Tag Archives: insurance

Society Insurance & Vern’s Cheese: Working Together for Over 50 Years

Recently we made a visit to Vern’s Cheese, a 3-generation family-owned business in Chilton, Wis. and had an opportunity to spend some time with Vern Knoepsel, President/Co-owner 1st generation; Edith Knoepsel, Co-owner 1st generation; and Kelly Knoepsel-Kress, Co-owner 2nd generation. We enjoyed learning more about their company history and why they have trusted Society Insurance to protect their business since the very beginning in 1964. Watch to learn more about the small details that have made a big difference for their business over the past 52 years. (more…)

5 Reasons to Be a Niche Insurance Expert

This is my 25th year in the insurance business. Most of those years have been spent in the sales and marketing department for an insurance carrier. I have seen many producers come and go whose focus is on chasing a sale. Chasing a sale is good, but the issue is that they sometimes become lost and discouraged. I have seen countless new agents spend more time trying to place a high-risk brokered account than working on honing their craft. Eventually their confidence is shattered and the sale is given to a person with more experience.

I truly believe the most successful insurance agents are experts within a sector of our economy. Successful agencies are experts at something — hospitality, construction, manufacturing, and the list continues.

Would you go to a family doctor for heart surgery? No, you would go to a heart doctor. Every industry specializes in today’s world. Heart doctors make more money than a family doctor. Why? They are experts within their craft. When it comes to insurance, it’s no different. If you put in the time to be a niche insurance expert, you can expect five things to happen: (more…)

Joys and Challenges of a Family Business

Many industries in the U.S. are full of family businesses, and the insurance agency arena is no exception. With that come the joys and challenges of families working together. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing that both as “the new kid” working with my father, and now as “the old guy” with two of my sons in the office.

As a quick aside, as I focus on the family nature of our business, I don’t want to discount or exclude the importance of the rest of our staff. We have been blessed with some outstanding employees who don’t share our last name but have been key to our success. For that, I am also forever thankful.

The Joys… (more…)

VIDEO: 3 Important Considerations for Restaurant Insurance

Society Insurance participated in a restaurant forum panel discussion for culinary students at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis. This discussion included a segment on restaurant insurance.

The experienced panel included:

  • Kevin Wondra, Society Insurance Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Paul Cunningham, Schreiner’s Restaurant, Fond du Lac
  • Ron Jordan, Wisconsin Restaurant Association
  • Kyle Cherek, Wisconsin Foodie

(more…)

Disaster Recovery: What Do I Need in My Business Recovery Plan? (Part 3 of 3)

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Disaster Recovery

You can’t predict the unexpected, but you can prepare. A Business Continuation Plan (BCP) costs almost nothing to produce but is critical to recovering losses, and customers, after a disaster. This three-part Disaster Recovery blog series will address important considerations for business continuity after a disaster.

The details that you include in your Business Continuation Plan (BCP) will depend on the particular needs of your business, but there are some key components that should to be included in every disaster plan: (more…)

Disaster Recovery: Keep Your Business Running – Despite a Disaster (Part 2 of 3)

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Disaster Recovery

You can’t predict the unexpected, but you can prepare. A Business Continuation Plan (BCP) costs almost nothing to produce but is critical to recovering losses, and customers, after a disaster. This three-part Disaster Recovery blog series will address important considerations for business continuity after a disaster.

No one ever expects a disaster to occur. However, disasters occur every day. That’s why insurance is so valuable. When you consider the odds, you probably should expect to experience a disaster of some sort at some time in your career. But, you still do not know what to expect or when to expect it.

Being prepared can make it much easier to manage your business through any disaster, serve your customers while you are recovering and get back to business as usual more quickly. Insurance is a helpful financial component, but preparing a complete recovery plan can reduce the likelihood that your customers will feel the pain of your disaster.

How can you prepare for a situation that you cannot predict? (more…)