Grand opening of Chicoine Insurance Agency



Shannon and Jeff Chicoine of Chicoine Insurance Agency celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19. They were joined by family members, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Jourdanton Chamber of Commerce. From left are: Benita Muckleroy (Jourdanton Chamber), Brad Mumm (Pleasanton Chamber), Joyce Price (Jeff’s mother), Shannon Chicoine, Jeff Chicoine, Roger Chicoine (Jeff’s father), Iris Miller (Shannon’s mother), Jack R. Harrison (Jourdanton Chamber), Jeanette Harrison (Jourdanton Chamber), Dorothy Manning (Jourdanton Chamber) and her grandson, Annie DeLaO (Jourdanton Chamber) and Ronnie Pitts (Jourdanton Chamber). LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Shannon and Jeff Chicoine of Chicoine Insurance Agency celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19. They were joined by family members, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Jourdanton Chamber of Commerce. From left are: Benita Muckleroy (Jourdanton Chamber), Brad Mumm (Pleasanton Chamber), Joyce Price (Jeff’s mother), Shannon Chicoine, Jeff Chicoine, Roger Chicoine (Jeff’s father), Iris Miller (Shannon’s mother), Jack R. Harrison (Jourdanton Chamber), Jeanette Harrison (Jourdanton Chamber), Dorothy Manning (Jourdanton Chamber) and her grandson, Annie DeLaO (Jourdanton Chamber) and Ronnie Pitts (Jourdanton Chamber). LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

With over 30 years of experience, Agent Jeff Chicoine is a trusted name in insurance in Atascosa County and beyond. At the Chicoine Insurance Agency, the husband and wife team of Jeff and Shannon Chicoine pride themselves on providing the highest customer service with the best possible price.

A 1991 graduate of Jourdanton High School, Jeff began working for his mentor Johnny Lambaria just a few days after graduation. He was hired as a gopher, answering phone calls and taking care of different things around the office.

He grew into the role, learning so much about the insurance business while attending Wayland Baptist University. More importantly, Jeff learned how to assist clients with integrity and give back to the community.

“I learned all the insurance business lingo and everything from him. He actually taught me how to present myself as a businessperson and dress right. He was like another father figure to me,” said Jeff.

Jeff is the son of Joyce Price and Roger Chicoine. Jeff and Shannon have been married for 22 years and are blessed with a daughter, Jessica.

Shannon and Jeff Chicoine prepare to cut the delicious cake made by Cromie’s Confections.

Shannon and Jeff Chicoine prepare to cut the delicious cake made by Cromie’s Confections.

Jeff worked for Johnny until Johnny retired in 2015, more than 24 years. Jeff then started his agency with State Farm for five and a half years. In 2021, the Chicoines made the decision to leap into independent agency.

Going the independent route allows the Chicoine Insurance Agency to offer more options and better pricing without the sales quotas and high pressure of being a captive agent.

“It’s a wide variety of companies that I have access to with the local needs in mind,” said Jeff. “We’re a locally-owned business and we’re doing the best for the customer. Whether it’s the personal side, commercial side or farming, we have all kinds of different options.”

With all of these options, on average the agency saves people between $200 to $2,000 a year.

“It’s more towards that middle line that we’ve saved a lot of people, of course the $800, $1,000 a year on their insurance. It’s about nine out of 10 people that I’ve been able to save hundreds of dollars. So it’s been good.”

Jeff and Shannon Chicoine received a Congressional Certificate of Recognition at their grand opening, which was presented by Margarita Morales (center) of Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jeff and Shannon Chicoine received a Congressional Certificate of Recognition at their grand opening, which was presented by Margarita Morales (center) of Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Located at 1306 Simmons Ave. in Jourdanton, Chicoine Insurance Agency is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office can be reached at 830-769-4300. However, through technology Jeff is available at any time to give anyone a quote, regardless of where they are and where he is.

“The main focus we have is the relationship. When we write somebody, that’s where it starts and we continue on, you’re not a number. Customer service is key to our business. Of course everybody says that, but we excel in customer service and make sure you’re taken care of,” said Jeff.

Among their specialties are farm insurance and life insurance.

“If somebody needs life insurance, we can work on that, too. I have multiple carriers for that. Everybody wants to save money, but we want to save you money and have quality coverage. We’re not just there to put the numbers on the board. We don’t have that type of strain on us, those sales quotas. It’s like we’re doing what we need to do to take care of clients and help people in this area.”

With access to over 30 carriers, they believe they have the right choices for your unique needs. They also offer event insurance and policies for those in the oil field and trucking industries.

An active member of the community, Jeff has served over 20 years in the Pleasanton Lions Club. He is also a member of both the Jourdanton Chamber of Commerce and Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Crime Stoppers. He had the distinct honor as the 2011 Man of the Year for the Pleasanton Chamber.

The Chicoines share their love they have for Atascosa County, as Shannon graduated from Pleasanton High School.

“I hear a lot of people say, ‘I can’t wait to get out of town,’ especially the kids. And we probably used to say it, too,” said Shannon. “But when they say that there’s no place like home, they were talking about Atascosa County. There’s no county that I know that comes together for each other like this. It’s just unbelievable. The support has been amazing.”

Shannon added, “The organizations that this county has just really care about each other. In the last 60 days we’ve seen those groups come together and really work. I think COVID kind of changed people for the better in some cases.”

Jeff and Shannon also support the youth of the county, helping them out and demonstrating that hometown feeling.

“We’re supportive of these kids doing all these youth clubs and youth sports and things like that because we’re from here and we give back here. Hopefully when we’re older, we’ll see those same kids also saying, ‘We’re from here and we give back here now,’” said Shannon.

They love community involvement. For example, at Small Business Saturday Christmas Kickoff in Jourdanton on Nov. 27, Shannon dressed up like an elf and took pictures of children with Santa.

Jeff and Shannon would love a chance to give you a free quote today. Call 830- 769-4300.

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