HGBA Spotlight: Douglas Burum, SchoolCraft Insurance

Douglas Burum
SchoolCraft Insurance, 8629 Sudley Road, Ste. 200, Manassas / 703-477-3022/ doug@schoolcraftinsurance.com / schoolcraftinsurance.com

When and why did you decide to join this company/firm?
I joined this firm because our professional team has the strength, expertise, partnerships and local knowledge to help the needs of any individual, family or business. With us, it is personal.

How does your business serve the local community?
We serve the community by being a great resource in helping clients maintain and protect their assets by properly covering what is most important to them. We help each client to fully understand coverage as it pertains to business and personal scenarios.

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
There is no ‘one size fits all,’ solution in the insurance industry and my philosophy is that every client is unique and every plan needs to be customized. So the greatest “moments” for me are really the relationships I have with my clients.  

Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?
I have been with HGBA since 2014 and now I’m a board member. I have met so many new clients and friends by being a part of the organization.

What are the top three business tips you can offer other professionals?

  1. Treat clients like guests in your home.   
  2. Think of the long-term value of each client. Don’t see it as a one-time transaction.  
  3. Know what you do. Do what you know.

Are you from this area?
Not originally, but I‘ve lived here in Northern Virginia since 1978.

What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
I prefer summer over winter. When it comes right down to it, I’m a keep it simple kind of guy. I love the sun.

What are some hobbies you enjoy?
Boating, hiking and working out.

What is your favorite restaurant?
I have two favorites. Out of the Blue Crabs and Seafood, and Eclipse Restaurant.

What is your favorite local high school sports team?
Brentsville District High School Tigers.

Are you involved with any nonprofits?
I’ve served on the board of the Gainesville Haymarket Rotary for the last few years. We’ve helped out many nonprofits like the Washington Area Animal Adoption Group (WAAAG), Payton’s Project, and the Sweet Julia Grace Foundation.

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