In September’s edition of Nuts & Bolts, we learn about Geoffrey Ferland of Hummingbird Insurance. Since starting Hummingbird over 3 years ago, he has enjoyed helping clients protect their loved ones and their wallet with free professional help.
What is something exciting happening at your business currently?
We are currently gearing up for health insurance Open Enrollment for 2018. There have been several changes in the marketplaces, including some major network changes within the largest carrier which is creating some confusion and anxiety for patients. We are trying to help folks navigate their options and get the best care they have access to.
What piece of advice do you wish you would have been told earlier in life?
That failure is the grandfather of success. That luck is just as strong as hard work. And that it takes some experience of all to achieve anything real, meaningful or lasting.
When you get “away”, where is away?
I love to get away. Almost daily. Ideally, it’s on a hike somewhere around the area with my wife, kids and dog in tow. We try to get out every day, but it definitely gets a little tougher in the winter.
Words to live by?
My favorite words to live by are summarized in a poem from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
If someone has one day in Asheville, what do you tell them they must see/do/go?
Overall, I think West Asheville and the River Arts District are the most real and historic parts of town that are currently going through a nice revitalization. They’ve been undergoing a sort of Renaissance over the past 20 years or so, and will likely continue to do so for the next several.
Hummingbird Insurance was started in 2015 and is the top-rated insurance agency in Western North Carolina.