By Brittany Cravatta
State Farm. A company that we all know for their famous “Jake from State Farm” TV commercials. However, here in Tampa, Florida we have a special guy by the name of Ernest from State Farm.
Ernest Walker started as a State Farm agent 17 years ago in the Chicagoland area. State Farm began in 1922 and has been a property & casualty industry leader since the 1920’s. Ernest was drawn to the company’s strong brand and high integrity. His business specializes in providing various types of insurance for customers, such as auto, homeowners, life, and health insurance as well as mutual funds and 401k financial services.
“I truly work my job as a mission,” said Walker. “I work with our neighbors as if I am applying to become their personal risk manager. It’s not just a job for me. I’m truly interested in protecting what matters to my clients.”
Ernest was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and transferred to the Tampa Bay area in 2015. He and his wife Cassandra have been married for 33 years, and they have a son who attends Wiregrass High School. Cassandra joined the agency in Tampa in 2018 after retiring after 25 years with a major group health insurer in Chicago.
During this critical time of COVID-19, Ernest ensures his office remains open every business day during the week, and they are practicing social distancing. His four full-time team members remain fully employed. There are no plans for anyone to be laid off or placed on furlough. In fact, Ernest feels this is not the time to place people out of work and is looking to hire another person who is the right fit.
His agency recently sponsored two 2020 high school graduates from the Adopt-A-Senior Facebook campaign. Be sure to take a look on Facebook (@ewagcy) for details about the guys that he sponsored.
Ernest and his team are available to those who are in need of him. Just dial his main telephone number at (813) 968-4043 and one of his team members can help you. His office is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and is located at 5111 Ehrlich Rd, Suite #110, Tampa, Florida, 33624 in the Carrollwood/Northdale area. He also has after-hours, live, customer service representatives available 24/7 just like Jake at State Farm.