New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zfrtung. New Braunfels. Texas Tuesday. November 26. 1991 Page 5Stories !A LOOK AT SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES IN NEW BRAUNFELS AND COMAL COUNTY
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By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publlshar
The greatest strength of the Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Agency in New Braunfels, according to General Agent Merritt J. Schumann, CLU is “just the fact that we believe in service.” Schumann says, “Every client hears from us every year ... and some of them have heard from us for 38 years.”
That dedication to service
is appreciated. Schumann And that appreciation shows in the fact that the local agency’s current renewal ratio is 93 percent.
Schumann says he feels a sort of debt to those he serves.
“It’s hard to explain,” he begins. Then, after a lengthy pause, he continues, “I have never worked for a salary. Everything I have I owe to the people who do business with me.
’’I’m self employed. I don’t have a boss, but I really have 5,000 bosses.“
But Schumann’s dedication to service is visible beyond his business. Over the years, he has served as president of the Jaycees, president of the Noon Lions Club, president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Good Government League, a member of the New Braunfels Independent School District’s Board of Trustees, and president of the United Way. He has been presented New Braunfels ISD’s Silver Unicom Award and he was presented the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Besscrung Award in 1966. He was Republican County Chairman for several years and served on the State Republican Executive Committee. He also is a past president of the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation and a member of the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors for six years.
He is active in the First Protestant Church, where he served as Sunday School superintendent for 25 years and has been president of the congregation.
Schumann is a New Braunfels native. He graduated from New ’Braunfels High School and, in 1950, from the University of Texas at Austin.
He served in the U.S. Navy for three years, most of that time at sea. When he left the Navy, he was aboard USS Prichctt, DD561.
Schumann’s wife, Iris, is the archivist for the Sophicnburg Museum. The couple have five daughters and Schumann is proud of the fact that all five of them have bachelor’s degrees and three have master’s degrees.
Iris herself holds two degrees and serves on the Texas Historical Commission.
Anne Schumann Buck, Schumann’s youngest daughter, joined the firm in 1990. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Texas. She is married to Keith Buck. She has chosen to follow in her father’s footsteps by making a carcer with Minnesota Mutual.
Anne is involved with the Chamber of Commerce, Republican Women, and Texas Exes.
Other members of the firm have similar records of community involvement and service.
Elton M. Rencau, CLU, for instance, is a member of the Downtown Rotary Gub and was United Way Campaign Chairman and president.
Rencau, who joined Minnesota Mutual in 1980, has a daughter, Amy, who is a senior at New Braunfels High School, and a son, Merritt Kyle, who is in the seventh grade. His wife Kay is nutritionist •
Jeff Mund, whose life insurance experience began in 1975, joined Minnesota Mutual in 1988. Ile is a past president of the Downtown Rotary Club and, the father of two sons, serves as a Cub Scout master. He is married to Denise Mund.
Mund attended Baylor University on a full football scholarship, graduating in 1974. He proudly
From left, Milton Kaderll, George Nowotny, Anne Schumann Buck, Merritt Schumann, Jeff Mund, Norvel Berg, Elton Reneau and Ray mond Farrington.
wears a Southwest Conference championship ring.
Norvell D. Berg, who lives in
Seguin, joined Minnesota Mutual in 1989. A graduate of AAM University, he and his wife, Carol, have two children.
Raymond F. Farrington joined the local firm in 1986. A retired Air Force colonel, he and his wife Eve make their home in San Antonio.
Milton F. Kaderli, who has 51 years of life insurance experience.
first joined Minnesota Mutual in 1939. He and his wife, Mary, have one son. John.
George E.“ Nowotny, CLTJ. founded the New Braunfels agency in 1936. He is past president and life member of the New Braunfels Lions Gub. He is married to Margaret Nowotny. He also lead the campaign to pass a bond issue that resulted in building New Braunfels High School.
All of these agents, Schumann emphasizes, arc dedicated to meet
ing the needs of those they serve.
“With over 135 years of combined experience we arc a professional life underwriting group of people,” he says. “We don’t just sell insurance. We determine the needs of those who come to us and then we advise based on those needs, taking into consideration many other important factors.”
And Schumann is proud of Minnesota Mutual.
He speaks of the company’s having ’’let” his agency build on
his own philosophy of service over the years and he points to the fact that it is one of only a handful of insurance firms dial has consistently earned top ratings from established raring agencies, including an A+ rating from A.M. Best. AA+ raring from Standard A Poor s and Aal rating from Moody’s Investors Service.
Services the company offers include, life insurance, disability income, annuities, mutual funds, major medical (individual and group) and pensions.EDITOR S NOTE:
Success Stories is an "advertorial" feature stun** apout successful businesses which ara sponsored in part by the businesses themselves Success Stories will appear in th# New Braunfels I lei ald /eitung through Tuesday, Od. 8. Successful New Braunfels and aiea businesses which will be featured in the series Include:BECKER MOTOR COMPANY
547 South Seguin • New Braunfels • 625 3463BLUEBONNET MOTORS INC.
315 N. Seguin • New Braunfels • 625 BUU
CENTURY 21 NORRIS REALTY, INC.
bU4 S. Seguin • New Braunfels • 525 Bub I
DON MAXWELL CHEVROLET
365 W. San Antonio St. • New Braunfels * 525 3451
44/ S Seguin * New Biaunlels • 525 /502
6/6 S Seguin • New Braunfels • 529/465
South Bi 36 * New Biaunfeis • 5291166LAFARGE CORP.
Swims A Weld Ho ads P.O. Bu* 311507 • New Biaunieis • 625 7336MILT FERGUSON MOTOR CO.
669 VV. San Antonio St. • New Biaunfeis • 525 2361
MINNESOTA MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE CO.
1000 N. Walnut . New Braunfels • 625 2366
TXI CEMENT COMPANY
IIL 8 Box 109 * New Braunfels • "Excellence through team work"