Behind the Desk

Name: Craig Meyers

Company Name: D.L. Dravis & Associates Inc.

Address: P.O. Box 430, Altoona

Telephone number: 800-743-8304


Position: Automobile and light truck physical damage appraiser

Years with company: 20 years

Family: Eife, Patty; and their two dogs.

What products or services does your company provide?

Our staff of adjusters and appraisers are equipped to handle first- and third-party property claims and all general liability homeowners and commercial claims needs. We’re available to conduct a full investigation and process the claims through completion, including determining value, settlement and any mediation. Our team is ready to handle auto, commercial truck, tractor-trailer, RV, boat and motorcycle appraisal needs. Our appraisers have decades of experience, produce high-quality work and have quick cycle-time. We handle claims through Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Carolina.

Who are your customers?

Insurance companies, attorneys and privately insured entities.

What is your business day like?

I try to schedule vehicle inspection appointments one to two days prior to arrival. My assignments take me to homes, businesses and repair facilities. After inspection, I return to my office to enter photos and claim documentation.

What is the best business advice you have received?

There are two things that I won’t forget: Respect all of those that you meet on your way up the ladder. Chances are, you will see them on your way down. And don’t burn your bridges; you may need to cross them again, some day.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned on the job?

Listen and learn from others. Everyone has valuable information to help you succeed at your job, whether you’re talking with a customer, co-worker or supervisor.

What does the future hold?

I try to live life day by day. Hopefully, I can continue doing my job and, with God’s will, retire healthy.

What have you read lately that has influenced your business life?

I try to keep up with trends associated with the antiques and classic car fields, so I read Hemmings Classic Car and Street Rodder magazine.

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