Come Hell or High Water
A full-blooded Cajun boy from a small south Louisiana town known as Duplessis (25 miles from Baton Rouge,) Marvin LeBlanc graduated in 1986 from Louisiana State University where he earned varsity letters for four years on a full student-athlete scholarship, studied sports medicine, and served as an athletic trainer for LSU football.
In 1987, Marvin became a “commission only insurance agent,” and has been “eating what he kills” for 23 years as a passionate, full-time, fully engaged, overly optimistic insurance agent. He, along with many others, experienced a life-defining, life-altering event on August 29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina damaged all 27,000 homes in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish: “My office in St. Bernard received 12 feet of water.
We would never return to do business or occupy that office again after August 29th. Though I did not have a permanent office until April 1st of 2006, I still needed to maintain my business. Yet, all but one of my employees were gone and hundreds of my customers were no longer in the state. I could not insure them, so all that income was lost.” Marvin LeBlanc is an eight-course Dale Carnegie graduate and certified instructor on the book Split Second Choice:
The Power of Attitude, written by his mentor Jim Winner. Recognized as an “honored citizen” of St. Bernard parish and given the “keys to the city” for his community involvement in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Marvin was never one to be in politics or put election signs up, never one to even attend parish government council meetings. But he was drawn to action, and he became one of the charter members of the St. Bernard Citizens Recovery Commission.
Today, Marvin is called upon to bring not only wisdom and insight gained from his years in the insurance and finance industries, but also to empower others through his unique sharing of lessons and techniques from years of corporate and leadership training and motivational programs.
Finally, Marvin brings a passionate presence to his presentation, one that has not been doused but rather has been doubled in the process of overcoming adversity after Hurricane Katrina.
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