Davis proves it’s never too late to switch careers

Recognition. Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President Bobbi Baker-Hughes presents Shelter Insurance Agent Sam Davis with a Certificate of Appreciation for his “valuable investment of time, knowledge, energy and resources to promote the growth, development and betterment of Northeast Kansas City.” As for insurance, Davis is ready to help fill any holes you may have in your insurance coverage. Davis offers auto, life and homeowners insurance policies. To reach him, call (913) 649-3399.

Recognition. Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President Bobbi Baker-Hughes presents Shelter Insurance Agent Sam Davis with a Certificate of Appreciation for his “valuable investment of time, knowledge, energy and resources to promote the growth, development and betterment of Northeast Kansas City.” As for insurance, Davis is ready to help fill any holes you may have in your insurance coverage. Davis offers auto, life and homeowners insurance policies. To reach him, call (913) 649-3399.

 

By LESLIE COLLINS
Northeast News
February 5, 2014

For over 20 years, Sam Davis has worked in the insurance industry, and it all began because of a friend’s recommendation.

Davis knew it was time for a career change. For 10 years, he worked as a route salesman for Pepsi-Cola, delivering their products to businesses.

“I didn’t want to be a real estate agent because they’re starving one day and filthy rich the next,” Davis said.

The automobile sales industry didn’t appeal to him, either.

“A friend said, ‘Sam, why don’t you try the insurance business? I can recommend you,’” Davis said. “And the rest is history. I started (insurance) school on my 40th birthday.

“It’s been a blessing. It’s been a phenomenal career.”

As an agent with Shelter Insurance, Davis offers homeowners, auto and life insurance policies. When Davis hands out a business card, customers may notice something a little odd. Each card is punched with exactly two holes, symbolizing his dedication to helping customers fill in any holes in their insurance coverage.

“I like taking care of people,” Davis said.

He also likes bettering the community.

For years, he was actively involved in the Blue Valley Kiwanis Club and coached girls’ 12 and under fast-pitch softball for 22 years. He joined the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in the 1990s and later served on the chamber’s board of directors. During an Oct. 23, 2012, chamber luncheon, Chamber President Bobbi Baker-Hughes presented Davis with a Certificate of Appreciation for his “valuable investment of time, knowledge, energy and resources to promote the growth, development and betterment of Northeast Kansas City.”

He currently serves as the watchdog coordinator for Westridge Elementary in Raytown, Mo., where he now resides.

Davis called Historic Northeast home for 10 years before moving to Raytown and continues to make house calls in the Northeast area. What initially attracted Davis to Northeast was the variety of historical housing stock and how it felt like a true neighborhood where people cared.

“I’ve always liked the area,” he said of Northeast.

Asked how the insurance industry has changed over the years, the Texas native said a growing number of people are bargain shopping for insurance instead of remaining loyal to the same company for years.

“Nowadays they’re not worried about company loyalty. They’re just worried about the price,” he said.

Asked about the need for homeowners insurance, Davis said, “That’s probably about the most important and biggest investment they’ll make in their life.”

When it comes to insurance, Davis finds out all the facts, so he can ensure his clients receive the best coverage possible for their individual needs.

“I try to educate people and make sure they’re making the right choice,” he said.

In addition to selling insurance, Davis gives back to Lamar Court assisted living in Overland Park, Kan., and Cross-Lines Retirement Center in Kansas City, Kan. Davis, who has a masters from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo., became a Christian later in life and felt called to the ministry. Leading a Sunday school class and Bible study at the retirement centers are his way of fulfilling that calling, he said.

“When people go to a retirement center, they still want somebody to come and teach the word to them and just come on a regular basis and see them,” Davis said. “I’m not a full-time minister, but I feel this has become my ministry. I like meeting the people and getting to know them, and knowing I’m meeting their needs and serving them.”

As for hobbies, Davis said he enjoys hunting with his “two brown dogs” and traveling with his wife, Clara.

“We’ve been to every Hard Rock (Cafe) in the 48 and Canada,” he said. “We travel as much as we can.”

When asked to reflect back on his nearly 20 years of service in the insurance industry, Davis said, “It’s been a real blessing to help people. It’s just really been exciting to know I’ve helped people to protect their assets.”

Comments are closed.

  • Northeast Chamber’s incubator hatches with pop-up event

    17 hours ago
    by

    Paul Thompson Northeast News Several area businesses convened at the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Global Growth (EGG) […]


    Independence Avenue CID

    August 16th, 2017
    by

    Independence Avenue CID

    August 16th, 2017
    by

    Northeast Chamber has plan for local business

    August 2nd, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News The Northeast Chamber of Commerce is already making good use of its new headquarters on […]


    KCMO law firm looks back on ties to the Northeast

    July 5th, 2017
    by

    Northeast News July 5, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – In nearly 20 years of business, a handful of cases stand […]


  • Northeast funeral homes celebrates 87 years serving community

    June 7th, 2017
    by

    Northeast News June 7, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Eighty seven years in business is an impressive feat. However, 87 […]


    New cameras on Independence Ave. already yielding results

    June 2nd, 2017
    by

    By Abby Cambiano Northeast News June 2, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – New surveillance cameras and license plate readers along […]


    The North End invests in itself with recent renovation

    May 3rd, 2017
    by

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News May 3, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – One of the first things Pete Mesh did […]


    Celebrating 50 years in the printing industry

    April 5th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News April 5, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Terry Cunningham was fresh out of high school […]


    Retirement party for Dr. Joslyn

    March 22nd, 2017
    by

    Photos by David Remley March 22, 2017 Retirement. After more than two decades serving the Northeast community, Dr. Elaine Joslyn […]


  • What’s Happening

    Memories of the 1908 flood

    By M. Bushnell The Northeast News This week’s postcard shows the result of countless days of rain and the lack […]

    retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

    Powerful storms lead to rise in Blue River

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News These photos and video were taken on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 22, on the […]

  • Local Weather