Paul Hughes-UNICO Group, Inc.

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Paul Hughes’ father was in the financial business for almost 30 years and Paul saw the success he had and the enjoyment he took in his career.  He saw that he built many great long-lasting relationships with his clients and peers and knew he wanted to do this in his own career.  Paul now works for UNICO Group, Inc., which is based in Lincoln but they have several offices across Nebraska. He works out of the Omaha/Papillion office and consults with businesses on designing a cost effective  and extensive insurance program that will meet the specific needs of each individual business. This entails every aspect from property, general liability, workers comp, professional liability, business auto, machinery and equipment and cyber liability.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
The biggest challenge I faced was moving back to Omaha. Being away from Omaha/Lincoln for almost seven years makes it tough because you are not as active in the community or industry as I was in Kansas City. It was a challenge to become more entrenched in both communities and to have your presence felt.

Tell us a little about your family.
I was born and raised in Norfolk, where my parents, Paul and Becky still live. I have two older brothers.  Shane lives here in Omaha and works for Sterling Computers. My other brother, Aaron and his wife, Jessie, live in Overland Park. They have three boys ages 6,4 and 2.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – See a baseball game or play a round of golf.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
Most unique is that I have met Michael Jordan twice, both in Lincoln.

What are you the most proud of?
The relationship I have with my family and friends.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To never waste any opportunity, no matter how small and to never take the people around you for granted.

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
To become a partner within our agency.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To read people’s minds.

What are your plans after retirement?
To travel as much as possible and spend lots of time on a beach or a golf course. Also to travel around to different sporting events. Hopefully by then the Royals will be contenders.

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
My ping pong skills.

Which talent would you most like to have?
An extremely strong memory.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts

What is your favorite movie?
Shawshank Redemption

What is your favorite TV show?
Modern Family

What is your favorite local restaurant?
Blue or Lazlo’s

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
John Wooden

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
Office: 402-434-7243, Cell: 402-988-8515, Email:, Check out UNICO’s website at

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