TOM PARKER GENERAL AGENCY, INC., offers a unique product in the bail industry… ongoing contract rate reduction reviews.
SIMPLY STATED — You don’t have to fight for a better rate — we automatically reward performance and production on a regular basis.
MANY OF OUR loyal agents have been surprised by our review of their performance and our taking the initiative to implement a lower cost, for their hard work.
WE BELIEVE IN REWARDING EXCELLENCE and recognize the efforts our agents put forth in building their businesses. We are always there to help them and this is one way our beliefs and our agents efforts are put into action in a measurable way.
TPGA also offers:
- Negotiable contract collateral
- Flexible authority limits
- Discounted Pricing on Captira Analytical Software
- Access to Universal Fire & Casualty Agent Products
- Generous power supply with fast turnaround
- Agent owned BUF, monthly reconciling and statements
- Quick licensing and agent appointments
- Regular mailings of industry news and interests
- Confidential assistance with business challenges or problems
- Immediate response on large bond underwriting and transfer bonds
- Accurate, current reporting to Agents on open liability and power inventory
WE CARE ABOUT OUR AGENTS AND THEIR BUSINESSES
HISTORY IN THE BAIL BUSINESS
TOM PARKER GENERAL AGENCY, INC., a Michigan Corporation, is a result of continual growth of a bail agency called Great Lakes Bonding & Insurance Agency. Both companies were founded by Tom Parker, who started in the bonding business on July 12, 1968.
With aspirations as a young person to become a practicing attorney, Tom was always fascinated with the judicial system. He jumped at the chance to become an active part of the legal system when he was offered a position with a bail agency, right out of high school. Two months later it was off to college where Tom opened his own bail office adjacent to campus.
“After receiving a bachelors degree in Political Science and having made all preparations for law school, the biggest decision of my life had to be made. The agency was going well and I had to decide what I now wanted to be, a businessman or a lawyer. Circumstances with the agency took me to the west side of Michigan where agency growth exploded. Our expansion was swift and sound. Business was fabulous as were the people I was involved with in West Michigan. The only drawback… no law school in that part of the state. Considering everything, I chose to remain a businessman… to this day I have no regrets.”
As time went on, a decision to expand out of state was made, both retail (through agency acquisitions) and on a wholesale level by expanding the general agency side of the business. Today, Tom owns or has interest in seven retail bail agencies in four states and over three hundred agents in thirty states.
“Our standards are high and we are very selective of those we contract with — the result is one of the strongest, most professional agency forces in the industry.”
President and Founder of
Tom Parker General Agency, Inc.
Tom has been in the bail industry for over thirty four (34) years. He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University; continued study in Psychology at the graduate level at Western Michigan University; has earned a CBA designation from the PBUS and has taught numerous CBA courses.
Tom is one of the founders of the Michigan Professional Bail Agent’s Association, a former President and now serves as the Association Treasurer. Tom is a Lifetime Member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States and has served as Chairman of the Pre-Trial Clearing House Committee and Chairman of the Law Enforcement and Law School Committee.
As a father of five young children, life is pretty hectic most of the time. But it is often said, “If you want to get something done, ask a busy person”. “Yes, I am always busy”, Tom says, “but I will not get my priorities of God, family and business mixed up”. There needs to be a balance and so far it has all worked.
In addition to a love of golf, Tom’s other “hobby”, which has worked nicely into his business, is a love for aviation. Tom is a commercially rated, multi-engine pilot who flies to serve his agents. It is a tremendous asset having the ability to fly; and being able to enjoy my love of aviation, in the business, has been extremely rewarding. Company aircraft are made available to agents when needed.