Born in Atlanta, Georgia the self-made entrepreneur boasts nearly 20 years of experience in the corporate insurance and financial services industries. Starting his career in 1999, he took a position in the back office of a broker dealer firm and excelled. During his time there, he took and passed the General Securities Representative Exam (Series 7), enabling him to obtain his brokers license. After gaining that credential, he went on to work for two larger firms, focused on asset management and insurance benefits. The skills and expertise gained from those firms allowed him to climb the corporate ladder, earning a promotion as the Public Sector Manager for the State of Georgia and various sales and production awards.
Inspired by Richard Branson’s billion-dollar entrepreneurial portfolio, in 2003, Felipe stepped out on his own and opened the doors of GAB International, LLC—an insurance, employee benefits, retirement benefits and payroll provider. In the competitive employer benefits industry, Barganier is one of the only African-American founders of a successful benefits brokerage firm. In addition to providing a superior product, the company’s mission focuses highly on the business consumer experience.
Since becoming an entrepreneur, he has been recognized by multiple organizations and has received public honors including the 2016 Georgia Minority Business Insurance Industry Of The Year award and the 2017 Benefits Pro Broker Of The Year finalist (top 5). Since inception, the firm has held a prominent presence in its homestate, nationally and as of 2018, globally.
In 2017, he was featured on the cover of Benefits Pro magazine and was deemed part of the industry’s “winners circle.” Also in 2017, he co-authored the bestselling book, “Breaking Through The Status Quo”—a compilation of industry best practices and influential advice to guide business owners toward saving revenue and paying less for quality benefits. The book was well received and impressive sales led to further credibility of the GAB International brand.
Those successes sparked global business travel for the serial entrepreneur as he mapped out the blueprint for international expansion of the firm, its product offerings and client base. Additionally, he joined the ranks of elite thought leaders and employee benefits advisors in the country, through the NextGen Benefits Mastermind Partnership group. With the surge in personal brand momentum growing, the demand for Felipe to serve on panels and join motivational speaking stages increased. Because of his dedication to educating others, Barganier keeps his community footing secure with memberships at 100 Black Men of America, The Commerce Club, Atlanta Businesss League Economic Committee and various volunteer organizations. Plans for a full tour are set for 2019—to inspire young entrepreneurs.
A family man at heart, the father of three enjoys fatherhood more than any other position in his life. His two sons and daughter are the nucleus of his motivation and the root of his desire to form a strong legacy. Seeing his children as future leaders, he leads by positive example and spends quality time pouring into their individual interests.
When he is not spending time with family or focused on business matters, you can find him volunteering, cooking, front row at a boxing match or working on his next book. He is also a certified NLP Coach.
Wealth can be measured in many different ways, but this episode of the Business of Your Mind is about MONEY. It is not just important to gain wealth, you also need to learn to keep it!
Your mind will obey your mindset, train yourself to keep a positive outlook on your finances and the growth will follow.
If you want to get your business right, you got to get your mind right…