Member: John A. Fry
Company: White & Associates Insurance
Position: Agency Manager
Areas of Expertise:
Management, Insurance & Networking. Thru my role as Agency Manager of White & Associates Insurance - Union City, I am able to apply all three of these elements to each and every day. Working in a Multi-Line Insurance Agency provides countless opportunities to work with individual clients, businesses, peers and folks from all facets of life. This type of environment provides tremendous insight regarding the community that we live in. It also provides the potential to learn many different ways to help others whether it is directly thru the business or networking by connecting two entities that could benefit from one another.
My wife and I (recent empty nesters) really enjoy travel and a good dining experience. Most probably don't know this, but I have a passion for all types of music (well mostly all). I actually used to play in bands and perform solo (back when I had more hair). Outside of family my biggest passion would probably be community. I love being involved and making an impact where I live and work.
Why did you join the Chamber?
Our office joined the Chamber for one reason - We wanted to be a Community Partner. We wanted to not only be aware of what's happening in and around Obion County but we wanted to be part of what's happening. To us the Chamber provided a great resource for our financial investment and it just got better as we chose to invest our time as well.
Why do you serve as an Ambassador?
I am grateful that I was asked to be a Chamber Ambassador this year. But honestly, even if I wasn't an official "Ambassador, I would still be showing up at every Chamber event that I could. It all comes back to an investment in time and in my community. When I look back at all that I have learned and the people that I have connected with, I am humbled at the impact that this has made on me personally. I chose to get involved. I could easily sit in my office all day and look forward to seeing the newspaper to catch up on resent events but I choose to be a part of these events. This is my community and this is my Chamber of Commerce and I am proud to be a part of both.
What is the Chamber's role in the business community?
To me, our Chamber is one of the best resources for all things business from education to networking to opportunity. The Obion County Chamber of Commerce, in my opinion, is the hub that connects not only Chamber Members but Private Citizens, Industry and Prospective New Families and Businesses to our unique Economic Landscape. All of us are literally one connection away from someone or something thru our Obion County Chamber of Commerce.