Owner, Douglas Otto Agency || Bachelor’s degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University || Married to Adrienne and father of Hudson, 3, and Maddex, 1
- Young Professionals
- United Way of Central Missouri
- Working Wheels for Working Families
- Business Networking International
- AmFam Missouri PAC Board
- Parish Council
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?
Of the hundreds of lessons and surprises along the way, the biggest surprises so far are how many hats have to be worn and the need for personal growth.
What is the importance of community involvement?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world,” an adage often attributed to Gandhi, really hits home with me here. The only way to make a difference is by getting involved, which has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in the last couple years. I have learned that without amazing community leaders devoting their time, energy, and passion back into the community, we would not be where we are today or where we’re going in the future.
Who do you consider a mentor or role model in Jefferson City, and why?
Not sure how someone picks just one here. I feel that you can truly learn something from everyone you meet if you’re willing to ask questions and listen. As far as true mentors and role models, I would say Tim, Verlin, Greg, and the other American Family agents that have helped me every step of the way. Also Gary Wilbers for always checking in and taking me under his wing, my wife for teaching me the importance of grace, and my mother for teaching me to always strive to be the best no matter what I do.
What upcoming project are you looking forward to working on?
I would say being the chair of Young Professionals in 2019. That’s very broad, but there are so many amazing things the organization is doing in the community.
Most people don’t know that I:
Won a Rawlings Gold Glove for top defensive shortstop during my time playing junior college baseball.
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