Hierl100: Bucking Trends and Breaking Glass Ceilings

Sisters of St. Agnes

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes was founded in Barton, Wisconsin, on August 12, 1858. Father Caspar Rehrl, an Austrian missionary, established a sisterhood of pioneer women under the patronage of St. Agnes of Rome to whom he had a special devotion. At first, the group suffered such untold hardship that, for a few months in 1861, it was reduced to one blind sister.

In 1863, the fledgling community gained new life and leadership when, in 1864 at the age of 17, Mother Agnes Hazotte was elected general superior. She directed the move from Barton to Fond du Lac, WI, in 1870 and served as the community’s leader until her death in 1905. In 1870, Father Francis Haas, OFM Capuchin, became the spiritual director of the community and assisted in revising the original rule.

These three founders paved the way for growth and expansion. Today the Sisters of St. Agnes minister with simplicity, hospitality, and missionary zeal in the United States and Latin America.

Thank you, Sisters of St. Agnes for your partnership over all of these years.

Trivia of the Month

What Fond du Lac woman is behind the famous catchphrase “quack, quack”?


100 years of Strength, Heart, and Results – February 2019

Alsum Farms & Produce

In this edition, we celebrate Alsum Farms and Produce, Inc., who has been a part of the Hierl client family for over 50 years. From humble beginnings in 1973, Glen Alsum started the family-owned and operated business in a 16’ x 20’ shed repacking potatoes and onions and selling them to local grocery stores.

Today, Alsum Farms & Produce remains headquartered mere feet away from that original packing shed and has emerged from a one-person operation to a leading national grower, packer and shipper of Russet, Red, White, Golden, Fingerling and Organic potatoes, is a national distributor of Wisconsin potatoes and onions, and Great Lakes region year-round distributor of over 300 kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, many of which are locally grown in season.

Thank you, Alsum, for your relationship over all of these years.

Trivia of the Month

In 1836, Fond du Lac lost an important election by only ONE vote. What was the vote on and to what City did they lose?

Participate in our monthly trivia contest to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Monthly trivia questions will be posted to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn so keep your eye out! The winner will be announced via social media! You must use #Hierl100 in your answer to have a chance to win!

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100 years of Strength, Heart, and Results - January 2019

J. F. Ahern Co.

With many clients spanning 30 and 40 years, Hierl leads with relationships and service.

In this edition, we celebrate J. F. Ahern Co., who has been a part of the Hierl client family for over 50 years. Ahern is a mechanical, fire protection and pipe fabrication contractor in Fond du Lac with 14 office locations throughout the Midwest with approximately 1,400 employees. Beginning as a small steam heat and plumbing shop in 1880, Ahern has since become one of the largest, most respected specialty contractors in the nation. For more than 130 years, Ahern has focused on what matters most to clients to deliver value to their projects.

Thank you, Ahern, for your relationship over all of these years. 

Trivia of the Month

In 1856, the ‘ Fond du Lac Commonwealth’ became the first…?

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Hierl Insurance Reaches their 100th Year

Hierl Insurance Reaches their 100th Year

Fond du Lac, WI (January 23, 2019) – Hierl Insurance Inc., a third-generation insurance agency, is celebrating their 100th anniversary serving the Fond du Lac and Fox Valley communities.

Started in 1919 by Harry T. Hierl, the Hierl agency has been and continues to be family owned and operated. Harry T. Hierl was succeeded by his son, Tom Hierl and grandson, Mike Hierl, who is the current President of the company.

“My father started [Hierl] when he was 22 years old in 1919, with the original sign stating that Hierl served the community with Insurance, Real Estate and Loans,” said Tom Hierl.

Since its start, Hierl has narrowed their scope of service and now engages their expertise strictly in the Employee Benefits and Property and Casualty lines of business.

Over the course of 2019, Hierl will share a heartwarming look inside how the agency got its start 100 years ago. Some of these include sharing valuable lessons learned along the way, and endearing memories from the Hierl family, the employees and the community over the years.

Since its start, Hierl has narrowed their scope of service and now engages their expertise strictly in the Employee Benefits and Property and Casualty lines of business.

Beginning 100 years ago with Harry T. Hierl, the underpinnings of the legacy within Hierl Insurance has been community involvement. From father to son to grandson, it was never enough to just write a check but more important to give of your time and your knowledge. This principle – rooted in kindness, selflessness and integrity – was not only preached but practiced by every generation of Hierls. From charitable causes to organizational leadership, Harry, Tom and Mike Hierl always embraced an opportunity to do good, give back and encourage others around them to do
the same.

Over the course of 2019, Hierl will share a heartwarming look inside how the agency got its start 100 years ago. Some of these include sharing valuable lessons learned along the way, and endearing memories from the Hierl family, the employees and the community over the years.

We invite our community into our story to see the moments and people that have made this such an incredible journey. Throughout the year, we will be conducting monthly trivia contests with fun historical facts about our agency and the local community on social media {https://www.facebook.com/HierlInsurance/}, as well as sharing a monthly newsletter that is sure to make you proud to be a part of the community that has helped Hierl grow to who they are today.

Hierl invites friends throughout the community to share in their celebration by using #hierl100 throughout the year.

“A lot of the reward of working at Hierl comes from helping each employee reach his or her goals and be connected to their family,” explained Mike.

The Hierl100 celebration will culminate in an event in August. More details to follow on this event in the future.

For more information on Hierl Insurance, please contact Mike Hierl at (920) 921-5921.

About Hierl Insurance Inc.

A third-generation family owned business, Hierl’s goal is for you to “Expect More and Demand Better.” Since 1919, Hierl has earned the trust of Wisconsin employers by using insight and innovative technology to create unique strategies that protect business owners, their employees and their budgets. Hierl’s mission is to provide clients with the wisdom and tools necessary to build a more engaged, productive and loyal workforce. With locations in Fond du Lac and Appleton, Hierl’s expertise in employee benefits, commercial insurance, human resources and wellness creates a great business team. Learn more at hierl.com.