Family Business Celebrates Milestone

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG)  |  Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
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Insurance agent Katie Pexa celebrates 20 years in business with Carmichael Chamber of Commerce friends.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Katie Pexa’s Watt Avenue Farmers Insurance office recently marked 56 years of family tradition. For 20 of those years, former Carmichael Honorary Mayor Pexa (56) has run the agency she acquired after her career in the US Navy.

Her late father Bob Pexa began a Farmers Alameda storefront in 1961. He later teamed up with son Mike Pexa to run the branch Katie Pexa bought in 1998. “My mom Patti was my receptionist until she retired in 2013,” says Pexa. “We've always enjoyed the feeling of working in a family business.”

Next-in-line is Pexa’s son Connor, an El Camino High junior. “He's in the office nearly every day doing his homework,” reports his mom. “He’s helpful answering phone calls. It's too soon to make predictions, but even at 17, Connor understands customer service. And he sure knows the importance of insurance to protect families.”