Get to Know: Lee Insurance Agency

Lee Insurance Agency
45 S Main Street
Heber City, UT
www.leeagency.net

The Chamber of Commerce will spotlight a chamber member each month in our newsletter. This a chance to get to know some of our businesses and the people who run them a little better. If you’re interested in having your business spotlighted in please send an email to [email protected]

Take a moment to get know our September Chamber member spotlight: Lee Insurance Agency. Lee Insurance specializes in Medicare, health, property, and casualty insurance. As your local Farmers® agent in Heber, UT, I help customers like you identify the insurance coverage that best fits your needs. This process is straightforward and personalized to help make you smarter about insurance. I have the knowledge and experience to help you better understand your coverage options–whether that’s auto, home, renters, business insurance and more.

1. How long has your business been operating?
Established in 1942.

2. What do you do and how do you specialize in that area?
Certified to Offer Medicare parts “C” and “D” and The Health Insurance Marketplace.

3. What is the story on how and why you started your business?
Our Farmers Insurance Agency was opened in 1942 by My Grandfather Monroe Lee and passed down to my father and my uncle, I took over the Heber Agency in 1995 and enjoy working with my son who joined the team 10 years ago.

4. Are you new to the Heber Valley (in the past 2 years)?
Four generations in the insurance business in Wasatch County, My family moved to Heber in 1862 and we have called Heber Valley our home since that time.

5. What are the benefits of being a part of the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce?
Association with business owners in our community.

6. Why did you decide to become a member of the chamber?
Support the local business community.

7. What do you hope to contribute to the Chamber?
I hope that my membership in the Chamber along with many others will provide a stable base for the Chamber to continue to promote business in Heber Valley and serve the business community.

8. Who are your clients/customers? Who do you serve?
Residents of Wasatch County.

9. Tell us about your family and your hobbies outside of work?
My family loves the beauty that surrounds us here in the Heber Valley, we enjoy camping in the mountains, horseback riding and playing tennis at the County Rec Center.

10. What are some of your greatest accomplishments in your professional and personal life?
I have enjoyed a 35 year carrier with Farmers Insurance Group where I currently serve as the Chapter President for the Farmers Agents Association for Utah & Nevada. For the past 30 years I have been heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a Scoutmaster 4 times and in various District positions including a 5 year term as Wasatch District Chairman and Course Director for Wood Badge.

11. What has been your favorite Heber Valley activity?
Fair days since I was old enough to enjoy the fair and more recently the County Rec Center that we use weekly.

12. What drives you to do what you do for a living?
I enjoy the relationships that I have had the opportunity to develop over the years as an insurance advisor and fellow business owner and the freedom that comes with being a small business owner.

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.