Ensuring the Success of One of Georgia’s Best Insurance Agencies
For George Torbert, Chief Financial Officer of The Baldwin Agency and Georgia Agents Insurance Network, Inc. in Americus, seeing these businesses grow over the past several years has been exciting.
“Through The Baldwin Agency, we are able to serve our clients’ needs by offering all lines of both personal and commercial insurance. We also have an amazing opportunity to work with other insurance agencies across South Georgia, helping them grow their agencies through our works with Georgia Agents Insurance Network (GAIN)."
The Baldwin Agency has served Sumter County, and the rest of Georgia, since the 1960s. In 1999, GAIN was formed and became one of 48 Master Agencies for SIAA, the Strategic Independent Agents Alliance. SIAA is currently the nation’s largest independent agency network dedicated to the creation, growth, retention, and evolution of independent insurance agencies with over 10 billion dollars in premiums. GAIN has over 50 members in its network with almost $170,000,000 collectively in written premiums.
Running a business is hard enough, but their team effectively operates two businesses out of one location. But with Synovus’ help, they can operate both entities simultaneously through one business online banking platform.
Torbert, who used to work at Synovus, cites that The Baldwin Agency holds deposit accounts, treasury management accounts, online banking and ACH, and more. The Baldwin Agency’s relationship with Synovus goes back over 30 years. As it so happens, Torbert and Commercial Banker Buddy Guth also go way back.
“I don’t know that we could manage it as well as we do without Synovus’ online banking platform.”
“I worked with Buddy [at Synovus], and he taught me a lot about banking. He’s just a great guy. I’ve known him my whole life, and he’s been a mentor to me,” Torbert said. “If I call, Buddy answers the phone. If I need anything, he’s there to help us fix a problem or get an answer. The same goes for everyone at our local branch. They have always been very helpful.”
It’s not just the personal touch Torbert appreciates but also the convenience. After all, paper checks and in-person deposits were commonplace when he first joined The Baldwin Agency and GAIN.
“Now, we’re doing ACH transfers and remote deposits—hundreds of them a month,” he says. “I can do it from wherever I am. Whether at my office or working remotely, I can process payroll and pay our members. I don’t know that we could manage it as well as we do without Synovus’ online banking platform.”
As The Baldwin Agency and Gain continue to evolve, Torbert knows that Synovus will be there to help them move forward.
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