Insurance Producer, Garcia Insurance Partner
Giovani, Insurance Producer, supervises operations at our Metairie location and serves clients at both Garcia Insurance offices. A spanish speaker, Giovani writes new business and services existing clients. As many of Gio’s clients are small business owners, he is able to help them with both their business and personal insurance needs.
Gio originally started his career in insurance after Hurricane Katrina in 2007. Originally from Guatemala, he finds it gratifying to do business with the local hispanic community and help those where language may be a barrier to understanding much about insurance. He enjoys spending time with each client explaining the insurance process and policies and finding a combination of coverage that is right for them. Gio admits that insurance can be frustrating in the greater New Orleans area as insurance carriers tend to be picky, but he works extremely hard to find the best insurance coverage he can for each client.
When Gio moved to New Orleans 25 years ago from Guatemala, he immediately fell in love with the community. He loves that everything is so close and accessible, and of course he loves the food!
Life Insurance, Garcia Insurance Partner
Erik began his career in the insurance industry back in 2001 working for a company that provided home, auto and life insurance. In 2004, he joined his father’s insurance practice and began specializing in life insurance and investments. After four years, Erik decided to pursue his passion of financial advising and began his own independent firm, Garcia Financial Group.
The post-Katrina home insurance market posed many challenges to homeowners in the greater New Orleans region and in order to preserve relationships with long-time clients and to continue to serve the families of existing clients home insurance needs, Erik co-founded Garcia Insurance Services with his brother. Erik brings his business development background, financial planning and investment experience to the Garcia Insurance Team. He views working in the insurance industry as one of his advantages as a financial advisor, as it has helped him truly understand the full spectrum of the financial services industry.
Erik can often relate to his client frustrations regarding the high cost of insurance in Southeast Louisiana; the feeling of “I am paying all this money for insurance and I will probably never need it”. However, He has seen houses rebuilt after flood and fire, lawsuits paid and life insurance proceeds providing for widows and children all because of insurance. Erik has lived in New Orleans his entire life and loves that New Orleans is one of the few cities that has a soul. He is married and has 3 children.
Customer Service Agent
After spending eighteen years working in the Protection Department for the Mexican consulate in both San Antonio and New Orleans, where he helped Mexican nationals, Miguel decided to shift careers with the encouragement from long time friend and Garcia insurance partner, Giovani.
Miguel puts his passion to help people to use by servicing their insurance needs. When clients have questions about their existing coverage or need to search for new coverage, he stands ready to help. “One of the very best parts of my job is talking to people and learning what’s really important in their lives, so I can guide them on the best insurance coverages and premiums.”
“People work so hard for their homes and their property, they sacrifice and struggle all their lives, and it’s terrible to see them lose it all if they don’t have enough insurance coverage. That’s one place where good producers can really be of service.”
When Miguel isn’t at work, he divides his time among some of his other passions, spending time with his wife Georgina, daughter Kimberly and his 2 chihuahuas, “Bonita” and “Bandido”. You can often find Miguel walking along the levee, or taking in a soccer game.