Our Good Neighbor and His Red Truck

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If the old-fashioned red truck that sits in a parking lot on 16th Avenue in Laurel has piqued your interest a time or two, you are not alone. As the highest-trafficked street in town, thousands pass by each week, and the truck is hard to miss. In fact, it has become a bit iconic on 16th Avenue.

The truck belongs to State Farm agent, Brian Ginn, and not only is it a part of his brand, but it’s also a part of his life. “My grandfather bought the red Ford F-100 brand new in 1978, the year I was born,” says Brian. Brian learned to drive on that three-speed Ford, and he inherited it about ten years ago. “When an opportunity with State Farm came, I thought that it would be a great branding tool to use for the business,” he says. The truck can be spotted in local parades, festivals and at events. His 16-year-old daughter recently drew a picture of the truck, and Brian has used that image on t-shirts and coffee mugs to give away to his customers and friends.

About Brian Ginn

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Brian has been a State Farm agent in our community for five years. While we often see clever ads on television about Jake from State Farm, it’s easy to wonder what really sets Brian apart from all the other insurance agents these days?

Brian attributes his growth over the past few years to his team members and customers. As a family-owned business, daily tasks and projects are built on trust. Brian credits the success of his business to those who surround him. His gratitude tells us that he’s likely to stick around for a while, taking care of our community.

Brian is a Columbia native, and he and his wife and four daughters have lived in Laurel for just over ten years. He graduated from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, where he met his wife. He is a dedicated husband and father, staying involved with activities that are important to his girls, who range in age from eleven to eighteen.

Brian chose insurance, and State Farm in particular, for a few reasons. It has always been a goal of his to own a business, and he is passionate about educating and helping others. He says, “With all of the products that State Farm has to offer, from retirement planning to asset protection, I am able to accomplish what I love to do, which is help people.” Understanding that families and individuals have specific needs when it comes to risk management, Brian loves putting together plans that allow them to accomplish their goals.

With a career in insurance, Brian often hears from and sees people during the worst of circumstances - recovering from a car accident, a house fire or loss of life. Brian appreciates that his clients trust him to be there in times of need. He feels affirmed in his career choice knowing he can help put someone’s financial needs at ease after loss, whether it be through a life insurance policy, or even by helping them to find temporary housing and basic necessities in the event of a home loss.

Just as much as Brian is thankful to be a part of our community, we are thankful to have him here. We’re especially proud to have him as a Shop 16th Patron. To contact Brian, call 601-649-0120, on Facebook at Brian Ginn - State Farm. Or follow the red truck on Instagram by searching his account, @followtheredtruck.

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Laura Johns