The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting along with their monthly networking coffee at aNe Insurance, one of Bridge City’s newest chamber members Tuesday morning. Owner Alice Ellen Nickum whose initials monogram style are aNe has been a part of the Bridge City Community since August 1965 when she and her husband, Bill moved here as newlyweds. Ellen and Bill raised their three children, Angela, Alyson and John in the community and are happy that two of them, Alyson and John, still live in Bridge City and are busy raising their families here as well. They are the proud grandparents to nine grandchildren. Ellen and Bill have been active members of the community and attend Second Baptist Church.

Ellen made the decision to open an independent agency when she saw the marketing need arise for one in our area. Ellen has been in and around the insurance business for over 40 years due to her husband also being his own insurance agent. Bill proudly supports Ellen in this new venture even giving up two of his employees to help in the new business. Charlene Wappler and Nathan Dean joined Ellen when aNe Insurance Agency opened in June, 2012. Charlene is a licensed agent in home, auto, life and health and is currently working on getting certified to become a Flood Specialist. Charlene and husband, Randy have lived in Bridge City 20 years raising their three children, Drew, Mallory and Matthew while she was employed by Bill Nickum Insurance for more than 10 of those years. Nathan has been a licensed agent for two and one half years in home, auto, life and health.  He is the manager for aNe Insurance and has worked diligently securing companies for aNe to represent. Nathan and his wife Brianne, moved to Bridge City in 2010 and are raising their four children, Bryce, Toby, Hailey and newly welcomed Layla in the community.

Ellen, Charlene and Nathan are excited and proud to be serving the Bridge City/Orangefield Community. The office, located at 1025 Texas Avenue, Suite B is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.