History of Howey & Associates Insurance
Howey & Associates, Inc., formerly known as Howey & Klann Agency, was founded by Charles O. Howey in 1953, and has since then become one of the area’s largest independent insurance agencies, well respected within the insurance industry.
Charles Howey first began selling insurance and real estate in a small office in Riverview. Within a few years, he added a partner, Leslie Klann, and moved to a larger office in Trenton. Due to serious health problems, Mr. Klann retired in 1965. With an added workload, Mr. Howey began to focus on development from within the Agency’s staff, becoming one of the first to have members of his support staff become licensed agents. The Agency enjoyed very impressive growth and in fact, built a new and larger office at its present location in Woodhaven, relocating in June, 1978.
While selling and servicing abilities are certainly important, a major contributing factor to the past success of Howey & Associates was Mr. Howey’s progressive thinking and commitment to developing the best in each of the Agency’s employees, being innovative enough to educate his “clerical” staff and developing them into licensed insurance professionals, insightful enough to be a leader in Agency automation, and confident enough to invite and act upon the developmental ideas of those around him.
Stable, steady growth has continued to be the pace for our Agency. We now have nine producers and a support staff of twenty-one, including client service representatives, accounting, clerical, and management staff members. We enjoy an exceptional record for length of service; fourteen of our thirty staff members have been with the Agency for over twenty years.
With Mr. Howey’s retirement in 1992, leadership of the Agency was assumed by his son, Charles O. (Skip) Howey, Jr., who had joined the Agency in 1978 after his graduation from Western Michigan University, and had become the Agency’s leading producer. Skip continues to be Howey & Associates’ top producing agent, with an outstanding track record for client retention. His leadership brought a new dimension of discipline and personal development which had proven successful in his sports and coaching pursuits. Along with his management staff, Skip has continued building on the Agency’s established strengths, operational philosophies, objectives, and values, taking the Agency to new levels of growth and profitability. He has been an active voice with our company partners’ and Advisory Councils, working continuously to insure that agents can deliver excellent coverage and service to our clients at competitive prices in today’s market.
It is the goal of Howey & Associates, Inc. to be the SOLUTION – for insurance coverage that properly protects the needs of our clients, complemented by caring, professional service; an outstanding partner with the insurance companies we represent; and an exceptional employer, providing a working environment for employees that encourages their best development, professionally and personally.