Career Path: Foremost Insurance
Maureen O’Brien (BS Theatre 2010) was promoted in September of 2015 to Project Specialist at Foremost Insurance in Caledonia, Michigan. Previously, she worked there as a senior sales associate, quoting, selling, and servicing specialty insurance policies. Her team consistently earned incentives to boost cross sells, memberships, referrals and outbound sales. She was also recently inducted into the Million Dollar Club for earning $1,000,000 in premium. Says O’Brien about her background in theatre and its current applicability to her job: “This position ties closely with the stage managing skills I learned at GVSU. Being able to be creative as well as organized and on top things is a hard balance, but one that is useful in my life and career. Knowing how to communicate effectively through speaking, as well as writing is important. Being able to manage a show with multiple departments and a large cast can translate into so many aspects professionally, and it has for me!”
On the “pure” theatre front, O’Brien is a Board Member for The University Wits, local non-profit theater company in downtown Grand Rapids. She has worked as the stage manager, properties designer, and as an actor with the company. She starred as Corrie in their summer 2015 production of Barefoot in the Park.