Vanessa Bucklin has many talents and jobs–mother, wife to Sunburst Schools Superintendent Tyler Bucklin, licensed agent and financial services professional and founder of PCI Conrad, LLC, runner–and most recently added to the list, published author. Bucklin’s book, The Penultimate Step, is due to be released on Dec. 23, 2020, in distributors like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is available now, though, at BookBaby, Ebook on Amazon.
In this memoir, Bucklin discusses the many penultimate steps in her life, seizing opportunities, searching and driving for answers and reacting and responding positively to the circumstances. She recognizes that as in running, there are twists and turns in life, but they all come together to define her as a person. Most importantly, she finds that the greatest treasures are not found just at the finish line but rather all along the way.
“I am a simple girl raised as a farmer’s daughter in rural Montana. I am not rich, famous or extraordinary in any way, but I have worked hard, been brave and determined, and have had a positive perspective along the way,” said Bucklin. “These same qualities are free and available to anyone who desires success. And if I can achieve success as a wife, mother, runner and business owner, I believe you can effectively penultimate step into your dreams as well.”
Bucklin grew up in Montana and attended the University of Montana to study business. She transferred her junior year of college to the University of Nevada, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Her banking career got started at Wells Fargo in Las Vegas, in commercial lending.
During this time Bucklin married her college sweetheart, Tyler Bucklin, transferred with Wells Fargo back to Montana, started a family and went on to receive her MBA from the University of Montana. By age 25 Bucklin was a vice president at the bank.
Bucklin decided to embark on a new career adventure, starting her own insurance company, PCI Conrad, LLC, in 2013.
A licensed agent and financial services professional, she has been a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier financial services membership for advisors worldwide, since 2013. She has received multiple awards and numerous committee appointments for her leadership in the industry.
She currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for the University of Montana. Her business has become a cornerstone of Conrad, generating jobs, creating partnerships and alliances, serving neighbors and giving back.
While extremely busy with her professional life, her personal life takes precedence as she and her husband, Tyler, raise their three beautiful children, Claire, Nick and Colette. Both are busy with their careers and their farm, raising wheat, barley and hay. Bucklin still finds time to enjoy outdoor activities with her family and is an avid runner. She has successfully completed 11 marathons and three ultra-marathons.
As in sports, without having the preparation and focus in the penultimate step, Bucklin believes one cannot channel forward movement into a successful launch in life.
“As I journeyed through various steps in my life, many realizations and truths helped define me and impacted my perspective. I hope this book will motivate you to effectively penultimate step into your dreams, whatever they may be,” stated Bucklin.