Tom Olvitt, Principal
Trust Shield Insurance Group
Tom Olvitt, Principal
Trust Shield Insurance Group
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Partner Profile

Trust Shield Insurance Group

Tom Olvitt is a people person. But not just from a social standpoint. Tom believes his team and the clients they serve are the best investment he’s made over the years. An investment that has paid off with great success for his firm, Trust Shield Insurance Group.

“Several of our people have been with us since the beginning,” Tom explains. “Our business feels more like a family…in a good way.”

Trust Shield Insurance Group was formed in 1993 in Schoolcraft, MI. Back then, the firm was known as the Schoolcraft Agency. “We had a little office with no windows and a bad phone system,” Tom states. “But we had a vision.”

Tom’s vision for the firm was crystal clear; Focus on building relationships. The firm’s first clients were local car dealers and body shops—the result of Tom’s experience in automotive sales. The firm quickly expanded with the addition of key team members.

“We brought on top people, several with unique industry specialties,” he relates. As a result, Trust Shield provides insurance solutions to clients in such diverse industries as moving and storage, property management, greenhouses and more. This is in addition to the full line of personal and commercial lines that the firm provides.

Today, Trust Shield has 32 employees with offices in Schoolcraft, Vicksburg and Harbor Springs, Michigan. The firm has enjoyed a sustained and deliberate growth—a growth that has recently been enhanced by Trust Shield joining High Street Insurance Partners.

“Two of my sons are in the business,” Tom states. “We had a plan in place. Then I heard about High Street from other long-time friends in the business. I liked what I heard.”

Trust Shield joined High Street Insurance Partners in April, 2020. “We’re already seeing the benefits of being a part of High Street,” Tom explains. “It’s very collaborative with the other partners. We’re already tapping into resources we’d never have on our own.”

Tom also appreciates the values that everyone shares. “Like us, High Street is focused on close-knit communities and long-term client relationships. It’s all about doing right by people….the people you employ and the people you serve. I can definitely relate to that.”

Street Cred

• High Street is pleased to announce the addition of three new partners to its expanding national network. These include Hartzell Insurance Agents, headquartered in Hatfield, PA; Perry & Carroll, headquartered in Elmira, NY; and NYAB Insurance, headquartered in Long Island City, NY.

• High Street was recently named Michigan Millers’ – Michigan Agency of the Year – 2020. The award was based on our overall performance results for 2020 as well as its partnership with Michigan Millers Insurance in seven key areas. These areas include:

– Written Premium
– Support of Commercial and Specialty Insurance Divisions
– New Business
– Growth
– Loss Ratio
– Contribution to Profit
– Recommendations from the Michigan Millers’ Team

Meet PENNY

Welcome To a Higher Level of Service

Meet PENNY. PENNY—which stands for Personal Employer Navigator— is High Street’s new, proprietary Employee Benefits offering. With PENNY, you can tailor an EB strategy, based on your clients’ and firm’s specific needs— with much greater ease and effectiveness. PENNY provides the full spectrum of employee benefits resources, including:
  • 24/7 Support – Prompt, personal service for all your EB needs
  • Human Resources – Employee engagement, performance  management, employee onboarding, etc.
  • Digital Solutions – Online enrollment, free implementation  assistance
  • Cost Control – Progressive, cost-saving solutions that  maximize your investment
  • Constant Innovation – Leading-edge strategies that keep  you ahead of the curve (e.g Behavioral Health, Wellness  Solutions, etc.)
  • Bench Strength – A pool of EB experts always ready to  provide insights and assistance
  • Compliance – Plans and procedures to cover all your  compliance needs Customized
  • Communications – Development of specific  communications for employees
Meet PENNY. PENNY—which stands for Personal Employer Navigator— is High Street’s new, proprietary Employee Benefits offering. With PENNY, you can tailor an EB strategy, based on your clients’ and firm’s specific needs— with much greater ease and effectiveness. PENNY provides the full spectrum of employee benefits resources, including:
  • 24/7 Support – Prompt, personal service for all your EB needs
  • Human Resources – Employee engagement, performance  management, employee onboarding, etc.
  • Digital Solutions – Online enrollment, free implementation  assistance
  • Cost Control – Progressive, cost-saving solutions that  maximize your investment
  • Constant Innovation – Leading-edge strategies that keep  you ahead of the curve (e.g Behavioral Health, Wellness  Solutions, etc.)
  • Bench Strength – A pool of EB experts always ready to  provide insights and assistance
  • Compliance – Plans and procedures to cover all your  compliance needs Customized
  • Communications – Development of specific  communications for employees

People

Welcome Brian Clifford

We’re pleased to welcome Brian Clifford to the High Street leadership team. Brian joins us as Principal & Executive Liability Segment Leader. He is responsible for the execution of HSIP’s go-to-market solutions in this growth segment which includes professional, D&O, and cyber lines of coverage. Brian brings extensive experience, including, most recently, as Vice President at Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions. Prior, he spent nearly a decade at Hiscox, serving in regional leadership roles and heading its Management Liability products. Clifford also served as a Senior Underwriter at Great American.

Scott Goodreau, Managing Partner and COO of HSIP, noted, “Brian brings great experience and acumen in these important growth areas. Our Customers and Partners will be served well with him onboard.”

What’s New?

We’re Delivering A Whole New Market Directly To You

High Street Insurance Partners, in partnership with Vested Risk Strategies, is pleased to now offer comprehensive insurance solutions for Amazon’s Direct Service Providers and other last-mile delivery operations. This offering is available to all High Street partners, so now you can tap into the rapidly growing Director Service Provider (DSP) market.

The DSP industry is booming. Home delivery services—driven largely by companies like Amazon—are attracting a whole new generation of entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on this growth opportunity. Many of these independent business owners have no insurance coverage. With High Street, you can now offer them lines of coverage that include:

  • Auto liability & physical damage
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • General Liability
  • Cargo Legal Liability

To learn more, contact Chris Sumnar at csumnar@vestedrisk.com or 517.439.1501

“High Street has built a culture of trust and respect that allows us to build on each other’s strengths and abilities for the greater good.”

BILL COLE, Gates-Cole Associates