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Lewis Media Group

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126 Chemawa Rd N
Keizer, Oregon 97303
(503) 602-9074


In a candid conversation with Mathew Poteet, the proprietor of Poteet Insurance Agency, we delve into his remarkable journey from a career dedicated to youth services to becoming a seasoned insurance professional and business owner. Mathew’s story is not just about building a successful business but also about embodying compassion, education, and unwavering dedication to serving his community.

The Genesis: From Youth Services to Insurance Entrepreneurship

Mathew has always dreamed of owning his own business. His  journey into the insurance realm began six years ago, marked by a desire to transition from his 20-year tenure working with youth at the Oregon Youth Authority and Chemawa Indian School. His motivation? The birth of his grandson, which ignited a profound shift in perspective, prompting him to seek a career that allowed him more time with family while leveraging his passion for helping others.

“After spending two decades working with other people’s kids, I realized the importance of being present for my own family,” Mathew shares. “So, I ventured into the insurance industry, driven by the urge to make a meaningful difference and create a secure future for my loved ones.”

Mathew Poteet at his desk with computer - Poteet Agency - Farmer's Insurance

The Road to Entrepreneurship: Navigating Challenges and Building Resilience

Mathew’s path to entrepreneurship wasn’t without hurdles. He candidly reflects on the initial struggles and setbacks he encountered, particularly during his first six months in the insurance business. As an agent, you need to balance sales and marketing with service and customer retention – including generating your own leads. Despite facing the steep learning curve and skepticism from others, he remained strong and determined and beat the odds.

“Starting out, I had no prior experience in insurance or sales. My first six months were challenging, to say the least. There were moments when I was told I wouldn’t make it, but I refused to let go of my dream,” Mathew recalls. “With resilience and unwavering resolve, I weathered the storm, turning setbacks into stepping stones toward success.”

Poteet Insurance Agency: Redefining Client Relationships Through Education and Value

At the heart of Poteet Insurance Agency lies a commitment to prioritizing client education and providing unparalleled value. Mathew emphasizes the agency’s culture of going beyond mere transactions to foster genuine, long-lasting relationships based on trust and understanding.

“We’re not just another insurance agency. We’re here to educate and empower our clients,” Mathew states. “Our approach is centered on value-driven solutions tailored to each individual’s needs, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.”

With two employees in addition to Mathew, Poteet Insurance Agency provide high quality services and can clearly explain the value of what insurance does for you. In collaborating with the clients, they can determine which type of insurance is the best fit based on their lifestyle and season of life. 

Community Engagement: Making a Difference Beyond Insurance

Beyond his role as an insurance professional, Mathew is deeply invested in making a meaningful impact within his community. He actively participates in various local initiatives and nonprofit organizations, leveraging his platform to effect positive change beyond the realm of insurance.

“Community engagement is integral to our ethos at Poteet Insurance Agency,” Mathew affirms. “Whether it’s supporting local nonprofits, participating in community events, or lending a helping hand in times of need, we’re committed to being catalysts for positive change.”

Licensed in both Oregon and Washington and part of the Northwest Native American Chamber of Commerce, Mathew enjoys being part of the Pacific Northwest. From a term on the Keizer Parks Board to creating his own scavenger hunt, Mathew has been involved in the local communities.  Most recently, he partnered with WhirLocal Salem and together they leveraged their knowledge and technology to create an even bigger and very successful event to help promote local businesses.

The Future: Empowering Clients and Embracing Growth

Looking ahead, Mathew envisions a future with Poteet Insurance Agency continuing to evolve as an example of compassion, education, and service. With a focus on serving clients and embracing continuous growth and learning, he remains inspired and committed to his mission – to make a meaningful difference, one client at a time.

“As we journey forward, our focus remains on empowering our clients to make informed decisions and secure their financial futures,” Matthew declares. “Through ongoing education, personalized solutions, and unwavering dedication, we strive to redefine what it means to be an insurance agency in service to our community.”

In the story of Poteet Insurance Agency, we find not just a tale of entrepreneurship but a narrative of compassion, resilience, and commitment to serving others – a testament to the transformative power of passion, purpose, and unwavering dedication.

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Call: (971) 345-4848

Website: Poteet Insurance Agency – Farmer’s Insurance

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