Insurance Products

HTI is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of America. We work for you, not the insurance companies we represent. We are dedicated to providing you excellent customer service every time you call.

  • Business Insurance

    • Every business whether large or small has unique risks, find the right insurance for your business.

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  • Car insurance

    • Be Prepared for the unexpected, find car insurance that makes sense for your concerns and budget.

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  • House insurance

    • You can't predict when you will experience a loss, so protect your assets with Homeowners insurance.

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  • Life insurance

    • Accidents and illnesses can happen at any time, be prepared for the unexpected.

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History of Ours

Hometown Insurance Agency is a locally owned independent insurance agency and brokerage company located in Columbus, Nebraska. It was founded in 1963 by Francis “Fritz” Paprocki who established Paprocki Insurance Agency. In 1998 Fritz sold the agency to a partnership that included Dale Gonka, Kathy Miller and Lisa Bender who then changed the name to Hometown Insurance Agency of Columbus. Hometown’s mission statement was simple and to the point, “INSURANCE IS OUR BUSINESS, PEOPLE OUR PRIOTIRY.” In August of 2015 the business was sold to the current owner’s Steve Barnes, a Columbus native, and Dan Headlee. Dan Headlee also owns Universal Group, LTD. Located in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Insurance Agents

In 1998 Fritz sold the agency to a partnership that included Dale Gonka, Kathy Miller and Lisa Bender who then changed the name to Hometown Insurance Agency of Columbus.

Steve Barnes, CLCS, AFIP

President

Steve started at Zurich Ins Co. in 1995 as a commercial underwriter and worked his way into sales.

Daniel R. Headlee, CIC

Vice President

Dan started at Zurich Insurance Company developing several specialized insurance programs.

Kathy Miller

Agent

Kathy has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, focusing mainly on personal lines.

Every business whether large or small has unique risks, find the right insurance for your business.

Be Prepared for the unexpected, find car insurance that makes sense for your concerns and budget.

You can't predict when you will experience a loss, so protect your assets with Homeowners insurance.

Accidents and illnesses can happen at any time, be prepared for the unexpected.

Contact Information

Hometown Insurance Agency
2822 23rd Street
Columbus NE 68601

  • (402) 564 0127
  • sbarnes@universalinsgroup.com
  • 1471 26th Ave Columbus