Community Leader and Past President, JL Hubbard Insurance and Bonds
Who was your first mentor in life?
In my younger and formative years it was definitely my mother, father and older brothers. I grew up in a large Irish Catholic family full of fun and love. In my adult years and since I’ve lived in Decatur I would have to say Jim Hubbard who hired me right out of college in 1978. He took me under his wing and taught me how to be fearless, to dream big and to ask for God’s help. The other person who was a huge influence on me was Frank Tyrolt owner of Dunn Co. He too was an example courage, strength, generosity and faithfulness. He became me a very good friend and an important part of my life. May God rest his soul.
What was your most memorable lesson?
This is what Jim and Frank taught me.To Serve others and you will receive. To Focus on Revenue it solves a lot of problems. Learn from others and pick your friends carefully. Differentiate yourself. Most importantly build a personal relationship with God.
What does community mean to you?
This community has given my family and me a great life. Sue and I have been accepted in Decatur and Macon County ever since the first year that we moved here in 1978. It’s definitely our home and it always will be. We are thrilled that our three children have come back to Decatur/ Forsyth to live here too. The people are friendly, the schools are impressive, and the quality of life is just fine. We often brag about this great central Illinois city whenever we travel.
Why are you involved in the community?
Because Decatur is a city that gets things done. We have people who care, that gets involve, that donate large sums of money, and donates whatever time it takes to care of each other. I’m so proud to be a part of a city with so much character.
What advice would you give to people who want to do more?
Don’t be shy. Be visible and be willing to work toward whatever passion that you have in your heart. People in this community will embrace you, they will appreciate you and they will recognize you for your efforts. More importantly you will receive great satisfaction and happiness from knowing you made an important difference.