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Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Legacy Continues

THE PETSCHAUER LEGACY CONTINUES

BLOG #4

The value of family and community was so integral to my dad, John Petschauer – or JP as we lovingly called him – as a person and as a professional.  He looked to his family to continue to develop and perpetuate his business.  JP always embraced the concept of moving forward.  He knew when it was time to transition out and help my cousin, Erwin Petschauer, and I transition into our new leadership roles.  With his mentoring and guidance, we were able to have our own focus and he helped us to make our individual contributions to the business. 

Since Erwin’s degree was in computer engineering, he took us to higher and higher levels of automation and efficiency over the years.  Today with Erwin’s risk management expertise, he now heads our New Business Development, which has been instrumental in the growth of our business.  Just like JP, Erwin loves networking with people and offering advice to business owners on how to protect their property and assets to keep their businesses viable and growing.  With my management degree, one of my main focuses is on professional staff development, which means hiring and developing a solid in-house team of knowledgeable insurance consultants who are committed and dedicated to customer service. 

Together Erwin and I have reached out to local residences to fill many employment positions and our staff has grown from 3 to 14 as of today.  With my dad’s mentoring, Erwin and I partnered and brought our own experience and passion to help grow Petschauer Insurance into who and what we are today. JP may only be here in spirit today, but he is so alive in all of us here at Petschauer Insurance. Even the staff that never had the privilege of working with him can feel the energy of his legacy. I know my dad is so proud!

So what’s the reason for our move? Find out why “moving forward” is so important for the Petschauer Legacy  in our final Blog #5.

 In case you missed it, here are Looking Back, Moving Forward: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3.

 

By: Heidi Petschauer, CIC

President

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