05 Apr Coach Mark Wilhelm Brings Risk Management Career to Darien
If your child has been involved in Darien Youth hockey in the past decade, you probably know Coach Mark Wilhelm. He currently coaches U10 and U18 but he has been involved with various functions and readily admits that much of his free time is devoted to this passion. Mark entered the insurance industry about ten years ago as a producer. He initially was enticed by this field because, as a convivial person, he loved the idea of building a career on helping his neighbor and meeting new people while maintaining the flexibility needed to support youth sports programs and his family.
Mark began his risk management career on the heels of Hurricane Irene. Fortunately, he was a quick study and fully exposed from the onset to the critical necessity of proper insurance coverage. A year in to his new career, Superstorm Sandy hit, laying devastation to his area and clients. In the same way that Hurricane Irene laid the foundation of appreciating great insurance, Hurricane Sandy instilled in Mark what it meant to be a great insurance agent. Being an advocate for his clients and fully accessible during their times of need would become the hallmarks of his career.
When asked to describe success and the role of leadership in his life, he spoke of being authentic to oneself and being intentional in positioning people with the proper tools to be successful. These ideologies are of course, natural extensions of both coaching and risk management. With his athletes, the tools are for the game and teamwork and perhaps in some ways for life. In his career, the authenticity, positioning and proper tools are more analogous to who Mark wants to be to his clients and how he can help them be prepared so that if disaster strikes, they are not financially devastated.
In April 2018, Mark decided to join Tom Ayres (a partner at Daigle & Travers), who had trained and encouraged him in the early days of his insurance career. Looking forward, Mark is excited to see his career take him to Darien, a community he has come to cherish. In his own words, “Darien is a unique town where I’ve developed a lot of important relationships over the past ten years. I am hopeful to find more ways to grow and contribute to this wonderful town.”
Mark Wilhelm is a part of the Daigle & Travers team of Fairfield County, a group of insurance experts offering 34 years of expertise and extensive knowledge of personal and business insurance programs. For more information, you can visit daigletravers.com or call Mark at 203-655-6974.