Maria has been an Insurance Agent since 2000. She started by offering supplemental insurance to the Public Sector in LA County where she mainly worked with law enforcement. She joined organizations that taught about life insurance and annuities and how products can enhance her clients' needs. She also started to offer products to companies so that they can enhance the benefits they offer to their employees with no unnecessary costs to them.
After an accident took her husband’s life in 2012 just shy of a year before his retirement, Maria got involved with a Support Group and started volunteering. She began doing speaking engagements to share her story. She hoped to reach people in order to educate, raise awareness, and help them realize they should “put their life in order." Insurance took on a whole new meaning after the accident.
Maria takes trips to visit her son in TN and her family in Sweden. She loves the outdoors and tries hard to live in the moment, enjoy life, and see the blessings it offers each and every day.
Q: How long have you been an Insurance Agent?
A: I have been an Insurance Agent for 20+ years.
Q: What was the first job you ever had?
A: I worked at a grocery store in my hometown in Sweden.
Q: What is the most satisfying aspect of your work?
A: Educating and assisting clients how to “Bulletproof” their lives. I teach them everything from how to pay off a mortgage early to making sure they have the right insurance in place to the estate planning and retirement.
Q: Explain what you do in five words or less.
A: Show people how to Bulletproof.
Q: What money (or career) advice do you wish you could give your 18-year-old self?
A: Learn how to trade on the stock market.
Q: Name one thing about your job that most people would be surprised to hear.
A: I do so much more than talk about Life Insurance……lol
Q: Where do you see your industry heading in the next 10 years?
A: I think taxes are going up for sure. Inflation is super high. The pandemic has shown the industry that they have to evolve and build products to take care of multiple needs.
Q: If you could give your clients only one piece of advice what would it be?
A: To not “put off taking care of business.” Life is precious; it can change as fast as I snap my fingers.
Q: What big projects do you have coming up in the next 12-months either personally or professionally?
A: Professionally to take the Bulletproof concept to more law enforcement agencies and share my story. Personally to take a big trip to Sweden next year for my best friend’s wedding.
Q: Why should someone choose a CPA instead of doing their own work?
A: It’s always better to use an expert. They are educated and informed in all the latest updates and rules in their area of expertise. Your rate of success goes way up.
Q: The mountains, the beach, or the desert?
A: The Beach but I also really like the mountains for skiing and hiking.
Q: What other interests/hobbies are you passionate about?
A: I’m the President of LAPD Family Support Group. It’s a nonprofit group of families of fallen LAPD police officers. We create meetings, events, and general support for our families. I love to support and assist our families. It’s very rewarding and close to my heart.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
A: I was born in Sweden. My dad always told me to be honest and treat others the way you want to be treated. I always remembered that and lived by that. I have my sisters back in Sweden but have been blessed to adopt a great family here. I have one grown son who I’m very proud of that lives in TN.
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