INSURANCE MATTERS Service before self By Gary Buckner Executive Vice President and General Manager, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company
s executive vice president and general manager, I often write merely about insurance issues, reporting about our gains and losses. Although I’m excited to continue to report about important strides and improvements we are constantly making at Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, today I get to share with you another reason why I’m truly proud to work for such a great company: service before self. This past month southeastern Texas was hit with what is being reported as the worst natural disaster in state history. The storm will have economic and socioeconomic impacts for many months to come and tertiary effects will be felt for several years. As we watched the news and heard initial reports of loss of life, homes and livelihood, we couldn’t help but remember our own time of disaster during the wildfires this past spring. We remembered the caravans of trucks carrying hay, feed and fencing materials that even today are still funneling into the state. We knew that in the haze of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, this was our opportunity to step in and help our neighbors just as they recently so selflessly had done. One story in particular made its way back to Oklahoma. Love
County Farm Bureau agent Sam Barrick took his personal air boat down to the Houston area, and for three days he worked around the clock to help rescue flood victims and transport them to safety. He estimated he made more than 150 trips, traversing the flood waters with two to 10 people aboard his boat. I know there are countless other stories like Sam’s that represent the type of people who choose to serve at OFBMIC. It is this same spirit of service that is evident when taking care of — Gary Buckner our members and policyholders. Our agents, claims representatives and all our employees choose to be a part of a community that believes in taking care of neighbors because we are your neighbors. We are not in a call center working your claim several states away. We are here working side-by-side with you during your time of need, and we also are willing to help others in need. As we celebrate 75 years of OKFB, and more than 70 years of OFBMIC, it is an honor working for a company that still believes in continuing to be a part of the legacy of Oklahomans protecting Oklahomans.
As we celebrate 75 years of OKFB, and more than 70 years of OFBMIC, it is an honor working for a company that still believes in continuing to be a part of the legacy of Oklahomans protecting Oklahomans.
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Published on Oct 9, 2017