Bart Brinkman

Co-owner, President, Realtor, Broker

For Bart, insurance was a second calling.


The farm came first. Bart grew up on a family farm near Shickley and helped raise corn, milo and soybeans. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in agricultural economics, he came home to farm fulltime.


He loved agriculture, but after 18 years wanted to try something else.  His thoughts turned to insurance because his father had owned an agency in Shickley for 15 years. So in 1998, Bart became a partner in the Walter Insurance Agency, which had been purchased from his father in 1979.


He soon realized he had found his new career. He liked selling a product everyone needs, in an industry that helps people.  The analytical/numbers side of him was well suited to analyzing coverage and his farm background proved invaluable for farm and crop policies.


Earning his insurance and real estate licenses gave him the technical know-how for his new role. But he learned what’s really important on the job: Pay attention. Listen. Anticipate what people need. Go the extra mile (literally – he often logs several hundred miles a day following up on crop, car and home owner claims).  “Good agents listen and solve people’s problems.”


Today, he is co-owner of Walter Insurance and Real Estate.


Licenses: Property and Casualty, Life and Health, Crop; Real Estate broker


Community service: Commander of the Sons of the American Legion for two decades. Board member of the Shickley United Methodist Church. Alumni board member of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.


Participates in Geneva Rotary and the Commercial Club in Shickley.


Family: Wife, Mary; his four grown children: Adam, Andrew, Arielle and Anna.


Hobbies: Yardwork and boating.


Little Known Fact: He loves old architecture – admires it, restores it, champions it. The only thing he loves more? Old cars. He owns 5 models.

Our Locations

Fortify Group - Geneva

209 S. 10th St. PO Box 424
Geneva, NE 68361
Main office: 402-759-3300

Fortify Group - Shickley

207 N. Market St. PO Box 193
Shickley, NE 68436
Main office: 402-627-2055

Our Providers


At a big company what you don't get is that feeling of home; that feeling someone is taking care of you. That has been really nice here.
Dave H.
Thank you,Karla! I really appreciated your knowledge and expertise during this home buying experience! So glad we have you in Geneva!
Shelbi P.
I enjoy our conversations, Karla. You are fun to be around and so authentic. I appreciate that and you! Now go eat some football snacks and relax!
Barbara S.
Fortify has always been there for us and put us with the experts that have taken care of us.
Terry H.
"I really appreciate everything you have done for me. I learned so much from (Realtor) Karla. I just don't know what else to say but a huge THANK YOU."