Chip Pruden (left), the Agency’s owner, is an authorized agent for Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of North Carolina. Wallace Evans (right) is the founder of Evans Insurance Agency.
Former Edenton Steamers General Manager Chip Pruden is the new owner of the Wallace Evans Insurance Agency in Edenton.
Prior to purchasing the agency from Evans, Pruden was associated with Farm Bureau in Camden. His wife — the former Karen Parrish of Edenton — is currently a guidance counselor at John A. Holmes in Edenton.
Pruden said he and Evans first met when Pruden was with the Steamers and Evans was serving as president of the organization.
“Wallace had approached me about purchasing the business, and I like working with health insurance,” Pruden said.
After thinking it over, Pruden said ‘yes’ to taking over the agency, which provides health insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
“I thought it was a great opportunity for me to be my own boss,” he said.
Pruden said he felt being involved in the health insurance industry provides a valuable community service.
“I feel you really get to provide them (clients) with a service that enhances their lives,” he said.
Evans started the agency 24 years ago. Now semi-retired, he said he would continue to help Pruden ensure a smooth transition for clients.
“I’m just helping him through the transition period, ever how long that takes,” Evans said. “I’m tickled to death that Chip was interested in taking the business over.”
Evans said leaving the business would represent a big change in his life.
“I have been in sales in that same block since 1956,” he said. Prior to opening his own agency Evans was a partner in Parker-Evans Hardware.
The agency is located at 216 S. Broad Street, Suite M100, above Albemarle Bank and Trust. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Anyone interested in more information may contact the agency at 482-2673.
— By Rebecca Bunch, published in The Chowan Herald
Since 1993, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has offered its customers high quality health insurance at a competitive price and has led the charge toward better health and health care in our state. BCBSNC is a fully taxed, not-for-profit North Carolina company with headquarters in Chapel Hill and major operations centers in Durham and Winston-Salem. The company employs more than 4,000 Carolinians and serves more than 3.8 million customers.