A new State Farm agent will begin working in Washington in January 2013.
Jim Feighery, who currently works in St. Louis, will take over the office of Matt Tobben, who left in July for another job opportunity within State Farm.
Since Tobben left, the office has been managed by the company through its “emergency service program.”
Though Feighery will be new to Washington, he is not new to State Farm. He has been with State Farm for nearly 25 years, and currently is serving as an agency field consultant. Previous roles in the company include working in claims, recruiting agents for the state of Missouri, working as an agent and sales leader. He has been in St. Louis for the past four years.
Feighery is originally from Waynesville. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University, with a degree in marketing.
As an agency field consultant, Feighery was responsible for overseeing about 40 agents in the market. In Washington, he will be an independent contractor, as all State Farm agents are.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to finally settle down and call Washington home,” Feighery said, noting that he’s traveled and moved several times with State Farm.
“I’m really excited to get involved in the community,” he added.
Feighery and his wife Denise have one daughter, Taylor, 14. The family currently lives in O’Fallon, but soon will move to Washington.
Feighery said he expects the transition to be seamless because he’s coming into an established office with team members who have been working together for some time.
“Nothing is going to change. (Current customers) all will still be insured with State Farm,” he said. “I look forward to getting to meet with each person individually.”