As part of this month’s focus on “alternative” careers, PDO is featuring interviews with alums who are in non-practicing jobs. This week, we feature Todd Reid, General Agent & Founder of Intermountain Financial.
1. What is your job title, and how would you summarize what you do?
I am the General Agent and Founder of Intermountain Financial. I manage over 100 employees, which provides financial services to the community. On a daily basis, I hire, train, sell, and supervise, so I tend to wear a lot of different hats.
2. How did you find this job?
I came into the industry and took on a management role for another company, a position in which I stayed for a number of years. I then switched and established Intermountain Financial.
3. What do you love about what you do?
I love working with people—every day and every situation is different. The job itself is very dynamic; clients expect great advice so it’s important to stay well informed. It also requires initiative and hard work, every day.
4. When you came to law school, what did you think you wanted to do?
When I first started law school, I wanted to litigate. While working in the estate planning division of a law firm, I made contacts with individuals in the financial industry who were doing things similar to what I do now and it peaked my interest.
5. Did you ever practice law on behalf of clients?
If you did, do you use that experience in your current work/does it help you in any way? No. Came out of law school, took the Utah Bar exam but I never practice.
6. Do you ever wish you were practicing law? Why or why not. No.
7. What advice do you have for law students (class selection, job searching, life). Find your passion and run with it!