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USMC Vet brings Farmer's Insurance to Elverson


By Dave Barr, For 21st Century Media

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Elverson is getting a new business that will help members of its community.
A new branch of the Farmer’s Insurance will be officially open for business July 26. The person responsible for bringing the company to the area is Kevin “KC” Trost, a former infantry officer in the Marines.
Trost was a member of the Marines for eight years, after graduating from Penn State in 2004. It took him 15 months to get ready to open his own business. He started in the King of Prussia area, working with a Farmer’s recruiting team to help him become an agent. He had to take a state-certified test, earn state licenses in property and casualty, and life and health. He also earned financial licenses in series 6 (mutual funds, variable annuities and insurance premiums) and 63 (securities).
“It was a lot of hard work,” Trost said.
Trost says that being in the military prepared him for owning his own business by teaching him discipline and leadership and management.
“You learn to do everything on time,” Trost said.
From eighth grade on, Trost knew he wanted to be in the military after school.
“Don’t know what put the bug in my ear,” Trost said. He spent a year and a half in ROTC before leaving and enrolling in officer candidate school (OCS). Being in OCS took him to Quantico, Virginia. From there, he entered the Marines and worked his way up to infantry officer.
Trost selected the building for his business due to the amount of space available. He has only begun to tap into the main part of the building, with more room for expansion upstairs. The plan is to get the business going and “keep growing as best I can,” Trost said.
A 2000 graduate of Downingtown High School, Trost and his wife moved to Morgantown two years ago, and Trost began to open his insurance branch in nearby Elverson.
“It’s a nice little offshoot. You can kind of walk everywhere,” Trost said.
To celebrate the opening of his business, which will be July 26, Trost is throwing a picnic for people of Elverson to attend. There will be face painting, ladder ball, and they will be giving away free Reading Phillies tickets for the Aug. 1 game at home against the Erie Sea Wolves.
“It’s going to be lots of fun,” Trost said.