To hear Daniel "Dan" A. Molyneaux tell it, his six-some decades in the insurance business have not been about selling insurance.
Rather, it has been a career spent getting to know his clients, understanding their businesses and helping to protect both.
"It's been a lot of fun. I've met a lot of good people and learned a lot about a lot of different businesses," said Molyneaux, who at 83 still actively advises clients daily at the Davenport-based Molyneaux Insurance.
"The real task mostly is to understand what somebody else's business is about so you can apply the technical knowledge you have to their business," said Molyneaux.
Molyneaux' long tenure, leadership and expertise were honored last month as he was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame. His son, Dan Molyneaux Jr., the firm's CEO, accepted the award on his behalf at the ceremony in Altoona.
The senior Molyneaux followed his own father into the business, first becoming licensed in 1951 to sell insurance at his parents' agency before graduating from Iowa State University and going on to serve two years in the U.S. Army. The firm was founded in 1926 by his parents, Marie and D.M. Molyneaux, and his father remained a contributing member of the agency until his death in 1988.
A testament of Dan Molyneaux' professionalism and expertise is the fact that the agency had five commercial clients when he joined the firm. Only two still are in business today, but they both remain loyal clients.
"Most agencies our size don't put a lot of emphasis on the little guy," he said. "Those little guys became big guys and the source of our business over the years."
In 1995, Molyneaux sold the agency to four key employees, including two of his children. Under their leadership, the agency merged operations with LMC Insurance and Agri-Business Insurance Services in 2011. Molyneaux Insurance also moved into new headquarters at 5025 Utica Ridge Road, Davenport, last year.
Molyneaux credits much of his success to his family, including his late wife Katie, whom he was married to for nearly 60 years. They have six children, 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A lifelong member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Davenport, he is proud to say he "has never moved out of St. Paul parish."
Honored and humbled by the induction, Molyneaux said "I'm more pleased with the fact that my son had the gumption and respect for me that he did the work for the nomination. That meant as much for me as the honor..."
Casey's to fill food desert in southwest RI
Casey's General Store hopes to roll into southwest Rock Island with a new mini-truck stop.
The Ankeny, Iowa-based retailer wants to purchase 20 acres of city-owned property on the northwest corner of Illinois 92 and Andalusia Road for the new development. The $50,000 sale has received the Rock Island City Council's approval but a development agreement and purchase agreement are pending.
According to city council documents, plans call for a Casey's General Store Mini Truck Stop on the vacant site, which would help fill the food and fuel desert that greets those in southwest Rock Island. The development would include a larger than normal convenience store, fuel islands and diesel fuel islands, which could serve the growing number of trucking and industrial tenants that call the area home.
The Arc honors community leaders
The Arc of the Quad-Cities Area has thanked the supporters who help the agency to do its work of empowering individuals with disabilities to live independent lives.
The Arc honored these award winners at its annual meeting:
- Peggy Love, the Evelyn Colberg Award, an award named for a founding member of The Arc.
- Sears Manufacturing, Davenport, the Business Partner of the Year Award, for providing work opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
- Modern Woodmen of America, Community Partner of the Year Award, for its support of a capital campaign to assist with residential housing.
- Ben and Gay Nefzger, the Lifetime Achievement Award, The Arc's highest award, for their decades of support. Ben, a retired Augustana College educator, served two full nine-year terms with The Arc's board of directors and on numerous committees. Gay volunteered countless hours at The Arc's former Business Supply Store on Arsenal Island.