Hi my name is Eduardo Ebdio, I served in the United States Army Reserve, and I’m an Allstate Agency Owner. My name is Alphonso Parier, and I served in the United States Army, and I’m an Allstate Agency Owner. Music plays I felt great pride in going for my country, I love the United States, it’s given me so much opportunity. I’m very proud to have given part of my life to my country. I joined in August of 2001 and a month later while I was on campus going to school, September 11th happened. Two years later we were called up. I was deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, and we were there for about 18 months. It changed my son quite a bit. It made him more responsible, more mature, more disciplined than he used to be. When I got here, I just looked at my life a whole different way, I really did, I really wanted to make something of myself. I knew I wanted my future to include finishing school and starting my own business. My father at the time was an agent for Allstate, and he said hey, you know, why don’t you look into this business. I started with my dad as a licensed sales producer, where essentially I made sales for him. I get on the phone. I called current clients, new clients and tried to explain to them the importance of insurance. I looked at it as a challenge but I looked at it as if I could go war there is really nothing that I couldn’t do. As an Allstate agency owner, first and foremost, I get to help people. I really do. You have been used to being in the military, you have that mentality that you are helping people so that when you come into this kind of work, it just a natural thing for vets. If you have the discipline, if you have the drive then you will be absolutely successful. And if they really take this seriously, they can go very far.