How to Insure Your Fun

Protect Your Recreational Toys & Investments

Many families enjoy the great outdoors and summer is the perfect time to indulge in your favorite recreational activities. Whether it’s water skiing on the lake, exploring the less traveled backcountry roads by ATV or cruising across the country in your RV, we can insure your fun. We know that you want to spend less time worrying about whether or not your gear is covered and more time outside.

Watercraft Insurance

What’s your nautical style? Perhaps you take your fishing boat out to the lake in search of a record breaking trout. Maybe you and your sailboat seek out the scenic but less traveled canals of your favorite reservoir. Or you might spend your summers kayaking through rushing rapids. Boats and personal watercraft are big purchases, but if you love the water, you know they’re worth it.

Glenwood Insurance Agency can insure all your aquatic gear, from paddleboards to Sea-Doos to rafts or canoes, we have the customizable coverage to meet your needs.

Off Road Vehicle Insurance

Off-road vehicles are designed for adventure. Whether you’re speeding down trails on your dirt bike, whipping your dune buggy through the sand or getting muddy in your ATV, we know how to keep you covered. Or maybe you enjoy a slower speed don’t worry, we have coverage for golf carts too.

Don?t get left in the dust, make sure to call us today to learn more about how we can properly insure all your off-road vehicles.

RV & Motorhome Insurance

There’s a motorhome for just about any outdoor style. You may have a pop-up travel trailer you take camping. Or maybe you are the proud owner of a silver bullet (we?re looking at you Airstream owners.) Perhaps you spend your summers visiting national parks in your decked out class A motorhome. Even though you may have the comfort of home while you’re exploring the great outdoors, that doesn’t mean your home and auto insurance provides the coverage you need.

Whatever your travel style is, Glenwood Insurance Agency offers specialized coverage while you’re out on the road.

Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Bicycles and More

Summer fun doesn’t stop with boats, ATVs and motorhomes. If you’re fortunate enough to be a classic car owner, collector or hobbyist it is important to make sure you have the right insurance to cover your pleasure cruising. The nicer weather also demands that you take your motorcycle for a spin whether you’re a weekend warrior, commuter or long-haul rider, you want to make sure you have the coverage that fits your style. This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning bikes. If you ride a mountain bike down rocky trails, use it on scenic roads or participate in group races, Glenwood Insurance Agency knows that cyclists value their two-wheel rides. Don’t forget that we can also insure all the gear that goes with your summer hobbies. Fishing poles, rock climbing equipment, helmets and everything else you use to enjoy the great outdoors should be contemplated in your insurance policy.

Call your fellow nature lovers at Glenwood Insurance to insure your fun, and get outside!

NEWS  |  November 8, 2011
Kelley Cox

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – When investor and businessman Harry Logan founded Glenwood Insurance Agency in 1911, he probably wasn’t thinking about the company’s longevity. He sold it eight years later.

But from 1919 to the present, the company has passed through two Glenwood Springs families, and is still owned today by a partnership of families.

Now, 100 years after Logan opened the doors, the Glenwood Insurance Agency is celebrating a century in business.

“I’m proud to carry on the tradition,” said Scott Bolitho, a co-owner and third generation executive in the company. “My grandfather did business with a handshake. That personal touch has carried through to the present.

“We like to do business by establishing a relationship with people. You know in insurance, there’s nothing tangible you’re selling. Everything is built on trust and relationships,” Bolitho said.

“A lot of things have changed over the years, most notably the technology and the regulations on the industry,” said Asa Jones, another co-owner who took over from his brother Pete.

“The foundation for our success has always been our relationships with our customers. One of the benefits of living in and doing business in a town like Glenwood Springs is that we get to know and help so many great families,” Jones said.

“Through good years and bad, our priority has been to treat our customers and our employees like family,” said Nettie Avery, who, along with her husband Bryan, bought a share of the company in 1999.

