The torch of the Pretorius Coleman Insurance Agency has past down to its third generation of the Pretorius family. This family has strong roots in the Dover/New Philadelphia community, not only business wise, but as active citizens.
Walter F. Pretorius, Sr., who first started the agency in 1936, initially began representing the The Travelers Insurance Company as an independent agent.
Walter and his wife raised three children and were members of the Grace Lutheran Church. He was also on the founding boards of Trumpet in the Land, Dover Library, and Tuscarawas Philharmonic. Walter was also an active member of the local Kiwanis club.
After serving in the army, Calvin C. Pretorius, Sr. joined his father in the family business in 1957. At that time, they expanded their offering of insurance companies to provide better savings to their customers by offering them choices. Over the years this proved to be a sound philosophy.
Calvin and his wife raised eight children and were members of the Trinity Episcopal Church. He was an active member of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Calvin was president of Dover Rotary Club and Trumpet in the Land.
Miriam K. Pretorius started working in the family business after graduating from the University of Akron. She became owner in 1997.
Miriam raised three children in the Dover/New Philadelphia area. Just as her father and grandfather, she is an active member of the community, including her membership to the Trinity Episcopal Church, Dover Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the annual outdoor production of Trumpet in the Land.
Amy Dervin bought the agency in 2018. She has been in the insurance industry since 2008. She is attending Kent State University to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Insurance Studies. She had been on the Dean's list every semester. Her father has been in the insurance business for over 40 years. She has lived and breathed insurance most of her life.
Amy also raises her 6 yr old son and is involved in the PTO and Cub Scouts programs
Bekky started working at Pretorius Agency thought a job placement program with Buckeye Career Center during her senior year in high school in 1996. After graduating from Indian Valley High School and Buckeye Career Center she began working full time with the agency.
Bekky is married to Doug and has a son and daughter who are both active in sports. She is a member of the Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church and coaches her daughters basketball and softball teams.
Albert Dervin started his career in insurance in 1971 with John Hancock Insurance. He then changed directions and became a District Manager position with Farmers Insurance. He remained with Farmers for 20 years. He then branched out on his own and started an independent agency from scratch and has continued to build that agency for the last 21 years.
He has raised 3 daughters and has 4 grandchildren. He has been an active member in the Youth Football Association for North Canton for over 30 years.