The Benefits of an Independent Insurance Agency

//The Benefits of an Independent Insurance Agency
The Benefits of an Independent Insurance Agency2018-10-20T19:28:28+00:00

Independent Insurance Agency Choices Coverage CareMountain Lakes Insurance is an Independent Insurance Agency and we are excited to be located in downtown Woodstock. We are operated by agency owners, Jeff Nevison and Erv Dykstra, with over 50 years combined ownership experience. We are also blessed to have a fully licensed, experienced and friendly staff: Reid Miegel (7 years) and Mallory McLane (6 years). Our agency represents many different companies and provides products and services for most personal, business, life and health insurance needs. We are members of our local churches, active in the community that we live and work in and members of industry associations including Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia and Trusted Choice.

Mountain Lakes Insurance opened in 2009 with a mission to operate an insurance agency built on the principals of our Christian faith and the ability to provide choices to our customers. After spending many years as ‘captive’ insurance agency owners, limited to representing only one company, we made the decision to declare our independence and open Mountain Lakes Insurance as an Independent Insurance Agency.  We are often asked about the benefits of an independent insurance agency for consumers and typically use just one word to sum up our response, “CHOICES.” As independent insurance agents, we have the ability to listen to our customers, we can consider what best meets the needs of our customers, we can shop around with multiple companies without obligation to just one and we can offer choices for the customer to consider. An independent insurance agent can focus most on what the customer needs versus ‘what I, the agent, have to sell.’

Being independent also means we get to choose to represent companies that have some of the best ratings and reputations in the industry. Some names you may recognize, like Travelers, Hartford and Progressive and some you may not, like Auto-Owners, ASI, Encompass, Grange, Hagerty and Safeco. All of our companies are rated at least A or better (Auto-Owners is A++ Superior which is the highest given) and all maintain high service ratings, especially for claims. In addition to our directly appointed companies, we have built alliances that give us access to additional companies and services meaning more choices. By having a mix of highly-rated companies, we can offer choices whether you’re driving a basic car or a luxury car; have a modest home or a mansion; or whether you’re young or a little older. We have choices if you own classic or collector’s cars, or if you have lots of ‘toys’ like boats, PWC’s or motorcycles. If you’re new in business or looking to expand your older business we have solutions for both. We also represent many companies, not just one, for life and disability insurance, annuities, supplemental health benefits and more.

Choices make us better agents and make a difference for our customers. If you like your agent but don’t like a certain company, you don’t have to change agents with an independent agency.

Choices — Coverage — Care. That’s a good way to summarize our agency, Mountain Lakes Insurance.