Co-owner and agent
Growing up near Shickley, Joe’s brothers called him ‘College Boy.’
He was a good student and his family wanted him to receive a good education.
But it was also their inside joke. His family’s farm was only big enough for two of four siblings to join the operation.
Joe made good on his nickname, graduating from Fairbury Junior College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration. He returned to his hometown and worked for the Shickley State Bank for 20 years, including 5 years as president. He became a licensed insurance agent in 1989 and sold insurance at the bank. When he found himself at a crossroads in his career, he looked to a field he already knew and enjoyed. He joined Walter Insurance Agency in 2005 and found his second career.
He learned how important and beneficial it is to know your customers in rural Nebraska. When a neighbor’s child is packing the car for college, he can remind them they may need to look into renter’s insurance. When a friend buys a new implement but doesn’t mention it while reviewing a farm policy, Joe remembers and makes sure it’s covered.
People are comfortable enough to call him on summer evenings when a nasty storm is moving in and promising hail, or to dial Joe up on Saturday mornings when they get in a fender-bender.
The most important rule he learned about the insurance business? (Maybe even more important than the things he learned in college.)
The Golden Rule, without a doubt.
“Treat other people as you want them to treat you. Ask yourself: ‘If I were in their shoes what would I want for coverage? What would I need to know?’”
Today, he is co-owner of Walter Insurance and Real Estate.
Licenses: Property and Casualty, Life, Health, Crop and Annuities
Community Service: Vice President of Shickley Commercial Club. Treasurer of Shickley Community Foundation. Treasurer of Knights of Columbus Council 7684. Shickley FFA Alumni Council member. Girls’ Softball Coach. CYO instructor. School Board Member.
Family: Wife, Gina, and five children, Courtney (14), Isaac (12), Josiah (12), Macy (10), Levi (6)
Hobbies: Yardwork, sporting events.
Little Known Fact: He honeymooned in San Diego and arranged the trip to attend a San Diego Chargers pre-season practice (He has a very understanding wife.)