Ohio Trusted Insurance Agents

Central Ohio Group Insurance Agency Inc was founded in 1977 as a Health and Life Insurance Agency in Ashland OH. In 1997, Matt Tharp became President and expanded our services! In 2000, we joined BrokerNet, positioning ourselves to be one of the prominent General Agencies in Ohio. We now have a large presence as a Medicare & Health Insurance home for many agents.
Matt Tharp — Insurance Agents in Ashland, OH
Matt began his insurance career in 1990 with goals of growing COG. In 2001 he purchased the agency and has diversified the product selection to focus on senior products, group and ancillary coverage. Matt concentrates on agency development and senior products. He is here to help you grow and earn your business.
Matt Tharp
President - Agency Development
Gina Ashley — Insurance Agents in Ashland, OH
Gina joined COG in 1993 and hails from the greater Cleveland area. She began her insurance career as a Medical Underwriter with Central Reserve and enjoyed that for 10 years before becoming a part of the COG Team. She is involved in New Sales and Renewals for all products sold at the agency (Group, Ancillary, Individual and her favorite, Medicare.) Agent support is also an important role ranging from training new agents to the final presentation for a potential client.  Gina and her family call Ashland home.
Gina Ashley
Vice President - Group Sales
Brian Vess — Insurance Agents in Ashland, OH
Bio - Brian joined COG in 2014 to expand our ever growing Brokers Broker sales program.  Starting his insurance career in 1993, Brian is a top producing agent focusing on group and individual health, Medicare supplements, life, and ancillary products.  He believes that each broker and client should be treated as a friend and their best interest always comes first above all else.  Brian and his wife Neilee reside in Holmes County and have 3 wonderful children.
Brian Vess
Sales - Broker's Broker
Patti Smith — Insurance Agents in Ashland, OH
Patti has been with COG since 2000 as the Office Manager and Group Administrator. She is here to assist you with any group customer service and claims issues. She is married to Randy Smith.
Patti Smith
Office Manager - Group Service
Jennifer Smith-Sharick — Insurance Agents in Ashland, OH
Jennifer joined COG in 1995 after graduation from Bowling Green State University. She handles group administration, claims and quoting. She is married with two sons and one daughter.
Jennifer Smith-Sharick
Office Manager - Group Service & Marketing
Laura Furness — Insurance Agents in Ashland, OH
Laura joined COG in fall of 2015. She assists with submission of all Individual and Medicare applications, follow-up and helps with resolution of problems. She has lived in Ashland for 16 years with her husband Patrick and two children Hannah and Andrew.
Laura Furness
Individual New Business Submission & Service Coordinator
Lisa Strickling — Insurance Agents in Ashland, OH
Lisa joined COG in 2017.  She handles group customer service.  Lisa is a graduate of Kent State University and lives in Ashland with her husband Marc and two daughters. 
Lisa Strickling
Customer Service - Group Service

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