Name: Brima T. Idriss
Title: Financial Representative
Company: Western & Southern Life

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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.