Agent Melissa Azzam found a new career after marriage.

While dating Tony, starting in 2004, our families bonded.

Sam, Tony's father, became our insurance agent. Over the years, Tony and my now sister-in-law, Miranda, worked for him.

2016

Tony asked if I wanted to buy Sam's agency.

As a registered nurse, I had never worked in insurance.

I needed more time to think about it, but there was another buyer interested. I prayed about it and went for it!

Sam and his wife, Debbie

wanted to be sure I was making the right decision.

"Business is business, but you're our daughter forever," Debbie said.

At that moment

I knew I wanted to be part of the family business.

Having a lot to live up to keeps me going. Customers remember that Sam did right by them, so they know I will also.