Gary Peppers: More Than Just an Agent

Gary Peppers: More Than Just an Agent

Having been with State Farm Insurance for 33 years, Gary Peppers has a unique perspective that most agents do not. After years of being an agent, he was promoted within State Farm to an upper sales management position, helping other agents and customers at a different level. As much as he loved that job, he says that nothing beats being face to face with customers again.

“In management, you don’t have the chance to talk to customers on a regular basis,” he said about coming full circle and now owning his own agency in Corinth. “Coming back as an agent I realize how much I enjoy being with customers on a day to day basis.”
It’s not only the customers he missed, it was being part of a community at a grass roots level. What he loves the best about the Lake Cities is the small town feel of the area, despite its incredible growth, especially over the last few years.

“This is a suburb that has been growing and thriving, but you can still have a cup of coffee with the police chief every Wednesday morning,” said Peppers. “In my previous role that was hard to do.”

Being somewhat new to the Lake Cities area he felt very welcomed and was anxious to get involved with the community. He said he found it easy to connect and couldn’t wait to get to work. In the last year alone, Peppers has been involved in the Lake Cities Educational Foundation, has been a major sponsor for the Foot Pursuit 5k hosted by the Corinth Police Department and has become a W.A.T.C.H. Dog for Shady Shores Elementary.

Peppers also knows the value of being part of a local chamber and was honored when he was recently elected as a board member of the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s humbling to have the support of the people in the community and the confidence that I can make a difference,” said Peppers of his recent election. “I’m big on leaving places better than you found them so I’m looking forward to continuing to serve this community.”

He is also committed to helping his employees understand the value they bring to the community. His very favorite thing about his job is developing people. He has three full-time employees and he is committed to their journey, growth and development. It is important to him that he is helping them understand the potential they have both professionally and personally. He has had a lot of great mentors along the way and loves providing that same guidance to the members of his agency.

The most important legacy that Gary Peppers wants to leave is one that honors God, his family and his company. He and his wife, Deena have two sons: Chandler, a senior in high school and Garrison, a junior at the University of Arkansas.

“I recognize that I have such a great opportunity to make a difference,” said Peppers. “I’m excited to do that right here in the Lake Cities.”

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