Timeline

1956

The Pink Cadillacs…

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

1959

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.

1969

A Shiny New Office…

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

1979

Breaking New Ground…

We break ground on the new Troy Circle location.

1979

A New President…

William M. Thomas becomes President of TIS.

1980

Another Location…

Our new office opens on Troy Circle.

1990

Main Office Opens Up…

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

1991

If You Build It…

Founding of the Construction Division.

1994

Mergers & New Divisions…

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

1999

A Change in Name…

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

1999

Awards & Recognitions…

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


TIS is named Elite Agency by GuideOne.

2000

TIS Wins CVA MPA Award.

2002

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.

2003

Continuing to Grow…

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

2004

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

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

2005

Awards & Recognition…

Blue Cross Blue Shield 2005 Top Persistency Knoxville Region Award


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

2006

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.

2007

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.

2008

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.

2009

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.

2010

Awards & Recognitions…

Named Elite Franchise Agency by Travelers

2010

Come Together…

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

2011

H.K. Dent Society…

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

2013

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.

2013

Readers Choice Favorite…

2014

40 Under 40

 

2014

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.

2014

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.

2014

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.

2014

Awards & Recognitions…

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

2014

Awards & Recognitions…

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

2014

Awards & Recognitions…

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

2014

Awards & Recognitions…

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

2015

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.

2015

Awards & Recognitions…

TIS Insurance Services celebrated its 70th anniversary this year.

2015

Awards & Recognitions…

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

2015

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.

2016

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.

2016

Awards & Recognitions…

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

2016

Awards & Recognitions…

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

2016

Awards & Recognitions…

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