Full Name: Vance Stephen Davenport, III
Where do you live/ Where did you grow up? Live in Raleigh, NC and grew up in Cary, NC
Favorite Color? Gray
Favorite Food? A medium rare NY strip
Favorite quote? “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it."
College/Major? Communications Studies with a minor in business
Family? (Spouse, kids, pets) Leslie- married in 2002. Jack born April 2006 Ava born May 2008. 2 shelties: Scout and Chase (both boys) born in 2018
Special Talents/Hobbies/Free Time activities? Triathlons (the sprint kind. I’m not crazy!), working out, riding my OneWheel, live music especially Jam Bands
First concert: Def Leppard at the Dean Dome in 1988.
How long have you been with FHL? Since November 2001
Why FHL? Before leaving my previous career (selling custom clothing to men of means), I asked many of them what their career had that mine didn’t have. The answers I got the most were: Residual income, Leveraged Income and Ownership. When I found FHL and it “checked all the boxes” AND had a product that I 100% believed in (as both my parents benefited from a cancer policy earlier in life), I was in 100%.
How did you hear about FHL? A mutual friend thought I’d be good at this.
Most recent position before FHL? Family Heritage was my 4th (and final) job in 2001. I started off wrapping up my 4-year career selling suits. Then gave multi-level marketing a shot for 4 months (disliked it greatly….not enough structure). Finally I sold books door-to-door the summer of 2001 to get myself out of debt and get a fresh start. That’s when FHL fell in my lap!
Number of Eagles written: 113 as of Founder’s Week 2020
Best week in sales (GAP): $47,254 GAP
Awards won: All of them (ha ha!).
#1 Rookie year all time over $650,000 in premium
Top Sales Agent
Top Team Leader
Top Agency Owner
2017 Hall of Distinguished Leaders inductee
2019 Howard L. Lewis Heritage Award winner
Future goals? Be the husband my wife deserves.
What motivates you? Seeing people that I introduced to this Business reach levels that they only dreamed of before. Helping others achieve success, however they may define it. THAT motivates and INSPIRES me!
Advice to new people interviewing... 1.) Identity this career as the “Once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity that it truly is. 2.) Treat it like the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity it is by working like someone’s trying to take it from you every day. Treat it like a $1,000,000 a year business (even though it only cost a couple hundred bucks to start) and it’ll eventually PAY you that way.
What does true leadership mean to you? True leadership is the result of caring more that other think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more (from yourself and from those you lead) than others think is possible.
How do you define success? To me Success is accomplishing what you want to accomplish regardless of the obstacles you have to overcome to get there.
What is your personal philosophy? The obstacles you encounter on your way to success are not there to keep you from your goals. The obstacles are there to make sure that you really WANT IT. And it’s all about graduating from success to significance!
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