Erik Hellie was born and raised in Benson, Minnesota, graduating from Benson High School in 1989. He then attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis where he earned his Bachelors of Social Work degree with a minor in Sociology. During his summers off in college, he worked at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp in rural Amery where he fell in love with the area as well as a certain young lady named Jennifer Feine.
Upon graduating college in 1993, he worked at St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis. There he helped serve kids in emergency shelters and protective placement situations. Later Erik worked for St. Croix County in New Richmond as a Child Protection Social Worker. Erik enjoyed working with kids, law enforcement and schools, but court hearings and families unwilling to change their ways to protect their kids from harm really wore on him. Choosing a new direction, Erik joined Noah Insurance Group as a Risk Advisor in November of 1998.
The folks at Noah Insurance taught Erik the responsibilities of being an insurance agent. Along with their support, he picked it up quickly. The insurance business was very different than social work, but in the end it was still a “people” business. Erik enjoys cultivating relationships and interacting with his clients. He was successful right from the beginning, growing his clientele and retaining their business by serving their needs.
Erik’s gifts are truly in the relational aspect of this business. Early on, Erik was very involved in the Wisconsin Young Agents group, attending conferences and continuing education classes. Today he continues to challenge himself to stay informed of laws and coverage changes that have occurred over the years. He still believes the most important aspect of this job is people and relationships. Erik’s philosophy is people come first. He simply believes his job boils down to a simple process: identify a client’s needs and explain and offer them the best insurance product at the most competitive price. Erik strives to serve his clients with the “Golden Rule” in mind. Treat others as you’d want to be treated.
When he’s away from work Erik enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. As a family they are very busy with various sporting events and church activities. Erik volunteers as a coach on many of his boy’s sport teams. He is also a captain and first responder on the Amery Fire Department. In addition, Erik has also served as a council member at his Church. In his free time, he is fanatical about hunting and fishing. He’d rather be in a tree stand, duck blind, or chasing roosters with his Brittany Spaniel than anywhere else. However, on occasion you can find him on the course enjoying a round of golf with friends. Most of all, Erik enjoys getting his boys out to experience nature and share in the passions that he does.
“It’s never about making a sale. Rather it is about helping people. I feel like what I do is significant, and makes life better for those around me.”