GRANTSBURG–– Sitting in Chris Anderson’s insurance office, he wraps up a meeting with a client he turns and says, “See? I just saved this gentleman $400, just like that.”
Anderson took over the Nelson Insurance office in September, after Gary Nelson sold the agency to American Insurance Services (AIS). Anderson was given the keys and is a one-man show in the Grantsburg office.
“I believe there is room for expansion in this office and I’m excited about that possibility,” Anderson said. “I just hope we can accomplish that sooner than later.”
Nelson, who retired in September, ran his insurance company for 24 years. Before that, Nelson worked at the Sentinel for 24 years.
“It’s been a pleasure working with clients in the community over the years,” Nelson said. He added he enjoyed his time helping people out with their insurance needs.
“It’s time to go fishing or hunting,” Nelson concluded.
AIS is based out of Eau Claire and has nine agencies in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Anderson said the transition has been very smooth and going well.
“The sale went through on Sept. 1 and since then, it has been busy,” he said.
Anderson started working for AIS in July and got into the insurance business by accident. He was laid off from his job five years ago and bought a house while unemployed. He was searching for homeowners insurance.
An agent asked where he worked, that’s when Anderson said, “currently– nowhere.” At this point, the agent asked him to come and work for him and sell insurance.
“I chuckled, but he was serious,” he said. “We shook hands and I got licensed shortly after.”
Anderson is a Falun native, who grew up on his father’s family farm on Elbow Lake Road. He said that is where he learned hard work, honesty and doing the right thing in the community.
He now operates a small hobby farm with his wife, Alison, and sons, Aiden and Jackson. They have got the typical animals– goats, pigs, and chickens. They added a member on Thursday evening.
“We bought a calf last night, his name is Abram,” Anderson joyously stated. “It was our impulse buy of the season. I was just sitting around thinking, ‘we need a calf.’ So now we’ve got one.”
In September, Anderson put up a billboard on Highway 70.
“I was just thinking, ‘what will catch people’s eye up here?’” Anderson said. “Of course, lots of blaze orange. That will grab their eyes as they drive past.”
Anderson represents 45 companies and strives to meet all of your auto, home, life, and commercial insurance needs.
“I’d invite any existing clients to stop by to meet me,” Anderson said. “I also welcome the opportunity to work for new clients.”
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