Founded in 1900 by maritime captain Roddick Steele, his first customer was himself, insuring his many cargos leaving Port Arthur for the world. Julian Salter joined him in the early 1920s, and along with a fellow by the name of Charles Bunge they grew into a successful full lines agency. Charles had a side gig with the Holland Hypotike Bank to make loans to recent settlers from Holland. So they set up a separate pay window for the bank inside their insurance offices. That same pay window is at our reception desk today. Julian liked dabbling in real estate. During the depression, he bought the old, defunct Interurban Railway’s right-of-way and then sold lots back to the bordering property owners all up and down the Beaumont-Port Arthur Line. Times were tough, but they always found ways to identify and then meet the needs of their market.
Julian ‘Clayton” Salter joined his dad after Korea in the 1950’s and later developed lasting relationships with a number of regional and national insurance brokerage houses that have served the agency well. Stuart Salter joined his father, Clayton, in 1986 after a career in banking himself. In addition to marine and public entity insurance expertise, Stuart is a licensed and certified Risk Manager. He offers several fee-based services, including Risk Identification, Risk Analysis, Risk Control, Risk Financing options, and program implementation and monitoring services.