100 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
For 100 years, the philosophy of BPM has stayed simple: We’re not here to sell you products. We’re here to help you manage risk and reduce loss using every tool available to us. We do this by getting to know you—your needs, your challenges, and your goals for the future. Then, we work with you to create a roadmap for achieving those goals—and help you find peace of mind along the way.
As a fourth-generation family-owned business, we hold ourselves and our performance to the highest levels of trust and integrity. Because our clients aren’t just customers. They’re the most important asset of our business.
When Brier Insurance Service was founded by James Brier Jr. in Topeka, Kansas, people were feeling the economic effects of WWI. James, himself a veteran of the Great War, founded his insurance agency out of a desire to help Topekans find personal and commercial security during uncertain times.
Holmes Meade founded the Meade Company in 1921 to meet the community’s growing demand for insurance. (The Topeka population had grown by more than 33% in twenty years.) In addition to serving as President of the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents, Holmes also served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1929-1931.
1950 to 1960
Between 1950 and 1960–the prime Baby Boom years–Topeka population grew by another 35%. During that time, Dennis Payne Jr. began selling personal and commercial insurance for the Meade Company, working there for 4 years before leaving to serve in the Korean War.
Upon returning to Topeka from his service in the U.S. Army, Dennis Payne Jr. founded his own agency, Dennis Payne Insurance. Dennis, who would go on to serve on the local school board for nearly a decade, quickly established a reputation among Topeka residents and business owners for providing outstanding service and integrity.
The employee roster of Dennis Payne Insurance rose to 4 when Dennis Payne III joined his father in the Topeka agency. Dennis III had recently graduated from Washburn College and served a short stint in the U.S. Army before receiving the Topeka phone book from his father as his primary source of sales leads.
Dennis Jr & Dennis III expanded their agency to 10 employees after acquiring Brier Insurance Services in 1985.
After being in the insurance business for forty years, and growing his agency 1,000%, Dennis Payne Jr. retired with a long and proud legacy of trust and service to the Topeka community.
John B. Payne joined Brier Payne Insurance as a partner with Dennis III in the Topeka based agency. John brought with him many years of insurance experience working in the construction and non-profit sector in the Springfield, Missouri area.
Dennis Payne III & John Payne expanded their insurance operations by acquiring The Meade Company and becoming the largest independent insurance agency in Topeka. The agency re-branded to become what it is known today as, “Brier Payne Meade Insurance.”
1999 – 2001
Brier Payne Meade welcomed the next generation of Paynes to the agency as Tim and Jonathan Payne, sons of Dennis III, began with the agency after graduating from the University of Kansas. Tim and Jonathan saw unique opportunity to expand insurance services into the previously untapped Kansas City area, and started Brier Payne Meade’s first office outside of Topeka.
Jonathan and Tim Payne partnered with Rob Metzler – formerly of Metzler Brothers Insurance – to acquire the agency from Dennis III and John Payne. This marked the 3rd generation of Paynes to lead the Topeka based insurance agency.
Brier Payne Meade acquired Overland Park based Gliem Agency, which doubled their presence in the Kansas City area and bolstered the agency’s expertise for continued growth in key strategic areas.
By acquiring the Turner Insurance Agency in Belton, Missouri, Jonathan, Tim, and Rob doubled the size of the agency in just 3 years.
Brier Payne Meade is in its fourth generation of family ownership and is among the top 15 privately owned independent insurance agencies in the KC Metro Area. In 2016 the agency will proudly celebrate 100 years of bringing a tradition of trust to businesses and individuals in Kansas, Missouri, and all across the Country.
Brier Payne Meade Insurance is proud to be an Acrisure Agency Partner, making us an essential member of one of the top 10 insurance brokerages in the world and the fastest growing in industry history. Acrisure seeks to be the most tech-enabled insurance brokerage in the world, providing a broad array of commercial property and casualty, personal lines and employee benefits solutions informed by industry-leading technology and distributed through its global network of Agency Partners. The company has over $2 billion in revenue and is 85% employee-owned. The Agency Partners have significant local autonomy which keeps product and service decisions at the customer level. Acrisure is driven by the pursuit of limitless growth through exceptional partnerships. Find out more at www.acrisure.com.
2021 BPM Benefits
Brier Payne Mead Insurance welcomed Acrisure Partner, Doug Crable, and his group services staff to our agency to form BPM Benefits. We are excited to expand BPM Insurance to include BPM Benefits to provide our clients with Employee Benefits expertise.