It is often said that, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
Growing up in the small hi-line town of Chester, David Jensen knew one thing - he didn’t share the same interest in entering the insurance business as his dad. Jensen’ father was a long-time State Farm agent and is still going strong at 33 years. But Jensen wanted to do something different.
After attending both Miles City Community College and the University of Great Falls, Jensen graduated with a degree in computer programming. After graduating, he landed a job at State Farm handling claims. His plan was to maintain that job until a good opportunity came along in his field. He quickly came to realize, however, that the good opportunity was right in front of him.
“I realized I’m not a sit-behind-a-desk-programming-code-all-day person,” said Jensen. “I’m more of outgoing person and like to talk to people. This field is perfect for my personality.”
This epiphany motivated Jensen to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Wanting to further his knowledge and set himself apart from other agents, Jensen completed additional coursework to achieve designations as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). These enable Jensen to help his clients with both insurance and financial services.
Almost four years ago, Jensen opened his very own State Farm agency in Helena. While opening any new business comes with trepidation, Jensen did so having zero customers. But rather than twiddle his thumbs at his desk, he immersed himself in the community and got to know people on a personal level.
“It just snowballed from there,” said Jensen.
Since opening his doors, Jensen has consistently ranked among the top 50 agencies among his peers in the Pacific Northwest. He has also led Montana in the number of new clients written to State Farm over the past three years. While he admits that the recognitions are nice, his reward stems from a different place.
Jensen’s passion lies in bettering the lives of his clients.
“Our mission is to help families live confidently every day,” he said. “You live life differently when you don’t have to worry.”
“I’m able to help take someone from an awful situation and help ease the financial stress of it,” he said. “That’s why I do this—it’s about their needs, not mine.”