MENDOTA — Mendota Mutual Insurance Company Manager Deb Geuther is celebrating her 40th anniversary working for the local insurance company.
Geuther first started at Mendota Mutual after MMIC manager Roger Krenz asked her mother-in-law if she knew anyone who was looking for a job. Just so happened, Geuther was looking for work.
“At the time, I was mowing Roger’s rental property in LaMoille,” Geuther recalled. “I applied and the rest is 40 years of history.”
Over those four decades, Geuther got her insurance license, earned her Professional Farm Mutual Manager designation and is in the Merit Society through the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.
When Geuther first started at MMIC, technology was vastly different than it is today. In those early years, she used a typewriter to type all the declaration pages, invoices and other paperwork.
“I guess that is why I had to do a typing test for my interview . . . on a typewriter,” she recalled.
Geuther said insurance changes daily, which is one of the challenges of her position. She has to stay informed and keep up with those changes in order to provide a great product for customers at an affordable price.
“Computers are great, I don’t know how we could function without them,” she said. “Just when you think you have up to date technology, something new emerges.”
Besides changes in technology, business itself has changed.
“When I first started, we could do things on a person’s word,” Geuther said. “Now you have to have documentation on everything.”
Looking back on the past 40 years, Geuther said the board of Mendota Mutual Insurance Company has been very supportive.
“I enjoy working for MMIC, and the board has been very good to me,” she said. “They always allow my family to come first, which I greatly appreciate. I have enjoyed the people that I have been able to meet, the mutual world is a family.”
Deb and her husband, Brad Geuther have been married for 41 years. The couple has two daughters, Jade, who lives in Canton, Ga. and coaches Reinhardt University softball; and Nigel, who lives in Peoria, Ariz. with her husband, Neftali, and their three children, Omni, 4, Oaklie, 3 and Ozzie, 5 months.
In her spare time, Geuther collects Barbie dolls and has amassed a collection that is 1,000 strong.