The Next Step

Brandon Boyd begins a new chapter with Henderson Yost Insurance


  • Biography   Thursday, February 18, 2021   Stewart Grant



By Stewart Grant
Brandon Boyd of St. Marys has packed a lot into his first 30 years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed him down.
The fourth child of Brian and Sue Boyd, Brandon recalls that his parents set a good example of getting involved in the community. Brian, who was branch manager with the Bank of Montreal, was active within minor hockey and a member of the Downie Optimist Club. Sue was well-known in the community through her years as an elementary school teacher and more recently as a Director with the Kirkton Horticulture Society.
“They were very encouraging, even when I was kid, towards us organizing stuff,” said Brandon. “Back then, I was always that guy getting the phone book out to call 20 buddies to organize a road hockey game. They instilled a lot of those values.”
Brandon took the advice to heart. Beginning as a teenager, he organized a summer hockey league a number of years, then at age 19 he became Vice-President of the Mens Slo-Pitch League in town. Into his twenties, he coached minor hockey for seven years, ran the No-Body Contact Tournament for five years, and has been a board member for St. Marys Minor Hockey for six years and counting. At age 25, he was elected President of the St. Marys Lincolns Junior B hockey club, and has served on both the boards with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (“GOJHL”) and Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce.
“I have a very forgiving wife,” Brandon was quick to mention when asked about his busy extra-curricular schedule. Brandon and Claire had planned for a big wedding in 2020 but the pandemic derailed those plans. Keeping an eye on ever-changing restrictions, they finally tied the knot in front of a small gathering of family and friends on August 28th. Claire, daughter of Paul and Maryanne Jackson, is a nurse at the Happy Valley Health Team in St. Marys.
2020 brought another very significant change for Brandon, as he was offered the chance to buy into the insurance brokerage of Henderson Yost. Seven years after beginning his insurance career as an insurance broker, the opportunity at Henderson Yost was a perfect “next step”, with the chance to not just work in the insurance industry but to be a part-owner within the business.
Boyd said one of the aspects that attracted him to Henderson Yost is the ability to “concentrate on small town and rural insurance needs. There is a huge emphasis on customer service, and it’s rewarding to work in my own backyard.”
“The Henderson family has been in insurance since 1878 when Adam Henderson founded the West Zorra Mutual Insurance company. They’ve been in insurance ever since... the brokerage was founded in 1957 with Bruce Henderson. Bruce’s son Paul is nearing retirement now, and Paul’s son John has also bought into the business.”
The brokerage, which offers farm, commercial, home and auto insurance, is based out of Kintore.
“The family has farmed in that area for generations, so they know the agricultural side of the business inside and out. They have very deep roots in the area, from St. Marys to Thamesford, Embro to Thorndale, and looking to grow from there.”
Boyd has worked in the insurance industry ever since graduating with a business diploma specializing in insurance from Fanshawe College.
“It’s an interesting business because I enjoy getting out and meeting new people, talking to people. It’s cool to build those life-long relationships and be involved in the local business community.”
To contact Brandon Boyd at Henderson Yost Insurance, call 519-520-0799 or email brandon.boyd@hendersonyost.com.