First Security Agency has a long history in Sleepy Eye, dating back to 1917.
Ron Petersen and Perry Pietig purchased the agency March 1, 1998 and became co-owners of the First Security Agency of MN, Inc.
The agency will be holding a 15 year anniversary and customer appreciation on April 11-12. Lunch will be provided between 11-2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Prior to purchasing the agency Perry began working for First Security Bank in 1973. He had the opportunity to work in the agency and began working with William Ibberson. Perry has worked at First Security Agency since that time.
Ron has spent his career in banking and investments prior to joining the agency in 1993 and later becoming business partners with Perry and purchasing First Security Agency. He began his career at People’s Savings and Loan and Metropolitan Federal.
What both Perry and Ron say contributes to the success of their business is the longevity of many of their employees.
Kathy Haala and Cheryll Blick both started at the same time in 1998. Kathy has spent her entire life in the industry. Cheryll had previously worked with Ron in the banking and investments industry.
Myra Simon was hired in 1999, as an agent and customer service representative to support the growth that was taking place in the industry. Prior to coming to First Security Agency Myra farmed with her husband, Scott, on their family farm north of Sleepy Eye.
“A key to our success is our employees and their relationships with people and the community of Sleepy Eye,” added Perry.
In the past several years, both sons of Perry and Ron have come to work in the agency.
Jeff Pietig joined the agency in 2011 following an internship with Northwestern Mutual. Jeff graduated with an Ag Business degree from South Dakota State University.
Mike Petersen, youngest son of Ron, joined the agency in 2012, after three years at Target Corporation headquarters as a senior business analyst. Mike graduated from St. John’s University with a business management degree.
Since purchasing the agency, Ron and Perry said their client base has doubled in size. They attribute this to looking for value in serving their client’s needs. And while the list of their carriers may have changed some, they have always remained focused on representing the best carriers and not always the biggest.
Page 2 of 2 - Originally, the agency began in 1917, with First Security Bank. After that the agency has been under the leadership of several different proprietors and names including Berkner Agency, William G. Ibberson Agency and Broich Agency.
After several years of working with the Mel Cook Agency, First Security acquired his book of business when he retired in 2011.
Kathy Haala received the State Auto Customer Service Representative of the Year awarded in 2008. First Security Agency was named a top five agency in the state of Minnesota by State Auto in 2012.
First Security agency is an independent insurance agency for all home, auto, farm and business needs.