Q & A with

ShenEqua Chapman-Umpierre

What is your favorite color?

Green.

In your spare time what do you do for fun?

Spend time with the family.

What is your hobby?

Working out and going to Cavs games.

What is your favorite food?

Salmon.

You are the principal owner of FAYIN Insurance Agency LLC. What motivated you to start your own business?

I wanted to reach out to the community/world and offer them the one thing that is law and not too many people understand the importance of it.... INSURANCE!!!! This is a business that not too many African american woman tap into. The majority of the principal owners are older white men.

"Obedience is more than sacrifice.”

As a highly respected sister at First Church, if there was any advice you would give to a young woman trying to make it in this world, what would it be?

I would advise all young women to pray and ask God for GODLY favor then have the faith that it will happen. BELIEVE IT IS DONE!!!! Do not give up

What is your favorite scripture?

Matthew 4:4: But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. and Luke 4:4: And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

When growing up, who was the one person you looked up to as a role model, and why?

I always looked up to my father/dad. He was a strong independent God fearing man that was an entrepreneur.

What career did you dream of having as a teen?

TWhen I turned 16, I decided that I wanted to be an independent insurance agent (after seeing the perks in college of my coaches' husband.... who too was an independent agent).

If there was one thing you would like to change about the world, what would it be?

NOTHING!!!! The world is fine the way that it is. It is just the people in the world that need to change.

Tell us something about yourself that you want the world to know.

Where do I start! How about I give a shout out to the Lord Almighty. Not only has He blessed me, but He can bless you . . . let me tell you how! I remember like it was yesterday . . . First Church of God was holding a concert with Israel and New Breed. I didn’t come from a saved family, so what I experienced was Godsent. From that point I decided to be saved! While attending new members class I was going through a lot of trials in my life…A LOT! But despite these trials I also wanted to open my own insurance agency. I started to pray about it and prayed hard! Just like that, God said to go for it and name it F.A.Y.I.N. (for all of your insurance needs)! He also instructed me to base my company on three important principals (you know I had to throw in three points, just like our excellent Bishop)!

  • Carry yourself with integrity
  • Treat people with respect
  • Be up front and honest
By living three principals God has blessed me in so may ways with my business. I have been blessed to sponsor events held at First Church as well as other organizations! I’ve been blessed with a wonderful staff. And I have been blessed with a clientele that trusts me with their business. He can do it for me, and he can do it for you! Have faith, step out of your comfort zone, and trust God. He will do it and make it happen…I’m a living witness to this! Oh yeah, one of my favorite sayings is , "obedience is more than sacrifice". Being obedient to God has opened doors that I could never imagine. Do what he says and trust him. Yes He can!