Our Blog 2015

Happy Holiday! / ¡Felíz Navidad!

December 21th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Happy Holidays from the Kitajima Agency Please have a safe and Happy Holidays and a Happy New Years with your loved ones! We truly appreciate your business and we look forward to continue servicing your insurance needs in 2016! From your friends at the Kitajima Agency,

Dan, Janet, Laura, Sonya, Adilene, Isabel, Rubi, Risa and Paris

“Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail”

November 2nd, 2015 by Dan Kitajima
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Happy Holloween

October 31st, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Congrats to Isabel for passing her Insurance License Test!

October 20th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Yesterday Isabel took her test to officially become an Insurance Agent with the California Department of Insurance and she passed on her first try! This was a goal of hers ever since she started working at our agency which was April of 2014. It is great to see her hard work pay off and see her accomplish this goal of hers. Congrats Isabel! Hope you are ready because your career as an insurance agent has only just began!

Happy Birthday, Laura!

October 10th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Today was a special day for our agency because we celebrated Laura’s Birthday! We had a team lunch at Koki’s Teriyaki Grill in Tustin and surprised her by decorating her cubicle! Laura has been working at our agency since 2012 and is an important member of our team. Although she frequently wins our “Customer Service Agent of the Month” award, she actually won the “Agent of the Month Award” for the first time ever last month (September 2015) and contributed significantly to us having our best month ever! (420 policies sold). Thanks for all you do Laura! Have a great time with Alex in Cabo!! Learn more about Laura here!

Our Best Month Ever (Again!) (420 policies sold)

October 2nd, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Thanks to all our clients who started a new policy with us last month, September was the best month ever for our agency! August was a great month so it was amazing that we had an even better month in September. The month was highlighted by Laura becoming the “Agent of the Month” for the first time in her career! Congrats Laura and congrats to our entire team for breaking the record two months in a row!

Happy Birthday, Paris!

September 25th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Earlier this year our part time office assistant Paris had major back surgery which caused all of us to worry if she will ever be able to walk again. Thanks to the incredible doctors at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Irvine California she has recovered and thankfully now back at work again! We are so happy to be able to celebrate her Birthday today and see her smiling and contributing at work again! We all celebrated her recovery and birthday today and let go of her sleeping at work issue for now… Happy birthday Paris!! We are so happy you are walking and working without any pain now!

Our Best Month Ever! (398 policies sold)

September 1st, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

ADI_DSF9463_edit CROPPEDAugust 1st was our agency’s 8 year anniversary and we celebrated all month by having our best month ever! What made it more special was the fact that some of us had difficult personal challenges outside of work such as death in our family and breakups… So many challenges can happen at our lives at any moment… But you know what I like to do personally to cheer myself up things get though? That is making money and our team did a great job of that in August! We sold more policies and collected more premium than any other month in our 8 year history. As always Janet Diaz lead the way and was awarded the “Agent of the Month” award by coming back strong from a well deserved vacation she took in Turks and Caicos last month. And for the first time in 8 months another agent beat Laura out for the “Customer Service Agent of the Month” by having an incredible month. It is never easy out selling Laura so congrats to Sonya Walle for working extra hard for her impressive results! Since everyone on our team contributed and since it was our best month ever I can honestly say that I am overall “happy” with our results but happy is such a dangerous word and I really feel that it should used carefully… As a sales manager the last thing I want to do is put a cap or underestimate our ability to do better each and every month. By working harder and smarter and most importantly by putting our clients’ needs first, our agency is not satisfied with where we are today but more excited about our future.

Welcoming Rubi to our Agency!

August 5th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima
Rubi Anica Farmers Insurance Agent
Today was our newest agent Rubi Anica’s first day! She is excited to join our team and help with providing the best customer service possible for our clients. She is already licensed by the California Department of Insurance earlier this year so she is already very ready to start help our agency and grow her career as an insurance agent here! Learn more about Rubi here!

Happy Birthday, Janet!

July, 28 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Janet Bday 2015 2Congrats Janet for turning twenty something today! Our office celebrated her Birthday on Friday by taking her out to lunch to Roma D Italia in Tustin, California since she is on vacation with her family in the Caribbean this whole week. Hope you are having a great time celebrating your Birthday! Learn more about Janet here!

Happy Birthday, Adi!

July, 22 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Adi Bday 7-22-2015 2Today was Adi’s birthday so we took her out to her all time favorite restaurant… Round Table Pizza in Tustin, California! She also sold two very nice policies so she had fun and productive work day on her birthday! Learn more about Adi here!

Happy Birthday, Sonya!

May 28th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Although Sonya was in Mexico on her actual birthday she came back to a nice surprise when she came back to work! Happy Birthday Sonya! Sorry if it was a little difficult getting in and out of your cubicle… Glad your back! Learn more about Sonya here!

Happy Mothers Day!

