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Spinning Tales about Endangered Species

With the details of each spin in his mind from a colorful menagerie of animals on a merry-go-round, Art Ritchie has built or restored at least five-dozen carousels in the 32 years since he and Daniel Jones founded Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio. But he specifically remembers the Protective Life Carousel at the Birmingham Zoo, because during his restoration work, one of the South’s infamous spring storms ripped the canopy for the carousel right off its cables. While it delayed the progress, it didn’t put a damper on the centerpiece of the Birmingham Zoo’s Children’s Zoo. Once installed, it immediately began entertaining guests of all ages, including Rusty Keene. Rusty moved from the Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida to take over as Birmingham Zoo’s vice president of operations. A carousel aficionado, Keene was particularly impressed that Birmingham’s carousel was wooden. Wooden carousels are expensive, costing just over a half million…

Next Generation of Change Makers

Birmingham’s Ryan J. Swain takes the stage in the world premiere of an Off-Broadway show. And when he walks onto the stage at the National Black Theater to star in the debut of “Kill Move Paradise,” he says he has, in part, Protective Life to thank. Ryan is one of more than 200 recipients of Protective Life Scholarship and Academic Awards Program. “I owe so much to Protective,” Ryan says. “Receiving support for my education truly allowed me to focus on the education that I needed to hone my skills and prepare for a career in the theater.” Growing up in Birmingham, he had always wanted to be an actor, attending Alabama School of Fine Arts and Howard University.  This year, he boarded a bus to follow his dream, moving to New York City, where he has hired  an agent and booked a role as one of four performers co-starring…

Empowering America’s Younger Citizens

The Liberty Learning Foundation is an Alabama-based organization dedicated to teaching children the importance of civics through hands-on demonstrations that take them beyond the classroom. Learn why Protective Life is proud to support this organization’s efforts to empower and inspire America’s youngest citizens.

What Having an Entrepreneurial Spirit Really Means

I’m coming up on my one-year anniversary of being an entrepreneur. I’m in the digital marketing business, which is a tough industry comprised of websites and social media, marked by constant change. The rules for visibility in search engines like Google are constantly evolving. I’ve had to come to grips with the fact that there is always going to be someone who knows more than I do or has more experience. But I don’t let that discourage me because I’m doing what I love. Through content marketing I get to play with words, connecting people with messages and ideas that are new. I’m driven and motivated to work hard every day, without anyone telling me what to do (i.e., a real boss!). You might call that discipline. I’m satisfied in my work because I’m passionate about what I do, and that means more to me than a hefty paycheck. And…