When Sue made the decision 16 years ago to become an Exclusive Agent for Allstate, she never imagined that her dreams would come as true as they are today. Prior to her decision in 1999, to purchase a dear friend of her mother’s, successful Allstate agent, Lynn Way-McDonald’s agency, she never desired, nor did she ever want to become an Agent. Well, as it turned out, it was the best decision she ever made.
As I am putting this biography together, Sue finds herself sitting in her home office, in her future retirement home in Loxahatchee, Florida. The office in Madison continues to produce good levels of P&C business, and is off to a great start to meeting their life insurance goals for 2016. Technology is amazing and aids in making this all work. Sue stresses and greatly believes in teamwork, and has strived for several years to create and manage not just a group, but a team of employees. She is extremely proud of her team today. The team made their goals last year, so Sue flew them down to Florida for a well-deserved long weekend.
Sue’s office currently consists of her husband and LSP Tim Weeks, her brother, life producer Clinton Kempfer, general office support Ronnie Miskelly, LSP Julia Weaver, LSP Dustin Kruser, and last but not least her right hand, Office Manager Mark Plavec. Her mother, Judy Genthe, also helps on a part time basis, handling the larger Life cases for the office. The two hardest workers in the office are Annie and Sari, Sue’s two Shih Tzu’s.
Sue’s alma maters include Winona State University in Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She finished college, earning a Bachelor's degree in Business, with an emphasis in Human Resources. Sue enjoys attending Badgers’ games — especially basketball and hockey. Even though she like college sports, her absolute favorite sports team is the Green Bay Packers.
Horses have also been a huge part of Sue’s life ever since she was old enough to walk. Sue has competed in horse shows all over the country and against the best in the World. She has competed in the AQHA World Championship Show where she repeatedly placed in the top 10, and her most shining achievement is when Sue placed 3rd in the World with her horse Millennium Cowboy, along with achieving Grand Champion at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Working with horses has taught her patience, focus, and endurance. Sue transfers all these qualities into her work here at Allstate.
Sue’s community is very important to her, and with the help of the partnership she has created with Allstate, She has taken opportunities to give back to the community at every chance she could. Currently, she is proud to serve as Vice President for Madison4Kids. The group’s mission is to support kids and youth organizations in the Madison area, and they strive to help children be more confident, healthier, inspired and excited about learning. This will be the second year that Sue has chaired the annual “Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast on the Horse Farm.” Allstate has helped tremendously by giving us support, and aiding in making this event successful.
In addition to Madison4Kids, Sue has sponsored youth sports for the last 4 years. She is proud to say that 3 out of the 4 years that Allstate’s little league team won the Championship.
Support from family, friends and the team at her office all plays a hand in the success of Sue’s agency. The office has grown nearly 4 times in size from the time that she purchased it. A ton of work, stress and sleepless nights is what comes with that success, but the payoff is worth it. You have to be willing to take risks, not be afraid of change and keep up with the times. The agency had several years that were very challenging. Sue is very thankful that she has had the support from key people at Allstate that believed in her as an Agent when she felt defeated. The bottom line is, at one moment you may say never, but that never may end with a blessed forever.