BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — The staff at the McClure Group has built a solid reputation on providing the very best insurance service in the industry.
“The relationships are what I value most,” said owner Matt McClure. “Happiness and success in your personal and professional life is determined by your relationships with others. I’ve been fortunate to meet and befriend so many professionals in the Toledo area along with building strong ties with our members and clients. I’ll sit down with a client and during that time, we’ll share our life stories. It’s special.”
This month, the company marked a 20-year anniversary in Maumee.
“I love being in Maumee. I feel really committed to the area,” McClure said.
The McClure Group provides home, business, auto and life insurance products to approximately 3,000 clients in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. With a variety of products and services, the agency caters to first-time homeowners as well as long-established companies. The agency offers financial services as well, including wealth distribution services, annuities and long-term care.
Helping individuals navigate information related to home and auto insurance is vital to the McClure staff. Unexpected events can happen in an instant, and the results can be detrimental to individuals and families, McClure said.
“Accidents happen. It can only take a moment, but if you hit someone and they end up in the hospital, medical costs can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars in only a few days,” he said.
He added that proper plans can include having fire protection for a business or property, ensuring long-term health care for an elderly parent or knowing how to transfer employee IRAs when changing jobs.
“What we provide is the best of both worlds in terms of business or individual coverage,” he said.
McClure began working for Nationwide Insurance in 1992 after graduating from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He had spent six years working as a large loss claims agent when he was offered an opportunity to open his own Nationwide office.
In July 1998, McClure opened the office on Dussel Drive in Maumee. Business grew steadily and McClure went from having one associate to having a staff of eight. Then, in 2016, he moved the business to a new building on Conant Street next to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Next month, he plans to open a satellite office in Bowling Green.
While he has enjoyed a strong partnership with Nationwide, the agency will become fully independent next summer, allowing the agency to broaden the scope of products and services, McClure said.
“In 1998, I was 28 years old and just jumped into the business with blind faith. It’s been an amazing adventure and it’s staggering that 20 years went by already,” he said. “I’m so proud of my team. We continue to evolve and find ways to better serve our members and community.”
The McClure Group is located at 1302 Conant St. For information, please call the office at (419) 891-9494.