GAP – Georgia Agency Partners
It all began in 1996, when 10 agents gathered at an office in Waycross, Georgia, to officially launch what has since become a hugely successful partnership of independent agencies operating throughout the state. The agents, representing a total of five agencies of varying size, had some traits in common. They all were located south of Macon, in the southern part of Georgia. Many were young and had come to know, trust, and respect one another through years of association at the young agents meetings held under the auspices of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia. South Georgia Partners original members were Blount, Burke, Wimberly & Hendricks (Statesboro); Glass, Compton, & Blount (Savannah); Howard, Ventulett, & Bishop (Albany); Don James Agency (Waycoss); and Blanton & Griffin (Valdosta).
As the South Georgia Partners recognized that almost 60% of Georgia’s population is located within 80 miles of Atlanta, with the rest spread throughout much of the state’s large southern area south of Macon. It was this demographic reality that South Georgia Partners attempted to address, hopeful that by combining members production under one company contract, all could realize significant benefits in the form of contract enhancements and contingency payments. A year later, at the urging of an industry consultant, the group decided to expand its union to include agencies throughout the state, and Georgia Agency Partners, Inc. (GAP), was born in 1996.
Today GAP comprises of Fourteen Property/Casualty agency members whose commission income ranges from $1 million to $15 million, located throughout Georgia and led by agency principals with an average age of 50. In 1998 GAP members produced roughly $80 million in combined premium volume and today the premium is $350 million. GAP members, by virtue of the combined production, enhance their ability to meet clients’ coverage needs. Current members include: BBWH Insurors (Statesboro); Bishop & Durden (Vidalia); Blanchard & Calhoun (Augusta); Blanton & Griffin (Valdosta); Founders Insurance (Woodstock); Harry Daniel Insurance (Cartersville); Hutchinson Traylor (LaGrange); Matrix (Newnan); McGinty & Gordon (St. Simons Island); McEver & Tribble (Atlanta); Norton Insurance (Gainesville); Prime (Jonesboro); Stevens & Associates (Savannah); Waites & Foshee (Macon).