What Does An Insurance Agent Really Do? The 3 Most Important Traits of Great Agents

I've written a little bit before about how a good insurance agent fits into the same category as a lawyer or an accountant: he or she provides a consultative service aimed at holistically building your business, not simply resolving individual issues. When you're searching for insurance for your business, especially, you want to work with someone who's focused on helping your business grow and has the knowledge and experience to be able to cover any issues that arise. Bad insurance agents sit around and twiddle their thumbs, waiting for their client to make a claim. Good insurance agents are proactive about helping their clients avoid issues in the first place.

Here are three traits that help great insurance agents stand out from the rest.

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Running to Make a Difference For Kids and Our Community

As a mom of two little ones, nothing makes my heart ache more than hearing of a child who has endured a cancer battle. So when I learned the story of Natalie Fleischaker and about her battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable and extremely rare brain tumor in her brain stem, it only made sense to lend a helping hand in ensuring kids with this diagnosis have the best research and treatments available. In addition to highlighting the Natalie A.R.T. Foundation at our April Accelerent Breakfast, Haas & Wilkerson Insurance is also a sponsor of the 3rd Annual Natalie’s A.R.T. Run 5K coming up in September.

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How Baseball Taught Me (Nearly) Everything I Needed to Know About Business

While March Madness has given way to April Sadness for many of us in Kansas City, I’m pretty optimistic about the state of KC sports—mostly because we’ve arrived at baseball season and I get to watch the Royals. While it’s certainly easy to be a fan when your hometown team is the reigning world champion, baseball has long been my favorite sport. From the days of Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig, all the way to Hosmer’s slide in game five, baseball has a rich history of amazing moments, broken records and interesting characters.
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Shining a Spotlight on Our People: David Garrett

In our last team spotlight, we featured an interview with one of our team members who’s been with us longer than anyone else. This week, we’re highlighting someone who comes a close second in terms of Haas & Wilkerson Insurance tenure.

David Garrett, a producer for our amusement division, has been with our agency for more than 30 years. Even more impressive, David’s experience in the amusement industry extends way beyond that. David put himself through college working summers with a carnival that toured around New England. After graduation, he jumped into the industry full-time until he joined the insurance world in the ’80s. We’ve been extremely lucky to have David’s knowledge and expertise as a part of our agency for as long as we have. Our team has always been a big part of our success, and David is no exception. I had a chance to sit down with David recently:

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It Takes a Village: Celebrating Our Communities, Big and Small!

Just a few weeks ago at our monthly Accelerant breakfast, I had the pleasure of introducing our guests to Girls on the Run, a nonprofit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grades. Girls on the Run uses running to motivate girls and build confidence through accomplishment. Through my own experience teaching and mentoring many young women in my educational background, I know just how much confidence and purpose that participating in programs like this can provide. With their commitment to mentorship and running buddies system, Girls on the Run does an awesome job of enabling young women to reach their goals.The organization is a great example of how a community coming together to look out for one another can make a big difference in the lives of many individuals. The breakfast got me to thinking about how many levels of community that our own organization is involved in.
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Why (Almost) Every Insurance Agency Wants You to Do Your Research

It's probably one of the most common themes in insurance advertising: Do your research. From the discount double-check to Flo and her price comparisons, it's clear insurance agencies want you to check out all of your available options. Have you ever thought about why this message is so universal in the industry?

Think about this: How do you make a decision when choosing an insurance program, whether it be for yourself or your business? Is cost a factor? What level of coverage are you looking for? Is the customer service you receive important to you? How personalized is your insurance policy?

Because many people don't use a comprehensive set of criteria when evaluating their insurance options, lots of individuals and businesses alike wind up locking themselves into a policy that might not be right for them. We believe everyone should have a very personalized level of coverage catered to their specific needs, which means finding out the full range of insurance solutions available.

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Placing a Spotlight on Our People: Rita Ogden

I've talked often on our blog about how great our team is, how much they make our company feel like a big family, and how the energy they bring to our offices makes it a great place to be each and every day. This week, I want to spotlight one of our team members who's been a part of our family for a long time!

Rita Ogden has worked with all three generations of the Haas & Wilkerson family, so she's watched our agency grow and change in numerous ways over the years. She's one of the most helpful people around our office, always doing so much to be of service to others. We loved getting Rita's perspective on how her experience has changed over the years, and what she's enjoyed most through her time here. Check out her answers to our Q&A below!

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