WESTFIELD, NJ — As an Allstate Insurance agent, Westfield resident Ron Bansky has enjoyed helping his neighbors for over two decades. His agency celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Bansky put himself through college working part-time for an Allstate agency and in 2000 he became an agent.
He opened his first office in Westfield in 2000, and a second in Princeton Junction in 2012. As the agency expanded its Westfield staff, it outgrew its location on the circle on South Avenue (where Lions Roar Brewing Co. hopes to open soon) and in 2017 moved to a newly renovated 100-year-old Victorian house at 502 East Broad St.
The milestones were longtime dreams of Bansky’s.
“The goals that I had for my career were always to open a second location and have a building that I own,” he said.
Bansky has helped his clients navigate and benefit from many changes in the industry over the years, such as the pay per mile car insurance that Allstate rolled out in 2018.
“What I really liked is the opportunity to work in the same town where I live,” said Bansky. “A lot of your customers are your friends, and you become friends with your customers. You’re part of the community.”
Bansky serves on the board of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Westfield Boosters Association. He is also the sponsor of TAPinto Westfield’s Athlete of the Week series, which highlights outstanding Westfield High School Athletes.
When potential customers call him for a new auto, home or life insurance quote and mention the athlete of the week, Bansky donates $25 to the Boosters.
“The Athlete of the Week program has been a blast,” Bansky said.
Bansky has received many awards over the years for his community involvement, including the Agency Helping Hands in the Community award given by Allstate, which often come with grants to community organizations. Recently, Bansky secured a $5,000 Helping Hands grant from The Allstate Foundation to the National Alliance on Mental Health of Mercer County.
His Westfield office has also served as a drop point for local charity drives, such as the annual toy drive for Furniture Assist.
In addition to the current pandemic, Bansky has been there for his clients through all kinds of tough situations, including the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.
“After both storms, we had the added challenge of being without power at the office,” Bansky said. “Both of those events gave were crazy times for my team and I, but it gave us a chance to be there and make a difference for our customers at a very tough time and demonstrate what being in ‘Good Hands’ is all about.”
To learn more about Ron Bansky & Associates Allstate Agency or to get a quote, call 908-301-0711 or visit ronbansky.com.