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TIS Insurance Services

Our history at a glance

just a few of our pivotal events throughout Time
1955
’56 The Pink Cadillacs…

After first covering the insurance needs of his father, Vernon Presley, TIS provides coverage for Elvis Presley's Fleet of Cadillacs.

’59 passing of the torch…

Death of Norman Thomas.

Ann B. Thomas becomes President and is subsequently recognized as one of the most admired businesswomen in East Tennessee.

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1965
’69 A shiny new office…

Our new office opens on Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville, TN.

1975
’79 Breaking new ground…
We break ground on the new Troy Circle location. 1979 Groundbreaking2
’79 A new President…

William M. Thomas becomes President of TIS.

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’80 Another location…

Our new office opens on Troy Circle.

1985
’90 Main office opens up…

We opened our new office on Winston Road. This location is now our headquarters.

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’91 If you build it…

Founding of the Construction Division.

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’94 Mergers & new divisions…

Merger with Robert M. Sims Company. Edward B. Sims forms HealthCare Services Division.

HCS Division

1995
’99 A change in name…

Our name change to TIS Insurance Services Inc. in recognition of our continuing growth.

’99 Awards & recognitions…

TIS wins Blue Cross Blue Shield's Broker of the Year Award.

TIS is named Elite Agency by GuideOne.

’00 TIS wins CVA MPA Award.
’02 Agency of the year…

TIS is named Cariten Health Agency of the Year as well as being recognized as Preferred Agent by Philadelphia Insurance Company.

’03 Continuing to grow…

TIS's Personal Insurance Division and Employee Benefits Division occupy new Onyx Pointe facility due to continued growth.

’04 Making the list…

TIS is named the 58th largest Insurance Agency by Insurance Journal Magazine.

TIS is selected as Best Practices Agency by Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

Chubb Cornerstone Agency (Highest Personal Lines Sales Growth)

2005
’05 Awards & Recognitions…

Named Pinnacle Agency by Columbia Insurance Group.

Named Elite Franchise Agency by St. Paul Travelers
Recognized as Elite member of Wausau Total Performance Program.

’05 Awards & Recognitions…

Blue Cross Blue Shield 2005 Top Persistency Knoxville Region Award.

Selected as Best Practices Agency by Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

’06 Awards & Recognitions…

William M. Thomas inducted into Junior Achievement of East Tennessee's Business Hall of Fame.

Named Elite Franchise Agency by St. Paul Travelers.

Selected as Best Practices Agency by Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

’07 Awards & Recognitions…

TIS wins PMA New Business Award, Summit Insurance High Performance Award, Auto-Owners 25 Year Award (1982-2007).

They are named Elite Franchise Agency by Travelers and selected as Best Practices Agency by Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

’08 Awards & Recognitions…

TIS wins Key Risk Agency of the Year Award and is named Elite Franchise Agency by Travelers.

They are selected as Best Practices Agency by Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

’09 Awards & Recognitions…

TIS Ranks as #1 Knoxville Area Independent Insurance Agency. They are a Liberty Mutual Gold Partner and CVA MPA Award winner again.

TIS is named Elite Franchise Agency by Travelers as well as being selected as Best Practices Agency by Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

’10 Awards & Recognitions…

Named Elite Franchise Agency by Travelers

’10 Come together…

Office expansion at their Winston Road location allows for the merging of all divisions under one roof.

’11 H.K. Dent Society…

TIS is honored with a membership in Safeco's H.K. Dent Society.

’13 Top 100…

TIS Insurance Services, Inc. is selected as one of the Top 100 insurance agencies in the country. They are also ranked #1 according to number of agents , then employees by the Knoxville News Sentinel.

’13 Readers Choice Favorite…

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’14 40 under 40

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’14 best of the best…

TIS Personal Lines Division is awarded the Award of Excellence from Safeco Insurance, a Liberty Mutual Company. The Award of Excellence recognizes the 'best of the best' in insurance.

’14 Awards & Recognitions

TIS Chief Financial Officer Kim Wilson was named the 2014 CFO of the Year by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal and FEI-Knoxville Chapter.

’14 Awards & Recognitions

TIS Insurance Services, Inc. is once again selected as one of the Top 100 Independent Insurance agencies in the country out of over 30,000.

’14 Awards & Recognitions

TIS was selected as a Best Practices Agency by Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

’14 Awards & Recognitions

TIS Personal Lines Division receives the Safeco Insurance Award of Excellence for superior underwriting skills.

’14 Awards & Recognitions

Stuart Oakes, Agent with the Construction Division, named to the National Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee.

’14 Awards & Recognitions

TIS recognized as a ‘Fit Friendly Workplace’ by the American Heart Association.

2015
’15 Awards & Recognitions
TIS Insurance Services, Inc. was selected as one of the Top 100 agencies in the country out of over 30,000 Independent Insurance Agencies by the Insurance Journal magazine.
’15 Anniversary

TIS Insurance Services celebrated its 70th anniversary this year.

’15 Awards & Recognitions
TIS HealthCare Services Division was named Agency of the Year by United Heartland, a leading national workers’ compensation insurance company.
’15 Awards & Recognitions

Kevin Shires, a TIS Personal Insurance Division vice president, was voted a Knoxville News Sentinel “Favorite Insurance Agent,” by Knoxville and East Tennessee.

’16 Awards & Recognitions

TIS Insurance Services, Inc. was selected as one of the Top 100 agencies in the country out of over 30,000 Independent Insurance Agencies by the Insurance Journal magazine.

’16 Awards & Recognitions

Hanover Insurance company awarded TIS their President’s Club award of ‘Southeast Region Agency of the Year’ based on outstanding performance.

’16 Awards & Recognitions

TIS promoted Stuart Oakes and Chad Martin to vice president within the Construction and Surety Bond Division.

’16 Awards & Recognitions

TIS names Rob McMillin and John Sims as the newest shareholders to the ownership team.

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