Jenny Collins didn’t set out to make insurance a career. She was 29, the mother of five children under 10, and took a job selling insurance because the hours fit her family’s schedule. “I worked up in the old Sears store in the Allstate booth, out of my home, and kept evening appointments, too,” she said. The flexibility with her hours allowed her to juggle both kids and a career.
Collins ended up working 27 years with Allstate, before taking a few years off to enjoy her grandkids. During that time, she stayed current professionally and kept a close watch on the changing insurance industry.
In 2006, Collins was approached by the Montana Agency Alliance and asked to become an independent agent with an affiliation to the Strategic Independent Agents Alliance. She gave it some thought, and decided to return to the work force and open her own agency.
“Being part of the 2,900 member SIAA network has set us apart from the pack,” Collins said. As an independent insurance agent, Collins has the flexibility to focus on her client’s specific needs.
“People need more choices. When a client walks through the door I want to get them the best value and the best price,” she said. Collins said she did market research, consulting other independent agents on which companies rated best.
“I personally selected all my companies,” said Collins, who offers insurance through Hartford, Safeco, Kemper, Travelers, Progressive and Great Northwest. Collins handles insurance for home, business, auto, motorcycles, boats, RVs, and mobile homes. She also offers insurance to those considered high risk, along with limited life and health insurance policies.
Collins said that she finds it rewarding to be working again - this time as an independent agent. “I get to provide that personalized service that you often don’t see with larger agencies,” she said.
Ron started his insurance career in 1986 with Allstate. After several successful years with Allstate as an agency owner, and seeing changes in the industry, and the continuing pressures of being a captive agent with only one company to serve his many clients, Ron decided to join his wife Jenny in the agency with many more choices and several companies to choose from. His continued success and excellent servces offered by The Collins Advantage Agency has proven to be a very wise choice.
For more information, contact Collins toll free at 866-783-1107, or locally in Butte at 406-782-1107.