Name: Brima T. Idriss
Title: Financial Representative
Company: Western & Southern Life
Q: Can you tell me what you do at Western & Southern Life?
A: As a Financial Representative, I assist individuals with ways to protect, accumulate, and transfer their assets through different resources, to provide financial security for themselves and their family. I also work with small businesses to either create or enhance their current benefits plan for their employees and implement succession planning with owners.
Q: What has been your most fulfilling moment living in the Philadelphia area?
A: My most fulfilling moment would probably involve enjoying a simple water ice and a soft pretzel; because apparently these two items are hard to find outside of the city. So a soft pretzel and water ice trumps both the Phillies winning the World Series and the view of downtown Philadelphia from the 43rd floor of the Comcast Building.
Q: Congratulations on being recognized as the YPN Volunteer of the Year. What is one thing you would say motivated you to make the most of volunteering this past year?
A: Thanks! Catalina Morell, a neighborhood leader in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia, and also a client of mine, has probably been my greatest motivation. Her work through community gardens, block cleanups, church events, and summer programs for the local children has and continues to make a positive impact on those in the community. Catalina is a wonderful person to both know and interact with.
Q: What would you tell your “teenaged” self about your career path?
A: First, I would explain to my “teenaged” self that in 10 years you will lose your taste for cold cereal, which will probably blow his mind. Secondly, I would let him know that you will be in the financial industry and every day get a chance to help and meet new people. Plus your schedule will be pretty awesome.
Q: Who has influenced you (in your career path) and why?
A: There have been two people that I would say have influenced me greatly in my current career. One is Dan Meyers, an Agency Manager out of San Diego, and the other is Julie Calhoun, my District Manager. I only spoke to and saw Dan once, but I remember him being very knowledgeable. He was also having great success in the financial service field. For his age; I think he was 24 or 25 years old at the time, which I thought was pretty cool. Julie Calhoun has assisted me from the very beginning and is simply one of the best managers I have ever worked with. She always has a positive attitude and a willingness to help others.
Q: What is one (fun) thing about you that your fellow YPNers would be surprised to learn?
A: The last two Halloweens I dressed up as Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals’ Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, and Han Solo, the Captain of the Millennium Falcon. This year’s costume idea is still under review.