The insurance industry is often not the first career destination for anyone, even its members, but Julie Olmsted still took the decidedly long way to get there.
A 25-year manufacturing veteran with an impressive resume that includes Boeing and Cessna Aircraft Company, Olmsted decided she wanted a change. She chose insurance.
With an MBA from Baker University, Olmsted began with Farmers Insurance, working at the company’s district office in Wichita. She made waves within her first 90 days, earning the insurer’s Blue Vase award, which honors agents who excel at assisting their clients with life insurance.
While she enjoyed it, however, she was eager to move on.
“The goal was always to get my own location,” she told the Wichita Eagle.
And now she has it. Olmsted will move into her new office in Derby, Kansas on October 1.
Derby is Olmsted’s current hometown, where she’s involved with the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.
“I wanted to be more a part of the community,” she said.
And as for the new office?
“I think it was worth the wait.”