It’s great for insurance to get a great price but at the end of the day you want to make sure if you have a claim, it gets paid, Leanna Knight, vice president and general manager of personal lines for Warren Weiss Agency, Quakertown.
From a rural Lehigh County farmhouse kitchen to an award winning Upper Bucks County risk management advising and insurance firm, Warren Weiss Agency embraces its clients’ best interests.
The 73-year-old firm helps clients understand their risks and manage goals, so they can plan for health, wealth, well-being and the future.
“We bring in clients and spend face-time with them, and we spend a lot of time going to classes, going to training and continuing our education,” said Leanna Knight, vice president and general manager of personal lines for Warren Weiss Agency.
The firm’s five-employee team includes a bi-lingual, Spanish speaking agent, to keep pace with the community’s changing face and needs.
Warren Weiss Agency’s third generation Owner Brian Benner credits his grandfather, Warren Weiss, for the firm’s business model of educating clients first and foremost. Weiss was a school teacher and became a principal.
Benner’s mother Patricia Brubaker was the second generation to own the company.
Taking education seriously makes the difference between “… getting sales and building relationships,” Knight said.
Regular contact and staying connected to clients is a critical component of the team’s work ethic.
“Have an agent you trust. We want to talk to clients, otherwise you missed that they have a new car, or new drivers, or a new mortgage carrier,” Knight said.
This year (2019) Warren Weiss Agency was awarded the F.W. Quality Agency Award, Erie Insurance Group’s highest honor. Knight said it was a proud moment for everyone.
The award recognizes a “lifelong commitment to exceptional service, a winning attitude and dedication to quality growth.”
According to Benner the F.W. Quality Agency Award was 16 years in the making, and included building the team and the agency to meet elite criteria.
“Years of study from every employee. Years of underwriting to maintain profitability. Years of work building up networks to generate new business, and years of work with community organizations to solidify our reputation,” Benner said.
He added the firm’s participating in professional and civic organizations are a way Warren Weiss Agency gives back to its communities.
“Brian always says, ‘plan for a life well lived,’” Knight said.
Did you know: Leanna Knight, vice president and general manager of personal lines for Warren Weiss said most consumers don’t understand how tort factors affect their insurance - not just premiums, but coverage, too. “The biggest thing tort affects is your ability to collect on bodily injury. It isn’t about suing someone. Fluke accidents can happen,” Knight said.
Business Round Up:
What: Warren Weiss Agency full service insurance and risk management advisor for life, health, personal and business insurances.
Where: 2030 Milford Square Pike, Quakertown, PA 18951
Contact: Call 215.538.1865 or visit www.weissagency.com
UBCC Blog: Gypsy Stage Company
“Hustle never sleeps,” is John Coulter’s motto.
Coulter is an actor, brand ambassador and promotions manager for The Gypsy Stage Company based in Doylestown, an all-in organization that creates and performs its own work.
Plays may be enjoyed at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place located at 10 S. Main Street in Quakertown.
“Having Gypsy Stage here in Upper Bucks offers our residents and visitors intimate opportunities for quality theatre performances right here in our back yard,” said Danielle Bodnar, executive director of Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
Founded in 2014 Coulter said Gypsy is unique because everything is created from scratch – original plays, scenery, props, playbills, posters and tickets. “Everything is done in house,” Coulter said.
“We’re starting with small productions and are testing the water at McCoole’s,” Coulter said.
He noted Jan Hench, owner of McCoole’s Red Lion Inn and McCoole’s Arts & Events Place invited Gypsy to audition and “fell in love” with the organization.
“She loved how we are interactive with the audience, how we perform all original productions - and unless we’re repeating a show, it’s all new work,” Coulter said.
Shows typically run for two nights (Friday and Saturday) with a matinee on Sunday, Coulter said.
Because Gypsy wants to offer live theater to anyone interested in attending it, they will be offering smaller, adapted shows in the future for special needs groups.
“It will be a smaller crowd, but they will get to enjoy the effect of the show,” Coulter said.
He said Gypsy is also available for corporate, non-profit and organizational events.
He’s encouraged because the response has been swift and positive to Gypsy Stage Company work. “It’s moving like an avalanche, not a glacial pace,” he said.
“There’s a lot of interest. People are contacting us and saying ‘come to our chamber meeting,’ ‘come to our annual meeting,’ ‘our monthly meeting,’ and do something new, engaging and different,” Coulter explained.
Coulter will be performing in Unspeakable, October 25, 26 and 27 , and in Chasing Santa A Christmas Musical, December 13, 14, 15 and December 20, 21, 22.
“The thing I love about when I play my character for Christmas is the way it lights up the audience… it’s an amazing thing for me,” Coulter said.
He said making other people happy is a performer’s big pay-off. “It’s not that I’m the center of attention. I see someone who’s having a bad day, and I can make them laugh and feel better,” he said.
If you go:
Gypsy Stage Company shows typically run 2 ½ hours with one intermission.
General admission tickets cost $20 and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more through the 2019 season. McCoole’s and Gypsy Stage will be offering dinner and a show set price options, coming soon.
Next up at McCoole’s: Nora Swan, A Murder Most Personal, runs Oct. 4 - 6 at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place, 10 S. Main Street Quakertown.
“The audience gets drawn into the plot, by the end of the play everyone’s on the edge of their seats,” Coulter said.
Original script by Gypsy Stage Company Owners Judith Sapperstine and Gary Murway.
See the Nora Swan, A Murder Most Personal trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHK4ZbcDsfU.
For more information visit www.gypsystagecompany.com.
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