Jana Nawrocki, State Farm Insurance Agent Real Life...Real People...Real Decisions
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Women in Business
Jana Nawrocki, a State Farm Insurance Agent in Kasson, MN, remembers telling her dad she really didn’t ‘like’ insurance. And then an event in Jana’s life occurred that changed how she thought and felt about insurance.
While in high school Jana worked half days for a State Farm Agency Manager in her hometown of Fairmont, MN. After high school she attended college with the intent of becoming a business secretary. She continued to work for State Farm, but did not really consider a career in insurance. A State Farm manager encouraged her to stay with the company and set her goals higher. And then something happened that changed her focus. A fire at her parent’s home was the pivotal event that caused Jana to rethink a career in insurance. Jana was no longer living at home in the early 80’s when her parent’s farm home caught fire, yet she was nearby the day it happened. Luckily no one was injured however the house and some contents were ruined. Jana witnessed at the time how two different insurance companies handled the aftermath of the fire. What she and her family experienced struck home with her as to not only how important insurance is, but how insurance agents and companies handle matters can or cannot make a difficult time easier. Easier to rebuild not only a home, but the lives affected. Jana experienced firsthand the importance of taking care of details and seemingly little things that made all the difference. Her parents were able to rebuild their home on the farm and still live there today. And Jana changed her career focus as a result of the fire.
For 14 years Jana worked with an agent in Fairmont. State Farm Insurance sets up pools of people to select from when placing agents in communities. In the late summer of 1994 Jana and her husband Dennis and two young daughters ventured to the community of Kasson for a visit. A State Farm Insurance Agency was available here due to the unexpected death of agent Darrel Graves after a brief illness. Jana, having grown up on a farm, felt a connection to the rural community and liked what she saw. The young family decided to take the gamble and made the move east so Jana could hang her shingle on Kasson’s main street as a State Farm Agent. “It was a big change for us. Leaving our home, families and friends and moving to a small apartment with no connection to the area. I certainly did not know where Kasson was before I moved here” stated Jana. Seventeen years later she is more than glad they made the move. “This has been so good for us-the community, schools, the people. It has been great. The best thing is getting to know families and helping them with their insurance needs.” Jana likes to think of herself as a resource for people when they need insurance. “It is so important that they get what they need for where they are at in life. It doesn’t do me any good to sell them too much insurance. It has to be right for all aspects of their lives,” Jana believes. Early on in her career she realized that if she took care of her customers, her customers would take care of her. This belief allows her to focus on what is important.
State Farm Insurance offers auto, home, health and life insurance along with mutual funds. Car and home equity loans can be acquired from the State Farm Bank. Checking and savings accounts, CDs and debit cards are also offered through this virtual bank. Humana is available through Jana’s office with the helpful guidance of staff member Melissa Halvorson. Rounding out the local State Farm team as office representatives are Mickaela Halvorson, Jaime Nawrocki and Melissa Reiss. Moving off main street brought them to their current location, on Mantorville Avenue, once the home of Patterson Motors. Under the guidance and plans from State Farm the remodeled building is a far cry from a car show room and mechanic’s bay.
Jana, a self admitted poor golfer, shares the story of how she came to own a gold putter. “I am not a golfer, but one day I was golfing and was fortunate enough to get a hole in one. I once displayed the gold putter in my office as proof that you never know what might happen.” That adage applies to insurance as well as life in general and illustrates the need for insurance coverage. Her parents most likely never thought they would have a house fire. Luckily they had insurance and were prepared for the ‘what ifs”. And that is what helped bring Jana Nawrocki to where she is today, a State Farm Insurance agent ready to help you plan for what might just happen.