Best Insurance Agency — Best of Vail Valley 2019 |

Best Insurance Agency — Best of Vail Valley 2019

Chase Carty, William Thompson, Keith Thompson, Erin Carlson, Alex Biegler, Cathy Thompson, Crosby Pennington Julie Beecher. Not pictured is Lee Cotugno. Also, Will Thompson was nominated for best artist and is in this photo!

1. Cathy Thompson, State Farm

2. Will Comerford, State Farm

3. Alpine Insurance Agency

Cathy Thompson has been a State Farm agent one day longer than she has been married to her husband Keith, 30 years on Oct. 1, 2019. In fact, State Farm hired her the day before their wedding. The company provided her pens, pads of paper and a phone. She found a phone book and space in the Brandess Building, and started from scratch as Vail’s first female agent.

“You could be a State Farm agent anywhere in the world. We are so blessed to be in the Vail Valley,” Thompson said.

She says she had the very good sense to hire well — Jackie Carlson, now retired, and Erin Carlson spring to mind.

“Customers seek out Erin every day. She brings something special to everything she does,” Thompson said.

Insurance is not something most people think much about until they need it, she says. They sit down with clients regularly, both because they need to and to keep up with old friends. She’s also a securities broker, and State Farm offers banking.

“We find them ways to save money and offer great products,” she said.

-Randy Wyrick

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