Johnita McBride

Small Business Owner, Consultant, and Public Speaker in Phoenix, Arizona

Johnita McBride

Small Business Owner, Consultant, and Public Speaker in Phoenix, Arizona

Originally from Chicagoland, Johnita McBride is a principal at Insurance Needs & Services, Inc., a 25 year old insurance agency that works with small groups, municipalities, casinos and trade unions. She also is on the Board of Directors of IMedia Technologies, an agency which provides savvy marketing strategies for brick and mortar business trying to compete in the digital age.

The first ten years of her career were spent commuting for two hours each day to the Human Resources Department of The First National Bank of Chicago and later to Winston & Strawn as she assisted the head of the Intellectual Property Department. She also served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Tiring of the long commutes, Johnita decided to leave the firm and start from scratch, acquiring her insurance broker’s license and joining her mother’s insurance agency. On her 'brokest' days she would drive down to the train station and say, 'you can always get back on the train'; it helped fuel her intense drive to grow her business.

Licensed in Indiana, Arizona, Ohio, and Michigan since 1992, she ultimately relocated to Phoenix in 2002.

Johnita attended Indiana University & Harold Washington College. She is also a Certified Laser Safety Officer and has taken many professional classes pertaining to insurance and marketing, including advanced uses of social media. She facilitates workshops for Federal employees on their benefits, employer groups on the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act, and is currently an AARP volunteer workshop leader. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Phoenix Birthing Project and on several United Way Grants Committees.

Johnita recalls that she moved to Phoenix after visiting the area for 2 weeks in March and fell in love with the weather, the newness of the city, and its decorated highways. Her most vivid memory is driving to her new home on Highway 10 at 10 pm and the temperature was 103. She wondered, “What had I done? What was I thinking?” But, says Johnita McBride, “It turned out to be one of the best moves I ever made.”

Johnita can be reached at johnita.mcbride@gmail.com.

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