When Amanda Thompson took over the Belton State Farm office which had long been owned by Quincy Waters, she had been fully vested in the corporation as an Agency Field Specialist for several years.
“Overseeing 57 agents in the upstate allowed me to see what successful agents all had in common, and I wanted to offer the same winning traits to the residents of a small town. When the Belton franchise came open, I knew it was a great fit for me,” stated Thompson.
She took over the office on September 1, 2014, and immediately set to work adding a variety of services that had not been available to its clients in Belton. Today, State Farm-Amanda Thompson Agency not only offers traditional homeowner and auto insurance, but the company also offers big-city services such as life insurance, health insurance, and banking services including vehicle and mortgage loans.
But just because big-city services have been added, doesn’t mean that small-town relationships have suffered.
“With a team of mostly Belton born and raised people, we provide a local face to many of our clients. Having been raised in Roebuck, SC, I had small town values instilled in me early on myself, so I value these small-town relationships and ways of doing things,” she stated.
Being invested in our local community not just as a business but also as a partner was important to her as well.
“My team and I participate in as many local events as we can. We participated in Relay for Life, the Belton Easter Egg Hunt, the Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival, and sponsored the recent exhibit Fins, Feathers, Claws and Paws at the Belton Area Museum Association.”
The company also sponsors many of the sports teams and activities at Belton-Honea Path High School.
One big step for the business occurred in December 2017 when Thompson bought the SunTrust Building (formerly Heritage Federal Savings and Loan) and moved the company back into the city limits.
The move has been very beneficial to the organization as people stop in just to say hello or to see what the office looks like.
“A lot of folks didn’t even know where we were located before. And we have several customers take advantage of the drive-thru as a convenient way to make payments,” Thompson added.
The move didn’t alter their work ethic or service-oriented values either.
“We love being a part of town now, but the way we do business has not changed. We pride ourselves on our customer service and our team work,” Thompson concluded.
Stop by and see the staff and Amanda at the new location at 914 Anderson Street and congratulate them on being named the Belton Alliance Business of the Month.