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.
Andy Albright 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 for him when his wife's health took a turn for the worse. 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. He got his insurance license in 1998, co-founded NAA 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.
Nowadays, Andy Albright is able order food at restaurants, "from left to right, instead of right to left" without regard to the price. 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 make a difference."
Despite how far he's come, of course, Andy's not one to settle. "I've never prayed for patience," Albright 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 of improvement, Andy advises his agents and employees alike to read, read, and read some more. It's thanks to this value that he gives his National Agents Alliance employees a free book from his personal reading list every month.
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 dogs.Andy Albright's Blog: www.AndyAlbright.com