Growing up with a father who was in the insurance business, it was a natural fit for Carl Zeutzius to go into the same field after college. He began his career as a Star Farm agent and is now with UNICO Group. UNICO Group is one of the largest full service independent insurance agencies in Nebraska as well as the Midwest. They offer insurance solutions for companies all over Nebraska and the country as well as families. They were recognized in 2010 as the National Work Comp Agency of The Year by the Institute of Work Comp Professionals.
Tell us a little about your family. – I have a son Tanner who is 17 and plays baseball. My daughter Emma is 12 going on 18. She has a lot of creativity and spunk!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Joining UNICO Group in the summer of 2005. I feel so lucky to work with an organization that cares about myself and everyone here. I have been around different insurance brokers from all over the country and UNICO stands out as being very special and different in terms of how they treat their customers and employees. In fact, UNICO was just awarded the 2012 BBB Integrity award.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I try to spend as much time with my children as I can when I am off. If I can’t be with them I like to be outside golfing or some other outdoor activity.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I really like to cook and I enjoy spending cold fall and winter afternoons cooking while I have Pandora playing. I love music as well.
What are you the most proud of? – I am proud of my children and enjoy watching them grow into the persons they are becoming.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – One of my senior partners, Scott Nelson, told me to always take the highroad. There are so many circumstances that arise when that advice is so useful.
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – To get in my car one day and drive west for 2-3 weeks with absolutely no plans on where I am going or where I will stop.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – The power to take away negativity from people. I try to be positive and be thankful for what I have. I wish more people would realize how special life is and that we need to make the most out of each day.
What are your plans after retirement? – To be on a beach as often as I can!
Which talent would you most like to have? – I wish I was musically gifted to either sing or play a musical instrument.
What is your favorite movie? – Goodfellas
What is your favorite TV show? – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What is your favorite local restaurant? – Blue Sushi Sake & Grill
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Vince Lombardi. I am a diehard Packers fan and it would be fascinating to hear his stories about coaching in addition to the great leadership traits I could learn from him.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – They can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 402-434-7275.