Our dream is to build an enduring insurance organization that provides more certainty in an uncertain world, while creating a remarkable customer experience and being more friendly, helpful and responsive than anyone thought possible.
Welcome to Celina Insurance Group
Who We Are
Founded in 1914, Celina Insurance Group offers auto, home, business and farm coverage exclusively to independent agents in five states: Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. Our four mutual insurance companies are owned by our policyholders.
Our Core Values
Our approach to every decision is based on doing what is right and ethical, regardless of the outcome.
We work to serve each other, succeeding as a team, not just as individuals.
We work hard and strive to be innovative, knowing it’s important to work smart.
We view change as an opportunity to evolve as a company and as individuals.
We strive for success as a company, building upon that success to be a positive force in the world.
The State of Ohio chartered The National Mutual Automobile Association. The company could write only automobile fire insurance. Its first association members included 20 Celina, Ohio residents.
The association had its first fire loss when an auto was destroyed in a paint shop. Business was handled out of a two-room office with one clerk.
The Celina Mutual Casualty Company was organized to manage the liability lines. The same men of vision led this enterprise.
E.J. Brookhart guided the companies through two world wars and the Great Depression. Despite these hardships, no layoffs occurred.
The companies grew from two rooms into a two-story building on Main Street, Celina.
Upon Brookhart’s death in 1950, his brother-in-law, C.M. Montgomery, was elected general manager and secretary of both companies.
C.M.’s son, Don W. Montgomery, joined the companies as general counsel. He had formerly been an Assistant Attorney General for Ohio and Prosecuting Attorney for Mercer County.
A new home office building was dedicated at 1 Insurance Square in Celina.
The American Association of Nurserymen, Inc., awarded the company with its prestigious Commercial Landscaping Award. Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson personally presented the award to Don Montgomery.
The Celina Insurance Group expanded the corporate headquarters building.
Don’s son, William W. “Bill” Montgomery, joined the group. Bill is a graduate of DePauw University, received his law degree from Ohio Northern University School of Law and served two terms in the Indiana House of Representatives.
William W. Montgomery was elected president and chief operating officer of the companies.
Celina Insurance Group celebrated its 90th anniversary. The company was also recognized with the Mercer County Community Business of the Year award.
William W. Montgomery was elected Chairman of the Board of the Celina Insurance Group companies.
Celina Insurance Group celebrated 100 years in business. A time capsule was commissioned to commemorate the milestone and is currently on display at the Home Office.