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Top 40: Brandt Galloway

Most career experts would say the ideal characteristics an insurance agent must possess is they enjoy being around people and build relationships easily.

If so, Brandt Galloway fits the profile perfectly.

Reading people and understanding how to deal with different personalities are certainly tools that Galloway, who owns Galloway Chandler McKinney Insurance Agency in Columbus, uses every day of his life.

“Technically, we don’t offer a tangible product – we sell peace of mind and security,” he said. “I try to be empathetic and understand our customers. Secondly, I believe in the team approach and try to cultivate an environment of teamwork within our agency. That is something that I take pride in and continually strive to achieve.”

Galloway’s agency sells all lines of insurance – life and health, personal and commercial. He purchased the business from a bank in 2009 and says he’s amazed at how it’s flourished despite dire economic times.

“When I moved back to Columbus in 2007, I could not have imagined that things would work out as they have so far,” said the 32-year-old Galloway. “I did not envision the opportunity to be an owner of an agency so quickly, but it has been a blessing.”

Prior to launching GCM, the Mississippi State University alumnus worked for Travelers Insurance in Nashville. While there, Galloway primarily handled large construction accounts. Upon leaving, he maintained one of the largest books of business of any Travelers underwriter in the Southeast region at $13 million.

Despite his professional success, the energetic Galloway still finds time to give back to the Columbus community.  Currently, he is an active board member for Main Street Columbus, United Way of Lowndes County and Columbus-Lowndes County LINK.

Melissa Cook vice president for LINK, says Galloway gives tirelessly of his time to help the city and county move forward in a positive direction.

“Since he’s moved back here, Brandt has immersed himself in the community,” she said. “His managerial skills are exceptional and he goes above and beyond with any task assigned to him.”

Galloway lists his most significant personal accomplishment as the completion of two Ironman triathlons.

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