53 PA L E S T I N E C H A M B E R.O RG Multi-Risk Solutions Insurance Agency previously Thomas Wright & Associates Q Who in the family started the business? A Thomas Wright, began his career selling life insurance and providing financial services over 20 years ago. Q A Why/how was this profes- sion/industry chosen? Thomas’s entrepreneurial spirit mixed with his desire to help others and give back to his community, led him to begin his own business in Palestine in 1992. In 2004, he had an opportu- nity to open a nationwide insur- ance agency and offer property and casualty products as well. In 2009, he transitioned to an independent agent, thus Thomas Wright & Associates was born. Q A Tell us how the younger generations got involved. Son, Nathan and daughter, Allyson began working for our father shortly after Thomas formed Thomas Wright & Associ- ates, and have grown the family business alongside him to what it is today. Q What is your business phi- losophy? A Our business philosophy is simple-to provide excellent service and superior coverage for the things that matter most to our clients. Q What does it mean to you as a family to work to- gether? A Working together as a family certainly creates a different dynamic that, like most things, has its advantages and disadvantages! Overall, Allyson and Nathan have enjoyed learn- ing from their father and gaining firsthand experience in what it means to be small business own- ers. Q A Any predictions/future plans to continue the busi- ness for the next generation? As Thomas nears retire- ment, Allyson and Nathan are prepared to carry on the family business and continue to serve their hometown. They look forward to the future and are both very excited for the oppor- tunity to support our community and share their vision.