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Patrick Metzger launches insurance agency

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By Carol A. Clark

There’s a new Farmers Insurance Agency in town at 1910 Deacon St. and it’s owned by Los Alamos native Patrick Metzger. Metzger, 31, is the son of longtime Realtor Jeannette Metzger Thorp with Prudential and Tom Metzger, who co-owned Metzger businesses in town for many years before dying of heart disease in 2001.“I’ve always been in family business growing up and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” Metzger said during an interview Thursday. “I don’t think there is anything better than being a business owner.”Metzger decided to branch out on his own and was contacted by the district manager of Farmers Insurance about opening an agency here. “I had placed my resume on monster.com and he knew of my business experience and knowledge of the town, and the history of my family, and kept contacting me.”The idea of owning an insurance company appealed to Metzger, he said, because it allows him to protect people’s families and their assets and to be there for them when something bad happens. “I think in being born and raised here I have a longtime love of Los Alamos and its people,” he said. “I’ve dealt with a lot of people in town over the years through the Metzger stores and the town has already built a trust with the family because we’ve been in business over 80 years. “I think, too, right now with the change over at the lab and with benefits not being what they were, there is definitely a niche to help people set up separate retirement plans and increased life insurance to help them with their financial future.”After months of intense training, Metzger learned all about product knowledge and agency operations and made the cut to enter the career agent program. He began obtaining his state licenses to sell Property and Casualty insurance and Life, Accident and Health insurance. He started setting up his new office last month. He is set to receive his securities license in the first quarter of 2008 and plans to provide his clients with financial services such as Annuities, Mutual Funds, Bonds, IRAs, Retirement Planning and Variable Life Insurance Policies.Metzger said he decided on Farmers because of the excellent reputation of their claims service. It is a $3 billion company and he said they take good care of their customers, provide quality products and offer excellent discounts.“I like the idea of being a local company where people can stop by to see me,” he said. “Farmers also has become much more competitive over the last couple of years in this area. The bottom line is Farmers really cares for its clients and takes care of them.”Metzger earned his degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in 2000.He can be reached at 661-2377 or pmetzger@farmersagent.com. His website is www.farmersagent.com/pmetzger.