Nov 08, 2023Career Story: Luzette Graves
Luzette Graves' journey through the healthcare and insurance industry is a testament to her passion for advocacy. Learn about her story.
Beginning in an entry level position in our Commercial Lines department, Weston DeFrisco now serves as our Commercial Marketing Supervisor and a staple in our leadership team. His open-door style of collaboration invites conversation and spills the occasional bust of laughter into the hallway. Finding trust in his leaders and support in our agency, Weston was able to develop a career path that both satisfies his goals and utilizes his greatest strengths, making him an invaluable asset to our team.
At Morris & Garritano, our people are the backbone of our operations. We believe that by investing in individuals, we invest in our future.
Of the many career paths and stories within our agency, one particularly notable individual, marked for his growth and ambition, is Weston DeFrisco.
Bringing a passionate spirit to our workplace, Weston serves as our Commercial Marketing Supervisor, having moved his way up the ranks from an entry-level position in our Commercial Lines department. Finding trust in his leaders and support in our agency, Weston was able to develop a career path that both satisfies his goals and utilizes his greatest strengths, making him an invaluable asset to our team.
Weston began his tenure with M&G as a Marketing Analyst coming out of the finance industry. Leveraging his strengths in financial risk management and strategic B2B relationships, he found his footing easily. Before long, he was promoted to Risk Advisor and then Account Executive, all the while developing his skillset before landing firmly in our Commercial Lines department as a Marketing Supervisor.
A few years after transitioning into a sales position within the agency, Weston recalls the realization he wasn’t going to find his passion or success long-term in that role. “I knew at some point in my career that I wanted to be a leader, but I didn’t know exactly what that would look like,” he says. He felt a desire to make a change that would be more sustainable for his growth and better fulfill his goals.
So, Weston approached his supervisor and opened a conversation. “I was really candid about it,” he says. “I just trusted they would hear that and work with me… and they did.” Weston notes that level of trust and what he calls “a culture of psychological safety” to be the primary reason for his staying with the agency long term. “I feel valued here like I can voice my opinion and they trust that I’m coming from the right place and meet me there.”
Based on Weston’s strengths and goals, a position was found within the agency that seemed like a promising fit. The transition was made into a supervisor role giving him more space to think strategically and flex his leadership skills. Now, he leads in a role that benefits not only him but those who work around him. His open-door style of collaboration invites conversation and spills the occasional bust of laughter into the hallway. The vibrant energy Weston brings to the workplace has been described by his peers as infectious and energizing.
Weston’s transition was one marked by notable efforts to promote transparency, communication, and a foundation of trust. Teammate Jeremiah Vasquez comments on Weston’s leadership saying, “Weston cares deeply and listens well allowing us to feel supported. His leadership promotes positivity in such a vital and encouraging way in our department.” Mira Bareis adds to that agreeing, “I can go to Weston with questions and feel listened to. His enthusiasm for our whole department promotes our growth while offering the necessary support to develop it.” With his dedicated ethic and ability to support his team, Weston has secured his role in the agency as a trusted advisor and leader.
Passionate about the opportunity to be someone who can be leaned on as a resource in his department, Weston enjoys being a larger part of high-end strategy questions, getting involved with scaling the agency, and being a part of the process of change.
“It was challenging, in the beginning, to realize I needed a change,” he says, “I had to understand that shifting gears wasn’t a failure. Instead, by adjusting my path, I was better repositioning myself for the future.” He continues by saying, “With the support of everyone at M&G, I was able to feel like I’m at home and find a role that really worked for me.”
When asked about his future, Weston says he’s excited knowing he’s in a position to support the development of the next generation of leaders at M&G. He finds inspiration knowing his work today can help move the needle for the future leaders to continue our agency’s mission of remaining trusted advisors for generations to come.