After eight years in the insurance industry, local State Farm Insurance agent Eric Burnell was proud to open the doors to his very own agency here in Shepherdstown. It two years of planning and months of renovations on the building, but Burnell was delighted at the results of his team's hard work, as they officially opened earlier this month on Nov.1. The office can be found on Martinsburg Pike next door to 7-11.
Burnell is a real life "good neighbor." Originally from Martinsburg; he attended Martinsburg High School and graduated from Fairmont State University in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Business.
Being a third generation insurance agent, Burnell explains that it's always been an interest of his. "My father, uncle and grandfather were all insurance agents and growing up I knew I wanted to join the business because I love helping people," said Burnell.
And others in his family also own local business, like his sister, Emily Bernazolli, who owns her own dance studio, Dance Demensions, in Hedgesville.
At Eric's State Farm Agency they offer a variety of services from insurance needs including auto, fire and home as well as financial products and services like banking, education, retirement and vehicle loans.
"My ultimate goal is to help take care of people and make sure they have exactly what they need to be successful and live out their dreams," explained Burnell.
Burnell's team also includes two other employees, Tyler Keys and Cassiana Roby, a recent graduate from Shepherd University.
"Our focus is lifelong relationships with our customers and to give them piece of mind," said Burnell.
Their new office will be open Monday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They also look forward to an open house to be scheduled soon. To find out more information call (304) 876-3742 or visit their website at www.insuredwitheric.com.