Bill Yeager is the owner of the Yeager Insurance Agency, LLC, in Forty Fort. Yeager, 39, is a native of South Wilkes-Barre and a graduate of Meyers High School. He graduated from Luzerne County Community College, where he received an associate’s degree in business. He studied business at Bloomsburg University and was a 2003 graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre. He and his wife, Amy, have two children: Demetrius, 14, and Isabella, 8. They live in Parsons.
What made you first want to get into the insurance business? I looked at my uncle, who was making a good living, and I thought it was something that I would like. I tried doing life insurance, which he was doing, but that wasn’t my cup of tea. It was morbid, talking about dying all the time, at least for a young guy, because I was only 22 when I got into the business. I then got licensed in the property/casualty business, which is auto, home, business, worker’s comp, liquor liability – things like that – and I fell in love with it. I’ve been doing it for 17 years.
What do you enjoy about it? Knowing the right coverage for people. Being that professional and that adviser that someone can bring their issue or their situation to, and I can help them. Giving them peace of mind when they sleep at night, or when they go away, that their business is protected or their house is protected.
What do you do in your free time to relax? Relax? What’s that? Owning your own business and having two kids?
You’ve got to have a little bit of time to chill once in a while. I haven’t done it in awhile, but I do own a quad and I just got my son a quad. I like being outdoors. I like being with my kids. My wife and I also like to go to food and wine shows.
You’re the president of the advisory board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge. How’d you get involved with the agency? I originally got involved when I was a youngster and had a Big Brother. Growing up, he really helped change me and shape me into the person I am today by having that positive male figure in my life. After graduation from Leadership Wilkes-Barre, I reflected on where I came from and how I got there, and I wanted to give back to the community. So I reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters and I’ve been on the board ever since.
Follow sports? I love the Yankees and the Steelers.
Any hobbies? I have some sports memorabilia. I have a Hines Ward signed picture and a Franco Harris signed picture. I have a Robinson Cano signed bat. I used to collect sports cards, but after I went to college, they got boxed up and put into my Mom’s attic, and that’s where they still are. I guess I’ll have to get them out someday.
Favorite music? The Dave Matthews Band is my favorite. And I was just out to Chicago to see The Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary show. Anything from The Allman Brothers to KISS to some of the newer stuff. I like all types of music, but rock and roll is the base of it.
Favorite color? Green.
First car? The first one that I drove was my stepfather’s 1981 Ford LTD. “The Blue Bomber.” You had to push in the turn signal to use the horn.
Favorite city? NYC, baby. New York City.
Favorite vacation spot? I like the beach, either New Jersey or Maryland. And Texas was fun.
Favorite thing about NEPA? It’s a great place for my family. Friends, family, the people … I just absolutely love NEPA. And if we want the city life, we can go two hours south to Philly or two hours east to New York.
Favorite movies? “The Goonies.”
Favorite TV show? The hot one right now, which I watch with my daughter, is “Impractical Jokers.”
Favorite quote or catchphrase? It’s the tagline for my business: “Protecting you is our business.”
Biggest pet peeve? When I go to the restroom, and I wash my hands, an it’s a pull door, and there are no paper towels. I always use paper towels to open the door.
Any pets? We have a miniature poodle named Yoda and a turtle named Sparky.
Is there anything about you that might surprise even your friends? I once won a car at the St. Al’s church bazaar. I won a 1999 Ford Escort. I was driving an old van, and was just starting to think about starting a family, so it definitely helped. It had four doors and air-conditioning. God bless America.
Defining personal moment? I was sick as a young boy. At age 4, I was in four different hospitals for two and half months. I had back-to-back cases of rheumatic fever and they said it would be a miracle if I lived. Thank goodness for all of the hospitals and doctors and the care that I was under. My Mom slept next to me on a bed, or a chair, the whole time. It really gave me an appreciation for life, and how fast it can be over.
Alan K. Stout is a regular contributor to Weekender. In addition to the MEET feature, he also writes about the NEPA music scene.
MEET is a new feature in Weekender that profiles local people from throughout NEPA.