Work hard / Play Hard: Bob Hagedorn


Lynden Pirates catcher Bob Hagedorn warms up before a scrimmage April 9 at Lynden Christian High School.

Lynden Pirates catcher Bob Hagedorn warms up before a scrimmage April 9 at Lynden Christian High School.


Bob Hagedorn says his previous job selling advertising for Business Pulse magazine helped prepare him for his current job as an insurance agent for Snapper Shuler Kenner.

"The business relationships I built at the Pulse really helped," says Hagedorn, who has worked at Snapper Shuler Kenner since 2004, focusing mostly on business insurance.

What Hagedorn took away from his advertising sales experi- ence is the importance of networking in the community. For nearly 20 years he has been a networking dynamo at business and community events, including Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry functions. He also has regu- larly volunteered as a master of ceremonies at local fundraisers. "My biggest thing is being involved in the community," he says.

Business insurance tends to mean more hands-on work for agents than personal insurance policies, such as home or auto, because companies' situations change more often, such as adding or shrinking their workforce. Maintaining contact with clients is important, which makes Hagedorn's networking skills a valuable asset.

Hagedorn, 44, is passionate about baseball; this spring he's entering his 12th season in the Borderline Baseball League, most- ly playing catcher for the Lynden Pirates. The league is for players older than 28 (a few under the age of 28 are allowed on each team) who want to play with the hard ball. The season starts in May and runs through August, and Hagedorn acknowledges scheduling his family vacations after the baseball schedule comes out, to ensure he doesn't miss any games.

"It's my No. 1 passion," he says. "After the season is over, I'll start counting the days until the start of the next season."

While he's passionate about the game, he says team cama- raderie also is important. Many of the teams are well-established, and Hagedorn says the Lynden Pirates feel like an extension of family to him. The players range in age from 18 into their 70s.

As a catcher in his mid-40s, Hagedorn says he does feel it more in his knees. He's found that racquetball and a lot more stretching helps.

More information: Insurance agent Snapper Shuler Kenner 360-354-4488

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