A COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE
OGA is dedicated to helping our partners succeed. We operate with a mentality of continuous innovation, education, and growth in order to offer support and stability in a rapidly changing marketplace. Service to you, the customer, remains the sole reason for OGA’s existence and the focus of our commitment.
We were also name Best Place to Work in 2020 by Business Insurance Magazine, and BIGiOK’s Brokerage of the Year in 2022.
BUILDING A LEGACY.
Changes were also taking place in a small building at 10th and Walker in Oklahoma City nestled next to the now famous Kaiser Ice Cream store, as a unique family business was beginning. It was a business that would grow and flourish, weather the state’s difficult financial times, and reflect the pioneer spirit for which Oklahoma has become known.
A young entrepreneur, Marie Welch, literally began OGA on her kitchen table. Marie felt that rural insurance agents were neglected by larger insurance companies and, as a result, had fewer products to offer clients. Seeing great opportunity in fulfilling this unmet need, she set out to provide previously unavailable products to independent agents. The concept worked.
Marie continued to build her reputation as an industry expert. She spoke on America’s general agency system before the prestigious Lloyd’s of London and was the only woman to ever do so. Marie achieved nationwide notoriety in 1983 when she was awarded the distinction of the only female president of the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA).
The agency rode the Oklahoma economic roller coaster of the 80s and in 1988 Baron Garcia negotiated a purchase of the company. Baron was one of the agency’s brightest young officers. He stepped in and operated OGA as a family business just as Marie had. Baron was committed to the company’s legacy of service and innovation. Combining the company’s strong foundation with an aggressive marketing approach and a comprehensive acquisition program, he led the agency to over $25 million in sales and attracted numerous insurance companies to the state.
Now in the second half-century of operation, under second-generation family management, OGA’s commitment to service is just as alive as it was over sixty years ago.