Meet the friendly faces behind Insurance Associates (IA) of Johnson County in Warrensburg, MO: Michah Wright, James (Jim) Joyner, and Christal Thomas.
IA's start in the insurance industry dates back to 1896. Before becoming an independent agency, IA belonged to the Johnson County Mutual (JCM) Insurance Agency. In 1955 JCM decided it was more beneficial to become an independent agency, allowing more carrier options for customers.
Jim Joyner, Steve Mohler, and Robert Snider started working for the new and improved JCM in the 70's. Soon after, the agency was sold to the three men and slowly but surely, they built their new insurance business up to the level of success they had always envisioned. In 1997, Mohler left the agency to pursue his passion for teaching at the University of Central Missouri (UCM). In 2000, Snider passed away, leaving Joyner as the agency's sole owner.
Today, Jim is joined by his two faithful sidekicks, Michah and Christal. Together, these three maintain a highly successful "small town" agency in the ever-growing city of Warrensburg. In 2016, IA was awarded CFM's Agency of the Year, due to their success as a company, commitment to the industry, and ease of doing business.
Get to Know IA's Agents
James Joyner, Owner & Licensed Agent
Jim is an active member in the community, serving as a past-president of the Warrensburg Lions Club, former Exalted Ruler of the Warrensburg Elks Lodge, and a past member of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce Board. Jim is a proud alumni of Warrensburg High School and UCM, and is also a member of the Sports Hall of Fame at UCM. Jim has earned the National Association of Mutual Insurance Company (NAMIC) Farm Mutual Director Certification and has been a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) for the past 28 years.
Christal Thomas, Licensed Agent
Christal has been with IA for the past 21 years. Christal is also active in the community, having been a past-president of the Warrensburg Lions Club and serving on other committees. She devotes much of her time outside of work to community projects aimed at helping improve the lives of not only people in Warrensburg but those in surrounding areas also. She has been married to her husband, Justin, for 26 wonderful years and couldn't be prouder of their four children. Daughter, Kylee, just graduated from UCM with a teaching degree and will begin her teaching career at Kingsville Elementary School in the fall. Son, Caleb, will graduate this fall from UCM with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Son, Dakota will be a fifth grade teacher this fall in the Marshall School District and another son, Greg, works for the family business. Christal lends her dog, Barkley, to the office to keep things fun and playful at work.
Michah Wright, Licensed Agent
Michah joined IA 15 years ago and just recently welcomed her first child, Hunter, into the world. Michah is the first friendly face you see and talk to when you visit or call the office.
Coverages IA Provides
Do you have insurance needs in the Johnson County area? Give Insurance Associates a call: 660.747.6168