Growth Report 2017: Thompson Insurance Group Begins 70th Year

Editor’s Note: The following story is from Growth Report 2017, published by The Business Journal.

GIRARD, Ohio — Thompson Insurance Group – parent of The Gibson Agency,, Thompson Private Client Services and Gibson Agri & Equine Insurance – experienced growth last year across all of its divisions, reports Andrew Thompson, vice president.

“This year marks our 70th year of doing business and we have set high expectations for 2017,” he says.

The agency maintained “impressive client retention rates,” Thompson reports, participated in community fundraising events and once again donated $10,000 to 10 local charities through its holiday giving campaign.

The Gibson Agency, the company’s personal and commercial lines division, again was recognized by Grange Insurance and awarded the title of “personal lines agent with authority,” Thompson says. “Out of nearly 4,000 independent agencies nationwide, Gibson was one of just 151 to earn this designation, exemplifying superior work ethic, professionalism and knowledge of the insurance industry.”

In April, Thompson Insurance participated in the 25th Annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. The agency set up a collection box at its office and held a donation day cook-out for staff, clients and the community to drop off food items and enjoy lunch prepared by Disaster Recovery Services.

“We delivered to Second Harvest a truck-load of goods that weighed 765 pounds,” Thompson says.

The staff participated in other community fundraising events throughout 2016. In May, employees formed a team for a Bowl-a-Thon event held by Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley. Thompson also participated in the Tri-County Heart Walk in September. The agency’s team of nearly 70 walkers raised over $1,500 for the Youngstown chapter of the American Heart Association.

The company’s fifth annual holiday giving campaign was conducted in December on Facebook with users voting on the 10 nonprofits vying for donations. The winning organization was The Paw Platoon, a Youngstown-based dog rescue, which received the top donation of $5,000. In second place was Homes for Kids,/ Child and Family Solutions, which received a $1,000 donation.

The eight remaining organizations each received donations in the amount of $500: Making Kids Count, Down Syndrome Association of the Valley, Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, Brighten Up for the Kids, Our Community Kitchen, Hospice of the Valley, Disabled American Veterans Trumbull County Chapter #11, and Tails of Hope.

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