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
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, & Part 4
THE PETSCHAUER LEGACY CONTINUES
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
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.
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
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…
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.
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
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….