About Thornburgh Insurance Agency
After many years in the insurance business working for large brokerage firms, Ross Thornburgh opened Puget Sound Associates April 1, 1980 at the corner of Ericksen Avenue and Winslow Way. Carol joined him a few months later. Ten years later the agency moved up the street to a little blue 1907 Victorian house at 188 Ericksen Avenue and changed the name to Thornburgh Insurance Agency.
Today, the agency has the same goals it did in the beginning which is to help our insureds understand their policies, give objective advice and provide outstanding service. We have Safeco’s Lifetime Award of Excellence and Premier Partner designations.
Ross was a man of great integrity. He was well known for his hats and his walks to the post office where he would meet and greet everyone he knew. Ross is missed by his family, friends and the community.
We still abide by our original founding principles and Mission Statement “Growth through Service—with respect and empathy for our clients, credibility to our companies and pride in our agency”.
Carol Thornburgh specializes in commercial insurance. Since moving to Bainbridge Island in 1975, Carol has been an active member of the community. She has participated in organizations such as Helpline House, Team Winslow (Downtown Association) and the Marge Williams Office Center. She is a member of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and Bainbridge Business Connection (BBC). She is on the Olympic Music Festival Board (www.olympicmusicfestival.org) and is excited to support such a talented group of musicians who perform over the course of several summer weekends. She is currently the board president of OMF. Carol enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
Rachelle Thornburgh is a licensed Personal Lines Agent. Prior to this, she worked throughout high school and college as an administrative assistant for Thornburgh Insurance Agency and Shinstrom & Norman, Inc (Kirkland). In 1988, Rachelle graduated from Bainbridge High School and went to Whitman College. She then trained as a chef apprentice under the late Jimella Lucas of the Ark Restaurant. In the early 1990’s, she studied Nutrition at Bastyr University and, ultimately, received a BA in English (Culture, Literature, and the Arts) from the University of Washington. Rachelle enjoys doing art projects, gardening, baking, and spending time with her two cats. The pandemic has given her opportunities, such as the WA State Lieutenant Governor’s Mask Challenge, to contribute to the needs of our state for cloth masks during a critical period. Rachelle sewed two hundred masks which she sent to organizations matched with the need through this Challenge. Rachelle is a strong supporter of the arts, music, and animal welfare.