Owner, Bruce Laderberg, has vast experience in insurance and other fields including retail, customer service and accounting. As an Owner and Agent of his Agency for 19 years, Bruce learned all aspects of running an insurance business. From marketing, hiring, training and writing quality business, he has the vision and know-how to become the region’s most successful Independent Agency.
From the time he opened in 1994, Bruce’s Insurance Agency went from a scratch agency to an agency having more than two thousand policies in force. During his career, Bruce has been deeply engaged in the insurance industry. He is a Past President of the Norfolk Insurance Association and Past Regional Vice President of the Virginia Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He has won numerous awards from both his partner companies and the broader community.
Awards as a Farmers Agent:
• Agent of the Year District 17
• Most Professionally Run Office
• The Order of The Blue Vase
• The Agent Leadership Award for recognition of Outstanding Leadership Abilities, Successful Sales, Quality Business and Dedication of Client Satisfaction.
• Advisor of the Year by the Norfolk Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
• National Multi Line Sales award by the National Association of Life Underwriters.
Bruce attained his Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow designation from The American College. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina, then worked for CCH Computax Systems, a computer software company that wrote tax programs for accounting firms. Bruce tested new products and develop manuals for client use. Next, Bruce went to men’s apparel manufacturer Hart, Schaffner and Marx as a Regional sales Manager of a district covering Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.
In 1983, Bruce he opened his own retail store, selling children’s clothes and shoes, and over the next ten years expanded from one store with a volume of $300,000 to four stores with a volume of over $1,000,000. Retail experience taught Bruce the value of good customer service, which he carried with him into the insurance business.
Bruce was the first agent hired by Farmers in his district in Southeastern Virginia and the rest is history.
Our mission is to provide counseling and advice to clients to help them choose the products that will best protect them and their families in times of loss. This advice would be the same as we would give to my own family.
An Independent Advantage
We are Independent Agents, free to choose the best carrier for your insurance needs. We do not work for an insurance company; we work for you. We work on your side when you have a loss and follow through to see that you get fair, prompt payment and service. Bruce Laderberg Insurance Agency represents a carefully selected group of financially strong, reputable insurance companies, therefore, we are able to offer you the best coverage at the most competitive price.
What is an Independent Insurance Agent?
When you decide to buy a car, you wouldn’t purchase the first one you see. What if one day the automobile industry decided to make only one type of car, one make and one model. You wouldn’t have a choice!
The same situation holds true for insurance. You need insurance to drive a car, to purchase a house, to protect your family’s financial future and to run a small business. But if there was only one insurance company that offered only one type of insurance, car insurance, home insurance or businessowner policy — you wouldn’t have a choice. The only solution would be going to that one company.
With an independent insurance agent, you have choices. Independent agents are not tied to any one insurance company. One of the advantages of using an independent agent is that he or she works to satisfy your needs. You are using an expert for an important financial decision.
An independent agent has several companies that he or she can approach to get you the best coverage at the best price. And your independent agent will know the companies with the most efficient claims departments to recover your losses as quickly as possible.
When you buy insurance, whether it’s for your home, your car or your business, you want an advocate who will properly assess the risks you face and give you an objective analysis of the marketplace, it’s up to you to make the final choice.