"A very satisfying part of this job has been the relationships that I’ve been able to develop with our customers and their families over the last 25 years."
Born and raised in Beresford, Brad Bak has been helping area farmers protect themselves, their families, and their operations from risk for more than 25 years.
A 1967 graduate of Beresford High School, Brad went on to study at Sioux Falls College (now the University of Sioux Falls), later receiving a degree in Biology from the University of South Dakota.
Brad taught at Garretson High School for 5 years and worked as a sales manager for a livestock nutrition and equipment company for an additional 5 years. In 1984 he began his career at the Jensen Agency. With his agricultural background and training he fit quite naturally into the farm side of the agency’s insurance business.
With the rising costs of farm operations, area farmers have come to depend upon Brad to help them manage their risk and protect their families and assets. Brad says, “Since I began in this business, the increased exposure to risk and the volume of cash flow needing to be managed has changed dramatically. With the technology and equipment used today, the amount of assets on most farms and their inherent risks are substantial. A tornado or bad fire ripping through one of these places would just be a catastrophic event.”
Brad works diligently to help area farmers identify, reduce, and insure for risk wherever possible.
Brad stays very busy helping farmers review their on-going status and plan for the future while keeping up with the many regulations related to farm operations. Says Brad, “To serve our customers well you really have to stay on top of things. A very satisfying part of this job has been the relationships that I’ve been able to develop with our customers and their families over the last 25 years.”
Brad has been married to his wife, Emilie, since 1972. Emily is a nurse employed by Sanford Health Systems in Sioux Falls. They have 3 adult children, Michael, Joe, and Abbie.
Brad thoroughly enjoys South Dakota’s outdoor life, especially fishing and hunting. Music has always been a part of his life and he currently directs his church’s men's group choir. A former barbershop quartet singer, he still enjoys singing 4-part harmony with his brothers Randy, Craig, and Brian whenever they can get together.