The insurance industry is nothing new to Rodney Saddler. The son and father of an insurance agent, Saddler worked in the same industry in Grand Rapids for several years. When the Lansing Everett High School graduate moved back to the state capitol with is wife in 2003, he took some time away from insurance – but not for long.
“I found this opportunity with Farmers’ Insurance,” says Saddler. “I loved the program and loved the company, so I started an agency.”
Though the 750-square foot Saddler Agency
opened its doors to its Cedar Street location in December, the new business celebrated their early success with a ribbon cutting two months ago.
“Thing have been really excellent, actually,” says Saddler. “We’re going to a lot of events, trying to get our name out into the community.”
Saddler says one of the reasons he values Farmers’ Insurance Group is the company’s commitment to Michigan. The company’s University of Farmers recently opened a second training facility in Caledonia. The first location operates in California.
“Farmers’ brought 650 jobs to the state of Michigan,” says Saddler, “and we’re looking at bringing 1,100 more.”
Playing his own role in job creation, Saddler now employs three workers in his new office. He plans to grow into an even larger agency in the future.