State Farm Agent Caters to Families, Small Businesses & the Community She Loves
Sara Hawks Houston was born to sell insurance. The native Space Coast resident followed in the footsteps of her father, a State Farm agent for many years, opening her own State Farm agency on Viera Boulevard in April of 2017 after a successful career as a pharmaceutical rep.
A graduate from the University of Central Florida, Sara serves as a mentor to professional sales programs at UCF in Orlando and at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
My career goals mostly consist on providing education and options to local families to help protect them from what can go wrong and plan for what can go right, she said. She also assists small business owners in the community with insurance needs.
“My goal was always to be an agent”, she says. “My dad said State Farm gave him a great platform to give back to the community.”
Giving back is a big part of what Sara is all about. Her office sponsors local nonprofit organizations such as Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity and New Life Mission, which helps homeless mothers with children learn skills for employment and self-sustainability. If the moms don’t have a high school diploma, the Mission helps them obtain a GED. Further, the Mission assists the women in pursuing post-secondary education and professional certifications, such as medical assistant, medical billing, bookkeeping and others, said Sara.
Sara believes in the power of connection and fosters this by mentoring students in the Business Academy program at Viera High School. Each summer, one of these students is chosen for a paid internship at Sara’s office. Her school involvement won her the Brevard School’s Business Partner of the year in 2019.
Sara’s State Farm office offers many forms of insurance for individuals and businesses. The policies include life, disability, auto and homeowner’s insurance, among others. Her efforts have earned her distinction from State Farm with an award for “Protecting Families with Life & Disability Insurance.”
State Farm serves as a willing partner with her community work, offering matching grants to non-profit organizations, effectively doubling the contributions Sara and her team is able to raise.
She encourages staff to get involved in the community and is a member of both the Cocoa Beach and Melbourne Chambers of Commerce, as well as on board of the Downtown Melbourne Merchants Association, and New Life Mission.
Outside the office, Sara and her two children, along with her long-term partner, Cocoa Beach high baseball coach Brendan Winn, enjoy an active lifestyle, splitting time between a hectic schedule here and community involvement. When they are able to get away, they love traveling and especially vacationing in the Keys where they enjoy fishing, spearfishing, lobstering and diving.
Fred Mays is a freelance writer and photographer who resides in Satellite Beach. He is a retired television journalist, and active on media issues with the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition. His blog is www.floridaunplugged.net.