Name: Dan Baze

Age: 54

I’m from: Lubbock, but I left for 35 years.

Occupation: Insurance agency owner

Website: www.DanBazeAgency.com

How I ended up in the business: I sold automation products in the industrial sector and later high-end motion control solutions primarily in the semiconductor market for 28 years. Things changed dramatically in that industry and I found a need to start a new career in 2016. Having spoken with an American National recruiter from an Austin agency for several years prior, I found an excellent opportunity to open an agency here in Lubbock and start my new career.

My business philosophy: To quote Zig Ziglar, “You can get everything in life you want by helping enough others get what they want.” My entire life has been guided by this principle since I read Zig’s book “See You at the Top” back in 8th grade.

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: Educating my clients about how insurance works and what it does for them.

My biggest pet peeve at work: Boat loads of paperwork due to legal requirements.

The best advice I’ve ever received: Always do the right thing regardless of the consequences to yourself.

The person I most admire: My Uncle T in Frisco, Texas, joined the Army at the age of 15, came back to Lubbock after and graduated from Lubbock High School while driving a taxi at night. He ended up with a TV broadcasting degree from UCLA in the early days of TV. He later owned a large independent TV station in Oklahoma City. From humble roots to the big time.

I’m most proud of: The success I have had in opening and running my own business. My initial fear and concerns have proven to be unfounded. I am also proud of my weekly radio show, ”The Lubbock Business Lunch” that is a fun side activity that allows me to further my position in the Lubbock business community.

My family: I have a lovely girlfriend here in Lubbock and one sister here as well.

I wish I knew how to: Stand-up paddle board.

If I could be anything, I’d be: Just what I am, but in Hawaii where I plan to retire.

If I could change one thing about Lubbock, it would be: Fix the roads. They are a travesty.