This week we’re learning more about Keaton Turkiewicz of Green Benefits Group
What inspired you to enter the industry?
I got into the benefits industry through Jeff Aarssen. Once I was finished playing hockey, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I played hockey and went to University with Jeff’s son, Scott, at Western. They are a great family and I was fortunate that Jeff agreed to grab dinner to allow me to pick his brain. He told me about the group school Canada Life used to put on and that Great-West Life was bringing it back which would be a great training opportunity. We spoke about the industry and he felt it may be something I would really enjoy.
Who is your mentor?
I have had a number of mentors. My mother has always been a mentor of mine and has had the biggest impact on my life. Within the benefits industry, I have been very fortunate to have many great mentors. When I worked at GWL, it was Rob DeMott and Karen Gleeson, then Francesco Di Scianni and Tyler Barclay when I was out in Vancouver and then Bob Hague when I moved back to Ontario. My greatest mentor in the industry, however, has been Rob Green.
What are some things that people don’t know about you?
My wife, Ana, and I have two daughters and a third one on the way.
What are the biggest lessons that you have learned in the business?
I’m not sure it’s a lesson I learned in the business, but being honest and treating people with respect is irreplaceable.
Do you have insights about the industry that you would like to share?
I am very optimistic about the future of our industry! Technology is bringing a lot of change to our industry, but with change comes opportunity. I feel a shift to more consumer choice is going to be crucial to help organizations meet the needs of potentially 5 generations in their workforce and continue to help them utilize their benefits/retirement plans to help attract/retain top talent.
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