by Vernon Robison
Moapa Valley Progress
Local Farmers Insurance agent, Mike Qualheim, held a special ribbon cutting ceremony, on Tuesday, January 8, to celebrate the opening of his new downtown Overton office location. The new Farmers Insurance office is located at 289 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Suite #2 in Overton. Celebrating with Mike on Tuesday was his wife, Bev, and members of the Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Qualheim has been a Farmers agent for a year now, having begun his insurance business in January 2007. Up to this point, he has done his sales work out of the Las Vegas district office and out of a small office at home. Qualheim said that he is happy to finally have an official business presence in Overton.
“It is good to get the business out of my house and have a place to actually go to work,” he said.
Qualheim has been pleased with the growth of his business over the past year which has justified the need for the new office. He has a positive outlook, as well, for the future of the business in the Moapa Valley community. “The community continues to expand and grow,” Qualheim said. “As long as it does, it will need this kind of business.”
Qualheim is a long-time member of the Moapa Valley business community. He and Bev moved with their five children to the community in 1999. “Since the very beginning we have really loved living in this community,” Qualheim said. “It is such a good place to live and it has been so good to me and my family.”
Qualheim served many years as the store director for Lin’s Marketplace in Overton. In that position he was instrumental in raising funds for local schools and charity organizations. In keeping with this attitude of community service, over the recent holiday season, Qualheim ran a door-step pick-up service for the local Toys for Tots program.
Qualheim has been heavily involved in the Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce serving on its Board of Directors for seven years and as Chamber President for three of those years. Recently, he was elected to serve once again on that Board for the coming 2008 year.
The new Farmers Insurance will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every week on Tuesdays through Fridays. Qualheim is keeping Mondays, Saturdays and evenings open to schedule individual appointments with his clients; either in his office or in their homes.
“I anticipate that I will still go out to meet with people in their homes to discuss their insurance needs,” Qualheim said. “Many people really enjoy that kind of personal attention and I am committed to taking care of people and their needs in a very individualized way.”
To celebrate the Grand Opening, Qualheim extended a broad invitation to all of the community to come and drop by his new office location. People who drop by can register to win a drawing for a new 32” flat screen Vizio television, Qualheim said. “Everyone is welcome to enter the drawing,” he said. “They don’t have to be a client to enter, they can just drop by and fill out the form.” The drawing will be held on January 18 and the winner will be announced and contacted at that time.