History of Terrebonne Insurance Agency

Serving Houma, LA & the Tri-Parish Area

Terrebonne Insurance Agency with Fred Thibodeaux


Terrebonne Insurance Agency was founded in the 1950s. It has obviously grown from an auto and homeowners’ insurance agency to one that is multifaceted. That can all be attributed to the business expertise of the late Frederick D. Thibodeaux.

After going to college to become a teacher, he served in the US Army for 2 years. Upon returning home, Fred had been hired to run the small agency owned by eight investors. Fred realized with eight owners, there was little profit for him. In 1960, he bought out the investors and became the sole owner-operator of the insurance agency.

Upon acquiring the agency, he moved to Houma, renting the old KHOM building. In 1973, Fred hired Linda Fazzio who stayed with the agency until her retirement in 2014. In 1986, he bought a house and turned it into his office. As the business grew, so did the structure.

Many days, he walked from farmer-to-farmer and collected cash to insure their homes and equipment. He used manual rating to determine premiums, and hand-typed policies and auto ID cards. Accounting was done by hand on ledgers. Fred split his time between his many years serving on the Terrebonne Parish School Board and his agency.

Fred’s daughter, Kelly joined the agency in 1977 and daughter Kitty, joined in 1998 after a career in the medical field. As business increased, more employees were added. In 1999, Jessie Trosclair; a marine expert joined the agency, followed by Carol Stretch and Michael Blandino who specialized in oil and energy.

The newcomers brought experience where they had contacts in the oil, energy and marine business. More recently Joel Martinsen joined the agency with his expertise in construction.

For better marketing position, the agency was moved to Highway 311 in the growth area of the Parish. Fred retired in early 2000 and left his daughters to run the agency. In 2007, he was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away July 8, 2008.

Terrebonne Insurance is still independently owned and has grown from a staff of three in 1980 to thirteen in the 2000s. It continues to grow and diversify, providing specialty markets, Mardi Gras Program, marine, oil and energy, construction, small business and personal lines.

History of Terrebonne Insurance Agency with Kelly and Kitty

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