A heightened sense of belonging is how Tammy McCarthy has felt in the weeks following her selection as Insurance Business Canada's Broker of the Year from a pool of top-notch insurance brokers across the country.
Voted on by her peers, the prestigious honor was presented to McCarthy at a special awards dinner held in Toronto.
“We have always known Tammy as a world-class insurance professional,” said Tracy Makris, President of Bryson Insurance. “It is beautiful to see her being recognized by her peers in the industry as well.”
“When I first received the award, it was a bit surreal,” said McCarthy, Director of Transportation at Bryson Insurance, as she relives the moment her name was announced. “Since then, one of the things that has touched me the most is the outpouring of congratulations and support from insurers, staff and other industry professionals.”
Growing up with a father as a rock musician, life on the road became second nature for McCarthy. There’s not much of the North American countryside, and beyond, she hasn’t seen. Today, after more than 20 plus years in insurance, that inherent passion for travel and unwavering respect for those who make a living on the country’s roadways shine through as one of the transport industry’s most knowledgeable personalities.
“I discovered early on my journey that I had a passion for the trucking sector and its unique opportunities," said McCarthy who joined Bryson as head of its transportation sector in September 2013.
“As a broker, choosing to develop expertise in this niche has brought me success,” she continued, cognisant, however, of how a hardened marketplace and ensuring the safety of motorists will require not only perseverance but, strong analytical and safety-oriented initiatives. “It has never been more relevant for the trucking broker community to focus on risk management strategies.”
From a management perspective, there is nothing more rewarding to McCarthy, she noted, than helping others – influencing their achievements through a supportive environment and mentorship. Her focus is consistently on building and reinforcing an authentic workplace culture, setting the stage for success and growth, while continuing to concentrate on distinction and value proposition – “keeping things meaningful and relevant”.
“The award is a tremendous acknowledgment and I am deeply moved,” McCarthy said. “But there is still work to be done. I believe leading by example, chasing excellence, and reiterating commitment to my already incredibly talented team, and the industry as a whole, will be the most influential.”
McCarthy, however, would be quite satisfied if she was simply remembered as having made a significant difference in people’s lives and contributing to making the country’s roads a safer place.
“My mark and my legacy are those who carry the torch long after I’m gone,” she said.
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