Michael Sams Earns 2020 Agent of the Year Award

Michael Sams Earns 2020 Agent of the Year Award

Michael Sams, a senior market insurance agent for Sams/Hockaday & Associates, has earned the 2020 Agent of the Year Award. This is Michael’s 8th time receiving the award (Michael also received the award in 2011 and 2014-2019).

"Amid such a crazy year with the pandemic, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude," he says. “So many businesses are struggling – I think of restaurants and performers, especially – and I am truly humbled and grateful that we were able to continue serving the needs of our clients.”

Michael says helping seniors understand Medicare and retirement is an incredible thing to be a part of.

“I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from my career. When I can simplify the complexities of Medicare for someone and see a lightbulb go off – that’s what it’s all about,” he explains.

“I am humbled and grateful to be able to accept the Sams/Hockaday 2020 Agent of the Year Award,” Michael says.

Medicare Seminars in a Pandemic Year

In 2020, Michael started hosting monthly Medicare seminars at his family ranch.

“Even during a pandemic, people are looking for advice and professional opinions about their Medicare and retirement plan. I’d rather give people a choice to come to the ranch than stop servicing our community altogether,” he explains.

Michael takes all the recommended precautions at his seminars, including hand sanitizer stations, social distancing where all seating is 6 feet apart, and optional face masks.

“I get to meet so many great people, and I’m super excited and grateful for the opportunity to do educational seminars that allow people to get some clarity about their healthcare plans,” he says.

You can get tickets to upcoming seminars here:

Client Praise

Since 2005, Michael has been helping seniors save money and time. Medicare can be quite confusing, but he makes it easy for his clients by ditching the jargon and explaining the details in a simple way.

“Mr. Sams, You made a confusing time about insurance a not so bad experience, we liked that you gave us the best choice for us.” – S.M.
“Michael is very personable, knowledgeable, and makes confusing information understandable. [...]” – L.S.
“I've been working with Michael Sams for about 5 years since my mother went on Medicare. The world of Medicare (supplement policies, prescription policies, the donut hole, etc.) can be very confusing and overwhelming. Michael has always been exceptionally patient, kind and has walked me through the process of choosing the right policies for my mother.” – M.C.


After all these years of being in insurance, Michael says that he’s never loved his job more.

“It’s the relationships I get to create with my clients that makes all of this so meaningful to me. I just love helping people, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

To his current clients, Michael wants to say thank you for making this award possible: “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you,” he says.

If you’re interested in a free Medicare consultation with Michael, call our office at 217-423-8000 to schedule an appointment today!

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