In the 15 years that GEICO has been in Coralville, the company’s associates have become a pivotal part of the company’s sales and service operations. They’ve also become a strong force of volunteers and taken the lead on several local civic and charitable fund-raising programs.
“We’re very thankful for the work they do in the office and in the community,” said Gary Brown, regional vice president. “They built a first-class business operation from the ground up, and then they learned how they could be of service outside the office. We’re lucky to have so many good people with GEICO.”
GEICO’s Coralville office opened in 1997 in 29,000 square feet of space at the vacant Eagle store on Second Street. Training rooms for the first 80 employees were under construction in the old produce section.
Now with a 15-year record of success and 350 associates, GEICO is looking ahead and plans to hire 100 new associates in the next 12 months. “Based on the talented associates we’ve hired in the area, we expect future hires will be equally as committed to our policyholders and eager to learn the business,” said Lona Montgomery, Coralville director.
Many of GEICO’s current associates are from Iowa and have been with GEICO since the Coralville office opened. They have a lot of community spirit. “We have a good citizens group that coordinates our civic and charitable activities,” noted Montgomery.
“They’re the first to help those in need,” she continued. “While communities on the East Coast began to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy, our associates had already mobilized to support hurricane victims by raising funds and packing supplies.”
Last year, GEICO associates contributed an average of $100 to the local United Way campaign. They participated in Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, the Special Olympics and the March of Dimes walk as they do every year.
“You can see why we’re thankful to have such a solid group of people working at GEICO,” Montgomery stated. “They make us very proud,”
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States. GEICO handles auto insurance coverage for over 11 million private passenger auto policies and insures more than 18 million vehicles (auto & cycle).