Interview with Matthew Bussard – A Medicare Expert

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Matthew Bussard is a financial services broker offering support to Medicare users in Rhode Island. He is passionate about creating a difference in his clients’ lives by helping them enroll in Medicare with professionalism and care. Mr. Bussard volunteers with Medicare recipients at Oak Street Health Clinics, providing efficient, continual guidance to clients every step of the way. Matthew also participates in various charitable activities, including The Hunger Project, the MDRT Foundation, local clean-ups, and minor league coaching. He donates to local charities and makes a difference in his community in every way possible.

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Matthew Bussard, and I am a medicare broker serving all of Rhode Island. 

What makes you different than other professionals in your field? 

I’d say the personal relationships I create with my clients. In financial services, many brokers tend to create transactional relationships, and I try to avoid that.

How much potential market share can you achieve in next 3 years?

Quite a bit. It’s tough to see that far into the future, but I’m thankful I’ve received a lot of business from my clients’ friends and family, especially.

What was the most important part of your professional journey? 

Over the past year or so: thinking big picture. Especially as a 20 something-year-old. I help today, but I’d like to help the same clients 10, 20, 30 years from now.

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made? 

Best – probably my Macbook. Expensive for sure, but I run everything with it.Worst – the first car I bought. I didn’t negotiate the price, fell for all of the dealership’s sale tactics.

What takes up too much of your time? 

Moving. Right now, I’ve been in the process of moving out of my apartment for months. It takes a ton of time! 

What three pieces of advice would you give to college students / new startup business owners who want to become entrepreneurs or leaders in their field? 

Work harder than the next person. Stay even-keel with the bad/good months, days, or years.  And learn from the people who have done what you wish to accomplish.

Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished? 

 My friend Kristen. She came into financial services with me in 2017. Even with 3 kids, she’s been able to have her business from her take off in such a short time. I don’t work with her as much as I used to, but I know she’s doing very well for herself.

What drives you to keep going when it’s really tough? 

Thinking big picture. I mentioned it earlier, but as much as I used to but things at 25 aren’t going to be the same as at 30, 35, 40, etc.

How should people connect with you? 

You can always shoot me a text or give me a call!