Fishkill resident Andi Gamboa opened his Farmers Insurance Agency in Cortlandt in May, but his career was not always in insurance.
He was previously employed by Enterprise Rent-A-Car in a variety of capacities, including selling used cars for about eight years, Gamboa said last week. Working as a car salesman was his first professional introduction to the insurance business, Gamboa recalled.
“Recently I just made the jump,” he said. “It was an opportunity to own my own business, to put myself in a better position where I could have a little more control of my business. Because I sold so many cars I had a constant stream of clientele that already did business with me.”
Gamboa said business has been good so far for his agency. “I can’t complain, It’s alive and breathing,” he said, adding business has been improving this month with people back from vacations and returning to school.
The agency will hold a grand opening on October 13 at noon. Gamboa’s agency sells insurance for homes, life, autos, commercial properties, pets, motorcycles, boats and RV’s. The agency offers “pretty much every type of insurance except health insurance,” he said.
Gamboa said he chose the Crompond Road location because, “I felt like this was the common ground” surrounded by such municipalities as Peekskill and Yorktown. “I’m right in the middle,” he said.
Gamboa’s agency has been helping out the local community by doing two book bag drives in August in which book bags were donated to children in need who live in Peekskill. He said his goal was to increase the number of agents working for his firm. He currently employs two staff members and he would to eventually add two more employees.
Gamboa said he did not enter the insurance field just for the money. “There’s more to it,” he said. “It’s a service industry. It’s something that I feel is important. Everybody needs insurance. And I’m good at educating people. I’m good at talking. I’m good at understanding what people’s needs are.”
Farmers Insurance Andi Gamboa Agency is located at 2141 Crompond Rd. in Cortlandt. For more information, call 914-600-7160 or visit https://agents.farmers.com/ny/cortlandt-manor/andi-gamboa. The agency is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.