Tippit Insurance in McAlester becomes Tedford member agency
Tedford Insurance is expanding its reach in the McAlester area by partnering with Tippit Insurance. Both agencies are multi-generation family businesses that take pride in serving their neighbors and the community.
The announcement means an enhanced range of the products will be made available to Tippit Insurance customers. Along with commercial and personal insurance policies, they will now have access to Tedford Insurance’s health and life insurance options.
The two agencies have been in negotiations for more than a year. “They had a deep, common respect for how we deal with our customers,” says Tippit Insurance President Brian Tippit. Both agencies share a similar history, traveling similar paths and experiencing similar challenges.
George Tedford started Tedford Insurance in 1978. His young sons helped around the office in the summertime, and each joined the agency after finishing college. Now George Tedford’s sons – Mike and Mark Tedford – lead the agency, providing a full range of insurance options, including auto, home, life, group health, and workers compensation insurance.
Tedford Insurance has offices in seven Oklahoma communities, including Claremore, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, McAlester, Chandler, Drumright, and their headquarters on Main Street in Jenks. Tedford Insurance was named the Family-Owned Business of the Year in 2015 by the Tulsa Chamber’s Small Business Connection.
McAlester’s Tippit Insurance was founded in 1952 by W.C. Tippit, Jr. His son, Chuck, took over in 1971. Chuck’s son, Brian, joined his father’s agency in 1993 after graduating from Oklahoma State University. Brian’s younger brother, William, came on board in 1998. Brian and William bought the agency from their father in 2012.
Tedford & Tippit Insurance customers should notice very little change. They will still be able to get hometown service and support from the same people they know and trust. The mission of Tedford Insurance will continue to be building strong relationships, offering superior service and giving back to the community.