Small town life is for Ted Paris.
Growing up in Spencer, then moving around following different careers, Paris again found his way back to small town life in Brazil three years ago.
"It's a nice community," Paris said from behind the desk of his office located 213 E. National Ave. "People have been nice as I've been meeting them."
Officially taking over as head of the Brazil Allstate office April 1, Paris wants people to know that despite being a new face, he will still run things like business as usual.
Paris replaced former Exclusive Agent for Allstate Insurance Co. Dave Snyder. Synder retired to focus on his holiday art.
Jamee Reberger, who previously worked with Synder for seven years, will still be around in addition to the rest of the old staff.
Prior to becoming an Allstate agent, Paris worked in insurance and retail management. He graduated from Indiana State University in 1972 with a degree in business management then owning and operating a Ben Franklin and a True Value Hardware store.
He also worked for Farmer's Insurance Co. for 17 years. Working in Indianapolis for the last four years, Paris and his wife, Sandy, moved to Brazil from Terre Haute to lessen his travel. This is when he met Snyder and they began discussing Synder's retirement.
After growing up in Spencer and then living in a larger city like Terre Haute and now moving back to Brazil, Paris said, "It's nice to be back in the community."
Paris is a sports enthusiast who is anticipating becoming heavily involved in the community.
He said he and his wife intend to stay in Brazil through his retirement. "Small town living is nice and we want to be a part of it."