“That’s one of the reasons we’ve weathered the storms. We’ve helped our customers through the difficult times by proactively meeting with them to find ways to cut their costs without sacrificing their coverage,” Avery said. “When our customers succeed, we succeed.”

Harry Logan was in the insurance and lending businesses when he launched Glenwood Insurance Agency in 1911. The town was just 26 years old, and didn’t stretch any farther south than 13th Street.

In 1919, Logan sold the business to Carleton Hubbard Sr., who ran it until the 1960s, said his son, Carleton Hubbard Jr. of Glenwood Springs, who also worked in the business in his younger years.

The senior Hubbard, who had spent the previous 10 years as county clerk and deputy county clerk, had purchased the Garfield County Abstract Co. a year earlier, and he was very busy running the two businesses.

Needing help, he hired Ada Hutchings, a former Strawberry Queen. Proximity paid off, and the two were married in 1928. They ran the two companies from an office in the Hotel Glenwood, a four-story wooden structure at the northeast corner of Eighth and Grand.

In 1944, they moved the office across the street into the brick First National Bank Building. The following year, the Hotel Glenwood burned to the ground.

In the 1960s, the Hubbards bought the abstract companies that were serving Eagle and Pitkin counties, just at the time when Vail and Snowmass Village were beginning to be developed. The title business was far more demanding than the insurance business, so the Hubbard family sold the 50-year-old insurance agency to Walter Thrall.

“My dad would feel very proud,” Hubbard said of the business continuing for another 50 years, “and it wouldn’t surprise him that it is still doing well. It was a nice little agency when he sold it. They [represented] good companies.”

In the same downtown block, Pat Bell owned a competing insurance agency in the Dever Building, on the northwest corner of Eighth and Grand.

“I remember going to my grandfather’s office on Saturday mornings with my brother to play with the rotary phones. We really grew up with the business,” said Scott Bolitho, son of Jere Bell (Pat Bell’s daughter) and her husband, Bill Bolitho.
In 1977, Pete Jones and Bill Bolitho bought the Glenwood Insurance Agency from Thrall and his partner, Ralph Sample. They merged the company with Bell’s agency, forming a company that was, for a few years, called the Glen Bell Agency.
A few years later, they also acquired the First Agency from Randy Wilson and Bob Howsam. In 1982, Pete’s brother Asa Jones came in as a partner. In 1983, they partners changed the name back to Glenwood Insurance Agency.

Today, Glenwood Insurance is owned by Scott Bolitho, Asa Jones, Bryan and Nettie Avery, along with investors Dennis Lawrence of Wyoming and Sarah Fleming of Grand Junction. Ian Exelbert, who previously served as market president for U.S Bank and controller for WestStar Bank in Glenwood Springs, joined the agency in September as an owner and chief operating officer.

Scott Bolitho also noted that Todd Thulson was a partner and key player in the agency from 1999 until his retirement in 2008.

Bolitho said as a kid, he never imagined following his father and grandfather into the insurance business.
“The last thing I was going to do was move back to Glenwood Springs. I wanted to work in sports marketing,” he said.
But he earned a college degree in insurance and finance, and spent seven years in Denver working for Travelers Insurance, one of the lines Glenwood Insurance has carried for decades. And then, just like his parents, he moved his young family back to Glenwood Springs and went into the business.

Now his son Ryan, 26, works there too.

“It was the same thing as me,” Scott Bolitho said. “He used to say to me, ‘Dad, how can you work in an office?’ And here he is.”

The insurance industry calls this multi-generational pattern “perpetuation.”

It results in stability and dependability that keeps customers and employees on board for years. Many of the agency’s customers are the second, third and, in some cases, fourth generations doing business with Glenwood Insurance, and some employees have been with the company for 20 to 30 years.

For Exelbert, it’s like stepping into a deep tradition.

“This is a great opportunity to carry on the legacy of a Glenwood Springs business that has stood the test of time, and proven its commitment to customers and employees again and again,” he said.

– Publicist Mandy Gauldin contributed to this report.