SEASIDE — Tom Maltman handed over the reins of the State Farm Insurance agency to Jeremy Mills on Jan. 1, retiring from the company after more than 33 years.
Maltman will continue to service current National Flood Insurance policies through a separate company.
Mills comes to Seaside after nearly eight years with State Farm, most recently working in Eugene. He is licensed in California, Oregon and Washington and will offer service in both Oregon and Washington, a change for the agency.
“We live so close to the state line, I thought, ‘How much better could we serve our clients if we could do both states?’ People that have homes here, homes there — it’s silly for them to have separate agents.”
He hopes to emphasize more of what State Farm has to offer.
“One of my favorite things to do is tell everybody, ‘Welcome to the new State Farm,” Mills said. “What I mean is, we’re not just car insurance and we’re not just home insurance anymore.”
Mills’ vision statement for the agency is to help people live more confidently.
The company offers health insurance, retirement planning and life insurance, among its services.
“We can’t replace that person that dies, but I can give you a moment to take a deep breath and go, ‘Everything will be OK,’” he said.
The company can also offer credit cards, home equity lines of credit and mortgages, he said.
State Farm offers services that clients of a certain age are familiar with, but it also offers products that appeal to screen-savvy clients as well. That includes the State Farm Pocket Agent.
“You never, ever have to carry proof of car insurance again,” he said. “Because you can have it on your phone.”
The agency’s name is changing to Jeremy Mills State Farm Insurance, but the location and phone number remain the same: 815 S. Holladay St., 503-738-6100. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday.
“Call in, click in, come in,” Mills said. “One way or another we’ll help out.”