As we celebrate “Love Your Pet Day” on February 20th, it only seems appropriate that we recognize our President Heidi Petschauer’s love for her dogs. For years, she has demonstrated a selfless passion, donating her own time and money to the care of animals in need. Heidi has volunteered at Pets-Alive animal shelter and works closely with the Tri-State Collie Rescue to ensure a higher level of care and better overall life for dogs.
Heidi has a special place in her heart for senior Collies. Over the last twelve years, Heidi has adopted five different senior Collie rescue dogs. This stems from her belief that such animals are not only deserving, but appreciative of and receptive to the love someone like Heidi provides.
In a true act of dedication, Heidi impressively taught Vanna, a deaf dog and one of her earlier rescues, the art of sign language. She came to understand that the dog was able to communicate through sign and added vibrations as well. She was nine years old.
Heidi currently lives with and cares for two nine year old Collies that she rescued three years ago. Dobie, a gorgeous Rough Collie, is 80% blind. Gracie is a mixed Smooth Collie who maneuvers on three legs after recently going through an amputation of her front left leg. Heidi says that Gracie’s passion to live, much like her own to love and embrace her pets with open arms, has never wavered. Even prior to adopting Gracie, Heidi paid for her care and treatment while waiting for a forever home. She later drove from New York to Cleveland, Ohio to adopt Gracie herself. Heidi took a road trip to Detroit, Michigan to rescue Dobie.
We are fortunate and grateful for the special display of integrity Heidi continues to show through her passion.
The Future of Petschauer Insurance
We have grown from a staff of 3 to 14 insurance professionals since first opening our business and now we have outgrown our space here in Ridgewood. With the goal of the Petschauer Legacy continuing, we needed to find a new home with more space. Hence the move so we can grow.
Our new location: 377 Oak St., Suite 404, Garden City, NY 11530 offers so many opportunities:
- It is centrally located
- Has easy access for all of NYC, Queens, and Long Island residences
- MORE PARKING! (Those that live in Queens can certainly relate to this challenge)
- It affords us larger space to grow into
- Professional office space with a collaborative team working environment
- Continues our Investment and commitment to creating more career opportunities
We are invested in our professional staff development so we can produce professional consultants who work together with our clients to offer the best insurance options for their needs and budget. Our new space will allow us to continue on this path of offering more professional staff development seminars.
Our founder, John Petschauer, always stated: “You are only as successful as your staff behind you is competent.” This is so true, and why Erwin and I are so invested and committed to this philosophy. We believe that encouraging our staff to take classes to grow their insurance knowledge will give them the opportunity to feel competent and confident. At Petschauer Insurance, one can be hired as a receptionist and through our professional development can grow into an Account Executive or Producer in any one of our 3 departments: Commercial, Personal or Life & Health. We believe that by collaborating with educated insurance consultants we help our clients feel protected and set a foundation for our legacy to be here a very long time.
We will miss our original home in Ridgewood but we are committed to staying connected to the community of our founder’s heritage by continuing to participate in the Steuben Day Parade. And as a firm, we also support our staff’s investment in community service and give back to many local charities such as Toys for Tots, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, and Pets Alive.
Come visit us in Garden City!
By Heidi Petschauer, CIC President
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