YPN Member Spotlight: Zachary Bressick, Financial Services Professional, NYLIFE Securities and Insurance
Published Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A lot has happened in the past few months, and we are all working to support each other by keeping our distance and staying home. Outside of working from home, how have you and your family kept busy?

Aside from the daily phone calls to friends and family to see what they need, we are working in the yard, gardening, walking the dog, cooking new meals, attempting to bake (which is not a fan-favorite), and planning a wedding for next year. Some tasks are more entertaining than others

What does a typical day in your occupation look like?

Going to my office, opening all 20 pages of resources we utilize to monitor Investments and Insurance for our clients, having +/- 25 calls per day assisting with everything from service requests, onboarding new clientele, and speaking with referrals on how to best plan for their future. To be helpful is always our primary goal. Having multiple Zoom meetings every day is the new normal as well.

How long have you lived in Sonoma County? If a short period where are you from originally?

I was born and raised right here in Santa Rosa. While I’ve travelled quite a bit, I always look forward to coming home.

What are you most proud of having accomplished in this past year?

The last 12 months have been different and special in its own way…but getting engaged was a highlight to say the least!

What sort of events, mixers, etc. would you like to attend with YPN?

The mixer or gala style events have always been my favorite. I can see old friends, make new ones, eat food, and donate or bid for items as a form of giving needed dollars to worthy causes in our county.

Share with us a fun fact that not many people know about!

I am a horrible salesperson. My goal is always to build a relationship first. I was told early in my career, and believe today to be true, that “the amount of business you do is directly correlated to the amount you give back to the community and the relationships you build”

Who (locally or otherwise?) inspires you?

We have a lot of clients working full time from home AND raising young children. It is commendable and very inspiring.

Now more than ever it is important to support local. What businesses or organizations would you like us to look out for and support? These can be restaurants, shops, or anything around and in between!

Everyone is in need of support right now. ‘Support everyone as much as possible’ would be my answer. But contractors in our area have been very busy, especially since the 2017 fires. What I am finding is that people are looking for extra guidance on improving their homes in different ways (paint, electrical, etc.). I always feel confident and appreciate the care my preferred contractors give to my friends/clients. If you know a trustworthy and prideful contractor, give them some thought and business.

What is your favorite way to spend your day off?

Early morning hike, working on the yard, hosting a dinner party, and visiting family. If I had the whole weekend I would do it all while having a campsite booked out on the coast!

If you could accomplish anything, professionally, academically, or personally, what would it be?

Going backpacking in the upcoming year for a week. I love to camp, hike, and be outside but haven’t gone out with a backpack and gear only for extended periods of time yet.

Where do you find inspiration?

Speaking with so many people and clients every day in a wide array of professions, it is obvious: I derive inspiration from learning about their ‘story’ aka history, goals, careers and especially the ones I have no experience in. Easy examples are: firefighters, nurses/doctors, or childcare providers. Hearing about their skills that can only be learned by experience over decades is absolutely fascinating/inspiring for me.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Growing up, I always wanted to be a Therapist or Psychologist. Having a mother who is a social worker, and a brother with special needs, I am acutely aware of how important clear communication and mental health is in a community. Large or small.

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