Cris Royer, the director of Rim Country’s Habitat for Humanity program, will step down Friday to take a job in the private sector as an insurance agent.
Royer starts her new job with Crabdree Insurance and Financial Services, 431 S. Beeline Highway, Monday after serving as executive director with Habitat for Humanity for nearly four years.
“This is a new challenge and opportunity for me,” Royer said Wednesday at the Habitat office’s in Payson.
During her tenure with Habitat, the ReStore and nine new homes were built with five slated for construction soon.
“We have accomplished an incredible amount in just these past few years,” she said.
Although sad to leave the nonprofit, Royer said she is excited to start a new venture and career path.
Currently, Royer is working to get her license so she can write insurance policies. Although new to the selling end of the insurance industry, Royer said she has plenty of experience dealing in insurance. Through the years, she has helped Habitat families set up policies and even worked with Crabdree on occasion.
“I saw what they have to offer our homeowners and everyone at Crabdree was so diligent, they were always looking out for us,” she said.
This level of professionalism, care and reputation is what attracted Royer to Crabdree.
“I like that this is a sustainable industry and he (owner Scott Crabdree) has an excellent business already established.”
As an independent insurance agency, Crabdree offers many types of insurance and financial services with several top-rated companies. Agents can write auto, home, commercial, workers compensation, life and health insurance plans as well as help with estate and retirement needs.
Working with clients, especially low-income families, has given Royer a unique skill set, something that she will take with her to the new job.
“I learned to care for the client and I realized every individual’s needs are different,” she said.
From a client to an agent, Royer has seen both sides of the industry.
“I get the business and I’m happy to join Crabdree’s team,” she said.
Despite stepping down, Royer will continue volunteering with Habitat.
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