CCIA celebrating 80 years in the insurance business

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2011

SALISBURY — Central Carolina Insurance Agency, a fixture in Salisbury and Mooresville, celebrated 80 years in business during a luncheon and open house at the Salisbury office.
The independent insurance company was founded by in 1931 by J.W. Freeman with an office in the Hanford Building on West Innes Street in Salisbury. Current partners in the firm include Jay Whittington and John Drye in Salisbury and Clarence “Rock” Pickard Jr. in the Mooresville office.
Former partners were Dave Clay, John Riley, Carroll Teeter and the late John Riley and Ran Turner.
Today, CCIA has 25 employees, including four producers, six personal line account managers and two claims department managers. Office manager Joanne Brown has been with the company for nearly 41 years.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank our employees and the communities we serve for allowing us to meet their insurance needs for all of these years,” Whittington said in a press release.
CCIA is the largest independent insurance agency in Rowan County and one of the largest in Iredell County. The company offers personal property and business coverage through more than 20 insurance company providers, as well as health and life insurance.
“The resiliency of our company is a testament to the strong relationships that our associates have with many families in Rowan and Cabarrus County,” Drye said. “We have been fortunate to provide insurance to multiple generations over the course of our 80 years in business.”
“In this day and age of Internet shopping, we are pleased to be able to offer our customers the option of working with experienced insurance advisors or the convenience of getting insurance quotes online,” Pickard said.
The Salisbury office is at 317 Jake Alexander Blvd. S., and the Mooresville office is at 283 N. Church St. Visit www.centralcarolina.com .

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