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About Us

Our Agency

When you choose Ed Weeren Agency, Inc., you benefit from the wisdom, flexibility, and security that only a company with over a century of experience can provide.

Ed Weeren Insurance Agency, Inc., has served Austin businesses and individuals since 1899, when it first opened its doors as the JO Garrett Company and later became known as Garrett-Abney-Weeren Agency. Specializing in property and casualty insurance, our agency has taken a leadership role among independent agencies in Texas. We have participated as members of the Local, State, and National Independent Agents Associations for many years, and our owners, Ed Weeren and Kelli Stanford, have chaired various committees in these organizations. Our agency is also a founding member of Combined Agents of America (CAA), a group of 52 independent Texas agencies who work together to provide our clients with the highest quality products at the best prices.

Our Objectives

We bring our traditional values to everything we do. And it shows.

Our goals are the same today as they were in 1899–to provide you with customized insurance protection at the right price, through financially sound companies, supported by the very best customer service. Our independence gives us the flexibility to offer you the most complete range of insurance products possible, and to customize your policy to meet your individual needs. And as a Trusted Choice company, we look out for you by selecting only the most competitive, distinguished, ethical providers. We want to give you a level of service that no “big box” company can match.

Our clients enjoy the assurance that their insurance agency is here to stay. We’ve been Austin’s independent insurance solution for over a hundred years, and as far as we’re concerned, our mission has just begun.

Edward L. Weeren

Edward L. Weeren

Chairman

In September of 1959 after leaving active duty with the Army, Ed entered the property/casualty insurance industry with the Insurance Company North America. In 1964 he entered the Independent Agency side of the business.

During his career he served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Austin and at various times, was chairman of several committees for the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas. In 1990, he was awarded the first Distinguished Service Award presented by the Independent Insurance Agents of Austin. In 2011, he received the Al Johnston award for efforts to promote insurance education by the Central Texas Chapter of C.P.C.U.

In 1997 he was instrumental in helping form the Combined Agents of America (CAA) which is now a large association of Independent Agents in Texas, he served as its first Chairman.

His insurance industry professional designations are: Charter Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

He is still active in Ed Weeren Insurance Agency, Inc., serving as Chairman. His daughter, Kelli Stanford is President of the agency. During his insurance career he was also Director and stockholder of a bank in Austin which was sold to Wells Fargo a few years ago.

In 1959 Ed and his wife Carolyn married and had two girls who are now both married. Each of their daughters have two children. He has been involved with various civic and fraternal organizations and along with Carolyn, the family has also been very active in our church. The Weeren’s also own a mini storage and rental property along with ranch land which Ed manages. He usually spend part of each week at the family home in the country near La Grange. He also hunts at their ranch and has a target range. He enjoys fishing and taking his son-in-laws to Canada every year to fish. The family also has season tickets and attends every A&M home football game.

Email: ed@weerenins.com
Office Number (512) 454-5266 Ext. 219
Fax Number (512) 454-3819

Kelli Stanford

Kelli Stanford

President

Encourage by her father, Ed Weeren, Kelli joined Ed Weeren Insurance Agency full time in 1991 upon graduation from Texas A&M. Kelli has seen the office grow and flourish in her 20+ years in the agency. Kelli is very active and a respected member of the insurance community. She is a former president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Austin (IIAA) and has held numerous IIAA board and committee roles over the years. Kelli is also very active in the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT). IIAT is one of the nation’s largest insurance-focused state associations. Kelli has held various committee positions and task force appointments at IIAT. Kelli was instrumental in charting the Applied User Group for San Antonio and Austin Applied Users in 2001. The group started with 10 member agencies and has grown to over 51 member agencies in the Austin and San Antonio area. Kelli has served on several agent advisory councils including Travelers, Central and Hartford. In addition, Kelli has earned her professional designations from Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) and Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR).

When Kelli is not at the office, she enjoys time with her husband Brian and 2 children at the Family Ranch in LaGrange, Texas or in College Station at an A&M sporting event. Kelli has also been very involved as alumni and parent at Hyde Park Baptist School and her church Austin Christian Fellowship NW. Kelli has a passion for community service and is very involved with her daughter in the National Charity League (NCL).

Email: kelli@weerenins.com
Office Number (512) 454-5266 Ext. 225
Fax Number (512) 454-3819

Bonnie Miller

Bonnie Miller

Commercial Lines Accounts Manager

Bonnie has been in the insurance business for forty years and has been with Ed Weeren Insurance Agency Inc. since 1988. She provides her clients with timely service and the friendly and professional help that they deserve. She started her insurance career in Minnesota before moving to Oklahoma where she worked for an independent agent. She then moved to Texas when her husband was transferred and continued her career in the insurance business. She was an active member of the Austin Association of Insurance Professionals for many years, serving in many committee and officer positions including president in 2007/2008. She was honored to be their Insurance Professional of the Year in 2009. She is an active member of the Treaty Oak Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and is currently serving as their president. This organization has presented over $40,000 in scholarships this last year and Bonnie was privileged to be their Women of the Year in 2013. Bonnie received her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1996 from the National Alliance for Insurance. She is also an Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR) and has her Certified Professional Insurance Women (CPIW) and Professional Insurance Women of Texas (PIWT) designations.

