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Looking Back on an INCREDIBLE DECADE
It’s that time again! I can hardly believe it’s already 2020, but it’s a new year and a new decade, and that’s incredible.
Nara actually just bought me out of the Fiesta franchise system, so I was with Fiesta for a full decade! It was a great opportunity, and it provided me with a great life over the past 10 years. While I may have handed off Fiesta, I haven’t gotten completely out of property and casualty insurance sales. I still maintain an independent agency — Legal Insurance Agency. While I was working in insurance, I was also at the University of Texas at Arlington getting my MBA. This was from 2010–2013. I went to school part time as I grew my insurance business. When the insurance business started to do well, I took a year off from school to focus on the business. Then, in 2014, I started law school. Law school took a lot of my focus — much more than when I was getting my MBA. This meant I had to take time off from work. I became an absentee owner in my agencies and grinded my way through law school as a full-time student from 2014–2017. Fast forward to April 2018. That is when Alison and I got married. Alison has definitely had a positive impact on me this last decade. Then, one month later, I passed the Texas bar exam and immediately opened my own firm. Since the day we opened our doors, we’ve been growing rapidly. We’ve already had the privilege of helping many injured victims who needed representation against other drivers and insurance companies. I look forward to being there for more people in the coming decade. It’s been an incredible journey so far, but in many ways, it’s just beginning.
Looking back, I can say the last nine years, from 2010–2019, were pretty good for me. I was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous on Sept. 5, 2010. I was 30 years old at the time, and I had battled drugs and alcohol since I was in high school. I held steady for several years after that but had a relapse that lasted a couple of months in 2016. I was in law school at the time. Other than that relapse, I’ve maintained sobriety for most of the last decade, and I get to start a new decade completely sober. This challenge gave me the perspective I needed to start making a real difference in other people’s lives. I now get the privilege of helping others who are battling addictions, and being a supportive influence has become a big part of my life. The beginning of the last decade was also when I opened my first Fiesta Auto Insurance franchise. It was in December 2009, so I started 2010 as a new business owner. Nara Diaz was one of my first team members, and we ultimately grew the business into three locations.
-Matt Aulsbrook 1
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