Joe West began agency operations in downtown Tulsa in 1919, making his agency one of Tulsa’s oldest. Shortly thereafter, Ford Bell joined the Joe West Company, handling such accounts as T.D. Williamson, Seismograph Services and Nadel & Gussman. The agency evolved as Bob McMasters, Bob O’Dell, Del Cooper, Roy Thomason, Bill Jackson and sons David Bell, Ross Cooper and Roy Thomason Jr. joined. In 1986, Tim Driskill acquired the agency.
Always dedicated to education, the first two CPCUs in Oklahoma – Don McMasters and Clyde McMasters – were part of the agency along with five producers who earned undergraduate degrees with majors in insurance.
Seeking ways to provide customers and producers with the greatest carrier opportunities, the agency is a shareholder member of Associated Risk Managers of Mid-America. Former producer Dick Bushaw founded the original ARM organization.
In 2014, Joe West Company and related agencies Keystone Insurance Agency (Sand Springs, OK) and Lon T. Jackson Agency and McMasters Insurance Counselors (both located in Sapulpa, OK) became part of INSURICA. INSURICA brings stability and added strength in Tulsa and throughout Northeastern Oklahoma.