J. C. Wogomon wants to change the way people think about insurance. Instead of viewing it as a necessary requirement that has to be part of a household budget, he sees it as a vehicle that can make a difference in the community. His company, Catalyst Insurance Group, has already made such an impact since opening in August of 2019. Since then, three local nonprofit organizations have received monetary contributions from a percentage of revenue the business has generated.
“In all my years of dealing with insurance, I don’t think anyone has ever said, ‘Insurance? I love insurance. In fact, I’m glad you brought it up because I want to buy some more of it,’” Wogomon says with a laugh. “Most people hate spending money on insurance but they must have it. Instead of a boring requirement, buying insurance can result in something far more reaching that benefits the community. It is more rewarding for the customer to know that a portion of their insurance payment will be donated to an agency or organization that supplies clothes and food, or supports veterans and first responders.”
Wogomon knows firsthand the difference that the kindness of others makes. As a teenager, he and his mother found themselves homeless after his father passed away without any life insurance. After a period of living with families of friends, he graduated from high school and attended Ball State University on a scholarship.
While at Ball State, he met his future wife Erin, a Center Grove native. After college, he began his insurance career in Lafayette. In 2015, they moved to the Greenwood area to raise their two children, Aiden and Ellie, and be close to family. Four years later he launched Catalyst Insurance Group.
“None of my good intentions matter if I can’t provide a good, quality insurance product from reputable companies and provide customers with an exceptional customer experience. That starts with making sure you are adequately covered,” Wogomon says. “We offer homeowners insurance, auto insurance, commercial / business insurance, and life insurance. A good insurance program is not all about price. People want the cheapest product until they have a claim, and then they hope it’s the best. We will always do what is in the customers best interest and I want to make sure each and every customer knows that they matter to me. I want them to know that they aren’t just a customer, they are a partner and are helping us make a difference in our community.”
Wogomon has partnered with, and given donation checks to, three local organizations. Last October funds were given to the Impact Center at Mount Pleasant Christian Church to make crockpot meals for families. Daymar Services received a financial gift in December that helped provide residents with presents to make their holiday brighter. The most recent beneficiary is the Hope Center, an organization that seeks to provide help to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
“People in my past helped me and lifted me up so I could thrive,” Wogomon says. “I feel I was put on earth to make a difference. The more people I can help with insurance needs, the more people I can help in the community. I believe with every fiber of my being that we can use insurance to make a substantial and monumental impact on our community, through financial contributions to organizations that help feed, clothe and educate people in need.”
Catalyst Insurance Group is located at 3209 West Smith Valley Road in Greenwood. Visit catalystinsgrp.com or call 317-886-0042 or email J.C. directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.