First Pioneer and Matthews Insurance Agencies merge and affiliate with Erie Insurance

Pictured above Wayne Matthews (L) and Clayton Evans (R) on May 1, 2017.

Two local businesses that began serving their clients in the early years of the 1980s are now combining to serve the areas’ communities in the years ahead. First Pioneer Insurance Agency and Matthews Insurance & Financial Services, both of Moore County, merged on May 1, 2017 to continue as First Pioneer Insurance Agency, and maintain an affiliation with Erie Insurance, one of the top 25 property and casualty insurance companies in the nation. The announcement comes from the agency principals, Clayton Evans of First Pioneer, and Wayne Matthews of Matthews Insurance.

According to Matthews, “We are excited about the merger with First Pioneer Insurance Agency. The new agency represents a tremendous opportunity for all of our customers as it will enable us to provide a broader set of services.” The ties the businesses share with the people of the Sandhills began in 1980 for First Pioneer and 1983 for Wayne Matthews. “Both agencies are extremely proud of the quality of their agents, the quality of their insurance products, and the quality of their service. Our customers can expect the same focus and the same great service,” notes Matthews.

“Matthews’s expertise in insurance, risk management, and financial services will increase our ability to serve our customers,” according to Evans. “We are grateful for this new partnership and proud to incorporate Matthews Insurance into First Pioneer Insurance Agency.”

Jimmy McElreath founded First Pioneer Insurance and retired from the agency after 37 years. Matthews and Evans will be the managing co-owners of the merged agency. Evans began his insurance career in 1984 with First Pioneer, and became co-owner with McElreath in 1988. He has extensive experience in agricultural, workers compensation, and business insurance. He served on the Moore County School Board, Home Builders Association, and various advisory boards. He holds the professional designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Builders Insurance Agent (CBIA).

Matthews began his insurance career in 1983 and founded Matthews Insurance in 2003. He specializes in financial, retirement, and wealth planning using life insurance and other strategies. He is a member of the Financial Services Institute of America. He holds the professional designations of Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI), Associate in Information Technology (AIT), and Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®).

The new agency will operate in the current First Pioneer Insurance office at 409 Johnson Street in Aberdeen. The merger will not affect customer policies, and familiar staff from both agencies will be available to assist clients. To learn more, please call (910) 944-2848.