In this series, ActionCOACH Mary Ann Hauser (MAH) and team virtually sit down with business owners to learn how they are working through COVID-19. Check out their inspiring stories for tips on how to cope with and successfully recover from this pandemic as well as ideas on how to avoid making common mistakes. And be sure to look at special offers from these businesses – we can all use a little extra help right now!
BKN: Coach Beverly Kiser-Nutt
JM: Jim Morgan, Attourney at Law for Morgan, Herring, Morgan, Green, & Rosenblutt, LLP
BKN: What do you do, and for how long have you been doing it?
JM: I have spent 52 years of my life working as a lawyer in High Point. My dad was a big inspiration to me; I wanted to follow his footsteps and go to law school. He made some connections for me to attend law school in Birmingham, Alabama. I went to work at my dad’s firm in High Point in 1971. My dad was a big believer that if you work in a town, you need to be part of the community. As a result of the values learned from him, I served 3 terms in the Legislature, and in my desire to follow my dad’s example, I served as president of High Point Jaycees, as well as president at the state level. Over the years, I chaired over 75 organizations, including the Chamber, YMCA and United Way, at local, state and national levels. I have had the honor to work with the Obama administration on universal healthcare, and started a non-profit community foundation in High Point with some great people: Nido Qubein, Bill Honey, Jim Millis and Paul Ascard.
BKN: Who is your best client?
JM: My best client is someone needing trial work, civil and criminal, as well as estate planning and administration. I do educational seminars as well for wills, Powers of Attorney and Healthcare.
BKN: What has been the biggest impact of COVID-19 on your business?
JM: The Clerk’s office being closed – delaying court hearings and trials. I am not comfortable with Zoom for client meetings.
BKN: What are 1 or 2 actions you've taken because of the pandemic?
JM: We have a large conference room and a small one. We positioned clients at a safe distance from us. We cut back office hours, but always remained open, and we clean thoroughly between clients.
BKN: What has been your biggest learning since you've been a business owner?
JM: If there is an issue, get people with different views around the table to come to a solution, a conclusion that works. Different ideas are good.
BKN: Any offers to include in the newsletter?
JM: Free consultation to anyone who mentions this interview, and we keep original documents for people – it is the least expensive and quickest way to handle an estate.
BKN: What is most inspiring to you today?
JM: My family is always the most inspiring to me. My grandparents, great-grandparents, and my wife. Being involved in the community and doing things with the right attitude make you a better person.
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