Long-time agent sets sights on new career path; sells Nationwide agency
Usually people who are accepted into law school, after finishing their master’s degree in educational administration, stay the course, and become a lawyer or school administrator.
That was not the case for Dan Trinter.
“I was getting ready for law school at (The University of) Dayton. Then Nationwide (insurance) called and said they had an opening in Wellington. I had put in for a job two years earlier, and then out of nowhere they called me,” Trinter said.
Thirty-one years later, Trinter is selling the insurance agency that has served his family and village of Wellington for many years.
“We started out at a flower shop, and at one point had offices in Wellington, Amherst, Vermilion and Elyria,” said Kathie Hartman, who has worked with Trinter since the beginning.
Trinter, who is only in his 50s, could keep the successful business going, but feels it is time to move on to the next chapter.
“The kids are all grown, educated, married or paired off,” Trinter said about one of the factors that helped make his retirement decision.
Although done with Nationwide, Trinter would like to continue doing work in the non-profit sector, something he loved to do while in Wellington.
“I want to re-invent myself. I worked with the Lorain County Free Clinic, worked on health care for the working poor, food banks, hospital boards, helped investigate child-neglect cases, and health care for kids is a big concern of mine,” Trinter said.
Trinter has been married for 34 years to his wife Lisa, who he met at the end of high school through a friend. Together, they had three children, Mary Beth, Katie, and Daniel, and have one grandson.
After graduating college at the early age of 21, Trinter went straight into teaching, and for three years, worked on his master’s in educational administration while instructing.
Then it became time to make a decision that would define Trinter’s next 30 years of life.
“I thought about becoming a superintendent or principal, but it all came down to the job opening, came down to the town. Work in a little office in a little town, sounded great,” Trinter said.
Trinter decided to own his own Nationwide insurance agency in Wellington, and said his wife was very supportive of the move.
Over three decades, Trinter has seen growth and evolution throughout the village.
“The population of Wellington hasn’t grown, but there has been a lot of development. Everything used to be downtown, but now a lot is gone. It’s the nature of retail, always evolving,” said Trinter.
Now with more spare time, Trinter would like to continue his urban bike riding hobby.
“I love to bike in urban areas. I’ve biked in New York, the canals in New Orleans are great. When you bike in a city like New York, you can turn a corner and the whole environment changes. I’ve been to New York probably 30 times, I mean, where else can you go down a new street and see 150 Hasidic Jews,” Trinter said.
Although Trinter will be leaving the insurance business behind him, a few office relics with be accompanying him home.
“I know he’s keeping his desk, since it was owned by the previous agent and he’s had it the whole time,” said Hartman.
Along with the nostalgic desk, Trinter’s office was full of old World War II bond posters.
“Oddly enough, I bought the posters at Gettysburg when I was there. They wanted to get rid of them since everything is Civil War. Got them for $20 each,” Trinter said.
There was also a pair of seats from Cleveland’s old Municipal Stadium, which was gutted and destroyed in 1996 after the Browns were moved to Baltimore.
When asked what he would like to say to the village of Wellington, Trinter was teary-eyed when he said, “I can’t thank the people of this town enough for the wonderful life they gave me, that they are still giving me, it was a wonderful place to raise my kids,” Trinter said.
After years of experience, Trinter realized, “It is easy to stay in your comfort zone, but that will only get you so far.”
When the sale becomes official, Trinter plans to take a three-week vacation to Denver, Salt Lake, and Chicago.
“I’m still trying to figure out what to do when I grow up. But I know that I have worked for the best people on earth for 30 years,” Trinter said.
Denny Bauer will be taking over for Trinter.
“I wanted to move back to be closer to family. I realized how short time is and I knew how beautiful this place (Wellington) is,” said Bauer.
Nationwide is located at 102 S. Main St. in downtown Wellington.
by ADAM FOX