2017-07-14 / Business

Agency under new management


FOUNDER—Barbera Jakubanis opened Rancho Simi Insurance Agency in April 1980. Her son, Alex, took over the company earlier this month. 
Courtesy photo FOUNDER—Barbera Jakubanis opened Rancho Simi Insurance Agency in April 1980. Her son, Alex, took over the company earlier this month. Courtesy photo Effective July 1, Rancho Simi Insurance Agency is under new management.

“ But we’re keeping it in the family”, said Barbera Jakubanis, the agency’s founder.

Her son Alex Jakubanis, an employee at the agency since 1999, is the company’s new owner.

Barbera Jakubanis opened the company from scratch in April 1980.

“I began the agency with a pack of filing cards, a typewriter and a long list of prospective policyholders to call,” she said.

She built the company up from the first policyholder to the thousands they insure today.

“My mom did it the old-fashioned way” Alex Jakubanis said. “She didn’t have the state-of-the-art computer systems we depend upon today.”

The company, part of the Mercury Insurance Group, is among the largest personal lines agencies in Ventura County.

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