After 13 years working in business development, including roles with both the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Seifried began considering a career change. While he loved serving as an ambassador for Branson and keeping up with the granular details of southwest Missouri’s business community, he felt a natural pull to evolve in his profession, and he hoped to balance this need with his desire to remain in southwest Missouri.
In January, he started talking with Connell Insurance about taking on a leadership role, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he put his aspirations on hold. Once Branson began implementing strategies to re-open its economy, Seifried knew he could revisit his own plan to move forward, but it was an unnerving time for such a leap. “I don’t know that I ever thought I would include ‘having a career change during a pandemic’ on my resumé,” he says.
Before he made the leap, Seifried leaned on mentors and friends who helped him wade through the pros and cons. While insurance is a new field for him, his passion, combined with his experience, made it a natural fit. “In my case, I might not have had insurance experience, but I had relationship building experience, business-to-business experience and a strong understanding of sales,” Seifried says. “For anyone considering a career change, it’s important to remember that skill sets transition themselves into other industries quite effectively.” Seifried is now officially under the Connell Insurance umbrella where he’s working as its president and CEO.