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State Farm Insurance Agent
Not long ago, Jordan Heinz and his wife, Rachel, had two incomes with Heinz working in a State Farm Insurance office. Then, they decided it was time for Rachel to stay home with their son Hudson (and daughter Harper, who would come later). Oh, and while they were at it, Heinz would branch out and open his very own State Farm office in Nixa.
For a guy who works in a profession that mitigates risk, Heinz was jumping in with both feet. “There was a lot of risk, but it was something I had always wanted to do,” Heinz recalls. “It’s worked out even better than I would have thought.”
For the Mizzou grad, it’s less about risk and more about helping people. “As you get to know clients over time, they become friends, so you want to make sure you’re taking good care of them,” Heinz says. Heinz values State Farm’s partnership with the Red Cross in the Ozarks, and he enjoys the independence that comes with running his own agency. And when he’s not busy with work, he fills his time serving on the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce, participating in events with the Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks, hanging out with friends and family, golfing, traveling, grilling and helping out with various activities with the Nixa school system. —J.H.
417 Magazine: What completed project are you most proud of?
Jordan Heinz: Personally, being a parent is the best “project” and the one I’m most proud of. Professionally, I am most proud of my team as we ended our first year in business in the top 10 percent of new State Farm agencies for production results across all lines of business (approximately 1,350 agencies across the country).
417: How did you end up at your current job/profession?
J.H.: I worked for about 3.5 years for several State Farm agents learning the business. Through their guidance and leadership, I became a competitive candidate for the agency opportunity in Nixa, and could not be happier to be doing what I am in Nixa.
417: Where do you find passion to do what you do?
J.H.: I feel very privileged to be doing what I’m doing. We are in a unique business in that we have products that everyone needs. My passion for my career comes from my desire to help people. We constantly strive to improve our customer’s experience and have an impact our community.
417: Are you single/married, and do you have any kids?
J.H.: I am married to Rachel Heinz (27) and I have two kids: son Hudson (18 months), daughter Harper (2 months)
417: What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
J.H.: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also really enjoy sports, traveling, playing golf, grilling-out and going to the lake (Table Rock).
417: Are you involved in any charitable organizations?
J.H.: We were happy to contribute, along with all local State Farm agents in Southwest Missouri, to sponsor a room at the new Ronald McDonald House inside Mercy Hospital. We also sponsored the Nixa Band and a Nixa elementary classroom for the 2012-2013 school year. I am also involved on the committee for the 20th Annual State Farm & Red Cross Disaster Services Golf Tournament. Throughout the years we have raised over a $1,000,000 for the Red Cross that serves our 40 counties in Southwest Missouri.
417: Are you a member of any professional organizations?
J.H.: Nixa Chamber of Commerce
417: How would you define the secret to success?
J.H.: I think the secret to success is a strong work ethic and the ability to overcome adversity while keeping a positive attitude.
417: What’s your favorite thing about your career?
J.H.: My favorite thing about my career is the ability to operate my own business how I see fit. I feel very fortunate to have a great staff to represent our office. Helping customers and interacting with them on a daily basis is the most fun part of the job.
417: What’s your favorite thing about working in 417-land?
J.H.: Being that I grew up in Springfield, my favorite part of 417-land is the people and the tight-knit communities.
417: If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
J.H.: Honestly, I can’t think of anything. I had a lot fun during high school and also experienced a few “learning moments.” I think your past experiences, both good and bad, play an important role in your development.
417: What was your “dream job” at age 5?
J.H.: I wanted to be a professional athlete in the NFL or the NBA.
417: List three traits that define a successful career:
J.H.: Work ethic, competitiveness, and the ability to cultivate and maintain relationships.
417: Why are you a 20 under 30?
J.H.: The short answer is because someone nominated me. That being said, I think I was nominated because we have experienced success in growing our business and giving back to our community. This is only possible through the support from my wife and family, the hard work of my co-workers, and our client’s choosing to do business with our agency.
417: What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
J.H.: Our office has a goal of growing new business through word-of-mouth marketing; when we obtain our goal, we are going to give back to our community by donating to various charities. I am also excited to help make the 20th Annual State Farm & Red Cross Disaster Services Open a successful event. We are trying to raise over $100,000 from this event for the Red Cross. It’s a fantastic time–anyone who likes to golf should come out!
Fill in the following blanks with five words or less:
417: _____ makes life worth living.
J.H.: My family
417: A day at work wouldn’t be complete without _____
J.H.: my employees and all the hard work we put in to make our agency successful.
417: Ten years from now, I hope I’m _____
J.H.: running a successful and highly reputable business, still loving what I do, and still able to give back to the community.
417: If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would _____
J.H.: take my family on a first class trip around the world.
417: The best part about being a 20 under 30 is _____
J.H.: the fact that someone (or some people) thought enough of you to nominate you.