Troy Jenike has never had to look far for a role model.
When he was younger, the man he most wanted to emulate sat at the head of his dinner table.
Today, he’s in an office down the hall.
In both cases, it’s the same man.
“I love working with him and for him,” said Jenike, director of insurance implementation for GM&A, said of his father, Michael Jenike, the CEO. “It’s cool to have a great boss and my father in that same position.”
Jenike, 30, grew up aspiring to work in the family business, a corporate health care consulting firm. His father founded GM&A, which manages health care plans for large employers in markets with at least two hospitals. GM&A negotiates clients’ health insurance rates, implements their plan and helps the plan’s members find network providers.
Jenike’s hire was not a case of nepotism. After graduating from college, he worked in insurance sales and as the operations director for a construction contractor in San Antonio. Only when the elder Jenike felt sure his son was the right candidate for the right position did he offer him a job.
“We have a father-son relationship, but at the end of the day, it’s still business,” Troy Jenike said. “We have to do what’s best for the company.”
Jenike has also followed his father into civic service.
As a college student, he joined his fraternity’s annual effort to raise 1 million pounds of food for the San Antonio Food Bank.
“Being able to make a difference for people and being able to come together as a group and do something for the community really gave me a sense of pride,” he said. “It’s something I wanted to continue to do.”
And he has.
Earlier this year, Jenike co-chaired his Leadership San Angelo class, which took on four service projects in a quest to be the best LSA class ever. The efforts involved raising funds for public art, giving Christmas gifts to underprivileged children, and painting houses for two elderly homeowners and a facility for the Boy Scouts.
Jenike chaired two charity golf tournaments for the Boys Scouts, raising $60,000, and asked to join the organization’s board of directors. As the board’s fundraising chair, he’s raised tens of thousands of dollars more.
Again, he cites his father’s example.
“He’s gone above and beyond anything he needed to do,” he said. “Being able to see how many people he’s influenced and the different organizations he’s impacted really impacted me. He’s a person I want to emulate and who I aspire to be.”
That’s not to say Jenike doesn’t find time for fun, which he calls vital. He’s an accomplished tennis player and golfer who’s won tournaments in both sports, including the Bentwood Partnership golf tournament three times.
“When I’m at work, I’m focused on work and what I need to do there,” he said. “When I’m away from work, I push it aside, go have some fun and sweat it out a little bit.”