GEICO Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Winter Haven Office
by James Coulter
We all know 15 minutes can save you 15 percent or more on your car insurance through GEICO. But did you know GEICO can help Winter Haven residents with their insurance with itsnew office location?
Located along Cypress Gardens Boulevard outside of LEGOLAND, the new Winter Haven office provides local convenience to Winter Haven residents, whether they’re looking for a quote or wanting to ask how they can save on their current plan.
Ryan Gunkel, the owner of the Winter Haven location, wants his business to better serve their clients in Winter Haven by setting up shop within that community. After all, why deal with the hassle of making a phone call or logging onto the website when you can meet and speak with a real-life person face-to-face?
“We are excited to be a part of Winter Haven,” he said. “It is a way for us to be a part of the community, to interact with them, where you are not just picking up the phone or visiting the website. We are starting to get more people who are coming in and sitting down because they actually have somebody to talk to. So we are really excited.
GEICO celebrated the grand opening of its Winter Haven office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce. Grunkel and his staff gladly took the ceremonial scissors and cut the ribbon commemorating their location.
“We have a great team, and we are focused on making sure that we are servicing the community that is a big part of Winter Haven and greater Polk County,” he said. “We’ve had people walk in and say they did not even know we had an office. So that is the biggest thing that we can do to spread the word. Let people know we are here and they are come in and sit down and these guys have customers who come in and ask for them.”
Brian Yates, Winter Haven City Commissioner, commended GEICO for choosing the city as one of their many office locations. By providing a local office, the insurance company will be able to better serve the Winter Haven community and its needs.
“Thank you so much for choosing the City of Winter Haven and giving the citizens and surrounding community members options for their insurance,” he said. “On behalf of over 600 employees and over 52,000 city residents, we wish you all the luck and success in the world.”
Sarah Beth Wyatt, Winter Haven Chamber member, likewise commended GEICO for their new location, especially since it set up shop in the fastest-growing and developing area of the city. Being in such an ideal location gives them the most opportune advantage, she claimed.
“We had multiple conversations this week about how the hospital will be on this side of Winter Haven,” she said. “We are getting ready for two sides of Winter Haven [to experience growth and development], and we are right here in the middle. So being able to connect is a really cool spot to be…So on behalf of our 750-plus members, we are excited to have you here, and we are excited to help you however we can. So please let us know what you may need for us in the future.”
Kevin Carr, another Chamber Board Member, likewise praised GEICO for setting up shop in the best location in town: “I would say from a location perspective, you picked the right side of the town to be on because of all of the development going on this side of town. It is great it is coming this way and all well that the city has been doing over the past nine years…I am happy you are joining and we will do all we can to support you and the other businesses around.”
GEICO Insurance of Winter Haven is located at 5935 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Suite 200, Winter Haven, FL, 33884. For more information, call 863-269-4700, or visit their website at geico.com.