Montgomery, AL (December 20, 2023) – University Insurance Agency, Inc. (University Agency), Auburn’s oldest independent brokerage of commercial and personal property, casualty and surety products has joined Starke Agency, an independent risk management and insurance brokerage located in Montgomery, AL.
The deal solidifies Starke Agency’s strategic growth into the Auburn-Opelika market, allowing the agency to increase its service capabilities in east Alabama after opening their first Auburn office in October 2023.
“When looking to strategically expand, we want to partner with local agencies who have proven records of unmatched customer service and community involvement,” said Starke Agency President Kyle Drumwright. “University Agency has more than 50 years of service to the Auburn-Opelika community and we are excited to continue their legacy of honest, quality customer care.”
Longtime University Agency President Cecil Yarbrough believes that Starke Agency is both a cultural and professional match. “Joining Starke Agency aligns with the goals that we have for both our customers and employees. They will provide us with additional resources, markets, and technical expertise to serve our current and future customers.”
Myra Johnson echoes the words of Yarbrough by saying, “this decision was one that we took very seriously because we want to ensure our customers continue to receive the excellent service that we have always provided. After learning more about Starke it was clear that our values and missions were closely aligned and we are excited about this partnership with them.”
Griffin McNeill, Starke’s Auburn area Vice President, is equally excited stating, “this strategic partnership will help our footprint grow in the Auburn/Opelika area and we couldn’t be more pleased to join alongside Cecil and Myra. We are so excited to get to work for their clients in East Alabama.”
Cecil Yarbrough, Myra Johnson, and the entire team of the University Agency will continue to serve their local customers under the Starke Agency umbrella.
About Starke Agency, LLC
Starke Agency has been providing coverage, protection and outstanding customer service to the people and families of the River Region and beyond since 1929. Our mission is to build strong, positive, and long-lasting relationships with clients, team members, carriers, and the communities that we serve. Visit www.starkeagency.com to learn more or get a quote today.
About University Insurance Agency, Inc.
Established in 1963, University Insurance Agency, Inc. has been providing quality customer service to the Auburn, Opelika, and surrounding areas for more than 50 years.