There are many people who go to college without really knowing what it is they desire to do in life. Sometimes the options seem so numerous it is hard to narrow it down. Other times the student has multiple interests without a dominant interest to provide them guidance. However, there are even people who pursue one career path before figuring out that their calling lies in another destination entirely.
This can be said for the beginning of Bruce Heen’s own professional career. After graduating from Devils Lake High School in Devils Lake, North Dakota, Bruce Heen decided to go to school for education. He completed his education degree and even taught for five years in Devils Lake, North Dakota. However, Bruce Heen decided to return to school.
He returned to the University of North Dakota, which is where he went for his original degree. However, with his return, Bruce Heen decided to earn his degree in accounting, and he successfully completed his accounting degree in 1980. It was also in 1980 that Bruce Heen began his accounting career in Wisconsin with Sentry Life Insurance in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
From his beginning at Sentry Life Insurance in 1980, Bruce Heen studied and passed the certified public accountant Sentry Life Insurance exam in 1982 for the State of Wisconsin. He then transferred to Atlanta, Georgia in 1982 as the Southeast Accounting Manager. The years following his move to Georgia, Bruce Heen moved to several other states to work several other positions.
At one point, he left work in the insurance industry to take a vice president position with the Texas Workers Compensation Company in Austin, Texas. He began work in Texas in 1996 but returned to the credit insurance accounting field in 1998 and continues his career in the insurance industry today with Protective Life Insurance Company as Vice President for the Life and Annuity Business Planning and Analysis department.