Charles R. Hogan Sr., founder and CEO of The Hogan Agency Inc. in West Monroe, is a man of many talents – personal and commercial insurance is just the first act.
Comp Blog: Tell us about your background: family, hobbies, growing up, etc.?
Hogan: I was born and raised in West Monroe. I graduated from East Texas Baptist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, and later, a Master’s of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Teaching was my first career and I was an instructor for fifteen years before starting The Hogan Agency. I also served on several churches as Minister of Music and then Fine Arts Director at Angelina College.
Comp Blog: How did you get into the insurance industry and how does your firm operate now?
Hogan: I started the Hogan Agency in 1973 with my wife Evelyn. She still serves beside me as President at the agency. Along with Evelyn, I work with my daughter Lisa, my son Charles Jr., and my granddaughter Beth. Also part of our agency family are several long-time associates providing insurance, bonding and safety services to our region. We serve the coverage needs of clients not only in Louisiana, but also in Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Comp Blog: What are your main recommendations/key considerations for clients as they shop for their coverage? What should a client look for in their agent?
Hogan: Consumers should scrutinize the qualifications and experience of the agent and agency. I believe in the importance of experience and that’s what sets the Hogan Agency apart from other agencies, especially as we just celebrated our fortieth anniversary in 2013. I am an OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer in addition to my Certified Insurance Counselor designation, and I have much experience in personal and commercial lines. I also feel great joy in combining my work as an independent agent with my work as an OSHA-authorized trainer for both Construction and General Industry. I regularly teach the OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses in addition to CE courses for various industries which allows me to really join the two professional interests that I have cultivated over the course of my career.
Comp Blog: What activities and pastimes do you pursue in your time away from the insurance business?
Hogan: I still have a great passion for my other work, which is music. In my church I play trombone in the orchestra and direct a vocal ensemble. I also serve as Associate Director of the Twin City Concert Band and play trombone. In the past, I served as President of the West Monroe Rotary Club and West Monroe Rebel Club.