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Member Spotlight: Kathy Halverson, Farmers Insurance

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Thursday, August 2, 2018

Volunteers are essential to SILA’s success. One of our active volunteers, Kathy Halverson of Farmers Insurance has contributed her time and talents to SILA in various ways, such as Board's Membership Director, Adjuster Licensing Advanced class instructor, Chapter Leader who initiated our first National Chapter, and continued involvement on the SILA Adjuster Licensing Subgroup Steering Committee. The list goes on with all the activities that you’ll find Kathy participating in. We are thrilled to spotlight Kathy Halverson and we know that you’ll be glad to learn more about her too.

Kathy’s interview:

Kathy Halverson is a Claims User Resource Manager at Farmers Insurance and is responsible for Adjuster Licensing, Claims On-boarding Administration, Claims Safety Administration and Recognition/Rewards/Community Events. Kathy has managed Farmers’ Licensing operations for 18 years and has been in the industry for 28 years.

It is interesting to hear how individuals get involved in the financial services industry. Kathy’s story is that she had two sisters who worked for Farmers, so she decided to work there part time while going to college. After college, she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. The market was flooded with teachers at that time, so she started working full time at Farmers while applying for teaching positions. One thing led to another and 28 years later she is part of “We are Farmers!”

Kathy grew up in Olathe, Kansas. This is where she went to college and is where she works today. Her parents were her greatest influencers in her life. They were simple people who set great roles to model. They demonstrated what it is like to live a life of faith and family and without regret. Kathy says that her parents never had a lot, but they never wanted for anything and she never heard them complain about anything in life.

Growing up, Kathy was a band geek in high school. She said don’t knock it – this experience in the marching and concert bands provided some great experiences for her! They performed halftime at a Chief’s Game (FYI – if you run long in your program and the team decides to take the field to begin warm-ups – they don’t care that you are still on it!), she performed pregame at a Royal’s game, performed at the opening ceremony at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and she and a friend auditioned and were accepted to a summer American Musical Ambassador’s program. This took them to New York to rehearse for a few days with high school students from all over the country and then 3 weeks of traveling and performing in Europe. Being a band geek has its perks!

Kathy and her husband, Carl, will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this year! They have one son, Andrew (20), who is going to college at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Andrew is celebrating his first-year wedding anniversary and he and his wife recently announced that they are expecting their first child. Kathy is going to be a grandma!

When asked about her bucket list – Kathy told us the one thing that she would like to do. Take a cruise. Anywhere. She has never been on a cruise. Her vacations are filled with family visits with crazy long itineraries trying to see and do everything she possibly can. She figures a cruise is a perfect solution! (However, she admits to being challenged with motion sickness and an intense fear of water . . . . so, yeah – that explains why she hasn’t actually taken a cruise --yet).

In closing, Kathy shares the best advice that she received and how she incorporates it into her life. One of her challenges is impatience when people tell long stories. (Why take 50 words to say something that can be said in 10?) Her mom used to say that people talk about what’s important to them. Therefore, if the people are important to me – then what they are saying should be too. Although still a challenge and something she constantly works on, it’s her mom’s voice in the back of her head reminding her to give them their time to talk. Bless our moms!

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