HMK Insurance...Building on a Century-Old Tradition of Trust
by: Cheryl Dungan
LIKE THE BACH CHOIR OF BETHLEHEM, Hampson Mowrer Kreitz Insurance has established a solid reputation for its commitment to excellence and its focus on fostering long lasting relationships. The agency traces its roots in Bethlehem to 1914 when Arthur Hampson established The A.B. Hampson Agency, which specialized in fire, casualty and life insurance. Gordon Mowrer joined the agency in the late 1950s and expanded its scope to include personal and commercial lines of business. In 1973, William Kreitz joined the agency, where he was one of eight employees.
Bill became president in 1994, when the name changed to Hampson Mowrer Kreitz Insurance, and has been with the agency for four decades. He attributes the company’s success to the guiding principles of commitment to its customers, employees, and the community in which they live. Today, HMK is the largest locally owned independent insurance agency in the Lehigh Valley, providing insurance and employee benefits to nearly 6,000 companies and individuals. The agency employs 52 people, 11 of whom are owners of the business.
A Bach Choir supporter encouraged the agency to consider sponsorship opportunities with The Choir, seeing that we were aligned in our mutual commitment to excellence, building on our past, and giving back to our community. HMK has proudly supported The Choir for more than a decade, focusing particularly on Bach at Noon.
Bill Kreitz notes, “The Bach Choir is one of the Lehigh Valley’s cultural gems. The season includes free concerts, a Bach Festival, and extraordinary concerts throughout the year. There’s something for everyone.”
In 2014, HMK celebrated its 100th anniversary, receiving the Milestone Award from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and was also recognized by The Morning Call with a Top Work Places Award. True to its culture, HMK celebrated its anniversary by providing more than 500 volunteer hours of service over a little more than a week to complete the exterior construction of a new home for a local family. Individually, HMK employees can be found volunteering with numerous community organizations.
We are proud to count HMK Insurance among our valued corporate partners who share our commitment to building on the strong foundation of the past while looking forward to the future.