Antonio Gagnon helps his clients reduce everyday risk. Having been born and raised in the city of Detroit in the 70’s and 80’s, Antonio was taught how to be risk averse early on and he took this to heart, mastering it at a young age. Before his father passed away, when he was only 14, Antonio had learned much from him about business and used his skills to generate income. For Antonio, personally, he used to sell dandelions in the neighborhood for a $1.00 a bunch. He soon figured out that if he recruited five people to do the same thing he was doing, he could make a lot more money.
Through the big lessons learned at a young age, Antonio found a calling and discovered that he was a guy meant to get things done. He helped his friends and family accomplish tasks that no one wanted to do. He was a protector and helped fend off the bullies in the neighborhood. Through his experiences, he discovered that he had a gift and that the best way to develop it was to join the United States Marine Corps so he could learn how to lead.
After life in the service, Antonio saw that he could combine his leadership skills with his business acumen. He spent the next 26 years in the hospitality business, working in hotels and restaurants, learning how to schmooze the movers and shakers of Metro Detroit and give them the type of dining environment that they gravitated toward. During this time, Antonio also started his own health insurance broker business called, “Alliance Health Care Systems” which helped launch him into his current perfect career.
Antonio’s financial career is centered on his philosophy that “people buy people.” He helps his clients reduce their risk through protecting their health, income, and life, while ensuring longevity (outliving their money).
Today, Antonio wants to make a difference and leave a legacy behind. Through his new role of Best Selling Author with the book, Road To Success, Volume II, which he co-wrote with the legendary Jack Canfield, he is spreading the message of “why” he gets up in the morning. He’s also hoping to bring light to his charity that will be launching—We Are the Men. The charity is dedicated to helping battered women find new hope through being removed from their situations and given the tools they need to succeed both emotionally and financially. To achieve this goal, he would like to work in conjunction with current successful foundations dedicated to this same purpose.
Antonio believes that if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards. Ever inspired by change and helping others, he always remembers Martin Luther King Jr.’s words: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”