Arbor Insurance Group has over 60 years of history in the Lehigh Valley.
The legacy of our founder, William H. Hacker.
The year was 1958 when William H. Hacker sold his interest in the J.M. Snyder & Son farm equipment dealership in Neffs, Lehigh County, PA. He sold his interests to his partner of ten years, Roy O. Bachman.
Bill was 38 years old at the time with a wife, three children, and a house mortgage. Bill had to make some tough decisions regarding future work. During his college education at Penn State, he knew that working for someone and getting a routine job was not for him. But he was not sure what that meant as he considered the next chapter of his professional career. One day, his cousin, Randy Klinefelter, owner of a small insurance agency in Ephrata, PA, suggested that Bill consider going into the insurance business.
Starting from scratch was not financially an easy thing to do, but Bill figured he had enough money from the sale of the farm equipment company to meet his expenses for one year. With the help of his cousin, Randy, he took the necessary insurance examination to qualify for the test and license requirements. Having an insurance agent license in hand, Bill made a contract with Windsor Mutual Insurance Company to sell their insurance products.
At Bill’s farm home in Ballietsville, PA was a small one-room building that originally was a private school for the Balliet children. Bill made this 1899 schoolroom into an insurance office for himself. And as they say, the rest is history.