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Planning For The Unexpected

Planning For The Unexpected

As a business owner, it is important to plan ahead and plan for the unexpected. When you hear the word emergency, do you think of a fire, chemical spill, medical accident or some other type of emergency that might occur…

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The ’10s:

The agency entered the current decade with more breadth than ever. We hired three young producers for the future. You have to keep growing to stay relevant.   Technology is at a turning point as we’ve gone to a “cloud-based”…

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The ’00s:

The implementation of technology and expansion of the agency in the previous decade brought the agency to a new height. We were one of the first independent agencies to have a website. At that time a website was a big…

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A Decade A Day: The ’90s

In the ‘90s, the agency would expand "with confidence" rapidly. Remember the 70’s when the agency’s Gross Premium was close to half a million? At the beginning of the 1990s that number was a lot closer to 9 million—18 times…

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A Decade a Day: The ’80s

The ‘80s: The 1980’s brings us to our fourth and current location in downtown Montgomery, Alabama: 210 Commerce St.  The building, previously known as the Old Implement Store dates back to 1895 and boasts some of Montgomery’s most extravagant Victorian…

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The ’70s:

Bo had been working at the agency for almost 10 years when he decided his father, Bo Sr. was spending more time at the Beauvoir Club than he was in the agency. So, he decided to tell his father he…

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The ’60s:

In 1962 Bolling P. “Bo Bo” Starke, II, joined the agency after two years of military service. Current President, Trey Starke, recalls being told that at the time the agency profits were split between the three family members—Bo Sr., Bo…

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The ’50s:

While the insurance industry and Montgomery continued to expand, the agency hired its first family member. Joe Jordan, Bo’s brother-in-law, began working at the agency as their second producer. By the 1950's Rawlings was no longer backing the agency and…

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A Decade a Day: The ’40s

The decade begins the year after WWII began. Bolling, better known as “Bo”, left the states and went to Germany to serve with the Red Cross during the War. He had tried to enlist but due to his age (late…

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A Decade a Day: The ’30s

In honor of our 90th anniversary, we thought to share some of Starke’s most interesting and pivotal points through the last 9 decades over the course of 9 days. The agency was established in 1929, so our first ‘real’ decade…

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Starke Agency Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Starke Agency celebrates its 90th anniversary providing insurance and risk management to the people and businesses of the River Region and beyond. Starke is marking its 90th anniversary on September 5, 2019, which has been proclaimed Starke Agency day. There…

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Starke Agency Receives MarshBerry’s 2019 MAX Performer Award

Starke Agency Receives MarshBerry’s 2019 MAX Performer Award

MONTGOMERY, AL, June 25, 2019 –MarshBerry is excited to announce that Starke Agency, Inc., of Montgomery, AL, is the winner of the 2019 annual Southeast MAX Performer recognition award. The MAX Performer award is a mark of distinction given to…

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Celebrating National Small Business Week

Celebrating National Small Business Week

It’s National Small Business Week and all things small business are being celebrated! Small businesses are absolutely vital to the U.S. economy. More than 30 million small businesses employ close to 59 million people in the U.S. And this makes up…

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Employer Actions to Address the Opioid Crisis

Employer Actions to Address the Opioid Crisis

“Our nation is facing the deadliest drug crisis in its history”, is how the article in the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research begins when referencing opioids/opiates. What begins usually as a legitimate use of these medications may end…

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Starke Agency in Top 12 Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies in Alabama

Starke Agency has been designated as one of the Top 12 Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies in Alabama for the 2017 fiscal year. This isn’t the first time the agency has ranked amongst the Top 12 Insurance agencies in the state.…

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New Assistant Commercial Account Advisor

New Assistant Commercial Account Advisor

Mandy comes to Starke after a two-year hiatus from the world of 8-5's to spend time with her two children, Hazen & Olivia. Mandy has previously worked over a decade in claims management, working specifically with medical claims. She is…

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Starke Awarded Best Practices

Starke Awarded Best Practices

Starke Agency, Inc. retains its Best Practices status, once again becoming a part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. This status comes by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA…

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Welcoming Bobby Barnes, Director of Sales and Marketing

Welcoming Bobby Barnes, Director of Sales and Marketing

Bobby, a 29-year veteran in the insurance industry, comes to us after most recently working as Client Advocate/Account Executive for Willis Towers Watson. He has previously worked in both local and private agencies, including Starke Agency itself, and publicly traded…

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Welcome Anna Watts, Commercial Account Advisor

Welcome Anna Watts, Commercial Account Advisor

Starke Agency, Inc., Montgomery’s oldest independent insurance agency, is pleased to announce the recent hire of Anna Watts, our newest Commercial Account Advisor. Watts graduated from Troy University in December of 2017 with a degree in Business Administration with a…

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Data breaches mean more work for Alabama businesses

Data breaches mean more work for Alabama businesses

It has been two months since Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed Act No.2018-396, regarding data breaches, into law.  However, it is never too late to be reminded of the provisions that come with it. Obligations in the new law “All…

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Starke Agency in Top 10 Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies in Alabama

Starke Agency in Top 10 Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies in Alabama

Starke Agency has been designated as one of the Top 10 Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies in Alabama for the 2016 fiscal year. This isn’t the first time the agency has ranked amongst the Top 10 Insurance agencies in the state.…

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Driving and Distraction: A Growing Problem for Your Business

Driving and Distraction: A Growing Problem for Your Business

According to the 2016 US Market on Car Rental Data, over 2.3 million cars were in service by companies in the US. With that many company cars on the road, we can assume most companies with fleets will have their…

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5 Free Apps For Your Small Business

5 Free Apps For Your Small Business

Payroll, taxes, employee benefits –the list could go on. Thankfully, today’s technology makes it easier than ever to do just that. Since business costs are enough, we thought these freebies may interest you.  Check out the following 5 apps that…

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Starke Agency: Giving Your Business Confidence Moving Forward

As a business owner, you can know that with Starke you will have "Confidence Moving Forward". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8ByTPdTLGA&feature=youtu.be

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When Software Isn’t Enough: Cyber Insurance

When Software Isn’t Enough: Cyber Insurance

Just because you operate a small business don’t think you are not a target for cyber attacks. Actually, you may be a more attractive target because larger corporations have much more sophisticated safeguards and software against cyber attacks although those…

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2016: A Year to Remember

2016: A Year to Remember

2016 was quite the year! Filled with not just work, but fun, food, charity, concerts, golf tournaments and more, 2016 brought lots of love and left us with lots of memories! Furthermore, we acquired 3 new employees: Melissa Thurber, CFO;…

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New Overtime Rule

New Overtime Rule

Effective December 1, 2016—only 113 days from now—the new overtime “final rule” will change a variety of facets of the previous overtime law. The final rule will: Raise the previous employee salary threshold for eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476…

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Workplace 2.0

Workplace 2.0

It’s 2016 and things are a’changin—including the workplace. “Treadmill desks. Bouncy ball chairs. Tablets on public transit. Wi-fi on airplanes. Our workplace is more mobile than ever.” Welcome to Workplace 2.0. Traveler’s Insurance has deemed Workplace 2.0 as, well, anywhere…

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Welcoming New Hire, William H. Van Hooser

Welcoming New Hire, William H. Van Hooser

We are happy to announce that we have hired William Van Hooser as the new Employee Benefits/Life Advisor. Van Hooser, a graduate of Auburn University, brings to Starke 3 years of experience working with Traveler’s and has worked with multiple…

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