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State Farm: Tanya Patzner

Jan 04, 2021 03:08PM ● By T S
Tanya Patzner and crew, State Farm

The insurance business isn’t exactly sexy, self-described “insurance nerd” Tanya Patzner said. But it’s important work for which she has great passion. 

“I am blessed to represent State Farm and thankful to be surrounded by peers who are committed to making a difference every single day,” she said. 

Patzner started working for State Farm right out of college and spent 15 years in claims before being officially appointed in Omaha on July 1, 2009.  

“I am in my 12th year of agency and my 27th year with the company,’ Patzner said, adding that she grew up as what the business calls an “AK,” short for agent’s kid. “My dad is still the State Farm agent in my hometown (Wapello, Iowa). My littlest sister works for my dad in his agency and my other sister is a claim rep for State Farm here in Omaha. If you cut us, we truly do bleed State Farm Red!”

Patzner said she strives to provide her customers with options and recommendations without pushing, giving them the tools to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. It’s part of her commitment to helping customers manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. 

“This is State Farm’s mission, and it is my responsibility to ensure it is done. In my office, we exist to serve by making a difference in the lives of our clients—daily,” she said. “Having our clients say, ‘My life is better for having known you’ is our mission.” 

Online customer reviews indicate that Patzner is meeting that mission. Her customers overwhelmingly describe her agency in positive terms: “extremely responsive,” “very helpful,” “knowledgeable,” “efficient,” and even “the best experience I’ve ever had with any insurance agent or company.” 

Patzner is active with the professional association NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) and has served in leadership positions for the last nine years including as NAIFA Omaha President (2015-2016), on the NAIFA Nebraska Board of Directors and as State President beginning in 2021. In 2019, she was named Omaha Agent of the Year.

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