Our mission is to serve our policyholders and our agents as we provide quality insurance coverage in the state of Missouri. We intend to treat each person who interacts with our company in a way that makes him or her feel valued and respected. We will first and foremost seek the guidance of the Creator in the management of this company.
Barton Mutual Insurance Company was established in 1894 as a single-county farm fire insurer called the Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Barton County, Missouri. The office was in Liberal, Missouri.
The company purchased the Farmers State Bank building on the west side of Main Street in Liberal and moved into the building in 1929. The company continues to operate using the original building and has expanded into buildings on each side. Barton Mutual now occupies seven buildings on Main Street and owns the building where the Post Office is located.
The Banking Act of 1933 brought about changes to the farm mutuals of Missouri. Federal loan agencies required uniform standard insurance policies as collateral. No mutuals in the state used such standards. After a conference with the National Mutual Association, the companies voted to accept a uniform standard policy, and the Land Bank agreed to accept mutual polices as collateral. Barton became one of the first companies to meet the Land Bank requirements.
In June 1971, the company changed its name to Barton County Mutual Insurance Company and expanded the charter to write state-wide.
Barton County Mutual assumed management of Cape Mutual Insurance in Cape Girardeau in 1982, and Owensville Mutual Insurance in Owensville was added in 1986 to form the Barton Mutual Group. Both companies were moved to Liberal in 1997 and 1999 respectively.
In 2001, the company changed its name from Barton County Mutual Insurance Company to Barton Mutual Insurance Company and Owensville Mutual was renamed Gateway Mutual Insurance.
The three companies were merged into one under the name Barton Mutual Insurance Company as of January 1, 2012.
Today, Barton Mutual continues to provide property and casualty coverage throughout the state of Missouri, operating from Main Street in Liberal. More than 550 agency locations in the state function as points of sale for Barton Mutual Insurance.
David Bub (St Louis County) was installed in March 2013. David is an attorney in St Louis, who has represented Barton for more than 20 years. David is a familiar speaker within the insurance industry.
Dennis Wilson (Barton County) began his service to Barton’s Board in 1995. He has served as Chairman since 2007. Dennis farms and serves as a County Commissioner.
Jason Powers (Johnson County, KS) was appointed to the Board in March 2013. Jason has been an employee benefits consultant for more than 14 years. He is the Chief Business Development Officer of Legacy Brokers in Lenexa, KS.
Kevin DeVoy (Linn County) was installed on the Barton board in 2001. Kevin is an independent insurance agent and co-owner and operator of DeVoy-Baker Insurance. He has been an agent with Barton for 30 years.
Ray Tubaugh (Jasper County) was installed in March 2015. Ray has over 30 years of experience in commercial and agriculture lending. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Loan Manager for Arvest Bank in Joplin. Ray is still actively engaged in the family farm operation in Northeast Jasper County.
Tom Flanigan (Jasper County) was installed in March 2017. Tom has a background in life and health insurance and was also a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He is currently a Jasper County Commissioner.
Vern Hutchison (Maries County) began his service in 1991 as a board member for Gateway Mutual. He was installed on the Barton board in 2007, having previously been an agent since 1985. Vern is owner of Hutchison Bonds-Insurance-Loans, LLC and is a cattle rancher.