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Raul Despian opens new State Farm office in West Hollywood ‘to help life go right’

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No one understands the real life consequences of being uninsured, better than Raul Despian.

When Despian was in his late teens, his mother died unexpectedly.

In addition to the grief he experienced losing her, he was suddenly faced with the reality of being on his own at age 18. Family members went their separate ways and life was complicated in countless ways that could have been avoided with a life insurance policy.

The struggles Despian endured as a young man drove home the importance of establishing a good insurance plan. “One thing I love about what I do is helping people feel better protected,” says Despian. As time went on, he has achieved success, become a State Farm agent, and recently celebrated the opening of his own State Farm office at 8560 Stirling Road in Hollywood.

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“My goal is to serve the community by providing for its insurance needs,” said Despian. “I still remember seeing my family break apart and being on my own at 18 because we did not have insurance protection.”

Despian is focusing on providing auto, life and homeowners insurance. “I can help you protect your family’s financial future in minutes,” he states with confidence. He believes it’s important people have insurance for protection against unexpected life problems such as disability, the premature death of a family provider, or an automobile accident that results in severe injuries.

Despian has five team members at this office with many years of experience. The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce helped him celebrate the recent opening with a ribbon cutting event.

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“We have established great relationships with our community and our customers. Fulfilling our customer’s insurance and
financial needs is our number one goal. We strive for the top quality service a customer can ever experience at an insurance agency.”

Originally from Spain, Despian moved to South Florida from North Carolina in 1991 and has been happy to call South Florida home ever since.

After studying Education at Miami-Dade College, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from FIU in 2005 and proceeded to work with State Farm in claims and agency.

Passionate about helping people, the move to agent was a natural fit. With encouragement from friends and neighbors, Despian started the Raul Despian State Farm Agency in July, 2017. “This is a lifelong dream come true for me. And I love the location,” he added.

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Grateful for an amazing group of neighborhood friends, Despian makes sure that new customers are welcomed in a way that has become customary in South Florida. He’s fostered friendships with longtime customers in the community as well.

“I have known Raul Despian for over 20 years! He is a true gentleman with a great heart and always does the right thing,” says Mike DiGiacomo. “He is a hard worker and always does his best to find solutions for your insurance needs.”

“My vision as an agent is to be an insurance professional whose actions are driven by keeping customers’ best interest as my primary goal,” said Despian. “My staff will treat all my customers in a caring, friendly, and professional manner.”

Despian has a LUTCF Life designation from the American College and the National Association of Insurance & Financial Services. He has also served on Miami’s NAIFA Board of Directors. He’s a member of the Greater Hollywood and the Davie Cooper City Chambers of Commerce. In his free time, Raul loves to go to the gym with his wife Gail.

The Raul Despian State Farm Agency is located at 8560 Stirling Road, Suite 102 in Hollywood, Florida 33024.

They provide all lines of insurance and financial services, such as auto, home, business, renters, life, health, bank, retirement planning and much more.

For more information, call (754) 263-7263 or visit www.rauldespian.com.

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David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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