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.
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.
By: Heidi Petschauer, CIC