Five Questions with...

5 Questions with Brian McCulloch, Resident Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Southwestern Regional Office

If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose?
30. Still youthful, and at the same time, mature enough to somewhat know where one is headed in life. Many great possibilities/opportunities at that age.

What makes Utica National a unique place to work?
Utica National’s business culture sets the stage to be able to wake up each day looking forward to coming to work and making progress to achieving our goals. Our culture contains elements of respecting and valuing each other’s skills and perspectives, recognizing individual and team successes, and having fun in a professional environment. I particularly like that we are relationship-driven with our agent customers.

Our senior leadership is all about providing us the necessary resources and tools to effectively execute on our business plans, and they are doing so consistently.

What is the one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting your career?
It took me a while in my career to realize that everyone owns their career path and choices. Don’t assume that if you work hard and do a great job that someone will come tap you on the shoulder and bring you to opportunity. Find a mentor to tap into their experience, let your manager/leader know what opportunities you would like to pursue in the future, and volunteer for special projects. Seek assistance to design a development plan to enhance your qualifications and skills for those future opportunities.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
When it’s not 100 degrees here in Texas I enjoy doing yard work and watching my favorite college and professional teams’ games (Wake Forest football and basketball, and Dallas Cowboys). Dining out to enjoy a nice dinner with my wife, Kathy, usually completes the weekend.

What natural talent would you most like to possess?
I’ve always been a music lover so having a great singing voice is a talent I’d most like to have.