Puckett celebrates 45 years of excellence

Puckett celebrates 45 years of excellence

David Puckett has been a Jenks staple for multiple decades.

Puckett has been in the insurance business since 1975 and is celebrating 45 years in the industry.

After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1973, Puckett took a sales job in Kansas City and began a successful career. The next step in his company was to send him all across the country. However, he was married to his wife Betty and just had a daughter, so he decided it was time to do something different, but still wanted to be in a type of sales.

Puckett made the drive to Broken Arrow and visited with his father, who told him he should talk to a man named Bill Brown, a new State Farm Insurance Agent in the area.

Puckett followed his father’s advice and went to visit with the new insurance agent in Broken Arrow. Brown didn’t have an opening at his agency at that time, but Puckett decided that is the career he wanted to pursue.

For the next year, he remained at his job in Kansas City and on the weekends, he would drive to Tulsa and spend his Saturdays working in the insurance game.

Finally, following a year of long-commutes, Puckett got the call he was waiting for, there was an opening for an entry-level agent in the Tulsa area. He spent the next year-and-a-half with an agency in Tulsa as a trainee agent.

Puckett was then given the option of opening a State Farm Insurance Agency in Jenks or Sand Springs. He asked which school system was better and the answer was Jenks.

Puckett was in his first location from 1977 through 1980, his second location from 1980 through 1990 and then his current location from 1990 through present. The David Puckett State Farm Insurance Agency is located at 520 E. Main St. in Jenks.

Puckett said there have been quite a few changes in the industry since he began in 1975, but he has also changed through the years as well.

“There have been so many changes in the industry,” Puckett said. “They are all mostly technology related. Technology has made things much faster and better if you are willing to adapt. Me personally, I would say I have become more empathetic with people. I really want to help people and do what people need.”

David Puckett has been working in the insurance business for 45 years and has had his State Farm Agency in Jenks since 1977. Photo/Kyle Salomon

Puckett said when he and his wife moved to Jenks in 1975, it was a small town.

“Everyone knew everyone, and I liked that,” Puckett said. “The cool thing was there was a group of younger businessmen who moved into Jenks around the same time and we all became members of the Jaycee, which was the Junior Chamber of Commerce. We started an old community event called ‘Western Days’, which we did every year and was a great time. We helped with the Christmas Parade and the Homecoming Parade every year and I helped start ‘Leadership Jenks’ and was active in the Chamber of Commerce. I always tried to give back to the community. That has always been important to me.”

Puckett said he knew Jenks would grow but has been amazed how much it has grown.

“I knew Jenks would grow, but never envisioned 20,000 people,” Puckett said. “The growth here has just been tremendous, and I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds here in Jenks.”

Puckett said one of the main reasons he has had success in the insurance industry is the people he has had working for him throughout the years.

“I have been blessed with great people working for me,” Puckett said. “I have always had good team members. They are all licensed except for the receptionist. A lot of our clients and our team members have developed good relationships and that is great to see. We have had clients, who have been with us for more than 40 years and having good people working for me has been a big reason why.”

Prior to graduating from OSU in 1973, Puckett graduated high school from Henryetta in 1966 and has been married to his wife Betty for nearly 49 years. They have two daughters, who both graduated from Jenks High School and Oklahoma State University and have four grandchildren.

Kyle Salomon

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