Roger Robinson, Agency Manager in Iowa

Called for Duty: A Look at Agents Who Served Our Country and Now Communities

At Farm Bureau, we’re proud to welcome insurance agents and agency managers from all different backgrounds, including those who have served our country. Veterans come to Farm Bureau with leadership skills that are unmatched and a passion to serve and protect. In honor of Veterans Day, learn about two hometown heroes who transitioned from serving our country to the insurance industry and why they feel being an insurance agent is the right fit for them.

Brad Stimmel, Agent in Iowa City

When did you serve our country?

I served in the Marines between 1993–1999.

What made you want to become an insurance agent after serving?

Growing up, my father was in the insurance business. Watching how he helped people within the community and seeing the success he had as an insurance agent made me decide to take the same path.

Brad Stimmel, Iowa City Agent

How does serving your country and serving your community relate?

The United States is unique among nations, and we should strive to make sure the values that make our country strong and great are honored. Insurance agents carry out these values everyday at a local level in the communities we serve by protecting those around us with the support of insurance policies.

What skills did you learn while serving that help you as an insurance agent?

Perseverance and a sense of duty are useful skills for both experiences. Farm Bureau insurance agents should always think about ways to serve more members of their communities and should be determined and patient when trying to gain new potential clients.

What do you enjoy about being an insurance agent at Farm Bureau?

Becoming an insurance agent allows you to be your own boss and enjoy great independence in your business choices. Additionally, it’s all about helping people and having the ability to make a great living while doing it.

What does Veterans Day mean to you?

Veterans Day falls on the same weekend as the Marine Corps birthday, so it is a celebration. It’s also a time to reflect on the veterans, both past and present, that were willing to lay it on the line to defend what this nation stands for and the freedom we enjoy. We are blessed with bounty and abundance in this country, but it is not a given; it comes with the cost of defending it.

How do you celebrate Veterans Day?

As a Marine, I celebrate the Marine Corps birthday every year, so it’s sort of a joint celebration. I usually find myself at a veterans organization like an American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). We enjoy each other's company and listen to stories from past veterans that we as a nation shouldn’t forget.

Roger Robinson, Agency Manager in Iowa

When did you serve our country?

I served in the Navy from 1988–1992. I was in the first Gulf War and worked on the Flight Deck of the USS Wasp where I was a plank owner and directed aircraft on the flight deck.

What made you want to become an insurance agent after serving?

I’ve always enjoyed helping people and thought the insurance business was a great way to do so.

Farm Bureau Agency Manager Roger Robinson

What appealed to you to join Farm Bureau?

Farm Bureau appealed to me because I grew up and worked on farms as a kid in northwest Iowa. My friend called me one day asking if he could give my name out to the Farm Bureau agency manager about becoming an agent. I guess the rest is history.

How does serving your country and serving your community relate?

When I was in the Navy, I didn’t realize it really is a selfless act – I thought it was something I just wanted to do. It’s the same with helping your community; you do it because it’s who you are. Serving just comes naturally, and it gives me a strong sense of accomplishment.

Both teach you that if you do the right thing the right things will happen to you. There’s nothing better than helping a client with their needs and seeing that when an issue comes up, the client has the coverage they need.

What skills did you learn while serving that help you as an insurance agent?

I learned discipline, grit and that your best can always be better.

What do you enjoy about being a Farm Bureau agency manager?

As a manager, I love helping people become successful in something they love to do. In my current position, I also I enjoy helping agents see the value they bring to their communities.

What does Veterans Day mean to you?

Veterans Day means that someone out there cared enough about their country that they were willing to give their all to protect the rest of us so we can live in this great country. Veterans Day is special to me because it’s a specific day on which we all should take the time to thank someone who has stood up and answered the call to serve.

How do you celebrate Veterans Day?

I really don’t do anything special except thank those that have served and are currently serving.

Learn How to Become a Farm Bureau Insurance Agent

Veterans Day is a day to thank those who have served, and in some instances, given the ultimate sacrifice. And for that, we thank you. Our insurance agents come from various backgrounds to serve their communities. If you believe you have the skills to help your friends and neighbors protect what matters most to them, being a Farm Bureau agent might be right for you. If so, check out our Agent Development Program today!