Kent Traynor is a multi-faceted professional with decades of experience in the retail and insurance industries.
Mr. Kent Traynor brings nearly two decades of experience as a licensed insurance agent to his current position as Marketing Director of Siblings Insurance Group in Plano, Texas. In this position since 2008, Kent Traynor advises clients on the purchase of annuities and life insurance with the goal of preserving their assets and avoiding superfluous tax liabilities. Currently, Kent Traynor maintains certification as a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). Kent Traynor began his career as an insurance agent with the Farmers & Merchants Insurance Agency, where he served in the role of State Manager. After five years with Farmers & Merchants, Kent Traynor formed his own firm, National American Insurance Agency. Before becoming an insurance agent, Kent Traynor worked as a sales representative for numerous Big and Tall men’s apparel companies in the Texas area. Covering a five-state sales region, Kent Traynor found a high level of success during his over 20-year career in retail sales. Kent Traynor even opened his own store, Traynor’s Big and Tall Men’s Store. A cum laude graduate of the University of Houston, Kent Traynor received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on marketing and accounting. Prior to entering the University of Houston, Kent Traynor served in the Army. A dedicated soldier, Kent Traynor earned multiple designations, including Soldier of the Quarter and Soldier of the Year. In his free time, Kent Traynor enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, reading, swimming, and working out. An active member of his community, Kent Traynor frequently donates to HIS Foundation, an organization that provides youth education services at churches and schools across the country.
Kent Traynor's Companies
Siblings Insurance Group
Working with clients to preserve their assets and avoid unnecessary tax liabilities. New product development. Developing life insurance products that fit today's needs.
Kent Traynor's Affiliations
Kent Traynor's Publications
“The buck stops here”
by Kent Traynor
One of my favorite quotes, immortalized by a small wooden sign on the White House desk of President Harry S. Truman, reads, “The buck stops here.” In its simplest form, the phrase means that a person has decided to take full responsibility for his or her actions, rather than transferring responsibility to someone else. The phrase is said to have originated in the poker games of the old West, when a buckhorn knife was used as a marker to indicate whose turn it was to deal. Players had the option of accepting the counter and dealing the cards or moving it to the next player in the rotation: “passing the buck.” Today, passing the buck is often used in political spheres to describe the attribution of responsibility for an action to someone else. In the buildup to World War II, Great Britain, France, and Russia played a drawn-out game of pass the buck to decide who would confront the growing threat of Nazi Germany. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared that there would be “peace for our time” after signing the Munich Agreement, a nonaggression pact between France, Britain, and Germany. Shortly thereafter, Russia signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which passed the buck back to the Western European states. After the war, President Harry S. Truman popularized the phrase as a way to communicate his sense of duty as President of the United States. Fred M. Canfil, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri and friend of Truman, first saw the iconic sign on the desk of an Oklahoma prison warden at El Reno during a visit. Canfil decided that the sign would appeal to the plainspoken Truman and arranged to have a copy of it sent to him in 1945. After Truman completed his term in office, a number of subsequent presidents also placed the sign on their desks in the Oval Office as an homage to the former leader.
Kent Traynor Discusses the Value of a Marketing Degree
Based in Plano, Texas, Kent Traynor
serves as an experienced insurance professional. As Marketing Director of Siblings Insurance Group, Kent Traynor
focuses on helping clients to protect their assets and avoid tax liabilities through annuities and life insurance policies. He previously attended the University of Houston, where he majored in marketing and accounting. Kent Traynor graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a BBA
. In the following, he discusses the value of a marketing degree.
Over the years, marketing has evolved from a minor component of a general business degree into a valuable discipline of its own. Individuals with marketing training assist companies in creating strong brands and understanding why people want the brands they want. Although many marketing graduates go on to work in advertising, there are a wide range of other applications for this valuable training.
Marketing students acquire a wide range of relevant skills, including the ability to create clear written and oral communications; skills in planning, strategy, research analysis, and teamwork; and the ability to work and think independently. With this extensive preparation, graduates with experience in marketing enter retail, fashion, manufacturing, financial services, as well as many other sectors. Nearly every kind of business has a place for people with marketing skills. Their job responsibilities may include areas such as public relations, brand management, and market research.
An individual with a degree in marketing may choose to become a Brand Manager. At most companies, brand managers oversee the complete marketing efforts for a particular brand or product. They may coordinate with other employees working in production, sales, advertising, research and development, as well as finance, among many other divisions. Brand managers work with the big picture for marketing efforts, ensuring that all parts of the process work smoothly together to create a strong, cohesive message. Many large corporations recruit new graduates with degrees in marketing throughout the year to assist in their market research, public relations, or advertising departments. The companies offer a broad range of training opportunities for new employees as they learn to apply their knowledge of marketing to the specific challenges of a given job.
Besides heading directly into the workforce, those with undergraduate degrees in marketing often further their education, earning a Master of Business Administration or other high-level certificate in the fields of business and marketing.