The Conrad Agency was originally formed as Conrad Crop Insurance, LLC to provide crop insurance products to customers in the Newton, Benton, Jasper, Lake, Porter, and White County areas. Kyle Conrad has been in the property and casualty and crop insurance business as a local agent since 2001.
Shortly after forming his crop insurance business in 2012, demand grew with customers requesting that he offer property and casualty insurance for their home, auto, business, and farm. Thus was born THE CONRAD AGENCY.
By 2013 it became apparent that this growth was going to continue and additional resources were needed in the way of staffing and insurance companies to place business with. That is when Kyle and Dave Guthridge of the G&G Agency in Fowler, Indiana began discussing Dave's desire to "slow down" a bit and sell his insurance agency. The result of these discussions was the addition of our second location effective January 1, 2014.
Our second location is located at 205 E. Fifth Street in downtown Fowler, Indiana and is staffed by longtime employees Kelly Unger and Shirley Zink. The G&G Agency was formed in 1921 by Shirley Gunnells, a Fowler railroad agent who found himself with no insurance when his Model T automobile was stolen. He realized a need for an insurance agency in Fowler and opened his agency that same year. In 1928, Emmett Guthridge joined Shirley and together they operated as Gunnells and Guthridge. Emmett's son, Dave Guthridge, came on board in 1960 and upon Shirley's retirement, the name was changed to The G&G Agency. Emmett continued to work in the agency well into his 80's, and Dave celebrated his 53rd year in the insurance business in Fowler in 2014 and retired from his real estate business in December, 2015. In January of 2017, the Fowler location name was changed to The Conrad Agency.
On October 1, 2018 we acquired the Garrott-Keller Insurance Agency in downtown Brookston, Indiana. This agency traces its roots to the 1940's and was located at 301 S. Prairie Street. In October of 2021 we merged this office with our Fowler location. Jim Keller remains a licensed insurance agent with our agency at the Fowler location.
On October 1, 2019 we acquired the Fowler office of the Loman-Ray Insurance Group, formerly known as Insurance Center, and merged this book of business with our existing Fowler office. Paige Dowell joined us from the Loman-Ray office and assists our clients with their personal, business, farm, and crop insurance needs.
On July 1, 2021 we acquired the Kentland office of Novotny and Associates and merged those policies with our Fowler location. Gisele Dewing joined our staff in Fowler to help service those former Novotny clients as well as all of our customers.
The year 2021 marks our 100th year serving Benton and surrounding counties. We appreciate all of our clients who put their faith in us and look forward to the next century of service.