Monthly Archives: February 2015

Health Insurance Special Enrollment Period For New Yorkers Facing Tax Penalties

Did you file your taxes for 2014 and realize you were penalized for not having health insurance? If you were, you now have a second chance to avoid a penalty for 2015. If you did not enroll for health insurance during this year’s open enrollment, and were fined a federal penalty for not having health insurance you still have the opportunity to enroll for health coverage through the Special Enrollment Period starting March 1 and ending April 30, 2015.

Read the following article on the Special Enrollment Period extended beyond Open Enrollment Period to accommodate those individuals and families penalized:

Press Release: NY State of Health Announces Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured New Yorkers Facing Tax Penalties

You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our Life and Health Department can assist you with this any of your Health Insurance needs. Life and Health Account Executive, Narima Prashad, can be reached by phone or email: (718) 386-5050 x 7069 | NPrashad@jpins.com.

Looking Back, Moving Forward: John Petschauer’s Passion

HOW DID INSURANCE BECOME JOHN PETSCHAUER’S PASSION?

As a young man with the Korean War underway, John realized that joining the U.S. Air Force would be his best opportunity to see the world and learn.  His travels took him all over the U.S. as well as Africa.  He loved learning different languages, math and management skills. In the Air Force he was assigned the roll of accounting, overseeing the soldier’s benefits and managing the administrative staff.  It was during this time he recognized his love for being with people, supporting and protecting them.

When John returned to Ridgewood after serving his country for 4 years, he met Mr. Durner, an insurance broker. Looking to retire, Mr. Durner saw John’s love of people and management skills and offered to mentor him.  John saw many of his immigrant neighbors and friends learning and growing in a new country just like he was and saw an opportunity to provide them with insurance to protect their American Dream.  As a professional insurance consultant, John protected their property and assets by providing them with the proper insurance for their needs and budget.  John’s friends and family valued his insurance knowledge and professional services so much that they referred their friends and family to the Petschauer Insurance Agency.  And so, the Petschauer Insurance legacy began.

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John married an amazing woman, Ingrid, who not only emigrated from the same region in Austria but also upheld the same strong values as he did.  Ingrid was very much ahead of her time and took on a leadership role beside John every step of the way. She worked in the family restaurant business at night with John while they were growing their insurance business. Attending many networking functions with him to enhance their referrals, they worked together to expand their business.  Even while raising their 2 daughters, Ingrid remained an active partner at the Petschauer Insurance Agency.  When their daughters were grown, Ingrid obtained her insurance license so she was able to help manage clients as well.  Ingrid still continues to be an active partner in growing the Petschauer business today.

Insurance is in the Petschauer legacy.  Find out more about what this means in next week’s blog.

In case you missed it, Looking Back, Moving Forward: Part 1 & Part 2.

By: Heidi Petschauer, CIC

President              

Thank You Ridgewood

As we begin to say farewell to Ridgewood and our neighbors, we want to extend a warm thank you to all of the community for their loyalty and for being like family to us for 58 years. We are ready to take our next big step forward and will always cherish our ties to our original home. Thank you Ridgewood!

– Petschauer Insurance Team

Looking Back, Moving Foward: In The Beginning

IN THE BEGINNING: THE HISTORY OF THE FOUNDERS OF PETSCHAUER INSURANCE

John Petschauer was born in Austria in 1933.  He loved farming, singing, dancing and sports, especially skiing and soccer.  When he was 16 years old John immigrated to Ridgewood, NY after WWII. During this very difficult time for the world; John knew that America would afford many more opportunities for him and his family.  The Petschauer Family brought with them a strong work ethic and a desire to be part of a community that shared the same work and family values.  Ridgewood was that place! It was filled with many immigrants from adjacent villages as well.  What John didn’t know then was that his future wife would be Ingrid Meditz.  Their families knew each other as they came from the same region in Austria! However, John and Ingrid met at the landmark, Gottscheer Hall, in Ridgewood, playing Ping-Pong and attending dances. John also joined a German singing choir, which practiced weekly at this landmark.  Music made him smile and he remained a member for over 30 years.  This landmark establishment has remained a loyal and valued client of Petschauer Insurance.

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How did this young, strong immigrant with a dynamic and kind personality open an insurance agency?  Find out how it all started in next’s week blog #3.

If you missed part 1, go and read it here.

By: Heidi Petschauer, CIC

President

hp@jpins.com

Ask Sherri: Insuring Your Valentine’s Day Gifts

With the spirit of love in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches, it is only appropriate for us to bring back our classic Valentines’ Day episode of Ask Sherri. If you plan on proposing this Valentine’s Day or just getting your loved one an expensive gift, we highly recommend that you check out this episode. Sherri will show you why you may want to consider a Floater Policy or adding extra coverage to your Homeowners or Renters Policy for these special gifts.  And…. why you may want to stay away from putting your ring in the cake…

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Who Is Petschauer Insurance?

WHO IS PETSCHAUER INSURANCE?

The exciting news is out…. Petschauer Insurance is getting ready to move to a new professional office in Garden City, Long Island, NY. This space will allow us to keep growing as a firm. Petschauer Insurance is an Independent Insurance Agency with over 50 year experience that is privately held by the Petschauer Family.  Our Value Proposition Statement is clear:

We are a team of diversified, knowledgeable insurance professionals.In partnership with a multitude of insurance companies, we are qualified and committed to producing a tailored insurance protection program to meet your needs. Our pledge is to provide you with professional and dedicated service. Petschauer Insurance…. the Right Choice.

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At Petschauer Insurance we carefully tailor your insurance portfolio by understanding your needs and budget.  We focus on making sure that you have comprehensive coverage by listening carefully to your needs. As insurance consultants, our philosophy is to provide you with options so that together we can figure out good insurance choices, which will protect you, your family and your business.

We invite you to follow us on our move to Garden City.  This is the first of 5 in the “ Looking Back, Moving Forward” Blog Series. We want to share our story of Petschauer Insurance with you: how we began and where we want to be in the future.  We believe that our history is the foundation of our future.  Be here next week or sign up to get our blogs automatically to find out how it all began.

History is the foundation of our future…

By: Heidi Petschauer, CIC

President

hp@jpins.com

Petschauer News – We Are Moving To Garden City

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As our valued and loyal client, we wanted you to be the first to share in our exciting news.  In April 2015 we will be moving our firm to Garden City, Long Island, NY.

Our new space will allow us to be more efficient and continue to provide you with the highest level of professional customer service that you have come to expect from Petschauer Insurance. 

AND… there will be plenty of parking when you come to visit us!

This announcement comes with much excitement; however, it also comes with sadness as we leave our original home in Ridgewood. Since my father founded the company in 1957, we have always felt so welcomed by our neighbors.  We appreciate everything our community has offered our firm and we will sincerely miss being here.  We encourage you to come visit us in our new space to see what it has to offer and to experience the start of a new chapter for Petschauer Insurance.

You can follow the progress of our move and read about our story in our “Looking Back and Moving Forward” blog series on our website: www.jpins.com/blog, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+.

Our goal is to make this a positive, smooth transition for both you as well as for our team.

Be assured we will contact you prior to our exact move date….. stay tuned….

 

Heidi Petschauer 

President 

Contact: hp@jpins.com