Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
This morning’s contract signing marked a stellar year for Los Alamos State Farm Agent Abe Dispennette. He formalized his agreement with the company sitting in the same chair at the same table in the same Starbucks in downtown Los Alamos where one year ago, he was interviewed and hired to become a State Farm agent.
“Two things got me here,” Dispennette told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “First, hard work, we doubled production from last year and were able to grow the business more than in recent history. Second, the community, the way this community has embraced me and my family has been incredible and we are very grateful that this gets to be a permanent location for us.”
State Farm Sales Leader Ben Caton from Rio Rancho traveled to Los Alamos for this morning’s signing ceremony.
“Abe is extremely committed and passionate about helping the people of Los Alamos protect their personal belongings and livelihood and helping them with their financial futures,” Caton said. “We’re proud to have Abe represent State Farm – he is a perfect example of what we are looking for in a community agent.”
Dispennette, 36, was stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso following his tours of duty in the Middle East and said he had already missed so much of his children’s lives and didn’t want to miss anymore. He heard about the State Farm opening and brought his family to visit the community over the spring break weekend in 2012.
“We loved it, returned for the kite festival and moved here two weeks later,” he said.
Dispennette met his wife Kirsta in college at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. They married in 1999 and he went on to seminary in Florida before entering the United States Army.
She was a stay at home mom during the next seven years while her husband served in the military. He applied and was accepted to take over the State Farm Agency at 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite B, and was honorably discharged in June 2012.Dispennette moved to Los Alamos the same month with Kirsta and their three children now ages 9, 7 and 5. Kirsta works with her husband in the State Farm Agency.
“We love how family friendly it is here … this is my first time living in a small town and it’s a welcome change,” Dispennette said at the time. “When I was a kid I said many times if there was ever a city on top of a mountain – that is where I would love to live.”
Dispennette can be reached at 505.662.2200. His office is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends by appointment.