Joe West Company

About Us

About Us

Joe West initiated his agency operations in downtown Tulsa in 1919, making his agency one of Tulsa’s oldest. Shortly thereafter, Ford Bell joined the agency, handling such accounts as T.D. Williamson, Seismograph Services and Nadel & Gussman. The agency evolved as Bob McMasters, Bob O’Dell, Del Cooper, Roy Thomason, Bill Jackson and sons David Bell, Ross Cooper and Roy Thomason Jr. joined. In 1986, Tim Driskill acquired the agency.

Joe West Company became the flagship agency for Driskill’s operations, which now include Lon T. Jackson Agency and McMasters Insurance Counselors in Sapulpa and Keystone Insurance Agency in Sand Springs.

In 1996 , Driskill initiated the BAINS-WEST cluster, which today comprises 16 agencies in Oklahoma and Arkansas and was recognized by the Insurance Journal in 2008 as the 56th largest independent insurance agency in the United States. Always dedicated to education, the agencies had the first two CPCUs in Oklahoma – Don McMasters and Clyde McMasters – and five producers who earned undergraduate degrees with majors in insurance.

Seeking ways to provide customers and producers with the greatest carrier opportunities, the agency is a shareholder member of Associated Risk Managers of Mid-America. Former producer Dick Bushaw founded the original ARM organization.

The agencies have 26 service-driven employees and producers focused in aviation, lawyers, professional liability, oil and gas, manufacturing, governmental, equipment maintenance, financial institutions and public school coverages. Husband and wife Guy and Cindy Griggs – instrumental in forming Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group – provide the expertise that has led the group to write approximately 426 of the 500 public schools in Oklahoma.

Employees who find a home in the agencies tend to stay. Renee Miller, 26 years; Sylvia Hyde, 21 years; Jean Bewley, 20 years; Martha Doss, 17 years; and Pam Deprey , 15 years, bring their valuable expertise to the mix. Many of the energetic and enthusiastic young employees are home grown: Three started working part-time at age 14, went to college and then returned after graduation. The agency’s training programs and commitment to consistently upgrading technology have developed the group into a model of efficiency, allowed for excellent staff pay and led to strong benefits and higher producer commission scales.

Driskill won Family Friendly Corporation for the city of Tulsa in 2001. He allows mothers to bring their babies to work the first three months and parents to bring children when babysitting issues arise. He gives time off for children’s medical appointments and school functions, including sporting events. Driskill knows his family-friendly environment and other business practices are right not just in theory but because of results: The agencies’ current commission incomes now exceed the premiums they earned in 1986.

From Policy Magazine – Winter 2007