In James 2:17, it’s clear: “So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” For Ike Eisenhauer, his faith is alive and vibrant thanks to his constant giving to charitable causes and the Church.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t get stopped by somebody saying thank you for doing so much for the community,” the 55-year-old married father of two said. “… I’m blessed to have a successful agency in a great area and so it’s just our way of giving back to the community that has given us so much.”
For 20 years, Eisenhauer has owned his State Farm agency in Hot Springs Village. He grew up in Boston and attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on an ROTC scholarship. He served four years in the U.S. Army.
Though being an insurance agent is a secular job, Eisenhauer lives out his faith in his respect for clients and his staff of eight.
“We always talk … about compassionate community outreach and treating each other with respect. We call it ‘positive productive teamwork’ and so forth,” two of the four core values at his agency, along with personal professional development and competent customer service. “We talk about spiritually, family, professionalism, all those different aspects that you can make yourself better.”
Throughout the years, he has been active in the Knights of Columbus, taught confirmation classes with his wife, religious education and currently goes to weekly adoration at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Hot Springs Village.
Since establishing his business in the area, he has served in various capacities with the Boys and Girls Club of Saline County, including club president, treasurer, bookkeeping and rugby coach for about four years. He is currently on the advisory council, assisting with fundraisers.
“Kids I’ve seen grow up in the club and (have) gone out to get college degrees and be successful in life — to me, that’s what stands out,” he said. “… To see these kids grow up and become successful, that’s a good feeling.”
Eisenhauer admits it’s hard for him to say no. Even if it’s a small donation, he donates money locally when asked and tries to increase his donations each year. This not only benefits an organization, but builds a trusted business relationship with the community.
“I don’t know how many times people have come into my office and said, ‘I want to do business with you because you’ve helped this organization’ or ‘I want to do business with you because you do so much for the community.’ It happens constantly. We grow because of that and that enables me to help out,” Eisenhauer said.
— Aprille Hanson
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