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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mixing Business with Pleasure

The unique story of Sam Jacks, an entrepreneur with a great mind and ceaseless passion. 

When 1993 rolled around, Sam Jacks’ time as a charter boat captain came to an end, as he found his way into the world of insurance. After working for an insurance agency from the comfort of his home for a while, Sam decided to set sail on his own.

“I was using my home office and my own resources, and I was getting half the commission,” Sam recalls. “After a while, it didn’t make sense.”

Into Insurance

Instead of continuing to work for someone else, Sam opened Pelican Insurance Agency. Today, Sam and his team at Pelican provide worker’s compensation insurance, a full line of commercial insurance services, and some personal insurance services as well. Thanks to a unique agency management system penned by Sam, Pelican is extremely efficient and can provide services in a timely manner that other insurance agencies cannot.

With a work ethic that constantly puts the customer first, Sam and Pelican Insurance Agency has a great retention rate. In fact, many clients have been onboard since the doors first opened to Pelican Insurance. This same dedication to quality comes out loud and clear in Sam’s other venture: God’s Heart Designs.

God-Sent Jewelry

Sound familiar? That’s because you can find a God’s Heart Designs necklace, bracelet, or other piece of jewelry (check out the video) in 8,000 Hallmark stores across the United States of America. And while Sam only began producing God’s Heart pieces (become a fan) in 2000, the idea behind the company began decades earlier, when he was speaking with his then 5-year-old son.

“I was trying to explain that God is love,” Sam says. “All I wanted him to know is that there is a God, and he is love.”

As he explained this to his young son, Sam envisioned a heart made from a G and a D. He wondered whether an O could be placed between the two letters, and the instantly recognizable God’s Heart Designs logo was born. Sam sketched out the logo, put it aside, and life went on.

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It wasn’t until he accidentally happened upon his original design 20 years later that God’s Heart Designs came to fruition. Sam made a few samples of jewelry, took them to a licensing trade show in New York in 2000, and the rest, as they say, is history.

More than 10 years later, God’s Heart Designs creates bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and pendants, and a number of other items are in the works.

“People seem to really resonate with the message of God’s Heart Designs,” Sam says. “I’ve received so many wonderful notes and letters from people who appreciate what God’s Heart means to them.”

What is God’s Heart to so many? A gentle, beautiful reminder that “With love in your heart, there is God. With God in your heart, there is love.”

To get your hands on a unique piece of jewelry that will have everyone talking about God’s love, visit God’s Heart Designs online at

Need to beef up your insurance coverage? Get it with the company that is ready to help you right now by contacting Pelican Insurance Agency at (954) 583-5444 or visit them at 6950 Cyprus Road, Plantation, Florida 33317.

Written exclusively for The Club by none other than Daniel Brantley, chicken farmer and freelance writer and editor. Find him online, follow him on Twitter, or contact him directly.

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