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Five generations of Purmorts have been involved in the insurance industry dating back to 1876 when a group of farmers in Van Wert, Ohio got together to start the Van Wert County Mutual Fire Insurance Company in order to escape high insurance rates. Minor La Doyt Purmort served as a secretary of the new company. Today, that company is known as Central Mutual Insurance Co., a highly respected regional company with surplus in excess of $300mm. F.W. Purmort III serves as president, succeeding his father, F.W. Purmort Jr., who succeeded his father F.W. Purmort. Charles Meredith Purmort and La Doyt Purmort served as presidents of the company in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Paul W. Purmort retired as secretary of Central Mutual in 1957 and showed great perspicacity by following the Snowbirds to the South. The move to sunnier Sarasota did not slow Paul down, however. He first considered buying an agency and then decided to start his own agency along with his two sons, Al and Wells. In 1985, Al left that agency to start Al Purmort Insurance, Inc. in Sarasota. After its first year of operation, Al Purmort Insurance reached approximately $250,000 in revenue. Today, the agency boasts revenue of $3.0M. Until his passing in late August of 2013, Al Sr. continued to serve clients as chairman. His son, Al Purmort, Jr. CIC who joined the agency in 1993 is President.
Since its inception in 1985, Al Purmort Insurance has established itself as one of the largest and most respected independent insurance agencies in all of Florida. Our mission is to provide cost effective solutions that allow our clients an affordable and comprehensive insurance program. We are proud to be partnered with the strongest and most stable carriers in the industry who consistently deliver unparalleled support to both our agency, and most importantly, our clients. Our dedicated staff of 22 employees supports our office which is conveniently located on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota. This knowledgeable and highly trained group of consultants bring over 400 years of combined insurance expertise and are skilled at understanding the client’s needs while developing and maintaining long-term relationships. This combination of a strong regional presence backed by a professional and reliable staff has been instrumental in our consistent growth year after year. Finally, we take pride in always being there for our clients. We are focused on connecting clients to their goals by doing more for them than anyone else, and we see every relationship as an opportunity to personally provide value, understanding, an education and customized solutions… that exceed expectations.