NORTHUMBERLAND, PA - December 17, 2012 – Keystone Insurers Group, one of the nation’s largest property and casualty insurance brokers, welcomes Jackson, Tenn.-based agency Thompson & Smith Insurance as its 17th franchise partner in the state. The announcement was made jointly today by Thompson & Smith Insurance owners Roger Smith and Chuck Thompson along with Keystone’s Tennessee State Vice President Michele Bicknell.
“An affiliation with Keystone positions our agency with resources to do more for our clients and to pursue prospects we may not have been able to pursue before. As we continue to maintain complete ownership of Thompson & Smith, we can concentrate on advancing the growth of our agency more quickly now that we have many new capabilities available to us, some of which were utilized the first day of our partnership, ” said Smith.
“We are excited to have Roger, Chuck and the Thompson & Smith Insurance team on board,” said Bicknell. “This is an agency that exudes excellence and integrity. They are well-respected in their community and by their peers in the industry. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.”
About Thompson & Smith Insurance – Formed in 1998 by the late Jim Thompson and Roger Smith, Thompson & Smith Insurance is a full-service independent insurance agency. The agency is a result of the merger of The Thompson Group and Associated Insurance Services. Today, the agency is operated by owners Roger Smith and Chuck Thompson. Roger entered the industry in 1996 when he joined Associated Insurance Services. He is the current president of the Insurors of Tennessee. Chuck began his insurance career in 1994, under the direction of his father, Jim. Chuck became a partner in the agency in 2008. For more information on Thompson & Smith Insurance, visit www.thompsonandsmith.com.
About Keystone Insurers Group (KIG) – Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Northumberland, Pa., KIG is owned by its franchise partners and employees in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana and Ohio. In addition, KIG conducts business in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Each partner is an independent agency. With property/casualty premiums exceeding $1.7 billion, KIG is ranked fifth on Insurance Journal's 2011 list of Top 100 Privately-Held Property/Casualty Agencies. For franchising opportunities in Tennessee, contact Michele Bicknell at [email protected]. For more information, go to www.keystoneinsgrp.com.
Lea Ann Hawk