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2021 40 Under 40: Royce Reding

Owner, Nevont Employee Benefits, and Campaign Chair, Congressman Billy Long

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After working for political campaigns and within Rep. Billy Long’s district office, Royce Reding, 36, co-founded Nevont, an employee benefits brokerage. Within the past year, Nevont has grown 233% and added four employees, and Reding says the firm has placed minorities and women in key roles.

As a company leader, Reding says the success of the business is directly tied to the success of his employees. He encourages them to rely on the team and resources available to them, a strategy he also follows.

“I try to operate by the motto, ‘Only do it if I can own it,’ meaning if I don’t have the resources to own it in full, I try to pass on the opportunity,” Reding says.

First job? Mowing lawns with my brother to save money for college.

Proudest moment? Getting offered a collegiate debate scholarship to William Jewell.

What about your job would shock people? The majority of politicians whose names you read and listen about are people who at heart are trying to better their communities and nation.

Professional aha moment? When I got invited to fly on Air Force One.

Theme song? “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” by John Denver.

Most treasured possession? High school debate ballot that voted for Matt Simpson over me and kept me from nationals my senior year. I learned a lot about adversity from that defeat.

Favorite hobby or pastime? Bird hunting.

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