Linda McHenry (formerly Linda Faulkner) is a writer, speaker, and trainer who combines her extensive background in the insurance industry with her skills as a professional writer to offer a variety of services to insurance and business professionals.
She worked in the insurance industry for 11 years as a P&C claims representative, CSR, and life and health insurance producer before founding her first insurance agency, the L.A. Murphy Insurance Agency, in Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1985. In 1997, Linda was recruited by the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) to instruct insurance continuing education seminars for insurance producers throughout New England.
When Linda joined the MAIA faculty, she also joined the faculty of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research and became an approved instructor for their CISR and CIC designation programs. Over the years, Linda has also instructed insurance continuing education seminars for the Montana Insurance Education Foundation, the Association of Wyoming Insurance Agents, the International Association of Insurance Professionals (formerly NAIW), and the Professional Insurance Agents Western Alliance.
In 2003, Linda sold the L.A. Murphy Insurance Agency and moved to Missoula, Montana, where she established her second insurance Agency (Linda Faulkner Insurance Agency) and became an approved insurance continuing education provider (Faulkner Education Services) in 2006. During her seven-year residency in Montana, Linda not only became one of the most sought-after insurance educators in the northwest, she also contracted with the University of Montana and numerous businesses and professional organizations to develop and present career development workshops and training seminars on the subjects of sales, marketing, customer attention, networking, and relationship-building.
Linda’s popularity as a course developer merged with her secondary career as a writer and she sold her second insurance agency in January 2011, at which time she began devoting the majority of her “insurance” time to developing and writing insurance continuing education and other materials on a freelance basis. Linda also accepts offers to conduct insurance CE seminars, training workshops, and webinars. Linda was a Certified Insurance Counselor from 1998 – 2011.
Putting words together has been Linda’s lifelong passion. Her first published work was the crossword puzzle she designed in fifth grade … with the assistance of Mr. Calen and his mimeograph machine. When her seventh grade English teacher, Pat Goldman, explained to Linda how she could submit her stories to magazine publishers, there was no turning back. Life has a way of interfering with even the most urgent of passions; in between her personal relationships commitments and working in the insurance industry, Linda plugged away at her writing, publishing numerous magazine articles and a monthly newspaper column that ran for seven years. Three Rivers Lifestyle, a regional celebrating the best of Western Montana and Rough Notes, an insurance industry trade publication, published the most popular of Linda’s magazine articles.
Linda’s mystery novel, Second Time Around, was published in January 2009 and was nominated for a 2010 EPIC Award in the Best Mystery/Fiction category. Linda publishes fiction under the name Linda McHenry. Her business book, Taking the Mystery Out of Business: 9 Fundamentals for Professional Success, was published in January 2011 to excellent reviews and received a 5-star review from the Director of Career Advancement, School of Business Administration, at the University of Montana.
Although she was born in the Big Apple, large cities are Linda’s least favorite place to spend time. She has admitted, however, to a fondness for the Big Easy’s French Quarter. The White Mountains of New Hampshire used to be her favorite place in the world … until she fell in love with the Rocky Mountains of western Montana.
During the seven years Linda lived in Big Sky Country, her front yard served as host to a parade of whitetail deer, black bears, coyotes, moose, and even a Great Grey owl. Over time, however, the wildlife proved unable to compete with Linda’s family, which drew her back to Massachusetts, where she now lives. She spends her free time with her family (three adult children, three furry children, and four grandchildren) and indulges in beachcombing–which she couldn’t do in the Rocky Mountains! Her favorite color is red– except when it’s green, she brews tea in her coffee maker, and no matter how often or urgently you insist, she will not eat crabs or quahogs.