The oldest insurance agency in Cook, The Francis Agency which began in 1917, has sold its home, auto, recreational vehicle, and commercial liability business to the newly created North Star Insurance Agency. In September 2017, North Star Credit Union formed a Credit Union Service Organization when they incorporated North Star Insurance Agency, LLC. Although owned by North Star Credit Union, the Agency will be run separately from the Credit Union and has its own Board of Directors. Recently, The Board of Directors hired, local, Tom Beaudry to manage the new agency.
Beaudry, having grown up in Grand Rapids, is accustomed to life up North. “It is an honor to take over a business that has over a 100-year history and I look forward to continuing to foster the relationships The Francis Agency has established.” The Francis Agency, Inc. will soon be changing its name and will continue to offer health and life products out of its 106 South River Street office.
The new North Star Insurance Agency office is conveniently located in the main lobby area of North Star Credit Union at 24 South River Street. “It’s exciting to be an independent agent because I am able to offer a wide array of products and services to the community,” says Beaudry, who most recently managed one of the local golf courses. “Making the transition from golf to insurance has been very interesting because both are heavily focused on providing outstanding customer service, which is where I excel.”
North Star Insurance Agency will have an open house the week of March 5th. Stop in Monday-Friday between the hours of 10am-4pm to say hello to Tom Beaudry, have some refreshments and sign up for a chance to win $50 gift certificates to Zup’s, The Country Store, Northwoods True Value, and Cook Building Center.