while working the family farm near Shedden Ontario, Alvin McCauley Brown began his insurance practice selling accident and sickness policies to area farm families. He formed the A.M. Brown Insurance Agency.
The A.M. Brown Insurance Agency opened its St. Thomas.
Harold Jackson, Alvin Brown’s cousin, left his position as a Field Inspector with a major Canadian insurer to join the agency, acquiring it in 1962.
Harold Jackson’s son-in-law, Dan Reith Sr., joined the agency and the practice was acquired from A.M. Brown.
Over the next two decades
The agency grew through acquisitions and structured partnerships. In late 1973, Harold Jackson retired and Jerry Beavis took a partnership after merging his agency with Reith & Jackson. The practice changed its operating name to Reith & Beavis Insurance Agency Limited.
Provincial regulation introduced a new regulatory authority, The Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO), to govern and provide professional oversight. Subsequent to the establishment of RIBO, insurance agencies were subject to higher professional standards of practice and education and were identified as brokers. This regulatory change caused the firm to rebrand as Reith & Beavis Insurance Brokers Limited.
after the acquisition of George S. McLachlan Insurance, the brokerage updated its brand to Reith & Associates Insurance Brokers Limited.
the brokerage welcomed Dan Reith Jr., and in 1994 his brother Darren Reith. At that time the brokerage changed its operating name to Reith & Associates Insurance and Financial Services Limited to reflect the expansion of products and services with the introduction of a life insurance and investment services team.
brothers Dan and Darren Reith have led the brokerage since December 2000, after the passing of their father.
the brokerage embarked on a significant capital investment transforming to a fully digital platform with enhanced online capabilities and the introduction of their own mobile App Reith OnLine TM.
the Group Benefits unit is launched.