Robert A. DesPortes, Jr. (Bobby) entered the insurance business in 1980 as a producer for Federated Insurance Company, a direct writer. Federated provided excellent training in the programming of insurance, especially in certain business classes. The business classes Bobby received extensive experience in were petroleum related (including LPG), equipment dealers, trade contractors, machine shops and some retail classes such as auto parts and hardware. Bobby built a solid book of business in these classes, and won Federated’s Distinguished Service Award in 1990.

However, he became increasingly frustrated with sales quotas being given prevalence over unhurried quality work by the producer, and left Federated in 1992 to become an independent insurance agent with Adams Eaddy and Associates in Columbia. With Adams Eaddy, he specialized in manufacturing and petroleum related businesses, as well as in writing trade contractors and limited miscellaneous classes. In 1999 he achieved the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), which required the taking of five insurance courses and the passing of five subsequent essay exams. It also calls for an annual comprehensive update to continue this designation.

 During 2003, Bobby discovered while still at Adams Eaddy that business people who are charged with making insurance buying decisions for their firms often desire knowledgeable, impartial assistance with their risk management and insurance program, over and above what agents often provide. After working in this area for about six months as an Adams Eaddy consultant, it became obvious that to be impartial as to whom to guide clients toward, he needed to become independent of any insurance organization. Thus, Bobby formed DesPortes Risk Management in the fall of 2003, and made a complete withdrawal from all commissioned insurance business at Adams Eaddy at the end of 2004. DesPortes Risk Management is his only business, and is wholly committed to the objective consulting of insurance programs of clients who desire this type of assistance.