Insurance has flooded my ears since I was a kid sitting around the dinner table, but it wasn’t until after my father was scheduled for open-heart surgery that I decided to induct myself into the career. Now that I am here, I love it. There have been a lot of trials for me as far as increasing my knowledge in the business, but all of it has made me into a better person and helped me grow. Over the years in Warsaw, I have gained new perspectives, and I look at insurance as a way to protect people’s assets. Insurance has never been about collecting premiums for me; it is just about putting people back together when they reach a low point in life. Outside of work, I enjoy fishing, crossfit, and spending time with my wife and children. The Warsaw community has been a wonderful place to raise a family, and it is inspirational to see how close-knit everyone is. Because there are so many great opportunities and charitable people here, my goal is to help them to the best of my ability and confirm that they are covered for any problems that may arise; I want to be there for them, like they would be there for me.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Gina Clevenger is part owner and Vice President of a local insurance company in Warsaw and Elkhart, Indiana called Clevenger Insurance Agency. At Clevenger Insurance, the mission is always to engage, educate, and empower their clients to create a marvelous insurance experience.
Gina was born in the windy city of Chicago but relocated to Indiana when she was young so that her dad could chase his dream of opening his own family business. She’s an Indiana University graduate and married her high school sweetheart and business partner, Joe Clevenger. Together, they have three children, two big bloodhounds, a lucky black cat named Salem, a turtle and a fish.
Because of Gina’s Italian background, the Clevenger’s have an open-door policy in their home, and she loves spending time with her friends and family. When Gina isn’t in the office or hosting her guests, she loves to travel and has made it a life goal to visit all of America’s beautiful national parks. She also enjoys cooking, all things nature, and holidays spent with her family.
Gina and her husband, Joe, took ownership of Clevenger Insurance from Joe’s father, Jerry, in 2017, but her insurance experience doesn’t start there. She worked for 15 years in the industry under her father-in-law prior to taking over the agency. Together, Joe and Gina operate Clevenger Insurance with the mission of protecting their community’s assets by providing home, auto, business, life, and group health insurance.
“Our business isn’t just insurance,” Gina says, “it’s also about mentoring, collaborating, and creating ideas within our team and community.”
When asked to share some advice she has for women looking to start their own business, Gina said,
“Timing is everything. It’s okay to lose the battle to win the war. Believe that the universe is on your side and that God makes everything beautiful in its time.”
I was born in South Bend, but that doesn’t make me a fan of Notre Dame football. I was raised in Plymouth, but that didn’t mean I would be a Rockie/Pilgrim for the rest of my life. I graduated from a “liberal arts” college, but that doesn’t make me a liberal. Insurance has been my professional focus for the past forty years, although my college “major” was biology. Community service has been my passion for the past forty years because I love the Warsaw/Winona Lake/Kosciusko County. Family, golf, church, current events, bike rides, lawn work and spectator sports occupy my free time. I’m a big fan of Indiana University athletics, the Chicago Cubs/Bears, Indianapolis Colts and watching high school and professional golf. If you stop me on the street, it is highly probable that I’ll show you photos or videos of my six grandkids, two pups, five “grand dogs,” or my three kids and their spouses. A good joke, a cold beer, Kentucky bourbon or a random story may follow the “photo show” because I like all of them (in moderation). I’ve been married to the same woman for thirty-six years. Most people know her as a high school Spanish teacher, but I know her as my best friend and partner in a wonderful life.
I am a country girl at heart but without the farm. I was born and raised in southern Indiana, in the area of Madison, down on the Ohio River. I spent my junior year of high school as an exchange student studying in Guatemala City. I fell in love with the Guatemalan people, the Spanish language and the culture and after living there several years of my life, I returned to Indiana to continue my studies and graduate from Indiana University.
I am a retired Spanish teacher of 29 years, so working at the Insurance office is an all new experience for me. I love it because it is low stress and there is no work to take home. My job is to scan documents and enter the information in the computer.
I am the proud mother of three children, Joe is my middle child, and I am Jerry’s wife. My children are married with wonderful spouses and I have six “perfect” grandchildren. I also am the mother to two young dogs and the grandmother to several grand dogs. I enjoy doodling and coloring, reading, playing with the dogs, traveling to Guatemala and meditating.
Even though I am shy around unfamiliar situations and new people, I love to smile, to tease and joke, and to give warm hugs. Like Sonia, I too speak Spanish and I enjoy every moment immersed in the language. Soy gringa pero me encanta hablar español.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018