Bonnie and her husband Jim have 4 daughters and they are enjoying the free time after many years of 4-H, softball, band and other school and church activities. Their oldest daughter, who lives in Arizona, is also in the insurance business. When she is not working Bonnie loves to read and sew and has recently started making quilts. One of their favorite activities is spending time with their daughters and granddaughters.

Email: bonnie@weerenins.com
Office Number (512) 454-5266 Ext. 216
Fax Number (512) 454-3819

Joyce Johnson

Joyce Johnson

Commercial Lines Accounts Manager

Joyce Johnson has been in the insurance business for over 50 years starting with an insurance company after high school graduation. She worked for the agency from 1971 to 1983. Moved to San Antonio in 1983 and upon returning to Austin in 1994 went to work for the agency again. She handles commercial lines and bonds.

She has an ACSR designation. She has been President of the Insurance Women of Austin and received an award for Insurance Woman of the year in 1976.

During her free time Joyce enjoys traveling and playing with her grandchildren

Email: joyce@weerenins.com
Office Number: (512) 454-5266 Ext. 211
Fax Number (512) 454-3819

Deborah Hoke

Deborah Hoke

Personal Lines Accounts Manager

Debbie has been in the insurance industry for over 30 years and has been with Ed Weeren Insurance Agency, Inc. since August 1992 as a Personal Lines Customer Service Representative providing the valuable link between the customer and the companies. She handles new and existing clients, responds to customer inquiries and requests and aids in providing information that helps customer make purchasing decisions. Debbie has certifications from the National Alliance for CISR and IIAT for CSR. Worked in “the Valley” in Harlingen, Texas for May & Associates and was their 1991 Customer Service Representative of the Year also worked for Allstate in their San Antonio regional claim office. In the summer, Debbie works with her husband on the weekends in Port Aransas in the golf cart rental business. In her spare time, she loves to sing karaoke.

Email: deborah@weerenins.com
Office Number: (512) 454-5266 Ext. 218
Fax Number: (512) 454-3819

Veronica Ramirez

Veronica Ramirez

Personal Lines Accounts Manager

Veronica has been in the insurance industry for over 15 years and joined Ed Weeren Insurance Agency in 1998. After earning her Business Administration Certificate from Austin Business College in June 2000, Veronica became a Personal Lines Accounts Manager in the agency. Veronica has earned certifications from National Alliance Association for Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and from Independent Insurance Agents of America for Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR). She is the former president of the ASCnet Greater Texas Chapter (Applied Systems Users Group) and continues to serve in the chapter’s Advisory Board. Veronica enjoys assisting clients to secure their assets and fulfill their insurance needs. Since she is bilingual she is able to assist all of the agency’s Spanish speaking clientele. Veronica also assists the agency with commercial lines processing and is keen to learn and train on any new interface system product that carriers may introduce.

Veronica also enjoys serving her community. She serves as the Secretary for the Prayer Ministry in her church community. Veronica truly enjoys spending time with her family and loves to volunteer both at church and at her 2 children’s school activities.

Email: veronica@weerenins.com
Office Number: (512) 454-5266 Ext. 217
Fax Number: (512) 454-3819

Emily Frank

Emily Frank

Processor

Emily joined Ed Weeren Insurance Agency, Inc. in February 2015. She was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Austin after completing her undergraduate degree from The College of Wooster in 2014. Emily studied History and German and focused her undergraduate research on Haitian history. Her research was inspired by two service trips to Haiti and building a vocational that teaches English, Spanish, and Computer skills. During her free time Emily enjoys playing soccer, running, and rooting for any New York sports team. Emily is currently assisting the staff and learning different aspects of the insurance. She also processes commercial and personal lines policies.

Email: emily@weerenins.com
Office Number: (512) 454-5266 Ext. 227
Fax Number: (512) 454-3819

Jane Newcomb

Jane Newcomb

Receptionist, Flood and Farm & Ranch Manager

Jane has worked as a Personal Lines CSR for forty one years. Jane started her career in Houston learning Personal Auto, and then moving on to San Antonio where she worked for James K. Ruble at Ruble and Associates. There, she was taught property and flood insurance, which is an ongoing learning process.

Jane moved with her family to Austin and has worked for Ed Weeren at Ed Weeren Insurance Agency for 25 years. She currently quotes and places Farm & Ranch owner coverage as well as Flood Insurance coverage.

Designations are Certified Insurance Service Representative, for 20 years and ACSR for 15 years.

She is always delighted to help in any way she can.

Email: jane@weerenins.com
Office Number: (512) 454-5266 Ext. 210
Fax Number: (512) 454-3819

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