By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
With more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Kurt Genrich is the new State Farm Insurance agent serving southwest Nebraska including Imperial.
Genrich started the first of January, and replaces Todd Neill of Ogallala, who continues to serve as agent in the Ogallala area.
Neill had assumed the Imperial area customers after the retirement of longtime agent Ron Cunningham, and until a permanent agent for southwest Nebraska was named.
Like his predecessors, Genrich has offices in both Benkelman and Imperial. He and his wife are living on a farm, north of Benkelman.
He said he will be in the Imperial office at 611 Broadway all day Wednesdays and Fridays, and occasionally on Mondays.
Genrich moved here from the Lincoln area. He has been with State Farm a year and a half, after working for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mutual of Omaha.
Since starting as the State Farm agent, Genrich said he’s been busy meeting with farm and ranch customers on their crop and hail coverage. He said he plans to get in touch with other area State Farm customers to review their coverage in coming months.
In addition to Chase and Dundy Counties, Genrich is also the agent for Hayes and Hitchcock Counties.
State Farm offers insurance coverage for auto, life, health and farm/ranch, as well as annuities, investments and security work (IRAs, mutual funds).
Genrich is a registered representative with the Financial Industry
Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
He and wife Lynda, who is a staff member in State Farm’s Benkelman office, have three children, son Joshua, 26, who is student teaching in the Lincoln Public Schools; daughter Taylor, 22, a recent KU graduate working for wayfair.com in Boston; and son Cole, 20, who is studying business at Southeast Community College in Lincoln.
The Imperial State Farm office, staffed by Vicki Buffington, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Genrich said he expects a new sign above the Imperial office to be up possibly by this week.