Pasadena Insurance Agency, Inc. Celebrates Its 78th Anniversary

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Pasadena Insurance Agency has been proudly protecting Texans since being founded by Leo Karkowsky in 1936. It has been continuously owned and operated by the Karkowsky family throughout its existence.

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"Pasadena Insurance Agency has been proudly protecting Texans since 1936."

Pasadena Insurance Agency has been continuously owned and operated by the Karkowsky family since 1936. Leo Karkowsky established Pasadena Insurance Agency, Inc. in 1936 as a tenant in the back office of a dry goods store in Houston, TX. In 1963, PIA moved into Pasadena’s newly completed and only skyscraper the First Pasadena State Bank building. In 1964, after returning from military service, Leo’s only son Jay Karkowsky joined his father in property & casualty sales. In 1980, Pasadena Insurance became incorporated and Jay Karkowsky took control as president. In 1986, Frank Karkowsky joined his father in property & casualty sales as well as in the administrative side of the business. In 1992, Frank started the Agency’s life & health insurance division to better provide its clients’ growing insurance needs. In 1993, Ronnie Karkowsky joined his father Jay and his brother Frank at the Agency and eventually took leadership of the life & health division. In the fall of 1993, PIAI moved its offices from Pasadena, TX to its current location just outside downtown Houston, TX. The needed move better served its clients in a timely fashion and accommodated its growing client base and number of employees. In 1998, Frank started the Agency’s risk management division to better compete in a changing insurance industry. In 2003, PIAI again saw a need for change and formed a strategic partnership with another local group-health insurance agency to strengthen its local and national positions with insurance carriers in the quickly changing group-health insurance business. Today, Jay’s two sons Frank and Ronnie lead the agency as president and vice-president respectively into its third generation and continue Jay's and Leo’s legacies of their family-owned independent insurance agency. June 2014 commemorated Pasadena Insurance Agency, Inc.’s 78th anniversary protecting clients and adding value to individuals and businesses. As the Karkowsky's say, "Pasadena Insurance Agency has been proudly protecting Texans since 1936."

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About Pasadena Insurance Agency:
Pasadena Insurance Agency, Inc (PIAI) is a Trusted Choice® independent insurance and risk management firm. They are a third-generation, family-owned, boutique independent insurance agency offering property & casualty insurance, life & health insurance, and consultative risk management services to individuals and small-to medium-sized businesses.

Having been in business for over 78 years, they have access to the majority of the insurance marketplace either through direct appointments or intermediaries resulting in the appropriate alignment of insurance carrier to clients. PIAI offers a friendly, community-based agency with personalized customer service, while also providing the capabilities of a large corporate agency with established industry relationships and decades of experience. For more information, please visit

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