Vickie Wolcott is proud to be an IPS graduate. The Arsenal Tech alumna, class of 75, recently sat with IPS giving her gratitude toward her education and the influence it had on her life’s success.

Wolcott has committed to M.J. Schuetz Insurance Services, Inc. for her entire career from a receptionist to working her way up to president and owner. While pleased to see growth with her success, Wolcott remains humble and committed to giving back to the community such as serving on many boards and organizations throughout Indianapolis including the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana (current state president), Rotary Club of Indianapolis, National Association of Women in Construction, Indiana Subcontractors Association and a member of Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation.

IPS is pleased to acknowledge Wolcott as she tells her story; an educational experience elevating her as the successful business woman and leader she is today.

 

Early life in Indianapolis …

My father was in the service so my family moved around a lot during early years. I moved to Indianapolis in the 3rd grade; my mother is from here and once we returned to Indianapolis, we stayed. The first couple of years here were trying, but I had a very good and loving mother. When I was about 8 years old, my younger sister had open heart surgery, so I helped with the family a lot. Growing up, I really enjoyed interacting with others and living my early years in Japan.

Your experience at Arsenal Tech …

Tech was great – I had a wonderful experience. My English teacher, Mrs. Sullivan, took myself and brother under her wing.  I joined the ROTC program. My senior year I made it up to Brigadier General, so I was the highest-ranking male or female cadet in the entire United States ROTC program. Additionally, I was always on the honor roll and continued to excel academically. My IPS experience overall was always good. I believe IPS set a good foundation which led me to where I am today.

Fondest IPS memory as a student …

Mrs. Sullivan and my science teacher were very influential in my life. They were aware of my situation and looked out for both my brother and I by seeking additional resources for us. It was through Mrs. Sullivan and my guidance counselor that I was working for an insurance agency. I was given the opportunity to intern at an insurance company which was supposed to be for 30-90 days; I ended up interning for 4 years.

Tech High School was really big. There was so much to do! I always felt I was in a prominent place.

My IPS education prepared me for ….

Real life. When I was at Tech, they started the integration busing. I became aware that there was some tension, but also realized we all had to get along. Real world experiences – the good and the bad that has prepared me for life.

Higher Education …

I graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration and Economics. I’ve spent my career in insurance and worked in this field my entire life.

My life since graduating …

I interned at an insurance agency which resulted in me working there for 4 years. After graduating from college, I started as a receptionist at M. J. Schuetz located on the monument circle. I have worked for them for 37 years starting as a receptionist and was promoted over the years. In 2008, I became president and then in 2012 Dave Linthicum and I purchased the agency; since then I’ve served as president and owner.

Proudest accomplishments …

Having a family; I enjoy time with my husband and children. I am proud to have a career that allows me to give back to the community in so many ways. I am also proud that my son is in the industry, and will eventually become my successor.

Family…

I am one of 4 siblings which all of us have stayed in Indianapolis. Myself and twin brother are the oldest and we have 2 younger siblings. I enjoy and appreciated time still spent with my mother who also still lives here in Indianapolis.

I met my husband, Dale, at church. We have been married for 33 years. We have 2 children; son Dale and daughter April; both live here in Indianapolis.

Interests/ Hobbies …

I like to collect spoons. I have about 250 and started my collection when I was out of college. I also enjoy volunteering in my free time.

Vision/Dreams …

To leave my business in appropriate shape and in good hands, so the next generation has a good livelihood. When I retire, I hope to have more time to volunteer and give back to the community.

Final Quote …

“Tech was not the end of my education, but the beginning of my life,” Vickie Wolcott