Few companies enjoy the privilege of celebrating 80 years in business, and Wellington F. “Rocky” Roemer III, president and CEO of Roemer Insurance, attributes his company’s success to its loyal customers, dedicated staff and reputation for outstanding service established by its founders.
“We’re very fortunate to have been continually serving our clients for eight decades. It’s truly a tribute to all the amazing people who have come before us and built this agency over time, one customer at a time and one policy at a time,” Rocky said. “From my grandfather to my father; to all the wonderful employees and all the loyal customers we’ve had; to the relationships we’ve enjoyed over the years; it’s all brought us to this place.”
Roemer Insurance will celebrate its 80th anniversary on Friday, September 19, with a party in its parking lot at 3912 Sunforest Court in Toledo. The luncheon party will be held from 11:30 until 2:30, with food, drinks, games and music.
“We’re inviting all of our past and present customers, and our employees and their families to help us celebrate,” Rocky said. “And we’re going to close the office early to give our associates some extra time to enjoy the weekend.”
Founded in 1934 by Rocky’s grandfather,Wellington F. “Dud” Roemer, the company has always maintained a focus on serving the trucking industry, while branching into other types of insurance.
“In addition to our specialty in trucking insurance, over the many decades we’ve written virtually every kind of insurance you can imagine,” Rocky said. “These days, we’re re-emphasizing our commitment to health insurance and employee benefits insurance for local individuals and employers in the community and surrounding region. Healthcare reform is difficult for everybody, individuals and business owners alike. That’s why we are dedicated to helping people through these challenging times. We’re here for our customers.”
Roemer Insurance offers its extensive expertise to trucking fleets throughout the Midwest; its independent contractor owner/operator brand, Insure My Rig, serves truckers all over the country. Additionally, The Roemer Report, an online digest, provides valuable information for trucking executives.
“It’s a rare company that can prosper for 80 years; not too many companies are successful for three generations,” Rocky added. “We have a marvelous group of employees at Roemer. Every one of us understands and acknowledges that we have a strong and prosperous company today because of the efforts of all the people who came before us.”
Wellington F. Roemer started Roemer Insurance in 1934. Today, the Toledo-based business continues on in his family. Wellington's son, W. Thomas "Tommy" Roemer, is vice chairman of the board, and his grandson, Wellington F. "Rocky" Roemer III, has been president and CEO for 20 years.
The unwavering commitment to honesty, integrity and ethics anchor the core of a value system that launched Roemer Insurance continues to serve as our business philosophy today. Upon this foundation of trust, we've built an excellent reputation in our community and are grateful for the clients we are privileged to serve.
Needless to say, with 80 years in business, this family has learned a few things – like the importance of tending to clients, employees and community. Roemer Insurance takes care of clients by maintaining strong communication with an obsessive focus on customer service. When you call us, you get a person. That person will know what they're talking about. They will drop everything to help you. Roemer Insurance prides itself on our client retention. Over the past 20 years Roemer has enjoyed 98% client retention.
Among those people who know "what they're talking about" are eight expert health insurance professionals. These employees can provide any sized employer, along with individuals, with health care coverage and are always willing to guide clients toward solutions for their particular needs.
The company also has a resource in Barbara Sears, manager of the Employee Benefits division. She's not only a leader in Roemer Insurance, but in the state of Ohio, for which she's an elected representative.
Roemer Insurance also offers plenty of expertise for truckers, one of its specialties from the start. Among its offerings is liability insurance for long-haul truckers in the Midwest. In addition, its independent contractor owner/operator brand, Insure My Rig, is a purveyor of insurance to truckers all over the country who own their own units and are leased on to motor carriers.
The company's focus on staff is just as strong. With only 35 employees, Rocky makes a significant investment in the employees' well-being. Stress-relieving massage days at work, discounts with health clubs and an on-site gym are only a few of the wellness benefits employees receive. The company is always looking to add more to its team. The Roemer mission is to deliver outstanding service to our clients on a daily basis while sharing our good fortune with those in the community who may need a hand. We are grateful for the opportunity to have served our neighbors for nearly 80 years and we believe it is our duty to continue to lead by example. Employees work regularly with organizations like The Rotary Club of Toledo, The Victory Center in Toledo, YMCA and The Ohio State University Alumni Association. In addition, the Roemer Insurance office is currently a collection destination for donations which will go to a missionary in Malawi, Africa. The company also just recently endowed a scholarship at Lourdes University. It is our fervent hope that we might inspire our clients, competitors and fellow citizens to do the same – providing future opportunities for our children and grandchildren to prosper in this Northwest Ohio community we enjoy so much.