Bart BrinkmanPrincipal, Agent, BrokerOffice: 402-759-3300
Insurance is Bart’s second calling. The farm and ag economics degree came first. But after 18 years, he wanted to try something else and saw an opportunity in insurance, a field he feels lucky to have joined. How many people get to sell a product everyone needs in an industry that helps people? His favorite motto for success as an insurance agent? Go the extra mile. (It’s more than figurative to him – he often logs several hundred miles a day following up in person on crop, car, commercial and home-owner claims.) “Good agents listen and solve people’s problems.” …Read More
Licenses: Property and Casualty, Life and Health, Crop; Real Estate broker
Joe KamlerPrincipal, AgentOffice: 402-627-2055
Growing up, Joe’s brothers called him ‘College Boy.’
He was a good student, but it was also an inside joke.
The family farm was only big enough for two of four siblings to join the operation, so someone needed to head to college. So Joe earned degrees and embarked on successful careers, first in banking and then insurance. His personality suited both. Customers are comfortable enough with him to call on a Saturday morning to tell him about their fender bender and he is glad they do. The most important thing he has learned since college? That the Golden Rule applies to all. “I ask myself ‘If I were in a customer’s shoes, what would I want for coverage? What would I need to know?’”...Read More
Licenses: Property and Casualty, Life and Health, Crop, Annuities
Roxie SchlegelAgentOffice: 402-627-2055
Roxie Schlegel came to Walter Insurance and Real Estate by way of Cairo, Neb., Israel, Europe and one chance meeting in Lincoln. As part of her journey toward a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, she spent a semester in Israel and Europe. When she returned to Nebraska, she met her husband, John, and trusted him enough to move to another place that was foreign to her: Shickley. It became her longtime home. She taught in area schools and worked in health fields until Richard Walter asked if she would like to join the insurance agency. She may have been a teacher, but it turns out she’s also a pretty good student. Today, she is an agent who is fluent in numerous computer languages, handling much of the business and technology side of the Shickley office. “The thing I enjoy the most is the computer skills I have learned and the clients I have met here.” ...Read More
Licenses: Property and Casualty Insurance
Karla JacobsonRealtorOffice: 402-759-3300
You know Karla Jacobson is a committed Realtor because she keeps a broom under her car seat and a listing sign in her trunk at all times. You know she’s a native South Dakotan because she prefers Nebraska for its climate (yes, climate.) And you know how much she loves her job when she shares the story of the 65-year-old couple buying their first home.
Karla spent 17 years as a ‘numbers’ person, putting her finance degree to work at Geneva State Bank. But about seven years ago, she realized she’s a home person, too, which makes her really good at finding or selling yours. ...Read More
Jennifer AscheBusiness Manager, Geneva OfficeOffice: 402-759-3300
Jennifer grew up on a farm near Cedar Rapids, a town of about 400 people in north central Nebraska. It was a typical family farm, raising row crop, a cow/calf herd, and many, many pigs. Her dad farmed. Her mom worked as a grain accountant at a local co-op. She and her two sisters helped around the farm, joined FFA and graduated from Cedar Rapids High School.
What wasn’t typical, though?
Her ‘family farm’ meant four generations, in three houses, on one farmstead. Her great-grandparents were just a skip down the sidewalk. Grandpa and grandma could be found along the same walking path.
Jim DonovanOffice: 402-759-3300
You can thank Jim Donovan's parents for his work ethic. They owned a grocery
store in Sargent, NE and the whole family kept it running. His dad handed
him a broom in the 5th grade and gave him his first real job of sweeping the
floors. In high school, when he lived for sports, he and his dad would
return to the store after practice and dinner to clean the meat department.
While he didn't grow up wanting to own a grocery store, he did learn the
foundations of business and a stellar work ethic, which shows in his
dedication to insurance customers.
Rebecca SvecMarketing CoordinatorOffice: 402-759-3300