Sep 15, 2020
In this episode, we mixed it up
a bit. Instead of interviewing one neighbor, I am actually
interviewing three neighbors. You may have seen these amazing
neighbors on the cover and feature article in the “Meet your
Neighbors” section of the March 2020 edition of the 12 Oaks Living
Magazine, or getting their cajun, low-country boil on at the 12
Oaks, Club’s Mardi Gras Party, or hosting the end of Summer Slam at
the Pond. One of these neighbors is also responsible for the daily
“pee in your pants jokes” on the 12 Oaks Community Facebook
page. We also talk about insurance, relationships, jokes,
hockey, sports cars, and of course Frozen 2.
Ryan Wagner is a 3rd generation
State Farm Agent. Ryan was born and raised in Dearborn Heights,
Michigan. Ryan is a trivia extraordinaire, enjoys playing
golf, and is an avid runner. Katrina Wagner is the owner of
Goosehead Independent Insurance Agency. She was born and
raised in Capac, Michigan. At the age of 27, Katrina was a
Dale Carnegie Instructor for seven years. She has also been a
music minister since 1995. Their daughter Ellorie started
kindergarten this year and is all things Frozen 2. She can often be
found cruising the neighborhood in her sports car.
It was great “Hangin’ Out
with the Wagners.” They are a blast and a very special
In This Episode:
- [03:19] Welcome Ryan, Katrina,
and Ellorie Wagner. They are our 17th “P” in the
- [04:49] We have all come to
love Ryan’s “pee in your pants” jokes on the 12 Oaks Community
- [07:21] Ellorie, their soon to
be six-year-old daughter loves all things Frozen 2 and driving her
sports car around the neighborhood.
- [08:45] Katrina had a great
childhood and is one of three strong and capable girls. She is the
baby of the family.
- [09:21] Katrina shares all
about growing up on a dirt road and riding around on her banana
seat bike. Her parents were amazing gardeners and taught them to
live by the earth.
- [10:47] After high school she
went to Japan as an exchange student. She shares this experience
and it was a life-changing experience.
- [13:13] Wendell connected with
Katrina because he is also the baby of the family. His mom
was a major seamstress.
- [13:49] Ryan had a unique early
childhood experience living in a foster care
- [15:24] Ryan learned how to
skate and his parents signed him up for a hockey league at age
5. He played hockey all the way through high school. He
played baseball for most of high school as
- [17:32] Katrina shares about
her new blog on Instagram called The Pretend Food Blog. She
started the blog to be a tourist in her own
- [19:31] Ryan shares about the
half marathon where he got to run out of the tunnel at Lambeau
Field. He was so proud of this accomplishment because he is
not a natural long-distance
- [21:21] He has his eyes and
feet set on conquering the Annual Walt Disney World
- [22:01] Hard work, persistence,
and giving back are Ryan’s top values. Katrina shares the
importance of investing in yourself and
- [24:46] Katrina shares about
the importance of being aware of what the people in your life need
even if they can’t say it and showing up for
- [26:34] Ryan shares about the
hard work he put in at his first job at the golf club and how after
a rough year it finally paid off.
- [29:53] Ryan joined the Kiwanis
Club and later became president.
- [32:21] Ryan actually tried to
avoid the insurance field at first, but then he realized the power
of helping families with important insurance
- [33:33] Katrina became a small
business owner right out of school and much faster than she had
anticipated. She is really passionate about owning her own
- [35:27] In the class of 2012
Ryan received national recognition as one of the top 100 new
insurance agents with State Farm.
- [37:02] Ryan really focused on
the people and processes in his business.
- [38:58] Ryan’s learned it is
important to hire for his weakness.
- [40:42] In order to be
successful in business you have to create visibility and that leads
to credibility and ultimately
- [41:04] Katrina’s business
philosophy is to surround yourself with people with like minds and
like goals and be a part of their success.
- [42:44] She engages with other
people in a way that is intentional and genuine because ultimately
it comes down to relationships.
- [44:34] She is all about
collaboration over competition.
- [45:16] Ellorie joins Wendell
and shares that she likes math and reading best at school this
year. She wants to be a dentist when she grows
- [46:26] Katrina was the
co-partner of the Summer Slam at the Pond.
- [47:59] The biggest benefit of
the Summer Slam at the Pond was that people were able to get
together and for just a few hours it seemed like it was back to
normal. Another big event is coming soon.
- [49:05] Ryan’s has always used
humor to alleviate difficult situations. Some of his humor is
sarcasm and got him in trouble growing up.
- [50:32] Ryan is happy that his
jokes bring laughter to the community during these difficult
- [51:58] Ellorie shares some of
her own jokes.
- [52:57] Ryan and Katrina share
how they met online.
- [54:46] Their first four dates
were all within five nights. Then Katrina shares her
- [56:26] They share how they
knew they were soul mates.
- [58:03] what’s it like hanging
out with Charlie, their 6 ½-year-old Maltese dog.
- [59:55] Charlie watches TV
too. He goes on full bark mode if he sees any animals on the
- [62:05] Why did you choose 12
- [65:11] The Wagner family has
lived in 12 Oaks for a year now.
- [66:36] What is your fondest,
most memorable moment in 12 Oaks?
- [67:15] Halloween shortly after
moving to 12 Oaks was a very fond memory for them. They are really
looking forward to this year.
- [68:42] Katrina, what are you
most proud of?
- [70:57] Investing in young
people and giving them fire and confidence is the number one thing
she has done aside from being a great mom and
- [71:59] Ryan, If you had a
mulligan in life, what would it be?
- [73:54] Katrina, when it is
time to say farewell, what would Ryan be known for?
- [75:29] Ryan, when it is time
to say farewell, what would Katrina be known for?
- [79:02] Katrina helps people
find those talents they didn’t know they had, embrace them, and
making them life long skills they use.
- [80:24] What question did
Wendell not ask that he should have?
- [81:37] The investment of time
her dad made to drive her 90 minutes away for 12 weeks was huge for
her. The relationship between a father and the commitment he
has to his daughter sets the tone for what kind of man will fill
that role in her life in the future.
Links and Resources for Episode 18
About Katrina Wagner:
All About Ryan