The agency is developing specialties in the areas of Public Entities, Professional Occupations, Not-For Profit Organizations, and Food & Beverage Entities. The agency has developed extensive brokerage relationships and market knowledge in its core areas. We also will consult in program review, design, and bid administration.
The goal of the agency is to deliver efficient and high quality financial services in the areas of insurance, risk management, and employee benefits .
As of May 1, 2010, The Gentry-Couch Agency has been in business for 50 years. The agency is based in Carterville IL and serves clients throughout the Southern Illinois region. Tom Couch joined the agency as a partner in 1981 and has been the principal owner and President since 1984.
In 1996, the agency merged with Southern Bancshares, a bank holding company which owned First National Bank & Trust Co. of Carbondale, Murphysboro, Mt. Vernon, and Carterville. Tom Couch was President and CEO of the agency., First Insurance Group, Inc. In 1999, Old National Bancorp merged with Southern Bancshares and the agency became part of the ONB Insurance Group. Tom Couch was the V.P. for the Illinois region of ONB Insurance Group, and the agency had affiliations with 22 banks locations from Murphysboro IL to Danville IL and had over 35 licensed agents.
July 1, 2001 , Tom Couch purchased the agency back from Old National is once again doing business as Gentry-Couch, Inc.