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Meet Kimberly Stevens

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Stevens.

Kimberly Stevens founded Kimsurance in September 2016 after 16 years in the medical/pharmaceutical sales industry. As an insurance broker/advisor, Kimberly’s mission is to stay on top of the ever-changing insurance laws to keep her clients protected in case the worst may happen. Kimberly’s unique experience as a breast cancer survivor, pharmaceutical/medical sales representative and Medical Office manager gives her an understanding of the insurance industry from EVERY angle. Kimberly is the mother of Braden (12-23-91 through 1-7-1992).

Victoria (27) and Daniel (25), “The experience of having two children born with an orphan disease, Braden and Victoria, has taught me how to navigate and advocate for myself and my children in the medical community; both with insurance companies and hospitals.” Unfortunately, Braden passed away, but Victoria is the first and only child born with Citrullinemia who graduated from college. She successfully lives and works the Kansas City area.” During breast cancer treatment, though Kimberly has amazing medical insurance, she did not have adequate disability insurance. That led to putting all her expenses on a credit card for nine months which eventually led to bankruptcy, foreclosure and financial ruin. Now at 55, Kimberly is rebuilding her financial life by helping her clients avoid the pitfalls she knew nothing about when she needed it most – when she was battling cancer. Kimberly is a former Division 1 Hall of Fame Swimmer and currently lives in the Orlando, FL area with two very spoiled dogs.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Working for myself means there was not a steady paycheck coming in every two weeks like there was in corporate America. It’s caused me to work many more hours than the typical 40/week. Also, there are plenty of carriers who don’t pay insurance agents. Many agents will not help people who need those low paying policies. I’ve made a promise and commitment to God to help everyone who He brings my way regardless of pay. I do not “sell” policies or plans for my own financial gain and analyze long and short-term plans for my clients based on what is best for them. This has caused me to grow my business more slowly over time and I service a lot of clients who would normally have nowhere to turn.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m most proud of my children and the obstacles they’ve had to overcome due to Citrullinemia. Seeing them graduate from high school and college and become responsible contributing members of society was and is my greatest moment in life. On a personal level, I’m in LOVE with the Iowa Hawkeyes, where I swam and competed in the 1980s. I was a big ten and national champion back then. I still compete in Master’s swimming at the national level and am part of a relay that set a world record in 2009. Being inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame for Women’s’ swimming was my greatest personal moment. These obstacles and victories prove I am a fighter and survivor. I bring that to everything I do for and with my clients.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
I’m just starting to mentor younger agents and I always start with two quotes I learned when first starting out in sales. 1) No one can “want” your success more than you. Own your own successes and failures. 2) Sales is the easiest low paying job you’ll ever have and the toughest high paying job you’ll ever have.

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