May 10th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

mothers day pictureHappy mother’s day to all the mothers that are our clients! Sunday was especially a special day for my wife, Risa, because it was her very first mother’s day. Thanks for everything you do (which is literally everything) for Derrick! I will not be able to work anywhere near the level of work I put in without your help at home. Now that we are parents I see first hand what mom’s do for their children so I have a greater appreciation for all mom’s out there. Thank you for everything you Mom! I also want to recognize the mom’s at our agency (Janet, Laura and Adi) who do a great job prioritizing being a mom first and also still be able to preform at a high level at work which is something we can all respect.

Go Clippers!

April 23rd, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Clippers Playoff Game 2 First Round 2015 016To help celebrate reaching 6,000 policies in force Farmers gave us the whole suite Farmers has at Staples Center in Los Angeles California for game 2 of the 2015 NBA playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs. Although the Clippers lost a really close game in overtime it was an extremely exciting game that our team and our guests enjoyed watching! Thank you so much Farmers so helping us celebrate together as a team! Go Farmers and go Clippers!

6,000 Policies in force!

March 20th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Group Picture 4-7-2015
Today we reached another milestone at our agency as we passed over 6,000 policies in force! Thank you to everyone on my team who all worked extremely very hard to keep every one of our policy holders happy with our Farmers insurance agency. I also want to thank every single one of our policy holders all over California because without our clients we all wouldn’t even have a job. We are looking forward to servicing your policies for years to come and I am looking forward to celebrating more milestones with my incredible team. Let’s get it!

Isabel’s Birthday!

March 17th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Last Friday the 13th was Isabel’s birthday so we all took her out to Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill in Tustin, CA to celebrate! It was a special day for our agency because she is an important member of our team who really helped us become the #1 Farmers Insurance Agency last year. Later on in the day her sister Anna stopped by with her favorite cake! (Red velvet cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes in Tustin, CA) Hope you had a great day birthday and a fun birthday weekend, Isabel!

Risa’s Birthday!

February 13th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Risa Bday 2015

Risa with Laura and Isabel

February 15th is Risa’s Birthday so we celebrated with the whole team on Friday! We had our lunch at BJ’s Restaurant in Tustin, CA and enjoyed an amazing cake from Porto’s Bakery and Café in Downey, CA. Thanks for everyone making today a fun day for her! Risa is our Marketing Manager and she is in charge of online marketing which includes managing our Facebook page which has 90 positive reviews now. Please visit and like our Facebook page here!

2015 Farmers Insurance Open

February 9th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

Farmers Open 2015

Dan at Farmers Open

Risa and I were invited to the annual Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines in La Jolla (San Diego), California. We had a great time talking to many different people from Farmers and to other top agents around the country that were also invited. This event does a great job promoting our brand and the golf course is as good as it gets with the perfect weather and stunning views of the coastline. Thank you Farmers for inviting us and we hope to be invited again next year!

2014 Award Ceremony

January 23th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

2014 was a very success year for the agency so we celebrated and recognized our top performers at The Winery in Tustin California. Here are the winners!

Award Ceremony Janet2014 Agent of the Year
Janet Lisa Diaz!

Janet has now won the “Agent of the Year” award 3 consecutive years. Her determination and drive resulted in outstanding sales results which contributed significantly to our agency becoming the #1 New Business Farmers agency in 2014.

Learn more about Janet here

Award Ceremony Laura2014 Customer Service Agent of the Year
Laura Martinez!

While always providing excellent customer service for our valued clients, Laura’s also showed tremendous sales ability by having the most impressive sales numbers among our customer service agents.

Learn more about Laura here

Award Ceremony Sonya2014 Customer Service Manager of the Year
Sonya Walle!

Not only did Sonya do a great job with customer service and sales, she really showed that she has the ability to patiently train new team members in a very positive and effective way. Her team spirit really helped build our positive team culture last year.

Learn more about Sonya here

Award Ceremony Adi2014 Rookie of the Year
Adilene Tinoco!

Addie was licensed earlier last year and immediately got off to a great start to her young insurance career. With very impressive numbers in the 4th quarter of 2014 we are looking forward to seeing her develop into a future superstar at our agency.

Learn more about Adilene here

Congratulations to all our winners!

#1 Farmers Insurance Agency in 2014!

January 17th, 2015 by Dan Kitajima

The official results are in from Farmers Insurance and we are proud to announce that our agency was the #1 Farmers Insurance agency in the nation with the most new business policies sold in 2014! (We started 2,790 policies in 2014) We have been #1 in California in previous years but to be #1 companywide is a huge accomplishment for our team. Every single one of us worked extremely hard and contributed which resulted in this big win for us. We are extremely grateful of every single one of our clients who started their policy in 2014! We take servicing your policies very seriously and we are looking forward to taking care of your insurance needs for many more years to come!

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