Shepherd Insurance has been a fixture on Evansville’s Eagle Crest Boulevard since it purchased the former Volkman Agency in 2003. When talks began on partnering with the nearly 90-year-old Heston Insurance, office constraints quickly came to light.
“We always had designs to have an office together, but the existing Shepherd office wasn’t large enough,” says David Abbott, insurance advisor and Heston’s former owner.
Woodward Realty helped guide the merging insurance companies to space available in Accuride’s building at 7140 Office Circle Drive.
“The Shepherd organization worked hard to bring us in and make us part of the family,” Abbott says. “Ironically, it helped a little bit not immediately getting together because we had almost a year and a half getting used to being part of Shepherd.”
Since completing the move in March, 32 employees now work in the new Evansville office near Oak Grove Road and Interstate 69. The expanded space can accommodate the regional meetings which include team members from its locations in Ferdinand, Indiana, and Carmi and Mount Carmel, Illinois.
Shepherd employees can spread throughout private offices, open cubicles, and a conference room. They also share a cafeteria and fitness center with Accuride employees, whose offices are in the same building.
“We have things to make it fun, like a potluck or we bring in pizza for lunch,” Abbott says. “We try to do things of that nature every month or so.”