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Tanner Freiburg believes in giving back to his community.

Freiburg is treasurer for the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce this year. He just finished a year as president of Young Professionals of Quincy and is chairman of the Quincy Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament.

"It seems like the higher up you get (in an organization), the more involved you get. If you're the president or chairman, you want to make sure you don't miss anything," Freiburg said.

Giving back to society isn't limited to organizational support. Freiburg hopes to adopt an underprivileged child someday. His parents did that when he was young and he wants to emulate their selfless act -- and help someone else succeed in life.

Freiburg works at Freiburg Insurance Agency with his father. He also went out on his own to install automated teller machines in some convenience stores and other locations. The ATM venture gave him a glimpse of the risks and the difficulty business founders face.

Hunting is a passion, and a release, for Freiburg. It also is a family tradition that he hopes to share with sons Wilson and Charlie.

BIO

Age: 32

Family: Wife, Elisha; children, Wilson, 4, Charlie, 1.

Education: Quincy High School, bachelor's degrees in finance and management, Columbia College.

Community involvement: Member of St. John's Anglican Church, 2013; Chamber of Commerce treasurer and executive board member, 2012-13; Young Professionals of Quincy president, 2012-13; Quincy Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament chairman, 2012-13; board member of the Quincy Museum, 2013; Quincy Athletic Development Association board member; member of the Northside Boat Club, Quincy Gun Club and Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fisherman Association; past member of the Noon Kiwanis.

Q&A

What is your job, what do you do and what do you like best about it? I'm an insurance agent with the Freiburg Insurance Agency. I specialize in commercial and personal lines of insurance. The greatest part about my job is that I have the opportunity to work with my family.

What is a typical workweek like? I'm a morning person and like to get things started early. I like to be at work no later than 6:30 a.m. I try not to work evenings because that's about the only time I get to spend with my wife and kids, which are my main priority.

What was your first job, and what do you remember about it? The first "real" job I had was working as a laborer for Bergman Nurseries. The Friye family are wonderful people to work for and taught me that a hard-work ethic pays off. Landscaping also taught me that I was not cut out for a career in manual labor.

How do you balance everything? I rely on my wife! She raises our boys and takes care of the nonbusiness side of things. I'm very grateful to have such an incredible spouse.

Which person has influenced you the most and why? Without a doubt I would say my dad, Mark, has given me the greatest influence in life. Personally, he's taught me to love my family and enjoy life as much as you can. Businesswise, he has taught me that if you stay diverse and grow conservatively, you will never fail.

Have you ever failed at something? How did you recover? I'm in sales, so of course I have failed! You can't win every game and you can't make every sale, but if you set goals and work hard you can succeed at anything.

What does success mean to you? I've always enjoyed the quote: "Success is measured by the way your child describes you while talking to a friend." -- Unknown.

What was your proudest professional moment? In 2004, I started my own ATM outsourcing company that places ATM machines in convenience stores, bars, et cetera. I never truly understood the financial risk and anxiety an individual experiences when starting a business from scratch. Having gained that experience gave me a new perspective on those who have tried starting their own business regardless of the outcome.

What is your favorite stress-buster/leisure time diversion? Bow hunting. It's the only time I can get away from phones, TVs, emails, work, et cetera and just enjoy peace and quiet.

What is the biggest need in your community? We need more high level jobs in the area. Recently Gardner Denver sent their executives to Pennsylvania. Harris has terminated numerous positions. Doyle Manufacturing is leaving town. At some point our community needs to implement a plan to replace these jobs with new industry.

What gives you reason for optimism in your community? We have a new young and enthusiastic mayor who I think is going to do some big things for Quincy.

If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself when you were in high school, what would it be? Enjoy these years even more because once you enter the real world it is never the same again.

If you weren't working in the insurance business, what would you be doing? I love commercial real estate and would pursue a career in property management and sales.

If you could add a few more hours to the day, how would you spend them? I would be at my farm with my family enjoying the outdoors.

Do you live by any mantra or saying? "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." -- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright.

Career aspirations aside, name one thing you definitely want to accomplish in your lifetime. Besides losing 10 pounds, I'd like to adopt an underprivileged child and give him or her an opportunity to succeed. My parents did this when I was growing up and I've always admired them for making such a difference in an individual's life. Unfortunately, this country is turning into a "what's best for me" society and that is not a way we should live our lives.

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