The insurance business is not a get-rich-quick deal, North Hardin Insurance Agency owner Bob Shipp says. However, if a person really has their customers’ interests at heart they will succeed.
“That has been our philosophy for 60 years,” said Shipp, 86. “We have our customers’ interest at heart.”
The North Hardin Insurance Agency, at 353 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd.in Radcliff celebrates its 60th anniversary at noon today with a Radcliff Small Business Alliance event.
It is one of the oldest small businesses in Radcliff and Hardin County.
Shipp, who became an insurance agent March 15, 1959, started out working for any angency owned by T. Brown Logsdon and T.J. Patterson as an agent. When they decided to sell the business, Shipp and his wife, Jeannene, purchased their business and it then became the North Hardin Insurance Agency.
“I learned the business and built it up and over the years a lot of the original stock holders got out of it and we managed to acquire ownership of the whole thing,” he said. “That’s how we got started and that is how we are now.”
Services at the North Hardin Insurance include auto, business, farm, home, liability and life. According to its website, the insurance agency represents more than 20 insurance companies and has a combined 200 years of insurance experience.
Shipp, who sat in his office Thursday reading commentary by Bill Wilson on property and casualty insurance, said it’s important in the insurance field to stay up to date on all the changes.
“There is a lot you have to keep up with in insurance ... It’s a continual learning experience,” he said.
Shipp said insurance companies come and go and the companies that they represent come and go for various reasons.
“So it is our responsibility to maintain a sound and competitive insurance market for our customers. That is what we’ve tried to do for 60 years,” he said.
Shipp currently serves on the board of the Radcliff-Fort Knox Convention and Tourism Commission and has been active in the community for many years. He has been on city council, served on the board for Stovall United Methodist Church for many years and served in a number of other ways.