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Posted November 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Michael J. Whitlock, MCBA, Executive Vice President - 0 Comments

Washington State, the only state to be named after a United States president, is home to Microsoft, Starbucks and the Green Darner Dragonfly.  It’s also home to some of the best bail agents in the country.

Becky Magnuson is one such bail agent.  She’s a married mother of two and the owner of Able Bail Bonds in Kennewick, Washington.  A licensed bail and recovery agent since 1997, Becky has been affiliated with American Surety Company since 2002. 

Becky is not afraid of hard work and is overtly passionate about her chosen profession, bail.  Not only is she running her own business, Becky also volunteers her time as the Treasurer of the Washington State Bail Agents Association and as the Greater Northwest Director for the Professional Bail Agents of the United States.  As a regular attendee at PBUS conferences I can attest Becky is a regular attendee as well.  Her energy is limitless.

Becky and her family endured a personal and professional challenge earlier this year when a fire destroyed most of her office and its contents.  Becky spoke about this difficult period at the recent WSBAA meeting in Spokane.

The fire occurred earlier this year and several months later Becky is still trying to get back into her original location.  Becky spoke specifically about the actions she needed to take even while the firefighters were putting out the fire.  Her first concern was to make sure no one was hurt, nobody was injured.  Her second concern was gathering her client files.  Fortunately, these files were kept in fireproof cabinets and were fully preserved.

Maintaining her client records using an internet agency management program also proved prescient.  Client information is the lifeblood of any business and to lose this data would have been devastating.  This information is essential for continued service to her clients who are all dealing with their own life struggles.  Becky did not lose site of this important fact.

So, in addition to managing a business that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Becky now had to be a general contract overseeing the rebuilding of her office, deal with insurance companies and make sure there was no interruption of her business to prevent further loss.  Becky is the first point out this could not have been done without the support of her husband Erik, her staff, family and friends.

Becky is a survivor and this adversity will not set her back.  She even took the time to attend this recent meeting of the WSBAA knowing her renovated office would be ready for occupying next week.

It is business professionals like Becky Manguson who epitomize the quality and characteristics we look for in our leaders.  It makes me proud to be a member of the same profession, a profession that is comprised of professional, goal oriented individuals intent on running a successful business and providing for their families.   I tip my hat to you Ms. Magnuson, you’re the real deal.

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