Travis Montgomery says his new venture is like owning a piece of the American dream.
He recently purchased the Madras Farmers Insurance agency from Mike and Becky Goss, who retired after 28 years in the insurance business.
"Everybody wants to have their piece of the American dream," Montgomery said. He likes the idea of business ownership, where he can make a larger impact in his community and be his own boss.
When the Gosses decided to retire a couple of years ago, they put their agency up for sale. They had a few offers, but the prospective buyers did not want to live locally and be part of this community. The Gosses wanted the new owner to live here, so they turned down some offers.
So, when Montgomery approached them, it was a natural fit.
"He's a local guy, and he cares about the community," Mike Goss said. "His two children are in schools in Jefferson County, and he wants what's best for the community and for the people there."
Montgomery has lived in Madras for about 17 years. He has two years of experience in the insurance industry and worked in retail appliance sales for about 15 years before that.
On June 1, he finalized the purchase of the Farmers Insurance agency and Cascade Insurance Services as well as the building and the land on Southwest Fourth Street, located across from the Black Bear Diner. He has two employees, who are both insurance producers.
"We are a full-service insurance agency," Montgomery said, noting that he is an agent with Farmers and all of its subsidiary companies.
Farmers offers many types of insurance, such as home, auto, life, boat, motorcycle and commercial.
"I use the Cascade Insurance Services as a secondary company, where I have relationships with a bunch of other insurance companies outside of the Farmers network that offer other types of coverages," such as commercial vehicles, Montgomery said. "I could probably find somebody coverage for just about everything."
Montgomery is happy to be an insurance agent in his community.
"I do hope to expand by employing more people and hopefully becoming the most customer centric insurance agency in Madras," he said. "We will treat you like family, because that is what we are."
Madras Farmers Insurance
Agent: Travis Montgomery
Address: 234 SW Fourth St., Madras
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