Insurance agency changes hands

BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

With the retirement of Don Hammons, Danny Paxton has taken the reins and ownership of the insurance agency located on South Avenue D.

Residing in Dallas, Paxton who has family in the area, came home for a visit. In a conversation with his mom, she suggested that he sell insurance. Within about three days, Paxton had found the ad for the agency in the paper and begun the process of becoming a licensed agent with Farmers Insurance, he said.

“I was at a place in life where I could do what I wanted,” Paxton said.

“We are proud to have Danny joining the Farmers team,” said James Hutchinson, District manager for southeastern New Mexico.
Hutchinson was quick to point out that Paxton has made the transition smooth for all of Hammon’s customers while adding some Spanish speaking employees to broaden his customer base.

Over the past several weeks, Paxton has studied for and taken the tests needed to become a licensed agent. He currently has his certification to sell home, auto, life and health insurance. He is also able to sell workman’s comp and business insurance. He says he is also working toward his financial certification.

“I want to ensure that customers are getting all they need and deserve,” Paxton said.

Paxton has had previous sales experience, working in the areas of mortgage, real estate and the banking profession. He has also owned his own business in the past, he said.

“I’ve generally been in some type of sales all my life,” Paxton said.

Paxton will be using his past business experience to build on the customer base that Hammons left behind while also expanding the business. Future plans are to establish offices in both Clovis and Santa Rosa, Paxton said.

“I just want all of Don Hammon’s customers to know that we appreciate them and will be there for them and help them,” Paxton said.

Though Paxton is in the process of giving the business a new face lift, the agency is open for business. On staff is an agent producer and a customer service representative who are full time staffers. The agency will also employ one part-time staffer, Paxton said.

“I want to grow something here and be something here. There’s tremendous opportunity in this area and this community,” Paxton said.