Meet Our Team

Rachel Petersen

Insurance Agent

Sams/Hockaday & Associates, Inc.

122 W. Prairie Avenue, Suite 201
Decatur, IL 62523





Rachel was born and raised in Decatur, IL. She graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School in 2008 and from there journeyed to Ames, Iowa to attend The Iowa State University. While at Iowa State, Rachel was a member of the ISU Women’s Volleyball team where she served as a team captain and All-Big 12 performer. She graduated from Iowa State in 2012 with a degree in business marketing. Upon graduation, Rachel married her husband Tyler and took up residence in Central Iowa where they have lived ever since. They have two boys, and are hoping to continue growing their family in the years to come.

Rachel thoroughly enjoys building relationships with the people of Central Iowa and is thankful for the opportunity to service their health and life insurance needs. She counts it a blessing to be a part of the Sams/Hockaday team!

Here's what Rachel's clients say!

The agent was very professional and well informed. She provided the promised information in a timely manner. I am very satisfied with the insurance products I purchased, based upon her recommendations.
S. D., Customer
Rachel was very helpful in finding just the right coverage for me. She is also very pleasant to work with.
J.L., Customer
Rachael is the best! We were seeking assistance when Rachael introduced herself. She answered every concern that we had and was prompt and gave us options. Trust,integrity and honesty describes Rachael.
L.M., Customer
Just keeping in touch with us and assuring us that you are looking for the best plan for our individual needs is helpful. We trust your expert opinion and feel like you are looking after our best interests.
L.H., Customer
To me, it seemed that Rachel was 'on top of things' and kept me informed of what I needed to know and also up to date on things that I thought I knew but did not quite understand. It felt good to know that she 'had my back' and that she was well versed in knowing what I was in need of.
L.G., Customer
You are easy to work with,with a bright cheerful personality. We have both found that you do the best for us on our needs.
K.P., Customer
The personal as well as the added value service Rachel has given us has been outstanding. We feel that she is more than willing to go the extra mile to effect changes and/or help clarify specific details on our behalf. We are soooooooooo happy that she knocked on our door and that we were home!
J.R., Customer
Proactive approach. Made choosing plan easy
I. G., Customer
You make it easy to understand what fits us best. When either of us call you give us your time and very friendly. A smile goes a long way.
K.P., Customer
Friendly and knowledgeable about your services - Do what you say you"re going to do in a timely manner.
R.E., Customer
Rachel was very informative and she offered multiple options that fit our needs. She was also very pleasant, easy to understand, eager to help and was truly a God send for us when signing up for Medicare. We are so glad I opened the door for her. Jean Paul
J.P., Customer
Very helpful in choosing the best plan for you. Knowledgeable in the choices of plans and what is best for you.
I.G., Customer
I was very impressed with Rachel, when she arrived we sat down to discuss insurance. With her wonderful personality, and her knowledge of insurance one knows she is there to make it easy for you, and it was easy. If Rachel doesn't know the answer she immediately finds out the answer, no waiting. Rachel follows up to make sure everything is complete. I'm very impressed with the company, and Rachel.
M. S., Customer
Excellent personal attention to what works best for our situation and our insurance needs.
P.W., Customer
Rachel has been very helpful in in assisting me in finding the right insurance plan for my needs.
L.B., Customer
If the application goes through, I'll save $50/ mo ony premiums. A big savings. Thanks Rachael.
M.H., Customer
You helped my husband and I shift into this next season of our lives very easily. You are very professional and personal at the same time. That is a rare quality and much appreciated.
C.L., Customer
I have recommended you to a friend and they have called but never received a return call from anyone.
J.B., Customer
Include information on other healthcare issues important to seniors like options with dental and eye care insurance.
J.L., Customer
Rachel is the best! Great knowledge and experience! Caring and genuine! Builds relationship with client. Fun and sweet too!
R.R., Customer
Making the transition to the Medicare world is quite confusing as well as scary. You and your family have been in the business for some time and your understanding of the process was very helpful.
R.E., Customer
You found the right carrier for a reasonable price and did follow ups. Thanks.
R.K., Customer
Rachel's personal service and individualized care. Thanks Rachel!
J.F., Customer
Rachel was a good listener. I appreciated that she found a policy that did not cost me much but was all that I needed in an efficient way.
L.D., Customer
Came to door for personal contact- Rachael had an instant professional appeal! Trust her completely.
B.A., Customer
Made the transition easy and explained everything well
L.H., Customer
You helped me understand about the med insurance.
J.B., Customer
Very low key. Provided good information.
Customer since 2015
Pleasant, professional conversation. Was able to answer questions quickly and accurately. Very pleasant!
R.O., Customer
We work with Rachel and she is always very knowledgeable and works hard to find the best solutions for my husband and myself.
C.L., Customer
Gave me all the information needed to make critical decisions about health insurance choices. Thank you for taking the time to help both of us!
P.W., Customer
You are always available for us and you let us know when it is time to review. We feel confident that what you suggest for us is the best way to go for our circumstances.
L.H., Customer
Rachel is extremely well-versed in the intricacies of the insurance world. She has provided me with good information and choices in selecting a policy. Rachel has made herself available via phone calls, emails, and text messages all of which she answered promptly.
R.B., Customer
Knowledgeable agent, and great service.
S.K., Customer
we always know you're there to help us. Your friendship and expertise give us confidence that we are well taken care of with our insurance needs.
J.D., Customer
Rachel is always willing to meet with us and answer any questions we have. I like talking to a real person rather than following directions on an automated call.
R.L., Customer
knowledgeable about all aspects of insurance and could answer any and all questions.
H. K., Customer
We are confident that Rachel will continue to look for the best prices and keep us informed.
S.C., Customer
Rachael came to our home at the right time. We had been researching so many options and getting confused. Rachael made the process so easy for us. Rachael represents Sam Hockaday at the highest level,
L.M., Customer
Rachel is very professional and very helpful. My wife, Marty, and I really like her---she is very sweet, easy to talk to, and has a great sense of humor. Also, she's not afraid to call the home office if she's not sure of something.
K. V., Customer
Rachael always checks up on us and asks questions. Any and all questions are answered very quickly. She listens to our concerns and reviews our options. She is a caring person and tries to fit the correct product with the customers needs.
M.H., Customer
Rachel is so friendly, helpful, and professional!
S.M., Customer
Coming into our home making the process so much easier. Always a smile,friendly and very patience.
L.M., Customer
Friendly and knowledgeable service in my own home.
S.M., Customer
Rachel is knowledgeable and responsive. She always has the answer to my questions in a timely manner. She is friendly and always helpful.
R.B., Customer
I have recommended Rachel to friends because of her professional and yet sincere and caring spirit she offers her customers. She explained possibilities for us to consider without any pressure and allowed us to ask questions, take time to make a decision, and has sent all paperwork to us in a short time. She makes herself available to ask questions whenever needed. We will continue to work with her and her company for these reasons. We highly recommend them.
C. L., Customer
The personal attention you give.
M.B., Customer
You shared some valuable information with us about Don's previous supplemental insurance. The new policy he has will save us a lot of money.
S. N., Customer
The agent is very knowledgeable of the products offered and is always willing help and assist when needed.
S.K., Customer
Rachael most certainly came at the perfect time to help me select the most appropriate Medicare plan. She made it easy and did all the work!! I appreciate her diligence to get the answers to questions she did not know. It is such a relief to be ready for my transition date for Medicare. Her personality is very friendly and I look forward to her continued service.
Sue R., customer since 2015