Tai­lor­ing in­sur­ance for homes, busi­nesses and spe­cial risks

A weekly pro­file of one of Hamil­ton’s grow­ing num­ber of young pro­fes­sion­als

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Name: Michael Sem­ple-Fer­nan­dez Age: 26 Po­si­tion: Manag­ing part­ner, Bill­yard In­sur­ance Group Hamil­ton

Job de­scrip­tion: Along with two part­ners, Joel Collins, and Lu­cas Promin­ski, I am re­spon­si­ble for the op­er­a­tion and growth of the of­fice. I tai­lor in­sur­ance cov­er­age for my clients’ homes, ve­hi­cles, busi­nesses, as well as any spe­cial risks.

Is this the job you thought you’d be do­ing?

I al­ways had the feel­ing I would find my way back to in­sur­ance, now I’m here and I love it.

Ad­vice to oth­ers on launch­ing a ca­reer: Do it! Risk brings re­ward, but be pre­pared to fol­low through. No one will walk up and hand you the ca­reer of your dreams, you have to cre­ate your own plan and ex­e­cute it.

Roots: I grew up in Hamil­ton but moved to Toronto for univer­sity. I moved back as soon as I grad­u­ated. With ev­ery­thing Hamil­ton has to of­fer, my fi­ancée and I are look­ing for­ward to build­ing our fu­ture here.

iPhone, An­droid or BB? An­droid. Just up­graded my phone to the Google Pixel.

Re­cent In­sta­gram up­date: “What a great way to start the new year. With an in­cred­i­ble team, the best part­ners, and the sup­port of a lov­ing fam­ily. Could not be hap­pier right now.”

Net­works: None right now, but I’m al­ways open to con­nect­ing with new peo­ple.

Favourite restau­rant in the down­town: Au­gust 8

Best fea­ture of life in Hamil­ton: The peo­ple. I am al­ways amazed by the amount of star­tups and small-to-medium busi­ness own­ers I come across in Hamil­ton. There is such a great en­ergy in the city, it is fan­tas­tic.

What would make Hamil­ton a bet­ter city: With the amount of de­vel­op­ments go­ing on, and up­com­ing projects I am look­ing for­ward to what the city will look like the com­ing years. It’s great that more and more peo­ple are com­ing to call Hamil­ton home.

Con­tacts: In­sta­gram: @mike.in­suresu and @the­big.hamil­ton; mike@the­big.ca (email) Di­rect phone: 905-455-5517 Quote: Never al­low wait­ing to be­come a habit. Live your dreams, and take risks.


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