Elected U.S. vice president in 1920 and president in 1923, Calvin Coolidge, known as “Silent Cal” in his time was not so silent when it came to hard work yielding results, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” It’s true; Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work, and Jeffry Schneider, founder of a small, private, Austin-based company, knows all about hard work. He’s happy to use his time and resources to help others and contribute to his community.
Because he is a CEO, father of three, and dedicated athlete, it would be easy for Jeff Schneider to not help others as he has an incredibly demanding schedule. Yet, he does. Jeffry Schneider enthusiastically and deliberately seeks out alternative ways to uplift society as a means of spiritual growth and personal fulfillment. Mark Twain is quoted saying, “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up” and Jeff fully agrees. Jeff emphasizes that any individual can reap the benefits of volunteering. He spends time reading to children in schools, actively fundraising for nonprofit agencies, and running in charity marathons. Jeffry Schneider champions the value of giving back to the community and the world at large. An uncommon and down-to-earth- philanthropist, Jeffry Schneider believes first and foremost in helping those who give back. He centers his philanthropy around sponsoring specific individuals that have demonstrated a strong commitment to helping the disadvantaged around the world overcome adversity.
Indian nationalist and civil rights leader, Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” Jeff Schneider feels that his calling is to strengthen communities with a focus on young people. Jeffry Schneider knows that this is no small act, but he’s still out there trying his best and giving it his all. Jeff vehemently believes that if anyone wants to make a positive impact on our world, they must start by helping to build stronger communities. Jeff simultaneously understands and accepts that to attain this, a seasoned, experienced leader must be in charge. Auspiciously, Jeffry is more than up for the challenging task. Over the course of the past decade, Jeff Schneider has helped a number of nonprofit organizations through different community improvement projects. In addition to doing this, Jeffry tries to use his time wisely. He chooses to aid communities in their individual quests personal wellness and self-esteem. Whether he’s volunteering his time at a local charitable organization or running a marathon, health seminar, or another community event, Jeffry leads by setting an example to follow, seeking to strengthen our communities slowly but surely.
Exemplary performers are often bequeathed with prestigious awards. The most recent recipient of such honor is Troy McQuagge, the chief executive at USHealth, a leading healthcare insurance provider. Troy was bestowed with the esteemed One Planet Award, as the CEO of the year. The One Planet Awards is the first of its kind worldwide and seeks to acknowledge stellar individuals and corporate institutions from the working industry. Eligible participants are sourced from all types of business entities without bias or discrimination.
Throughout his a career, Troy has always been a go-getter. Immediately after joining USHealth in 2010, he stirred a paradigm shift in the firm’s distribution subsidiary, USHealth Advisors. His bold move paid off and brought unprecedented success to USHealth in the process. This achievement, among other factors, made Troy the leading candidate to take the company’s presidency. He eventually made it to the top in 2014. In Troy’s era, the institution has not only witnessed enormous growth, but it has also fended off competition from some of the established names to become a prominent figure in the health insurance niche.
Troy could not conceal his enthrallment while accepting the accolade. He expressed sincere gratitude to his peers and other judges for acknowledging his relentless efforts in improving his business. He further stated the important role played by USHealth’s fraternity in landing the award. In conclusion, Troy said that the recognition was a demonstration of his establishment’s dedication towards availing healthcare insurance to everyone, including the economically challenged.
The One Planet Awards seeks to acknowledge outstanding individuals from the commercial and professional industries. The accolades are conferred to both individuals and corporate institutions, in a myriad of categories, ranging from marketing to customer services. The presentation is done at a grand event hosted by One Planet, the masterminds of the awards.
About Troy McQuagge
Troy McQuagge is a serial entrepreneur with vast experience, having served in the corporate world for over three decades. He is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida.
After graduating, Troy ventured into the health insurance industry. He started off his career at Allstate Insurance, after which he joined UICI. He later joined USHealth Group, of which he is the incumbent CEO.
Andrea McWilliams is a long-time lobbyist and political fundraiser who lives in Austin, Texas. She is known for being well-spoken, using convincing logic, and patience in getting the results she seeks. She has been involved in Texas politics since she was 21 when she served as a Chief of Staff. She is the co-founder, along with her husband, of McWilliams which is a government affairs consulting agency. Due to her experience in government affairs, Andrea McWilliam as has appeared in national media including CNN, Fox News, BBC, and NPR among others.
During her career, McWilliams has won a number of awards and recognitions. She was named by the Austin Power Journal as a “Profiles In Power” recipient, She was also named “2016 Texas Businesswoman of the Year Finalist” by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce. The Girl Scouts of Central Texas gave her their prestigious “Woman of Distinction” award.
Outside of her work in politics, Andrea McWilliams is mostly known for her philanthropy, especially in regards to breast cancer research. McWilliams is a breast cancer survivor herself and she has represented both the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and KillCancer in their efforts to find a cure for breast cancer and support the women who have it. Due to her work on breast cancer, the Seton Breast Cancer Center in Austin named their screening room after her.
Other nonprofits that McWilliams supports are those related to children and the arts. She has served on the Girl Scouts Centennial Celebration Committee and co-chaired the Marathon Kids gala that raised money for disadvantaged children. Andrea McWilliams has also hosted the Ballet Fete, which is Austin’s largest charity event and supports Ballet Austin. Other nonprofits concentrating on supporting the arts that she has supported are Mexi-Arte Museum and Arthouse among others.