Returning Home: Local re-establishes roots in El Dorado area
Farm Bureau insurance agent Mark R. Johnson returned to the area this year after spending more than 10 years in the city.
“I’m more than excited about being back,” he said.
Johnson grew up in the country south of El Dorado, where his family owned horses, cows and four-wheelers. He graduated from Bluestem High School.
After earning a degree at Wichita State University, Johnson pursued a career in the hospitality industry. He lived in Kansas City, enjoying the amenities of the metropolitan area. He worked for a major restaurant chain, helping open restaurants across the country.
Johnson and his wife, Christie, and 3-year-old daughter, Ryleigh, moved back to the area when Mark had the opportunity to learn the insurance business from his father, Steve Johnson, who recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with Farm Bureau.
“I’m learning as much as I can from my dad,” Johnson said. “It means a lot, the opportunity to work with him on a daily basis.”
Johnson said Christie, an RN who grew up in the Kansas City area, has been impressed with Butler County.
“It’s a nice fit, being around family,” Johnson said. “I have been reconnecting with old friends and trying to get involved with the community.”
Johnson enjoys cooking for his family, a skill he honed working in restaurants, and traveling.
He sells home, auto, life, commercial and health insurance. Johnson said he has especially enjoyed writing commercial policies for restaurants due to his background in the hospitality industry. Overall, he said he looks forward to making insurance simple for anyone who needs it.
Mark R. Johnson, Farm Bureau Insurance