What does Bob Allen Insurance in Avon Lake have in common with Cobos Insurance Center in Elyria? More than you might think! Both independent insurance agencies have served their local communities for many years and as of September 1, 2017 both agencies will be guided by the sage leadership of Bob Cobos, who has been a resident of Avon Lake for 35 years.
“I have been interested in working with Bob Allen Insurance for many years due to their outstanding customer service and their perfect location, right in my back yard of Avon Lake!” Cobos Insurance Center was able to see Bob’s vision come to fruition this year with the purchase of Bob Allen Insurance Agency. “I feel it’s important to keep the Allen legacy alive and well, so Mary Ellen who has been serving clients since 1988 will continue to operate the agency for years to come. We will pool our resources to better serve the community of Elyria and the greater Cleveland area. We are extremely excited to better serve these great communities,” says Bob Cobos.
James Allen opened Allen Insurance Agency in 1952 conducting business out of the family home in Avon Lake. In 1963, Bob Allen, fresh out of the Navy, joined forces with his dad and in 1968 he received his license. During the next few years Bob did more than just sell insurance. He was also a firefighter with the Avon Lake Fire Department, he drove a school bus for the Avon Lake school district and he was the mayor of Avon Lake from 1982-1984.
Bob Allen Insurance Agency has been at the current location since 1988 and it was there that Mary Ellen Allen was asked to help out one month before her marriage to Bob. She has been there ever since. Now that Bob is retired, Mary Ellen has assumed the main leadership role in the agency and is happy to continue to serve her clients.
Bob Cobos concludes, “We are a family owned and operated insurance agency just like Bob Allen Insurance, so it was a great fit. My daughters, Christina, Celeste and Caitlyn are all graduates of Avon Lake high school and my son John is an Avon Lake Wrestling coach, so they are just as excited as I am to finally have an agency in the community. It will also give us access to more insurance carriers which ultimately helps us get our clients the best coverage for the best price.”
Bob invites you to call or stop by the office to say hello to the new and familiar faces of Bob Allen Insurance, a division of Cobos Insurance Center.