Callaway County businesswoman is a beacon of success

The lobby of Central Crop Insurance Services is full of customers, patiently waiting and enjoying a nice lunch at their yearly open house, where customers come and sign their policy, agreeing to it for the year. Brenda Hibbard meets her customers at the door of her office and welcomes them in with a smile. They chat for a while then get to business working on their crop insurance policy for the upcoming year.

Brenda is the owner of two local businesses based out of Kingdom City, Missouri. She owns Central Crop Insurance Services, which opened in January in 1997, and Magic Car and Pet Wash, which opened in September of 2015.

Brenda has lived in Callaway County all of her life. She grew up on her family’s cattle and row crop farm. Her parents were also insurance agents and she grew up working in their agency. She continued to work in the family agency until she graduated from South Callaway High School. She then worked at multiple different insurance companies, with vastly different tasks at each one, until she decided to open her own agency.

“It just made sense to open my own agency,” Brenda said. “I’ve been around crop insurance for the majority of my life”.

Brenda has three sons, Richard Stanberry, Cole Stanberry and Adam Stanberry. Adam currently works for Brenda in the insurance agency as the sales manager and an insurance agent.

“The agency has really grown in the last five or so years,” Stanberry said. “I really enjoy being able to come back and work in the family business. Mom has spent many, many hours over the years working extremely hard to make Central Crop the premiere agency that it is today in the Midwest,” said Stanberry. Central Crop writes insurance policy in six states: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Ohio.

Magic Car and Pet Wash is the only carwash in Kingdom City, and the newest car wash in the area.

Brenda believes the carwash is something the area and community needed.

“I wanted another business that was different from the one I had,” Brenda said. Since its opening, the carwash has been very busy and successful. Magic Car and Pet Wash recently expanded and built another carwash in Ashland, Missouri.

The area only had one carwash and it did not have an automatic machine, so everyone was having to go to Columbia or Jefferson City to get their car washed for them, Brenda said. 

Brenda recently got married to Rev. Michael (Mike) Hibbard, of Ebenezer Baptist Church, in November 2018.

“Brenda is a really wonderful, sweet, kind lady,” Mike said. “She has been a blessing in my life.”

Brenda and Mike enjoy traveling and they have been taking time to get away and enjoy their time together. They are also a part of Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief. This program is designed to help people who have been a victim to a natural disaster. The teams go into the area after the disaster to assist in the cleanup and rebuilding process. The program also brings in shower units, laundry units, and a large kitchen to provide for the area.

Brenda and Mike recently returned from Nebraska where they were helping the flood victims recover, and said that it is very rewarding to go help the families that have suffered these disasters.

Brenda is a busy person and does many things. She works hard in her two businesses, but still takes time to enjoy life and help others.

Levi Gilman

About the Author Levi Gilman

My name is Levi Gilman, and I am a junior studying agricultural education and leadership with a minor in plant science. I come from the small town of Auxvasse, Missouri, just 30 minutes east of Columbia. I live in the country with some acreage, but my family does not own a farm. I am still very familiar with farming as some of my family and most of my neighbors are farmers. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and family, travel, hike, hunt, fish, and build things, such as furniture. In high school, I joined FFA and this sparked my passion for agriculture. I had always had an interest in farming growing up and I would drive a tractor any chance I could get. FFA grew this interest into a passion. I am excited to be part of CAFNR Corner Post this semester, and I look forward to pushing myself to find new and exciting stories, while also enhancing my writing skills and still being an advocate for agriculture.