State Farm’s “Like a Good Neighbor” catch phrase has been driven into everyone’s head so much it seems to go in one ear and out the other. But State Farm Agent Tyler McClung, whose office is located at 2121 Meridian Ave. E., is looking to take that motto to heart and bring that personal touch to Edgewood.
“This State Farm office has been here in Edgewood for over 30 years,” he said. “I took over for an agent who retired, so we’ve continued the tradition. Historically it’s been here – it has roots, it’s grown up with this community that we’ve been here for a significant amount of time.”
McClung and his team take a personal interest in every customer, making sure they are giving 100 percent to whatever financial need customers may have.
“Our goal is to educate clients on the products that we’re able to write for people. It’s service through education for what people need in their lives – auto, homeowners or financial services with life insurance or planning for retirement,” McClung said.
McClung understands how important heritage is, not just for the branch but for him personally. Both his father and grandfather were State Farm agents, and running his own small business has been a dream of McClung's for years. Though he didn’t just jump right into the family business, McClung spent time in the Air Force, including a few years at Joint Base Lewis McChord. His time in the service gave him valuable leadership skills, which serve him well in his new field.
“I learned a lot about leadership and I think that’s the number one skill that a small business leader needs to have, to be a leader within their own business. That and just wanting to be in the business world, that was a passion of mine, something I grew up with, something I thought I could bring my skills and abilities to serve my local community,” McClung said.
McClung has been quick to realize the importance of Edgewood as a community, and how much of a treat it is to be a part of it.
“I think that Edgewood is a unique community. It’s one of the communities in Pierce County that’s still a small town community but still in a major suburban population,” Mcclung said. “It’s a uniquely small town surrounded by growing towns, rapidly. "Edgewood clients are just generally friendly and are passionate and love their town and love to have been from Edgewood – a lot of pride for people that have grown up here,” McClung said.
McClung’s office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and evenings and weekends by appointment. For more information call (253) 952-6388.