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by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · November 16th, 2017


"You can not imagine how proud I am to hang the family name over my door and buckle down to get to work and make it happen," said Amy Elizabeth Youngstrom, who opened the new A. E. Youngstrom Farmers Insurance Agency located at 5475 Dyer Avenue, Suite 111, in Marion on March 1 of this year.

According to Youngstrom, she used her expertise in marketing when finding the right Marion-based location. She began by collecting data from MEDCO meetings and the Marion Chamber of Commerce publications after moving back to the area from Colorado.

"I hope my Agency can become a valuable member of the Marion community on every level and go on this crazy growth development ride that is about to happen in the next five to 10 years," she said.

Youngstrom also said her passion to serve and connect with people was the basis for her decision to choose her current career path. "It is something I have always enjoyed and been good at."

Youngstrom, who is a fifth generation Iowan, with family roots in three counties - Webster, Mitchell and Clayton - said her plans are big when it comes to growing a service-oriented business.

Her dream of owning a business came about after she chose Farmers Insurance and the local team here in Eastern Iowa chose her, Youngstrom said. While she is currently the only agent at this address, she works with a team of North East professionals outside of the office.

As a former General Sales Manager at Hibu Inc., she incorporates the "best business planning strategies and methods available" when working with families, individuals, and business owners. Youngstrom said her clients have expressed their satisfaction concerning the personalized service she has provided.

Further, Youngstrom said she enjoys working with the natural market of people who are living close by. "I have had new clients from North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois - I love to welcome newcomers to Marion," she said. And, as a local agent, she dependably guides her customers through the process, and makes day-to-day service personal, reliable, and predictable.

Also, "The Farmers Group of Companies offers a very broad range of protection packages from homeowners/renters and landlord policies to commercial insurance and Farmers Financial Services. And, in an age where Internet purchasing is an absolute standard, Farmers was looking for a partner who wanted to open an office and sit down face to face with folks," she added.

"K-12 teachers, librarians and professors can earn specific rates at Farmers, but so can engineers/scientists, medical professionals, military/law enforcement/fire fighters, CPA/CFP, aviation professionals, and architects, so I would like to talk to any of these folks."

According to Youngstrom, Farmers Insurance protects "the fun stuff," such as, classic cars and toys, jet skis, campers, and ATV's. "In practice, we simplify your life by having all your policies in one place," she said.

As a top industry insurance company, Farmers focuses on ways to best protect clients with vital coverage at reasonable and competitive rates, Youngstrom said. "We offer every kind of flexible payment plan available, and pride ourselves on service before and after a claim."

Also, "I am notified in real time of claims that come in from my Agency," Youngstrom said. "This LIVE Claims System allows me to stay on top of the process and also to personally reach out to my clients. Farmers has one of the highest Claims Satisfaction ratings in the industry. It is what sets us apart."

As a local Agency Owner, Youngstrom said she is able to give back to her community every month through a unique Farmers Insurance Affinity Program. As a former teacher and STEM consultant, she chose "to support STEM initiatives for 'the little guys' at the elementary level."

In addition, Youngstrom's Agency sponsored the Marion Independent School District's summer Science Camp and "is currently partnering with up to five local school districts or schools to supply STEM materials for our teachers and students every month."

Youngstrom also looks forward to implementing the Farmers Thanks America's Teachers Program. This program awards grants to innovative teachers throughout the United States, and now in Eastern Iowa, she said.

On a personal note Youngstrom said, "I fell in love with Marion years ago (1997) when I worked for Telecom and lived in Cedar Rapids. My parents came down from the Twin Cities for a visit and we attended the Sunday service at the Methodist Church in Marion.

"We sat in that congregation looking at those stained glass windows and felt that we were somewhere real, somewhere historic and somewhere special.

"We talked about that experience with family and friends, and I always thought - wouldn't Marion be the perfect place to live and work? Now here I am, with at least the work part."

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is planning an official grand opening ribbon cutting for the A.E. Youngstrom Agency on Friday, November 17, at 4:30 p.m. "My appointment with Farmers Insurance became active November 17, 2016, one year to the day prior to my Marion Chamber ribbon cutting event," Youngstrom said.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, Youngstrom will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on November 17.

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