GALION — Scott Gifford is in Galion to make a difference.
The 1992 Galion High School graduate and former Marine is president and CEO of One United Fidelity Group. He sells Final Expense Life Insurance.
“We help you make final plans and figure out how you are going to pay for those final expenses, so the kids or remaining family does not have to worry about those things on the worst day of their lives,” he said.
Gifford explained Final Expense Life Insurance is a new concept … in the past 10 years or so. When you consider there are about 10,000 Baby Boomers in the nation turning 65 every day, it makes sense.
“They’ve made their money,” he said. “The last major decision they’re going to make is about their final expenses.”
Gifford’s new business at 227 Harding Way East is a call center. The agents working there sell insurance He is hiring and training people to become agents in the area of Final Expense Life Insurance. He’s already got 15 people working here.
“I’ve been doing this about 10 years,” he said. “There are call centers in Florida, North Carolina and Columbus. I thought this was a way to introduce some well-paying jobs in Galion.”
He’s looking for more agents and wants to expand the Galion call center with area residents who have a chance to make who more than what a lot of area business can afford to pay,
“Good agents can make $75,000 to $150,000 a year,” he said. “There is a one-week self-study course they’ll have to take. But from A to Z, we make available all the training they’ll need.”
Gifford had planned on putting 30 years in with the Marines, but left after 10 years after being injured. While in the Marines, he earned a degree from Ohio State, which led him to the insurance business.
Kendall Ivy was a good friend of Gifford’s when they were growing up in Galion. Kendall also went to high school here and became a Marine. Kendall was killed in Iraq on May 5, 2011.
Gifford said he’s proud that one of Kendall’s nieces is now working in the Galion call center.
“That’s something I was happy to be able to do,” he said.
He said the help he received in Galion from the chamber of commerce has been invaluable.
“We needed a building with an open floor plan,” he said. “That took us a while. But starting a business in Galion was not difficult.
“It’s good to be back in Galion. I’m happy to be able to offer some jobs that pay pretty well and will hopefully have a positive effect on the local economy.”
You can apply for a job at One United at the local call center, or online at www.1ufg.com