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.