The Williams family has been watching out for wellbeing of Tri-Citians for 45 years.
In 1971, John R. “Jack” Williams founded Insurance and Financial Consultants, Inc., selling life insurance, annuities, investment products, health insurance and employee benefit packages.
He’d already been an insurance agent for several years, working for State Farm Insurance.
“But their focus is auto insurance and dad never wanted to sell car insurance,” said Kevin Williams, his son and now owner of the agency.
So Jack Williams left State Farm and was a partner with Ed Hendler for a time. Their offices were at the corner of Bonneville Street and 20th Avenue in Pasco.
Later his father struck out on his own, and opened Insurance and Financial Consultants, Inc. in part of the Griggs building on Lewis Street, said Williams.
“That’s when dad was at the peak of his business. He was an agency builder and in 1982, when I joined the company, he had 15 to 20 agents working under his name,” Williams said.
Williams said when he started working for his father at IFC, it was in an administrative capacity. His first assignment was doing an in-depth inventory for the company, counting every thing from desks and chairs to staplers. He did inventory
“Dad was already looking at getting his own building and needed to know what he had,” Williams said.
Within a year or so, Jack Williams bought the former liquor store at 1515 Clark St., Pasco, which was just a 5,000-sq.-ft shell, and turned it into the company’s offices.
In 1986, Kevin Williams switched from the administrative to the sales side of the business.