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Community Highlights: Meet Kate Landis of The Landis Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Landis. 

Hi Kate, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Most of my life I have had a strong desire to serve my community and I wanted a career that would make a difference in someone’s life. What better way to serve people than utilizing a formal education in culinary arts. I learned so much about taking care of people and being authentic with my work in the food service industry. 

Once Matt and I started a family we quickly realized the restaurant industry wasn’t very conducive to raising two small children. So, I just spent some time working for a small business as an account manager and a sales coordinator. Both of these roles helped me to learn about the type of organization I wanted to run and how community-focused I wanted to be; I didn’t want to spend my life doing something superficial. 

Then COVID happened and so many doors started opening. I was able to seize the opportunity to open my own Insurance Agency. The Landis Agency was founded on the principle that we take care of clients the right way every time. I have committed to using our influence and finances to support our community and those that live and work here. At the end of the day, we will have made sure that every person we meet is served with purpose. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Ha, a smooth road. Where is the fun in that? Opening a new business during the pandemic presented unique challenges. However, I choose to not dwell on the challenges; but, to focus on the successes that I’ve had along the way. In the first two years of The Landis Agency, I’ve been able to meet with hundreds of Michigan families and share with them what they need to protect their families from the risks of everyday life. As a member of the community, I’ve been part of teams that brought back events to our hometowns even during the COVID restrictions. I have been able to serve women in the Greater Grand Rapids area and provide professional development opportunities to the women in other male-dominated industries. The only struggle worth giving credit to is the struggle that helped to drive change and improvement. All other struggles do not deserve the breath it would like to consume. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
The Landis Agency is a woman-owned insurance agency. It is my goal that each person and family I meet knows and understands how their insurance should be working for them and protecting them from the risks of everyday life. Farm Bureau is a purpose-driven company whose goal is to end childhood hunger in MI. As a member of the Farm Bureau Family, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer, donate and support this mission. We take our commitment to the communities we live in, the communities we serve, very seriously. There is not one person in our state that should go to sleep hungry and the Landis Agency is committed to helping our company achieve those goals. When a person becomes a member of Farm Bureau Insurance, they can be assured that their monies are going to good use in their local community and throughout the state. Beyond our mission to end childhood hunger, it is the Landis Agency’s goal to leave a positive imprint on West Michigan. From supporting our veterans with access to the services they need to supporting and encouraging the next generation with scholarship opportunities and educational experiences, The Landis Agency is here to make a difference. Your insurance is more than just a piece of paper in your glove box. When you work with the Landis Agency you are part of making a difference in the State of Michigan. 

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
Michigan just experienced its largest auto reform package just 2 years ago. So, I don’t see much else changing with auto insurance for a while. If you haven’t talked to an insurance advisor since July of 2020, I strongly encourage your readers to connect with someone. They may have coverage gaps that were caused by this reform. Home Insurance continues to be impacted by the climate of our current market. inflation, labor costs, lack of supply, etc. People are finding themselves in situations where their current coverages don’t allow them to rebuild their homes. Because of these market trends, it is important that your readership look at their policies and talk with an insurance professional to make sure they have the insurance they need should a loss occur. 

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