In 1971, Jim Burda was a recent college graduate working as an Allstate agent, while Jim Seymour was playing football for the Chicago Bears and in the market for new insurance. One fateful Saturday morning, Burda visited Seymour’s home for a business meeting, and the two strangers forged a close friendship from that day forward. In the summer of 1974, with Seymour recently retired from football and Burda remaining at Allstate, the duo embarked upon the formation of their own independent agency. BGS was originally based in the City of Chicago near the Des Plaines border, before relocating to a longtime location in River Grove. After more than a dozen memorable years on Grand Avenue, where many of our most loyal customers came to know us, operations shifted in 1990 to a more spacious location at the northern tip of Arlington Heights.
Now 40 years strong and counting, BGS Insurance Agency Inc. is a second-generation family business with a vastly experienced, close-knit team of personnel. As a traditional "Main Street" business, our customers are not just a number and we are proud to call many friends. Our job does not end at the dawn of a new relationship, by virtue of a stance at your side during a claim, with various risk management strategies, and as a Trusted Advisor you can consistently rely on. Afforded the privilege of representing thousands of clients since that summer of '74, we have developed a portfolio of valuable wisdom along the way. Granted the opportunity to protect the assets that you’ve worked hard to possess, we are serious about offering an unmatched experience in service and acumen.
Please contact us to see firsthand what we can offer you or your business; our team at BGS will look forward to providing immediate professional assistance with a personal touch!