River City Six: Carson Forst
Established in 1989, Benefit Professionals, Inc., a Bearence Management Group Company, is a group benefits brokerage firm located in La Vista, NE. The firm works with clients in Nebraska and Iowa, finding solutions to meet their individual needs when it comes to employee benefits. Benefit Professionals, Inc. continues to grow and celebrate successes, as it constantly explores new avenues in an effort to combat rising healthcare costs for both small companies and large corporations. Carson Forst is a Risk Management Consultant at Bearence Management Group.
How did you get started in the business?
I was in college when I was first introduced to the world of insurance. Knowing I’ve always wanted to find a career that allowed me to express my competitive and entrepreneurial side, I haven’t looked back since. While I started with an internship in personal insurance, I’ve found my way to the commercial insurance side. I’m happy to say I love what I do and will be here for the long haul!
Tell us a little about your role with the company.
Personally, specializing in property & casualty and workers comp, I work with my clients on a proactive services platform to help them understand and mitigate risk before it happens.
Tell us a little about your family.
While starting a family of my own is in the future plans, currently it’s just me and my four-legged buddy, Rizzo!
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
On a day off you can find me doing anything that allows me to be active and outdoors…biking, golfing, running, at a lake/beach, etc.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
As an infant, I was diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia, a condition that causes an abnormally fast heart beat. Some ‘SVT’ patients’ conditions remain their whole life but I was one of the lucky ones who outgrew it very early in life.
What are you the most proud of?
The completion of my first sprint triathlon this summer. It’s something I’ve never done before and randomly had an urge to register for a few months ago. The training has been fun and future races will be a part of my life from now on!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I always remember my dad telling me, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ It’s a great piece of advice that has stuck with me through the years.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
Whole-hearted (yes, I know that’s technically two).
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
People are Crazy by Billy Currington.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to speak a few different languages. In addition to being able to communicate with a wider range of people, it would also make traveling abroad easier!
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
I’ve always dreamt of owning my own micro-brewery/restaurant.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Being a life-long Cubs fan, the last book I read was Teammate by David Ross. A great read for any player/person who is part of a team!
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Given the opportunity, I would love to break bread with Jesus.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: (515) 473-8792.