New Farmers Insurance agent Leslie Walker is jumping into Stephenville’s business scene.


Leslie Walker

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Local insurance agent Leslie Walker is one of the newest members of Stephenville’s business community and she is jumping in with both feet.


Leslie recently purchased a Farmers Insurance agency previously owned by Mailyn Baskett and she is now settled into the same downtown office on Graham Street next to Hayden Real Estate.

I sat down with Leslie on Wednesday (she is super nice) to learn a little more about her.


She told Beneath the Surface News that owning her own agency has been her dream for many years.


“I was a life insurance specialist for State Farm for five years and I loved it,” she said. “But I always wanted my own agency.”

In 2020, she began communicating with Farmers Insurance about the possibility of starting a new agency from scratch, then the district manager she was working with had a better idea.


“He told me that there was an agency for sale in Stephenville,” she said. “I talked to my husband Mark about it and he told me to go for it, so here I am. The rest is history.”


Leslie and her husband live in Eastland, but are looking at property closer to Stephenville. The couple has four children ranging in age from 24 to 14.


Leslie is no stranger to Stephenville. She fell in love with the area while attending Tarleton State University, where she earned a degree in ag business in 1997.

“Once I got to Stephenville, I didn’t want to leave,” she said. “I am so glad to be back in Erath County.”


Leslie said she is wasting no time getting involved. She has already joined the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce and is hosting a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. on April 27. (You are invited.)


“I have also joined to Stephenville Downtown Merchants,” she said. “I plan on being very active in the community.”

Leslie said she is excited to meet her customers and plans to make sure that each one fully understands their policies and coverage.


“A lot of people look at insurance, and they dread it,” she said. “I want to change that. I want my customers to fully understand their coverage and I want them to feel appreciated. We are like family here.”