An Independent Insurance Agency
Many people see insurance agencies as being pretty much alike. State Farm, American Family, Farmers, GEICO, what’s the difference? We’d like to think that there is a big difference between companies, agents, and agencies as well.
Smith Insurance is an independent insurance agent. What does that mean? It means that we work for you and not an insurance company. Unlike agencies that represent only one company (like State Farm, American Family, and Farmers to name a few), we represent many different insurance companies. And because of that, we act as an independent advocate for the people and businesses we serve. We’re there to ensure our clients receive the proper coverage, a great price, and representation when they need it most.
You’ll find that working with Smith Insurance is different than what you might be used to. We view each of our clients as more than just a transactional relationship, we view them as a neighbor, someone that we may run into from day-to-day on the street, at community events, or in the businesses we frequent throughout the area. To us it’s about accommodating your needs, being available, and listening closely to what’s important to you. It’s about being dependable and accountable, and getting the job done right the first time. In the end it’s about doing what we would expect if the shoe were on the other foot. It’s about earning your business year after year.
Mike Smith started his career in the insurance industry more than 20-years ago as an agent for Rupert Schulz and Associates in Big Bend, Wisconsin. He spent his first four years establishing his clientele, and learning how the companies they represented differed from one another with their underwriting philosophy and methods of doing business. In 1995 Mike bought the agency from Rupert and established Smith Insurance and Financial. In 2001 Mike moved the agency a half-mile down the road to their current location at the corner of Clark Street and Edgewood Avenue.
In 2004 Smith Insurance bought the New England Agency, another independent insurance agency with a focus on property and casualty as well as life and health insurance. This addition not only expanded lines of business offered by Smith Insurance, but the footprint of the agency’s service area as well. Finally, in the Fall of 2013 Mike brought his son Kevin Smith into the business as well. Today Smith Insurance covers the Big Bend and western Milwaukee suburbs, in addition to the cities of Racine, Kenosha and surrounding communities.
“We are all very proud of the long history our agency has had in Big Bend and the Greater Milwaukee Area. We’re lucky to work with some of the nicest people and businesses you’ll find anywhere in the country.” – Mike Smith.