After 48 years of providing superior service to his clients, Frank Sheahan has announced his retirement from the insurance industry. As of January 2019, Sheahan will transition the service of his accounts to Morris & Garritano Insurance. Sheahan notes, “It is important that my clients be protected and taken care of. When thinking of who would provide the best possible service, with the best possible people, only one name came to mind – Morris & Garritano.”
Prior to his time in the insurance industry, as Sheahan puts it, he was “just a punk kid from New Jersey whose dad gave him three options – the Army, the Navy, or the Air Force.” In 1963, after a semester at Rutgers, he joined the Army as a buck private performing Morse code for his battalion commander. He gradually made his way up the ranks to become a Captain in the Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets. He was deployed to Vietnam in January 1968 and served overseas until his departure from the army in 1969. Sheahan then ran a military unit in Sausalito as a reservist while attending college in San Francisco.
Sheahan’s insurance career started on February 11, 1971 when he joined Aetna Life and Casualty after graduating first in his class from San Francisco State University. He gained experience selling life insurance and mortgage policies by walking door-to-door, enjoying every opportunity to meet new people. In 1973 he came to the Central Coast to work for a prominent Property and Casualty insurance company, Neal Truesdale. After 7 years with the agency, Sheahan started his own firm, offering services for group medical, individual medical, and pension plans. He ran that operation from 1980 until his retirement this year. “I love what I do and am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. My clients are my family – some have been with me for 35 years.”
Sheahan not only served his clients but served our community as well. He was President of the Mustang Booster Club in 1981, President of the SLO Chamber of Commerce in 1983 and 1984, was named the SLO Chamber’s Citizen of the Year in 1989, and has participated in numerous organizations over the years. He has been a long-time friend and colleague of the Morris family. Brendan Morris, CEO of Morris & Garritano, notes “I’ve admired Frank for many years, and our approach to insurance is very similar – ensuring that our clients are provided peace of mind and service they can trust. We are honored and excited to be able to assist Frank’s clients and embrace the opportunity to build new relationships along the way.”
About Morris & Garritano
Founded in 1885, Morris & Garritano is a full-service insurance agency focusing on business insurance, workers compensation, employee benefits, personal lines, surety and life insurance. This includes services in the areas of loss control, compliance, claims management and human resources. They are headquartered in San Luis Obispo with an additional office in Santa Maria and representatives throughout the Central California region. Their mission is to be trusted advisors providing peace of mind through meaningful relationships and exceeding expectations for generations to come.