As the CEO of National Agents Alliance, some might find it surprising that Andy Albright lives in the same Burlington, NC farmhouse where he grew up. Even though he hasn’t moved very far, those who know Andy best know he’s come a long way to make it to the top.
The road to success can take a detour. I tell people that I do not care if they come from Yale or jail; it is what you do from today that counts. I do not care if you are a redneck or a blueblood, its attitude that counts.
~ Andy Albright
Andy spent his youth working the fields, playing baseball, and dreaming of how he could improve his circumstances. Electing a path of education over professional sports, he graduated from NC State University with a degree in textile sciences. He would spend the next 11 years proving his leadership ability at textile companies such as Glen Raven Mills, Allied Signal, and Burlington Industries. That career might have been enough for some, but not Andy.
Everything changed when his wife’s health took a turn for the worst. With the family finances as they were, Jane had no choice but to continue her work as a school teacher through her illness. That was the last straw. From that point on, Andy vowed to do whatever it took to climb out of that situation. His opportunity came when he met future National Agents Alliance partner Philip Hudgins who was a manager in a life insurance-based business. Andy was so excited about Philip’s sales system that he insisted on learning about it right away. From that moment on, he was sold and never looked back.
Andy got his insurance license in 1998, co-founded National Agents Alliance in 2002 with Philip Hudgins and Barry Clarkson, and was appointed as NAA’s CEO in 2006. Throughout it all, he’s been hard at work turning National Agents Alliance into the best company it can be. His favorite part about the NAA opportunity is that it empowers you to take control of your life. You can work as much or as little as you want and take charge of your own destiny. As he likes to put it, thanks to National Agents Alliance, he can, “Have fun, make money, and eat good.”
Despite how far he’s come, of course, Andy’s not one to settle. “I’ve never prayed for patience,” Andy says, “and I don’t anticipate I ever will.” Within the next five years, he plans to lead National Agents Alliance past the $1-billion mark and transform it into a full-fledged insurance company. In his never-ending goal for improvement, Andy advises his agents and employees alike to read, read, and read some more. Andy values reading so much that he gifts his NAA employees with a free book from his personal reading list every month.
There’s a difference between simple and easy. Simple means it’s not complicated. Easy means it requires no effort. These steps, like me, are simple.
~ Andy Albright
Andy Albright lives in the Burlington suburb of Union Ridge with his wife Jane, his daughter Haleigh, his son Spencer, the family’s pond of Koi fish, and their five dogs.
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