From Former Captive Agents
Separate agency codes, ironclad contracts with the top regional and national carriers along with maximized commissions and contingencies? Absolutely! The Couri way will define your agency’s future.
Having been a captive agent for 27 years, I’ve seen a great deal of change and much of it not in favor of the agent. That’s when I decided I needed a change myself and became an independent agent. Having talked to and researched several cluster organizations, Couri, and in particular Steve Woodworth, stood out. Steve was the only representative that didn’t start off by proclaiming that his group was the ‘best.’ He was also the only one who took the time to meet face to face. He was very forthcoming in the workings of an independent agency and encouraged me to talk to other groups and gather as much information as possible. In the end, it was the sense of honesty, integrity, open communication and agent support that made me decide to join Couri. And in my short tenure with Couri, I quickly realized I had made a BIG mistake…I should have made the move years sooner!
I appreciate the opportunity that Couri has given me to become an independent agent. It has been great to have the ability to use several insurance companies to provide my clients with proper coverage at the right rates.
As a captive agent I went into every gunfight with one bullet in my gun. Being an independent agent, I now represent a number of top-rated carriers, making it easier for me to compete for business. It’s a huge win for me and my customers.
I joined Couri in 2003. At that time, I had been a direct writer for more than 10 years and needed more options for my clients, as well as a better way to do business. I found both with Couri. Since joining, my growth has been tremendous, and the carriers are true partners with my agency. Looking back, joining Couri was one of the best business decisions I have ever made.
After 35 years on the captive agent side, Couri opened our eyes to being independent and taught us that it’s never too late to switch. We had always wanted to make the move to independence, and Couri answered our prayers!
I have been a Couri agent for almost five years, and it was the best decision I ever made! Couri provides access to many different companies so you can build a strong and profitable agency. Everyone is always eager to help—they treat you like family! I have been with many different independent agencies and have never had the kind of support that Couri provides. I am so blessed to be a part of Couri.
Being associated with Couri gives me the opportunity to offer a wide range of competitive products from many fine companies. I also earn higher commissions and get great agency support.
Before I found Couri, I was with a group where the commission schedule was a lot less. They wanted to micro-manage and control my agency, which is located approximately 80 miles away. I left that group after eight years and hooked up with a local independent agency. Two years and $15,000 later, I discovered Couri. The people are so accommodating and pleasant to deal with. Jerry and Judie Couri are the most giving and wonderful people I have ever met, and Steve Woodworth is the best prince of a man that has EVER walked this earth. I would HIGHLY recommend joining Couri for the most pleasant insurance experience you could imagine.
From Independent Agents
Couri makes it easy to serve my clients in many ways. For example, I do not have to be concerned with procuring agency contracts and meeting volume commitments. In other words, I can devote the majority of my time to selling insurance, providing value and servicing my clients. Couri also provides other things that many other agencies do not. Its commercial department is second to none, and its personal lines people stay up to date on which carriers are competitive for the occasional hard-to-place risks.
Its in-house technical support helps keep all Couri agencies on the cutting edge of computer technology, and the very informative agency meetings keep all agents abreast of what is happening in the insurance industry. Add to that the occasional continuing ed classes, and you can readily understand why Couri is the place to make a career in insurance. The fact that the individual agency receives their fair share of contingencies alone is a major reason why I have been associated with Couri for almost 27 years.
My dream was to open a family-owned independent insurance agency in my hometown. Partnering with Couri allowed me to make that dream a reality. We have access to top-notch insurance carriers, a comprehensive management system and the freedom to grow the business our way without interference. It’s great to be part of the Couri family!
Relatively new to Couri, we can’t stress how pleased we are with our decision join the Couri family. We could have signed on with any group but chose Couri based on its reputation of representing some of the nation’s most aggressive and stable insurance companies. Additionally, Couri came very highly recommended by a reliable independent source, which was totally unexpected at the time. Our decision to join Couri is turning out to be the best decision we ever made. Because of Couri, we have been appointed with 10 outstanding insurance companies, which has allowed us to provide meaningful value to our clients. Our track record of converting over 70% of potential clients we quote speaks volumes about this ‘value’ business model. Being part of Couri takes the headache out of choosing insurance companies. All we have to do is get the ‘value’ word out while providing great customer service, and then watch our agency grow. We feel truly blessed.
As a small agency in the insurance business for over 28 years, the best thing about being associated with Couri is you always get top-notch underwriters. Other benefits include pricing power, something that is much needed in this continued soft market. I am thankful that I made this decision just about five years ago and am hoping for a continued long and happy relationship.
Jerry and Judie have built a unique business structure which allows smaller agencies the ability to offer insurance products to a wider network of businesses and families. They are continuously moving forward to meet the challenges of maintaining the close working relationships with insurers so that we all remain profitable. Steve Albinger, the ‘right hand wing man,’ is a great resource and is willing to help out and provide encouragement. I was given a great opportunity when my agency partnered with Couri.
We are so happy to be affiliated with Couri. They can and do open doors for us daily. They maintain the companies so we can concentrate on selling. They are always there when we need them!