About BPJ

BPJ Insurance is an employee owned independent insurance agency.

We shop around to find the solution that fits the business, goals and individual needs of each client for long-term protection. As insurance packages and coverages change every year, we never consider this process finished. The relationships we build are ongoing, as we are always looking at the latest offerings in terms of price, coverage, and service that benefit your specific situation.

BPJ is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), which means our employees have a direct, personal, and very tangible stake in the service we provide our clients. Their success is built upon your success, motivating everyone who works at BPJ to find solutions that work and are cost-effective. We do this by comparing rates and plan details from insurance providers nationwide, supported by our partnership with Keystone Partners, in everything from bonds, employers’ benefits, home, renters, auto, business, life, and health. Our goal is not to sell you insurance, but to provide you with the best coverage at the best rate year after year. As a member of Benefits Advisors Network, we also have the expertise needed to create benefits programs that will make your business a place people not only want to work but stay.

At BPJ, We Find Solutions.

Barker Phillips Jackson (BPJ) is one of the largest, most established independent insurance agencies in Southwest Missouri. Since 1960, we’ve been serving clients in the Springfield area. We opened our Rolla location in the 1980s and have been serving clients in the West Plains area for over 50 years.

The Insurance And Financial
Services We Offer Include:

At BPJ, we specialize in risk management and evaluate the best options to protect you and your business, as well as assessing the right health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance and financial services to fit your company’s needs. Barker Phillips Jackson has an experienced staff with the knowledge to assist your business with contract surety, judicial bonds, financial institution bonds and commercial surety.

Experience the BPJ Difference

We are your local and independent full-service benefits agency. By combining the financial security of a large corporation with the best elements of a smaller local organization we can offer a broad spectrum of products, services, and experience. We also specialize in risk management and evaluate the best options to protect your business.

Being readily available to clients is valued, and with our large customer-service staff we can proudly state it. BPJ is relationship oriented and you may be surprised to know our average staff tenure is 15 years, so that relationship is incredibly important to us. Combining that with our local knowledge and community focus, we aspire to make your service a priority.

History Of Barker Phillips Jackson

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI has served as the headquarters for Barker Phillips Jackson (BPJ) since 1960. Since then, we’ve added satellite locations in West Plains, Rolla, and New Madrid.

The following is a bit of BPJ history. It’ s easy to see how growth through acquisition has resulted in our reputation as one of the largest, most influential in the industry.

1960
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Milton Phillips and Paul Barker formed Barker-Phillips.
1975
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Barker-Phillips purchased the E.W. Phillips Agency.
1986
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Barker-Phillips Insurers and Consolidated Jackson Corporation (est. 1934) merged to form Barker Phillips Jackson, Inc., the largest independent broker in southern Missouri. Richard Jackson became President/CEO.
1987
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BPJ became an employee-owned company through the implementation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
1989
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Three east-central Missouri agencies merged and were simultaneously acquired by BPJ (The Wisdom Insurance Agency, The Golden Rule Agency of Rolla, and Wisdom, Your Insurance Man of St. Robert).
1990
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A separate corporation, Barker Phillips Jackson Financial Corporation, was formed for the purpose of selling life, health, and associated financial products through banking institutions.
1991
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Naught and Naught Insurance of Rolla merged into the already existing Rolla branch.
2002
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Richard Jackson retired from BPJ.
2003
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Tom Montileone joined BPJ as President and Chief Operating Officer. Two years later, he became the President and CEO.
2005
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Group Benefits, a long-standing agency in Springfield, Missouri, owned by Dallis Higginbotham, merged with BPJ.
2008
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BPJ headquarters moved from its long-time home on East Sunshine Street to a new location at 1637 South Enterprise Avenue in Springfield.
2010
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Bos Insurance, a long-standing agency in Republic, Missouri, owned by Henry Bos, merged with BPJ.
2011
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BPJ purchased Jenkins & Associates property & casualty book of business located in Springfield, MO.
2012
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BPJ purchased the Nichols Agency book of business located in West Plains, MO.
2014
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BPJ becomes a Member Firm in Benefit Advisors Network (BAN). BAN includes over 100 independent employee benefit advisor firms, providing tools, resources, and products experience of benefits professionals nationwide.
2014
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West Plains Insurance Agency located in West Plains, Missouri—owned by Ron Murray, merged with BPJ.
2015
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Keystone Insurers Group, one of the nation’s largest property and casualty insurance brokers, welcomed BPJ as its second Franchise Partner in Missouri.
2015
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Managing partners Dan Burns and Dan Ruggeri of Employee Benefits Design LLC of Springfield, MO merged with BPJ bringing 4 producers and additional support staff.
2017
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Gene Maurer and NE Financial, Inc of Rolla, MO merged with BPJ.
2019
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Ashby’s Covenant Insurance in St. James, MO merged with BPJ.
2019
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BPJ acquired River City Insurance Agency in New Madrid, MO, expanding BPJ’s services for both Long Haul and Short Haul Truck Insurance.
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