We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacquelyn Zampella and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacquelyn, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m constantly inspired by how much good there is in the world. I think the news tends to focus on all that’s going wrong and how divided things and people are – however, the more I take a deeper look into my own community and interactions I have on the regular, I am consistently inspired by how amazing people are and how more often than not people are being the best they can.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
This company was started by my grandmother over 70 years ago with the humble philosophy that if your treat people right and do the right thing, success will follow. Shortly after she involved my grandfather and what started out as a two-person, husband-and-wife operation has since grown into a firm of 25+ employees, licensed in over 20 states. We still embrace the philosophy of providing real, honest expertise and getting the job done right the first time. As we continue to grow and evolve as a business, our clients will always be the center of our world. Unlike a traditional insurance agency, we take a more holistic risk management approach that partners with our clients (and sometimes even prospects) to keep their insurance costs low and maximize outside risk management resources at no additional cost to them. Our passion will always be to proactively protect families, businesses, and organizations – beyond insurance – better than anyone else. We aim to apply creativity, enthusiasm, and spirit to develop solutions and we learn from every experience! We also believe just as strongly in giving back to the community. EAB Insurance Group takes pride in providing financial and volunteer support to more than 25 local nonprofit organizations that provide essential services to the community.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well since Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine we’d probably start off the week with a short camping trip up in the Indian Peaks wilderness. We’d need to grab some growlers or cans from Call to Arms brewing and then head out of town for a few days up past Nederland! Upon returning, we’d grab a quick lunch at Homegrown Tap & Dough and then take a quick stroll around Wash Park before HH cocktails at Williams & Graham and dinner on the rooftop at Linger. Ice cream at LittleMan (salted caramel oreo) is a do not miss. Later in the week, we’d head to Boulder for some patio beers at Upslope followed by dinner on Pearl St at the Kitchen Next Door. Friday night would be spent at one of the amazing pop-ups that features several local food and product vendors. Hopefully, Chef Dave Hadley would be there with his delicious samosa pop-up! Saturday morning starts with a quick donut stop at Voodoo on Colfax before strolling around at the Denver Botanical Gardens for a few hours. A late lunch at Flower Child and then shopping and walking in downtown Cherry Creek would round out the day. Sunday brunch at Denver Biscuit Co and then a walk in City Park. Lunch somewhere in Edgewater and dinner back in RiNo.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, that’s a tough one! There are so many people who have supported and encouraged me along my journey to where I currently am. My current colleagues have really helped get this company to the place it is today and their passion, knowledge, and love for our clients encourages me every day. And I know this sounds typical but my mother deserves the most credit. From a young age, she always encouraged me to follow my dreams without being that “pushy” parent. She is an amazing example of what a strong fierce female business owner is and has really instilled in me that if you take care of people, everything else will fall into place.