After many successful years in the life insurance business, founder Wayne Miller expanded his offerings, opening a new property & casualty agency that would also sell home, auto, and business insurance products. In 1969, Atlas Insurance Agency was born.
Over the years, Wayne purchased several smaller insurance agencies. In 1980, the business name was changed to United Insurance Agencies with two offices serving both Omaha and Bellevue, Nebraska.
Wayne’s oldest daughter Heidi Vescio, started coming to the office with her dad when she was still in elementary school. She began working for United Insurance Agencies during high school and went on to full time in 1985. In 1991, United Insurance Agencies moved to their current home in Miracle Hills Business Park.
That same year, Heidi started her own insurance agency specializing in non-standard auto insurance. Affordable Auto Insurance acquired the office space in the suite next door to United Insurance Agencies where both father and daughter were business owners. They shared not only an office space and their knowledge with each other, but a passion for the industry and serving their community. Wayne eventually retired in 1998 and sold United Insurance Agencies to Heidi. Since that time, numerous changes have taken place within the agency to spur growth and keep up with the ever-changing industry.
This second generation business is still run by family. Heidi’s sister Connie Rivera and brother-in-law Mike Smolsky are agents today and have been with the company since she took the business over. Both agencies are proud of the progress they have made in becoming more efficient, knowledgeable and environmentally conscious. We take pride in providing our customers in Iowa and Nebraska with insurance solutions designed for their needs.