Category Archives: Holidays

2016 Happy Father’s Day Message from Our President

 

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In memory of my dad and our founder, JP, on this Father’s Day, I acknowledge the values that he passed on to me, which I now use as the foundation for the values we uphold in our company. These values are honesty, integrity and trust.  JP always felt these values were critical for building trusting relationships with our clients as well as our colleagues.  These core values have helped our company provide a level of excellence when servicing our clients.  My dad’s values were the foundation of our relationship and because of his influence and support they resonate throughout my personal life as well.

Today, I wish all the men who are fathers or mentors a very happy day of celebrating your values with those you love and have guided through their life’s journey. Please enjoy your special day and embrace that you do make a difference!

And today, for myself, I embrace the memories and values my dad instilled in me.   I am feeling blessed and grateful for the love and songs in my heart.  Your legacy continues dad and you still make a tremendous difference. Thank you Dad. 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY !

2016 Mother’s Day Message from Our President

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If I had to use one word to describe how I’m feeling on this Mother’s Day, it would have to be “Blessed”.   I am so blessed to have the love and support of my mom, Ingrid Petschauer.  It is her encouragement, smiles and gentle voice that keeps me energized and positive during my busy work days and her check-in calls or our fun shopping dates that help me refuel and laugh on the weekends.

On this Mother’s Day, I find myself reflecting as we recently celebrated our first anniversary in our new home in Garden City.  Where does my strength, positive attitude, perseverance and resiliency come from that has allowed me to take the opportunity to move our home and build a professional  team of insurance consultants to continue to promote our Petschauer brand of honesty, integrity and trust?  There is no doubt in my mind that it is the wisdom and strength of my mom that is the powerful “force” behind the success of Petschauer Insurance !

This blog is dedicated to my mom as I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day.  It is my wish for you that you are recognized and celebrated in a fun and loving way so that you feel as extraordinary as you are.

And I offer a spiritual Mother’s Day wish for those whose special woman is no longer present.  May the memories of her life and love fill your day and your heart with smiles and joy as she is with you forever.

Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day !

2016 New Year Message from The President

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As I reflect on the past year, I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my team, whom I proudly call “the Amazing Team Petschauer”.  I continue to be so impressed by their commitment, perseverance and resiliency, especially during our very challenging year of transition as we moved from our original home in Ridgewood, New York to our new home in Garden City, New York.  I can absolutely say that my team embraced our professional staff development values and maintained a positive office environment by utilizing their communication skills along with their emotional intelligence to manage this major transition.  They were successful in moving the entire office, including myself, to a higher level of performance and collaboration.  Truly Amazing!

It was such an emotional experience as well.  In looking back, I must admit, I did not prepare myself or my team for this difficult process.   What was I thinking? We had 58 years in one place – how could we NOT miss Ridgewood – a community that was so wonderful to us!  We at Petschauer Insurance feel so grateful for our time in Ridgewood and hold our memories dear as we settle into our new home.   And to be sure that the spirit of our founder and my dad, John Petschauer, will live on in our hearts and new home in Garden City forever; his portrait hangs in our reception area.  The first vision when you walk in our front door is a reminder of our history and the legacy he left us.  We invite you to visit and see how his smile and spirit still lights up our day.

A special thank you from Petschauer Insurance goes out to our clients – especially our Ridgewood area clients – for your patience during our year of transition.  We so appreciate your loyalty and your business. THANK YOU!

And now, we are ready for the New Year in our new home. Our focus for 2016 will be to enhance our consultative approach and product knowledge so that we continue to provide a client experience that leaves you feeling safe, protected, understood and appreciated.  We are committed insurance professionals that aim to offer you the best solutions to your insurance needs in a way that you are comfortable with.

We at Petschauer Insurance wish you and your loved ones (furry ones included) a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

  • Heidi Petschauer, CIC

 

Happy Holidays from Petschauer Insurance

This Holiday Season is unlike any of our past ones at Petschauer Insurance, as we celebrated in our new Garden City office for the first time. However, we still kept traditions alive by singing holiday music, exchanging Secret Santa gifts, and eating a phenomenal meal together. We would like to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday, and hope that you enjoy this time as much as we do!

Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks… we know you have them, and even if you didn’t buy them or are lighting them, you’re probably going to be around them during the Independence Day weekend. Every day in July there is an average of 240 people going to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries… please, don’t be another statistic and read these safety tips:

  • 5695559519_69d6853d18_bFirst and foremost, make sure that you are legally permitted to light those fireworks on your own
  • Make sure to keep all children away from fireworks
  • Always have an adult supervising the lighting of fireworks. Even sparklers can severely hurt children, so make sure to keep those out of reach
  • Never place any body parts over a firework when lighting a fuse.
  • Back up to a safe distance as soon as you light the firework
  • Never aim or throw a firework at another person (duh!)
  • Keep a hose in reach just in case of a fire
  • Light them one at a time
  • Do not shoot anything out of a glass or metal container

Enjoy your 4th of July weekend, and remember to be cautious around any fireworks, even if you are just there for the show!

2015 Father’s Day Message From Our President

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My dad’s memory resonates in all that I do.  So when Father’s Day comes around, it is yet another day I remember and appreciate all the amazing influences he had on me, the lessons he taught me and all the love and support he gave to me.  And make no mistake, his spirit and presence is felt everyday as he guides me through my personal and professional life.  I feel very blessed.

Even through the transition of moving our office to Garden City, NY after 58 years in Ridgewood, NY he was still being a supportive mentor by sending me “signs” that would help prepare me and my team for the challenges and excitement of our new home.  Reflecting on his lessons, there is one that always inspires me every day: “Heidi you are only as successful as your team behind you.  Make a commitment to be there for them every day”.  Sharing this with you makes me smile and I so believe no truer words were ever spoken.

My hope for you today is to make happy memories while honoring that special man in your life.  And, if that special man is with you in spirit, as my dad is, celebrate their life and let those happy memories and lessons live on inside you forever.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

– Heidi Petschauer

2015 Mother’s Day Message From The President

HF Scan066-1In appreciation of my mother supporting my personal and professional development and encouraging me to be the best leader I can be,  I have found without missing a beat, even through this new transition of moving our office, she still remains a solid supporter for me.

One of the valuable skills I have learned from her is to always be loyal, think in positive ways and make sure you communicate your love and support for those you care about.

On this Mother’s Day, a day of gratitude and appreciation, I encourage all of you to connect with women in your lives who have been supportive, loving, positive and influential.

Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

By Heidi Petschauer, CIC

Petschauer Insurance’s 2014 Holiday Party

We hope that everyone enjoys this year’s holiday festivities just as much as we did at our annual holiday party. Take a look at some photos from the party below, and please feel free to share some of your holiday moments with us!

Please note, for our holiday schedule we will close on Wednesday, 12/24/14 at 3pm and will reopen on Monday 12/29/14 at 9am.

Happy Holidays from Petschauer Insurance!

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10 Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

8210557842_4ffce3a8ac_zDid you know that on Thanksgiving Day the amount of kitchen fires are two times more likely to occur than on any other day of the year? That seems reasonable, as most of us are celebrating a holiday that resonates because of the amount of food preparation that takes place. That is why we want you to be prepared for the worst, while enjoying the holiday.

Here are 10 tips to keep in mind as the day of feasts approaches:

  1. Install a fire detector in or near the kitchen.
  2. Never leave the kitchen when frying or grilling food.
  3. Use a timer when cooking.
  4. If using a deep-fryer, keep the fryer outside, away from any walls.
  5. Avoid loose clothes or long sleeves while cooking.
  6. Make sure all candles around the house are securely placed.
  7. Keep kids away from cooking areas.
  8. Keep all flammable things – oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, towels – away from the stove top and oven.
  9. Keep the floors clear of any objects you may trip over.
  10. Make your fire extinguisher functions properly, and place in or near the kitchen.

We hope that you take these tips and put them to use while you prepare for Thanksgiving. Then, the only thing you will have to worry about is overeating. Have a wonderful holiday!