Oswego, IL Insurance

NM Tripp Insurance Agency Inc

The house at 5 Main St. might be a surprising location for an insurance agency. Yet this house is home to the N.M. Tripp Insurance Agency, Inc., a family owned business that has been a part of the Oswego area for more than 65 years. And every family has a story. If you will take a few minutes to read ours, you will understand why we say EXPERIENCE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.

In 1935, Norval Tripp was a young man struggling to support his family. In those days, insurance salesmen had a very personal approach. They went door to door in their community selling their services and would revisit those customers each month to collect the premium. Back then, the monthly premium might be a nickel. They called these salesmen ‘debit men’. Norval Tripp was a ‘debit man’ for Met Life.
During WWII, as we all know, times were tough. To supplement his income from insurance sales Norval worked at the wallpaper factory which was now making bombs. It was not unusual for families to have two or more jobs to make ends meet.
After the war, insurance and real estate sales picked back up. The GI’s were returning home and the life was good again. Norval Tripp partnered up with his good friend Bob Herren to form R.N. Herren and N.M. Tripp Real Estate and Insurance. The partnership enjoyed many successful years and in 1960, Norval Tripp branched out on his own to found what is now the N.M. Tripp Insurance Agency. 
Norval was not a stranger to manual labor. A fact that he imparted to his son Bob before Bob joined the agency in 1966. “My father always said that I would never know the value of a dollar unless I knew what it was like to really work for a living”, Bob remembers. “He wanted me to appreciate how hard my customers had to work for every dollar they paid me in insurance premiums.” So, after college, Bob went to work. Not at the agency, but at a factory, and as a painter. He definitely learned the lesson and has since passed this philosophy down to his three children. 
As the Village of Oswego grew, so did the agency. In 1976 Bob’s wife Janet joined the family business to help out with the administrative duties.   Then, in January of 1990, Bob and Janet’s son Tom came on board making Tripp Insurance a third-generation agency, a rarity in the insurance industry these days. Tom took over the duties of agency President in September of 2008 when his father decided it was time to slow down a bit and took semi-retirement status. With eight grandchildren making up the fourth generation, Norval can rest assured that his agency and his legacy will survive well into the future.

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 P. O. Box 699
5 N. Main St.
Oswego, IL 60543

Phone: 630-554-8831
Fax: 630-554-8038

















The Tripps’ commitment to the community extends beyond insurance. Bob and Janet still live in Oswego where they raised their three grown children. Bob was a volunteer fireman for 35 years and is now a Commissioner for the Oswego Fire Department. 

Tom has been a volunteer fireman since 1990 and is very active with the Oswego Chamber of Commerce. 

Janet has been an active member of the Oswego Women’s Civic Club for over 37 years and volunteers extensively throughout the community. According to Janet, “Because we know our community so well, we can provide the type of personal commitment you would expect from a ‘small town business’ even though Oswego is no longer such a small town.” 

So, that is our family’s story. While the days of the ‘debit man’ have been replaced by downloaded policies and EFT premium payments, we at the Tripp Insurance Agency still strive to provide a personal approach to our profession. So, give us a call, or better yet, stop on by. Give us a chance to prove to you that not all insurance agencies are created equal… EXPERIENCE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.


Bob, Janet and Tom Tripp

NM Tripp Insurance Agency Inc is licensed in the following States. IL, IN, MI , MN , AZ , ND , MO, and WI.

Contact NM Tripp Insurance Agency Inc today at 630-554-8831.

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