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Anchor Insurance meets clients' needs

Derek Gilbert, the sole owner of Anchor Insurance, opened his independent agency in 2010.

Derek Gilbert, a 1997 Hudson High School graduate, started his career in the insurance industry in 2007. In 2008 he started his own life and health agency which evolved into Anchor Insurance.

"In 2010 I put everything together and opened Anchor Insurance," said Gilbert. "My big thing is to be able to build long-term relationships with my clients and to make sure they have the right insurance in place before they need it." Anchor Insurance agents have a combined 55 years of experience.

"We are unique in that we offer life, home, auto, health, commercial, a strong specialty line and we are licensed in 20 states," said Gilbert. "We can find insurance for obscure needs, secondary homes or cabins."

"We represent the client more so than the companies," said Gilbert. "We work with the insurance companies so we can meet the clients' needs with the right coverage. We also work with other agents who might have what our clients need."

When it comes to emergencies Gilbert is always ready. Not only do his clients have access to him via cell phone day or night, he is authorized with some of his insurance carriers to directly pay claims.

"We want to be helpful. When an emergency happens we can help secure the property and make sure further damage doesn't occur," said Gilbert.

In addition to looking out for his clients, Gilbert believes in giving back to his community. He is active as a youth hockey coach, with Big Brother/Big Sisters, Lions Club, BNI and the Salvation Army.

Gilbert, a life-long resident of Hudson, shares is life with his wife, Shannon and children Shae, 5 and Colten, 4.

"We try to give back the community with both time and money," said Gilbert.

Anchor Insurance is located at 2217 Vine St., Suite 205. It is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and available by appointment on weekends. For more information you may call (715) 386-5757; visit their website at or email