The Charles L. Crane Agency was founded in 1885, making it one of the oldest independent insurance agencies west of the Mississippi River.
Our story began when Charles Crane, the son of a steamboat captain, moved to St. Louis and began writing river marine insurance policies for barge owners traveling the Mississippi.
Those policies began a life-long relationship with the St. Louis community that has stood the test of time. Over the next several decades, Crane Agency would continue to provide insurance and risk management services to generations of local businesses and families, growing to become one of the country’s largest independently held full-service insurance brokerage firms.
Today, the agency that still bears Charles Crane’s name continues to hold fast to his principles of honesty, fairness, and family. Crane has 89 Brokers and more than 180 team members, proudly serving 22,000 clients throughout the United States and overseas. We are recognized as one of the largest and oldest independent insurance agencies in the country, offering a full suite of insurance and risk management solutions. For over 135 years, our Brokers have continually adapted to the changing business landscape, bringing new technology and expertise to our long-standing tradition of customer service.
When you combine a 135-year legacy with a personal approach and the latest expertise, you get much more than just an insurance broker. You get security, you get stability and you get an advocate. Crane is your advocate in an uncertain world. ®
We are a family that supports one another and works together toward a common goal. We value open communication. We are respectful and kind.
We are dedicated professionals that strive daily to exceed expectations. We value long-term relationships with our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.
At our core lies an entrepreneurial spirit that inspires us to be the best. We are fierce advocates for our clients, our community, and each other.
Tom Berra, Jr. – President
Tom Berra, Jr. joined Crane Agency in June of 1988 and quickly began producing business under the guidance of his father, Thomas J. Berra. Through his hard work and dedication, success came at a rapid pace. In 1993, Tom became a Principal at Crane, which afforded him an opportunity to contribute to the management of the agency, while continuing to grow his business and service his existing clients.In January of 2016, Tom Berra, Jr., was named President of Crane Agency. In his current role, Tom provides leadership throughout our organization. His primary responsibilities include partnering with agency leadership to support Crane’s long-term growth goals.
Joel Karsten, EVP – Secretary
Joel started his professional career in the insurance industry as a captive agency for a national insurance company. During his first year, he spend all his time developing his knowledge of the industry, before ever soliciting his first client. Seeking growth, in 2003 Joel identified Crane as the best national, full-service independently held insurance firm to support the ever-changing needs of his clients. In 2011, he became an agency Principal, and has served on Crane’s Board since 2012. Today, Joel holds the position of Secretary, and in his current role partners with Tom Berra, Jr. to provide leadership throughout the agency.
Our Management Team
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Marketing &
EVP, Employee Benefits
VP, Surety & Fidelity
VP, Quality Control
Director of Human Resources
Director of Information Technology
Director of Risk Management & Claims