Meet Tanner Schwarting, Loss Consultant for 1-800-BoardUp (1-800boardup.com) – a Belfor Company.
Tell us a little about your business. – 1-800-BoardUp is a victim assistance-focused disaster relief company. We strive to partner with first responders as a resource to assist our community during times of disaster. We handle board-ups after fires, temporary shoring after vehicle impacts and many other disaster-related property loss issues. Our partnership with our local Belfor Property Restoration office allows us to be a true full-service disaster relief company focused on restoring more than just property.
How did you get started in the business? – My dad has been in the industry for over a decade now. He shared with me his passion for construction and for helping people. This industry allows me the capability to pursue both of those. Working for a company that is truly focused on improving the lives of everyone we interact with is a very rewarding feeling.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Helping start up this 1-800 BoardUp office in Omaha has been a challenge. I have never been in a marketing type of role before. I think building relationships with those around me and the people I interact with comes naturally to me, but it is still a skill I need to hone.
Tell us a little about your family. – My wife and I are high school sweethearts and we have a three-year-old boy and one-year-old girl.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Definitely having my kids. My outlook on life after becoming a parent drastically changed for the better. My kids have taught me a lot about how to be a better person.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – My wife and I do a lot of renovating work on our house. She is an interior designer and with my construction background, we make a great team. We live in a house for a few years, slowly renovating everything, then sell it and move on to the next one.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I’m a big history nerd. Most of my time spent driving around to job sites is spent listening to history audiobooks or podcasts about history. I love diving into the details of ancient civilizations like Rome and Greece.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – I’m a super big history nerd again, so I would be either a military historian or some kind of ancient civilization historian.
What local nonprofit organization are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – The Red Cross does a ton of great work for people following fires and other disasters. We frequently see them out on fires we are working on helping anyone who was affected.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – The last good book I read was The Fall of Carthage by Adrian Goldsworthy.