BY LEANN DILBECK –
Polk County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Tony Hooper has announced the addition of two new agents, Nathan Fowler and Nikki Cureton.
Fowler is a 2007 graduate of Mena High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech and an MBA from Columbia Southern University. Prior to joining the Farm Bureau family, Fowler worked as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Mena. He and his wife, Pilar, have a 3-year old daughter, Natalee, and the family attends Christ Community Fellowship Church.
Fowler is looking forward to a change, “I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life with Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau has a great track record and the staff here has made me feel right at home.”
Cureton is a native from Vandervoort and graduated from Van-Cove High School in 2003 and after working in northwest Arkansas, Texas and South Florida, is very excited to be returning home. Cureton spent the better part of the last year working with Luke and Deedee Alston at Holly Springs Homestead. “Before that, I worked in higher education for about 10 years. I worked with new students and alumni at the University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Texas Tech University and the University of South Florida.”
Cureton holds bachelor degrees from both Arkansas Tech and the University of Arkansas as well as a Masters of Education from University of Arkansas. “Though I enjoyed helping students and alumni in higher education, it’s great to be back home close to family and friends! I have missed being a part of a small community and I like that Farm Bureau gives me the opportunity to help others and reconnect.”
The Polk County Farm Bureau Insurance Agency provides personal lines of insurance for homes, auto, boat, farms, equipment, health through Blue Cross/Blue Shield, life insurance, and annuities for approximately 3,125 members in Polk County. They also provide limited banking services including loans, CD’s, checking, money market accounts, business lines of credit, and credit cards.
Locally, Farm Bureau is governed by its 15 member board: Allen Stewart – President, Ronney Fields – V.P., Terry Keener – Secretary, Greg Hunter , Terry Terrell , James Watkins, Duane Webb, Rodney Bowen, Mitchell Tidwell, Steve Barney, Farrell Cole, Bill Hoek , Dennis Philpot , David Head, and Lucas Alston.
“We are very pleased that Nikki and Nathan have chosen to become a part of our Farm Bureau family!” said Hooper. “We think they are going to be great agents and will fill niches that we were previously lacking in; those being agents who are well known by the younger families in our local market and one with south Polk County roots.”
Hooper is proud of the education they pursued in their earlier careers and is very confident of their future with Farm Bureau, “Both are very intelligent and have obtained Master’s degrees while in their prior careers. One day, they will be the generation that we will hand the torch off to… to carry on the Farm Bureau traditions and to build upon the foundations of customer service and insurance professionalism that we, and all those before us, have strived to create. We hope that you will stop by and meet them personally and give them an opportunity to discuss all your insurance needs.”