bring young professionals together and grow their businesses, and support the communities we work in through volunteer events. I also have spent some time volunteering with the Rotary Club in North Attleboro, to help various causes in the local community with fundraising events and volunteering. And I try to be active with the local chambers of commerce (Tri-Town and United Regional).

WHAT TALENT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD MOST THAT YOU DON'T NOW? I really wish I was a handyman. To my fiancee's dismay, I just am not. My to-be father-in-law is a contractor, and he can fix just about anything. How can I live up to that?!

WHAT AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS HAVE YOU RECEIVED IN YOUR CAREER? None to speak of yet, but I’m working towards one. I am only 25 and have two years of insurance under my belt. I’m licensed in insurance in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and currently working toward getting a designation in my continuing education classes. The certification is called Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (or CRIS for short). It is a specialized curriculum focusing on the insurance and risk management needs of construction projects and contractors. Those who complete the program are entitled to display the CRIS certification to certify their knowledge of construction insurance and risk management and dedication to the industry. Most of my work is with home and other property owners, and contractors, so I’m hoping this recognition will help me to better serve those people.