Hall to be recognized for 60 years with Fortner Insurance
SPRUCE PINE – Calvin Hall admits he knew little about the insurance business when he joined the staff of Fortner Insurance Agency Inc. in Spruce Pine.
He went on to build a successful career and under his leadership, the business expanded to include branch offices in Burnsville, Newland and Banner Elk.
Hall, 89, will be honored by staff, customers and the community during a drop-in reception from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Fortner Insurance, 311 Oak Ave. in Spruce Pine, 60 years to the day since he started working at the agency.
Hall began his career in the insurance industry when Mitchell Distributing Company announced it was relocating to Charlotte and he did not want to go, opting to stay in his home county.
His wife, Margaret, worked for Fortner at the time and the agency’s owner, Edward Fortner, was looking for a “young man” to bring into the business.
Hall said he eventually discovered a love for the insurance business and over the years worked his way up to the agency’s president. He sees clients as friends, values his relationships with them and told employees to put “service above self” when dealing with customers.
While building the business, Hall also manages to serve as an Elder and former Sunday School superintendent at Spruce Pine First Presbyterian Church, be a member of the local chapter of Gideons International and is the longest-serving member of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine. He will celebrate six decades as a Rotarian this coming April.
Hall is now President Emeritus of Fortner Insurance and frequently visits the office to talk insurance and stays on the lookout for opportunities to get new business for the agency.
To say Hall “collects” memorabilia is an understatement. Over more than 40 years he has acquired an original 1923 Clinchfield Railroad wooden caboose and has a 1914 U.S. Post Office set up at his Halltown Road home. He has an extensive collection of antique tractors and motors as well.