James Knapp started in the insurance industry in 1961, after graduating from Villanova College, with the Insurance Company of North America. Between 1961 and 1973 Jim was transferred from Philadelphia to Kansas City Missouri and back to Philadelphia and then to San Francisco. In 1974 he left the Insurance Company of North America to work on the agency side of the business. After working for another agency for a short time Jim Knapp joined forces with Dennis Maring and started Maring Knapp & Company on September 1, 1975.
After a few years Dennis was ready to move on and Jim bought him out and the agency name was changed to MK Insurance Services.
In 1987 when many agency clusters were being formed Jim Knapp changed the name of the agency to AGENT2000, Commercial & Personal Insurance Brokers. Not because the year 2000 was approaching, but because his vision was for 2000 agencies to join forces. Although that has not happened the name has remained.
Jim’s daughter Laurie Limrite started working in the agency full time in 1983 after graduating from St. Mary’s College of California. And his son, Derek Knapp started working in the agency in 1987, first on the technology side and then became licensed agent.
Now Jim is basically retired and currently resides in the town of Lookout, CA, in Modoc County and is enjoying a slower paced life. Laurie and Derek run the day to day operations of the agency, which is now in it’s 44th year!
AGENT2000 has focused on exemplary customer service which is proven by the number of long term clients. Some have been with the agency since it’s inception. We look forward to continuing to provide you with great customer service for many more years!