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Community involvement has been a lifelong endeavor for Kaci (Barnes) Boyd. From 4-H as a child to sports, FFA and leadership in high school, and now as a Farmers Insurance agent here in Galt.
“A big part of my job now is just talking to people,” Boyd said. “I’ve spoken in front of groups and, even being a newer agent, I’ve spoken at leadership and agent conferences and things like that, and that goes back to high school how I learned and felt comfortable with that. In FFA, we constantly had to speak at meetings, and I held offices and would speak in front of those meetings and then in leadership, speaking at the rallies … and at graduation. Everything really did start at a young age.”
When she graduated from GHS in 2005, Boyd’s involvement in FFA led her to first consider a career in Ag Business. That gradually shifted to a focus on communication studies and public relations. Her first job after earning her bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations at California State University, Sacramento was as a marketing manager with InShape Health Clubs in Stockton.
“I was handling all their events, and I got to write all of the press releases and I was doing PR, what I studied, and it was great,” she said. “But, soon after my husband and I got married, we wanted to start a family, so working around the clock wasn’t conducive to what we wanted.”
Boyd decided to shift gears and went to work for the State of California, where she was an analyst with the Department of Water Resources. But, again, this didn’t quite fit into Boyd’s vision.
“I like to talk to people. I think that’s one of my strengths, so sitting in a cube from nine to five just wasn’t going to do it,” she said.
And with that, she decided to take the plunge, leaving the stability of her government job after six years and getting her insurance license. She opened her office in Galt in January 2019 and has been one of the top three new agents in Northern California every month since then.
“They say new agents are anyone who has been doing it for less than four years,” Boyd clarified, “and I’ve been doing it for six months.”
This recognition speaks to the service Boyd offers her customers, going above and beyond whenever she can. Whether that means responding to clients, even when she’s not in the office, or delivering paperwork to clients who can’t make it in to the office, she sees it as a way to serve her community.
And being a Farmers agent has proven to provide the autonomy and flexibility Boyd has always wanted.
“I’m licensed through [Farmers Insurance] to sell their product, but the business is my own,” she said. “I hire my own employees. I’m responsible for paying everything. They’re completely uninvolved in the day-to-day and how I run the business.”
Boyd offers home, auto, life and commercial insurance, and while most of her clients are Galt residents, several of her clients live in Southern California or the Bay Area and have been referred to her by family members and friends. And, to Boyd, those references are proof that she is running a trusted business just like she set out to do.
“I’ve had a couple people who have been with AAA for 30 years but didn’t have one person who was their agent, and they’ve actually switched over to me because they want to know, if they need something, they’re not just calling a 1-800 number. They’re calling my cell phone and I’m taking care of them,” she said. “I’m really trying to create that culture and live by it. If I tell you I’m going to be there, I’m going to be there.”
When not at the office, Boyd and her husband Mark like to take their daughters camping and boating, and are currently refurbishing their new-to-them fixer-upper house.