An Agent You Should Know: Randy Kolarik

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By Kelsey Clapp

Randy Kolarik began with Western Fraternal Life Association in July 1989, following in his father, Rudy Kolarik’s, footsteps. Randy attended the University of Wisconsin in River Falls and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science with minors in Agri-Business and Farm Management. He and his wife Jodi have three children, Nick, Elizabeth, and Celia.

Randy was brought to wfla by former agency manager Dean Estling. What drew him to this company was what it offered as a whole. “It is a small company, but it is great not only being able to offer the insurance security, but also having the community service aspect. It is the ideal situation.” He loves the Single Premium Whole Life product that wfla has to offer because you are able to cover any age with it, and you know it will stay with the company because the premium has already been paid. Randy considers wfla’s scholarship program his favorite member benefit because it helps our members increase their knowledge. “You never know when that knowledge we are giving them could come back and help wfla in the future,” Randy noted.

Outside of his insurance business, Randy is active in Boy Scouts, church activities, and many different committees. Randy enjoys golfing, along with woodworking, and furniture refinishing. He likes to reclaim things from what he would consider the dump. Randy is a member of Lodge 108 and is the head cook for the lodge ‘booyah’ party that takes place annually. He actively participates in fraternal activities as a speaker at Lodge, District, and State Meetings.

In May, Randy will become the President of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors. He will hold this position from May 2014- May 2015. His duties will include speaking at state chapter meetings, dealing with the issues that arise, and taking care of the books. Randy will need to be there to serve the FIC members, and he will head the NAFIC National Conventions. The Home Office would like to congratulate Randy on this wonderful achievement in his career.

Randy has been awarded many different awards from wfla. He has been named Agent of the Year three times: 1997, 2007 and 2011. Randy was also named to the Century Club, Golden Quill, and has been part of the President’s Cabinet several times. He is consistently one of wfla’s leading agents and serves many members throughout the state of Wisconsin. He has also served as the President of the Wisconsin Fraternal Insurance Counselors.

Randy has attended many of wfla’s agent incentive trips, but a few really stick out in his mind. “In Puerto Vallarta many years ago, we were the only boat out on the water. We could see three hump back whales; they were so close that we actually got sprayed by one of them. We think he was putting on a show for us. Two of them swam under our boat, and the eye on the mom was as big as a steering wheel. If they had flipped their tail, we would have been shipped wrecked,” Randy recalls.

Randy would like to leave everyone out there with a bit of advice, “If you are looking for a career opportunity this is a good place to be. WFLA is a small company that offers strong financial as well as communities service opportunities. You are able to talk directly to the president of the company, and you get to know the people behind the scenes. It is the perfect opportunity.”

WFLA is thankful to have Randy Kolarik as a part of our team and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Life Insurance Awareness Month: Meet Boomer

Western Fraternal Life is a proud member of the Life Foundation, a life insurance awareness organization. September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and today we are highlighting Boomer Esiason, the 2013 Life Foundation Spokesman for Life Insurance Awareness Month.

thCAVR9GBCA record-setting NFL quarterback, and now a seasoned radio and TV broadcaster—that’s how most people know Boomer Esiason. But before his fame on and off the gridiron came a tough road for Boomer and his family.
When he was just 7, Boomer’s mother, Irene, who was 37, died of cancer. That left Boomer, his father and his two teenage sisters to create a life for themselves. A three-hour daily commute to work in New York City left Boomer’s father, Norman, with little free time, but he always made sure he supported Boomer, both on and off the field. The family was also forced to rely on friends and relatives, as Boomer’s mother died without life insurance and there was little money left each month to pay for any extra help. “I was handed a life lesson early, growing up with one parent,” says Boomer, “It wasn’t the easiest life—my dad sacrificed a lot.”
Through determination, hard work and the support of his father, Boomer was able to leverage his talent at football to gain a full scholarship to the University of Maryland. He then went on to become one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history during his 14-year career, leaving the game in 1997 in the top 10 of many quarterback career statistical categories.
From the beginning, Boomer has protected his family—wife, Cheryl, and their children, Sydney and Gunnar—with life insurance. And as his career as a radio and TV broadcaster has grown, his life insurance coverage has grown as well. It has become especially important to Boomer, given that Gunnar is fighting cystic fibrosis and will need financial support throughout his life. “Life happens at the most unexpected of times, and life insurance is about protecting the future and the people you love,” he says. “Remember, if something happens and you haven’t done the planning, the people you leave behind will feel the brunt of your mistakes.”
Numbers make a difference, especially when it comes to protecting your family with life insurance. Use the easy Life Insurance Needs Calculator at http://www.lifehappens.org/lifecalculator to make sure your numbers measure up. Then meet with a qualified insurance professional. They can help you determine the right amount and type of coverage to meet your needs.
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Boomer Esiason is the national spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month 2013, and his services were retained by the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education. © 2013 LIFE. All rights reserved.