From Rodeos to Insurance: Q&A With Farm Bureau Agent Dane Kissack
April 28, 2021
Dane Kissack has been a cowboy his entire life. For years, the South Dakota native competed in the professional rodeo scene as a calf roper, starting in high school and eventually reaching the American Rodeo Semi-Finals Qualifier. Each time out, all his training and focus culminated in an exciting burst that lasted under 10 seconds.
Now, Dane is on a different path as a Farm Bureau agent. Here, he talks about his previous life, his new calling and why insurance was such a natural fit.
Tell us about your career as a pro calf roper. How’d you get into the sport?
I was actually in a Wrangler ad in full western attire when I was 2 so it's all I’ve ever known. I’m very much at peace with my rodeo career because I won championships at every level. I finally got to a place where I could be satisfied with my professional career as well, so I decided to move on to the next chapter of life. God richly blessed my rodeo career.
What inspired you to make the switch from rodeos to the insurance field?
Once I decided to retire, I knew my God-given purpose is still the same and will be for the rest of my life. My purpose is to lead, motivate, inspire and help others, so I saw a great avenue to continue that as an insurance agent.
What’s been the biggest adjustment?
I would say the biggest adjustment I've had to make is learning how to hit a steady pace all day chipping away at things. As a professional rodeo athlete, I would gradually build up all day to max out for 7 or 8 seconds of competing. Type in my name on YouTube to see an example!
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What do you miss most? Is there anything you definitely don’t miss?
Like any professional athlete, I miss competing at a sold-out NBA or NFL stadium full of rodeo fans, with very loud music and thousands of dollars on the line. But on the other hand, I do not miss the all-night drives, traveling tens of thousands of miles and not really having a net profit.
You previously worked in sales, right? How did that prepare you for a successful role as an insurance agent?
The summer of 2015, I wasn't winning very much so I decided to come back home to the Black Hills and try to make some money. I received an opportunity to sell Harley’s during the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I didn’t know a thing about a Harley, but I gave it a shot and ended up selling 33 motorcycles in 10 days. I wore my belt buckle, and I think it gave me an edge over the other salesmen.
What do you love most about your new path?
What I love most is that I get to spend time with all kinds of people and help them in the ways that I can. There are also ministry opportunities to encourage folks and remind them God has a great plan for them. I absolutely love how our products go hand in hand with my purpose in life and adding value to others.
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