Margit Batchelor reached the 25th Anniversary milestone as an employee of the Herbert H. Landy Insurance Agency on February 19, 2010. We all know Margit is the Manager of our Accountants Professional Liability program, but read on to find out more about her life outside the Agency.
Margit was born in Demmin, a small town in Northern Germany – the younger of two daughters in the Schneider household. The family soon escaped the Russian-occupied portion of Germany. Margit grew up in West Berlin, where her insurance career began. She attended an educational program for bank and insurance professionals, apprenticed with an insurance company, and graduated with the German equivalent of the American CPCU designation.
Berlin was an exciting place to be, but the surrounding wall made Margit dream of the world beyond. In 1972, she emigrated to Toronto, Canada. There, she initially worked as a personal lines underwriter for Kemper Insurance, followed by a position as reinsurance underwriter for Munich Reinsurance. In 1979 Margit married Frank Batchelor from Pittsburgh, and they moved to Seattle, where Margit quickly found a position with a reinsurance broker. Their first daughter Kristina was born in 1981. Frank’s job took the family to Wellesley, MA in 1982, where they still reside. In 1986 daughter Andrea was born, but prior to that, another life-altering event took place!
Margit decided to return to work after an extended maternal leave. She met Betsy Magnuson, who directed her to Herbert Landy, Betsy’s father. The Landy Agency was very small at that time and did not really have a job opening. However, Mr. Landy was very kind and hired Margit to work in the agency’s licensing department. Within weeks, she switched to underwriting prospects for Accountants Professional Liability – and hasn’t stopped since. She worked her way up to the Underwriting Manager position for the Accountants Program and truly enjoys her work, especially the daily interaction with clients and producers nationwide.
The biggest changes she has seen over the years are the amazing advancements in technology, as well as the agency’s growth.
Margit enjoys being part of her daughters’ lives and visiting family in Toronto and Pittsburgh. Frank is an accomplished trombone player, and both take pleasure in his traditional jazz band concerts and working out on the dance floor. They spend the occasional weekend in Vermont, enjoying craft fairs and the great restaurants there. Margit and Frank love to travel and have managed to cover much of Europe, the US, New Zealand and Australia over the years.
Retirement is not on the “to do” list yet – although – spending time on hobbies would be terrific!
We are all fortunate to enjoy her friendly spirit and dedication here at the Landy Agency. The next time you see her, take a minute to congratulate her and offer your good wishes for the future.