John Marchetti expresses contentment with all areas of his life and admits he is a fortunate man. The 47-year-old president of Marchetti Robertson & Brickell Insurance and Bonding Agency of Ridgeland has no complaints about his professional and personal life.
Upon graduating from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 1983, he followed his father, the owner of an independent insurance agency in Jackson, into the business, thinking he might later change to something else.
“I wasn’t sure that’s what I wanted to do, but I did believe I wanted a career in sales,” he now says. “I thought that his business would be a good place to start even if I changed industries later. I joined my dad’s agency in 1983 and am still in the business today. I love what I do, which is a good thing because at this point in my life I’m not sure I would know how to do anything else for a living.”
Marchetti likes the people with whom he’s involved in the insurance business, constantly dealing with people. “I like the diversity. I may start the day meeting with a contractor to discuss a performance/payment bond that’s required for a job he wants to bid next week,” he says, “and after lunch meet with a doctor who has patented a breakthrough medical device and needs products liability insurance to begin selling his product. It’s all very interesting and never monotonous.”
He also likes the competitive nature of sales and enjoys doing his best and seeing how that measures up in the marketplace. He sees challenges for the industry with political and governmental intervention.
“Politicians can make a lot of hay for themselves attacking the insurance industry whether it is in the area of disaster relief, healthcare or other,” he says. “No doubt, our industry has challenges and abuses. There are bad people in every industry, but in all my days I cannot recall a single instance where the federal government’s fix of a problem has resulted in the people being better off.
“The more government fixes the insurance industry, the worse off consumers will be. Our free market economy will correct and punish every abuse if we allow it to work.”
A loyal MSU supporter, Marchetti says if he wasn’t selling insurance products, he would be doing the radio play-by-play commentary for Mississippi State football and basketball. “That is, of course, if Jack Cristil wouldn’t mind,” he adds.
He even designed the baseball uniforms the MSU baseball team wore for several years beginning in 1987 or 1988. That’s something he says most people would be surprised to learn about him.
A lifelong resident, Marchetti was born in Jackson in 1960 and grew up on Hartsdale Drive, the son of Bob and Jackie Marchetti, who still live in the city, as does his brother, David, and his family. School days included Jackson Public Schools, First Presbyterian Day School and Jackson Prep.
“My parents were the strongest influence in my growing up years,” he says. “They modeled their Christian faith every day in our home. Their love for Jesus Christ was clearly evident in their words and actions. This had a profound effect on me.”
In 1984, Marchetti married his college sweetheart, Linda Lloyd, and he says they’ve had 24 wonderful years together.
“I am blessed with the happiest family a man could hope for,” he says. “We have three outstanding children that we are very proud of. Our daughter, Gray, is a freshman at Mississippi State. Our sons, Robert and Joe, are in the 11th and 7th grades, respectively, at Jackson Prep. All three bring us great joy and pride in their accomplishments and their character.”
Aside from enjoying spending time with his family, Marchetti gets a lot of pleasure from running in the mornings with friends in the Heatherwood Running Club.
“They are a great group of guys, and we have saved each other thousands of dollars in therapy bills because we’re so good at solving each other’s problems by the time each morning’s run is over.” he says
His other community involvement includes serving as a ruling elder and Sunday school teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Church, PCA.
Contact MBJ contributing writer Lynn Lofton at email@example.com.