Longtime State Farm agent invites community to celebrate – Natural Self Esteem

Debbie Aragon has been an insurance agent in Steamboat Springs for 25 years and spent 50 years with State Farm. In 1997 she moved to Steamboat Springs and took over an agency previously run by Ralph Selch and then Melissa Miller.
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Having worked for State Farm for the past 50 years, Steamboat Springs Insurance Agent Debbie Aragon invites the community to celebrate this milestone with her.

Aragon hopes people in the Steamboat community will join her in the parking lot behind 404 Oak St. on Thursday, June 2 from 5-8 p.m. to celebrate her 50th anniversary with State Farm and her 25th birthday – to celebrate the anniversary of Steamboat. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the State Farm’s 100th anniversary.

The evening includes live music, food, drinks and games.

“I started my career at State Farm the day after I graduated high school, when I was 17,” said Aragon, who started working at a State Farm office in Greeley on May 23, 1972. I had pretty high scores in Typing (in high school) so they hired me as a data entry person unlike most of the others who started at the bottom as an archivist.”

By this time, her sister was already working for State Farm, which turned out to be good for Aragon since she could apply and get hired before graduating from high school.

“My goal was to work for a few years and save my money to go to school and study to become a teacher,” Aragon said. “I feel like a teacher now because I teach people about insurance all day.”

A few years after starting at State Farm, Aragon took advantage of an accelerated night school program at Loveland offered by Regis University.

“At the time, State Farm had a really good college help program, so I was able to graduate class by class by taking night classes,” Aragon said. “Ten years later I did my bachelor’s degree in business administration. It took a while but it was worth it.”

She worked in the Greeley regional office for 25 years but was keen to get an agency job. She seemed on the right track to becoming an agent in a Wyoming location, but fate brought her to Steamboat in 1997, where she then took over the local office run by Melissa Miller. Before that, Ralph Selch managed the agency.

“I think Steamboat was such a perfect place for our family, but when I went into the agency’s candidate pool, you basically had to wait for something to open up,” Aragon said. “I applied to two or three open positions in Wyoming and two or three in Colorado and Steamboat was definitely my first choice.”

However, it wasn’t for her boys who moved to Fort Collins hoping to stay in their home at the time. She almost ended up in Wyoming after being picked to take on a retired agent.

“That position eventually didn’t become vacant because the agent decided he didn’t want to retire,” Aragon said. “I’m glad we had a clean move to Steamboat. We love the community and how welcoming it is and all the activities that the kids were able to participate in…we immediately got involved with people, sports and organizations like the Rotary Club – all the things that make this really great community.”

Though they didn’t like the idea of ​​leaving their home in Greeley, upon arrival at Steamboat the boys found that the town had a lot to offer. The boys graduated from Steamboat Springs High School and were athletic for many years.

These days Debbie and her husband John, 41, enjoy traveling to Texas where their sons John, 39, and Jeff, 37, live. Their youngest child Brian, 33, still lives in Steamboat Springs.

When not at work, Aragon enjoys spending time with her seven grandchildren, who range in age from 8 years to 6 months. The youngest is the only granddaughter in the family.

Aragon loves hiking, cycling and every day tries to get to the hot springs of the old town. She said she also loves exploring the sand basin and photographing wild horses in the family’s Polaris Ranger.

She said she loves being an insurance agent.

“If you know it, and you know it well, then it’s something people really respect you for,” Aragon said. “They help people understand a complex product that they don’t want to understand, or don’t want to know everything about. Our job is to help people understand it – or simplify it – so it makes more sense.”

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