Kurt von der Linden
Group Insurance Specialist
Kurt was raised in the Kansas City, KS, area but has spent time in several states since then including Colorado where he was married. He graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Iowa State University and has also received an M.A. in Intercultural Studies. He has spent the last 10 years working either in IT or in non-profit work. Two of those years were spent working with a non-profit in Indonesia, and he has also spent some time in other Asian countries. Kurt moved to the Phoenix area because of some connections he had made, and his wife wanted to be closer to her parents. He loves spending time with his family and friends and serving in his church. He has two small children.
Five Questions For Kurt
1.) What Do You Do For Good Neighbor, And How Does It Help Non-Profits, Charities And Individual Travelers?
I am currently working in the area of marketing to help promote the different lines of insurance that Good Neighbor Insurance sells.
Most importantly, we believe that we have the best customer service in the industry. We also believe we offer many different products (some very unique) at competitive prices, and we want to offer those to as many people as possible. The combination of having great service and a great product make us a valuable asset to individuals and non-profit companies. We want to make sure they are well taken care of, so they can in turn focus on helping others and having a great experience.
2.) What does “Good Neighbor Insurance” mean to you?
Good Neighbor Insurance is such a great name for this company. It really captures what an insurance agent should be, and it is a constant reminder of how we want to do business. We always want to treat our clients as we would like to be treated. It means providing the best coverage for the best price in order to keep you and your loved ones protected. We want to do everything we can to ensure you and your loved ones are taken care of each step of the way.
3.) Where Have You Traveled To/Lived? What Did You Like About It, And What Has It Taught You?
I have traveled to several Asian countries including China, Singapore, South Korea, and Indonesia. I loved experiencing the different foods, clothes, languages, and cultures. There is beauty in the diversity.
One thing my travels have taught me is that while in some ways I may seem very different from people living in other countries because we dress and speak differently, but we really are very similar. We all want to be loved and cared for. We want what is best for our family. We want our children to grow up and be successful. We enjoy entertainment and want to avoid pain and suffering. It is not as difficult to relate to people from other cultures when you start to realize this.
4.) Your Bucket List: What Are The Next Three Places You’d Like To Go, Or Things You’d Like To Do, If Money Were No Object?
I would love to be able to travel to Europe, especially to Germany because that is where my ancestors are from.
I think it would be amazing to be able to go diving in either Indonesia or Australia.
I have always wanted to take a cruise, and I have heard that an Alaskan cruise is one of the most amazing things you will see.
5.) Tell Us Your Best Travel Tip, Or Bit Of Expatriate Advice, To Help Those Traveling Or Living Overseas:
Stay flexible! Things never work out exactly the way you plan them. If you aren’t flexible it will mostly likely be a painful experience.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In many countries people are very kind and hospitable and willing to help.
Try to learn even a few words in the local language. It may not seem like much to you, but to even learn 5-10 words in the local language can go a long way to showing the locals that you care.
Always drink bottled water just in case.
Name two things you are grateful for?
1.) I am grateful for my loving and healthy family. My parents have always been very supportive and loving. I get along well with both my brother and sister. I also have a wonderful wife and two amazing children. Most of my extended family is also very loving and supportive as well. I have been and still am surrounded by very loving people and am very blessed because of this.
2.) I am grateful for all of the amazing experiences God has allowed me to have. I had a great experience in college with friends and with all of the places I was able to visit. I have been able to travel to many different countries and work with some amazing people. I really enjoy sports, and I have been able to attend some neat sporting events such as the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay, the Final Four, and a Superbowl breakfast with Peyton Manning.