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State Farm® Insurance Agent

Houston Richards

17000 E Us Highway 24 Suite E
Independence, MO 64056-1524

Directly across from Mr. Goodcent's

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Office Info

Office Hours

9am - 5pm
After Hours by Appointment
Call or text us 24 hours a day!


17000 E Us Highway 24 Suite E
Independence, MO 64056-1524



The Houston Richards State Farm Insurance Agency understands that life is full of the "unexpected." We also understand that it is our job to do what we can to protect you from the "unexpected." We know that all insurance policies aren't created equal and it's our responsibility to help you understand what fits for you in a world that is ever-changing!

Don’t let the madness of insurance make life anymore crazy! Call, text, or contact my office through social media and we will work with you to simplify your life with your very own Personal Price Plan! We will work with you and your family to put a Personal Price Plan in place to protect you and your loved ones! We can protect your Auto, Home, Business, Motorcycle, Boat, and most importantly your Family! We make it simple and easy. Contact us today, it is easier than you think!

Now for a little about me! I have been with State Farm since 2013 and licensed in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and Arkansas. I was born and raised in Independence and still a resident till this day. My family includes my wife Ashton, daughter Arlington and our golden doodle Winston (AKA, our office mascot - stop by the office to meet him)! We are often referred to as the "4 Tons".

We take pride in making a difference in our community and helping people make smarter insurance decisions. We don't believe in the cookie cutter insurance policies which is why we take such pride in our personalized approach. We take time to personalize your insurance protection plan to fit you and your needs with the discounts you deserve! We also apply this approach to all of our life insurance and health insurance plans we create. Houston Richards State Farms pledge to our customers has always been one thing; If we know of a way to make your situation better, you're going to know about it! We hope that our dedication to continue to serve our surrounding communities allows them to understand their coverage, what it does for them and provides them with the protection they need!

If there is anything we can assist you or someone you know with, please feel free to give us a call, email or text, at any time. We would love the opportunity to earn your business and show you why we are your one stop shop for all of your auto, motorcycle, home, renters, condo, life insurance and health insurance needs. We look forward to meeting you!

Insurance Products Offered

Auto, Homeowners, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, Business, Life, Health, Pet

Other Products

Banking, Mutual Funds, Annuities

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Our mission is to be different! Each day we will do what others don't, and others won't. This will allow us to help more people in more ways and ultimately do what we love in the service of those that love what we do! We do this by making sure that your coverage is specific to YOUR needs and providing you with proper protection from the unexpected!

We pride ourselves on being the first choice for insurance in our community. Our office has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. My team and I want to provide knowledge to the public on all thing's insurance related in a world that is ever-changing. Our motivated staff is eager to help you and we look forward to being your resource for all things insurance!

Julie Westhefer State Farm Agent Team Member

Julie Westhefer

Agent's Executive Assistant

Julie is originally from San Jose, CA and has lived in Independence since 2004. She and husband Mike have 4 children, 5 grandchildren 2 puppies and 5 grand puppies. Her passions are her family & friends, caring for others and having fun. In her spare time, Julie enjoys attending her children/grandchildren’s activities, supporting Independence Young Life and is a big fan of the Chiefs.

Julie has over 30 years of business administration and customer service experience. She loves helping people and building relationships that come with that. Her insurance journey began with Houston Richards in March of 2020, and she is looking forward to being a part of the agency until retirement.

Ashlee Reiman State Farm Agent Team Member

Ashlee Reiman

Account Manager

Ashlee is originally from a "small" town outside of Sacramento CA but moved to Missouri in 2009 at the age of 10. She found her passion for living a small-town life in the country when moving to Lone Jack, Missouri. Her, her husband Austin, and Daughter Aria now live in the small town with their 3 dogs, 14 goats and soon to add chickens and cows!

Ashlee started in the insurance industry in 2018 where she found her niche with helping educate others on how to protect their most valuable assets. She is currently working towards expanding her knowledge and getting additional licenses to help all of our insureds with their future dreams. She expects to spend the rest of career within the Houston Richards' agency!


Colbi Marks

Customer Service Representative


Kaylie Westhefer

Marketing Service Assistant

Kaylie has lived in Independence, MO since 2004. She is a 2020 graduate of Truman High School and a 2024 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Marketing.

Kaylie has been at Houston Richards State Farm since December of 2021 doing service work for the office and marketing the office. She loves to connect with community and meet with insureds whenever she can. She looks forward to her future within the agency.


Wendy Forbes

Customer Service Representative

David Parker State Farm Agent Team Member

David Parker

Life Insurance Representative


Austin Hall

Account Associate

Austin was born and raised in Jefferson City, Mo and moved to Kansas City in late 2019 after graduating from college. He attended school at the University of Arkansas and finished his degree at State Technical College of Missouri with a degree in agronomy. Now he lives in Lees Summit with his yellow Labrador, Remi.

Austin started his insurance career with the agency in August 2023 after working in the golf industry for several years. He found a passion in learning the ins and outs of the industry, educating and protecting people for whatever life throws at them. He is looking forward to an exciting future with the Houston Richards agency.

Gregory Miranda State Farm Agent Team Member

Gregory Miranda

Account Manager

Born in Glendale, California, Gregory has settled into the Midwest lifestyle and now resides in Kansas City, MO. Gregory graduated from Truman High School in Independence, MO in 2016. When Gregory is not in the office, you can find him spending time at home with his wife Hannah and their baby boy Israel.

Gregory loves sports and is an avid fan of local teams!

Joined the Houston Richards State Farm Team in the fall of 2023 as an account representative. Gregory is passionate about helping our insureds to be properly covered and helping them reach their goals by the security that State Farm products provide.

Melissa King State Farm Agent Team Member

Melissa King

Life Insurance Representative

Melissa grew up in Independence, MO. She and husband Brad have 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys), and 2 puppies. Her passions are her family & friends, caring for others and having fun. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys attending her children’s activities, which include her daughter dancing for the MU Golden Girls.

Melissa has over 20 years of Insurance and Financial Services experience. She loves helping people and building relationships. Melissa specializes in helping customers with home, auto, life, and health needs. Her insurance journey began with Houston Richards in March of 2024, and she loves working for the agency.

Marshall Adams State Farm Agent Team Member

Marshall Adams