For years the Phagan name has been synonymous with insurance in Douglas.
In 1972 Earl Phagan took a chance and began a very successful 20 year career as an agent for Farmers Insurance. He retired in 1999, but remained active in the business until 2015.
He passed away Sept. 2, 2017. His daughter Beth took over the business after graduating from Arizona State University. She ended her longtime relationship with Farmers a short time later and opened a new kind of insurance company called Phagan Insurance Agency that allowed her to offer a wide variety of insurance coverage to her clients.
She also moved to a new location at 1850 E. 10th Street; the corner of 10th Street and San Antonio Avenue.
Beth proudly boasts that today she has 26 different insurance companies she’s connected with.
“See why change is good,” her brochure reads. ”You expect choices when you buy a car or a house. Shouldn’t you have choices when you buy insurance?”
On Friday, July 12 the Phagan’s celebrated their 47th year in the insurance business at their location on 10th Street. There was food, drinks, door prizes and giveaways.
The three big winners of the drawings that day were Mary Morris, Richard Thomas, and Ana’s Nails.
Phagan Insurance offers auto, home, life and commercial insurance as well as Mexican Insurance and bonds.
“At the Phagan Insurance Agency we take pride in our customer service,” their brochure reads. “As an independent insurance agency we can improve our customer’s experience with personal service and dozens of companies to choose from. There are dozens of insurance brokers and companies out there but do you want to spend your time tracking down quotes and comparing rates? Do you know which questions to ask? Do you know what your policy even means? We can help.”
Beth says breaking away from Farmers Insurance was a tough decision.
“It was kind of a leap of faith,” she said. “I did all the things you would normally do when you make a big decision. Honestly, I think it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel very fortunate I get to help people every day.”
Beth says her agency can also insure vehicles with Mexico plates just so long as they are garaged in the United States.
Assisting Beth is Buddy Williams, a licensed insurance agent who has been with Phagan Insurance for about two years after working previously working with Beth through Farmers from 2002-2005.
Phagan Insurance Agency is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. closing from 12-1 each day for lunch. Call 364-6488 for more information about your insurance needs. Their website is PhaganInsuranceAgency.com.