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    1954 was a time of innovation and modernization in America—from the first solar battery to the premier of the Tonight Show. It was in this climate of change that Thomas B. McGowan II moved from New York to Ohio to establish McGowan and Company.

    After a humble beginning on the west side of Cleveland, McGowan quickly emerged as an industry leader, thanks to hard work, expertise and an unwavering commitment to providing “uncommon service.” Today, McGowan Companies is one of the oldest, largest and most profitable businesses of its kind in the country. Headquartered in a brick, four-story Georgian overlooking the Rocky River in Cleveland, OH, McGowan also has offices in Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Baltimore and New York, employing over 300 heavy-hitters in the field of insurance and risk management.

    Community Engagement

    In addition to excellence in our industry, we firmly believe in the importance of engaging in the world around us. To be thoughtful, influential members of society requires commitment—not just financial commitment, but time and service, too. Our team is involved in a vast array of causes, from founding environmental preservation endeavors, to long-lasting commitments to health research, education and faith-based organizations. We approach our communities in the same way that we engage our clients: these are personal, hands-on experiences. We don’t just write checks. We dig in, get our hands dirty, and make a direct impact.


    • Baycrafters
    • Essex County Court Approved Special Advocates for Children
    • Community
    • Adam Gaspar Foundation
    • City of Bay Village
    • Goodwill
    • McGowan Family Foundation “Equalizer” Program
    • Ocean County YMCA
    • United Way
    • Victory Junction Gang Camp
    • Welcome House
    • West Haven Foundation


    • American Association of State & Local History
    • Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
    • The Laurel School
    • Magnificat High School
    • McGowan Family Foundation – Minority Scholarship Fund / St. Ignatius High School
    • National Canal Museum (Hugh Moore Historical Park and Museums, Inc.)
    • Ohr Eliyahu Academy
    • Orange Schools Foundation
    • Ignatius High School
    • University School


    • Adirondack Carousel
    • Adirondack Mountain Club
    • Grand Traverse Conservancy
    • League to Save Lake Tahoe
    • League to Save the Redwoods
    • Natural History Museum (Cleveland, OH)
    • Protect the Adirondacks
    • Ruah Woods
    • Upper Saranac Lake Foundation
    • The Wilds
    • The Wild Center
    • Yosemite Fund


    • Bishop A.J. Quinn’s “Great Western Open”
    • Christ Child Society
    • Jewish National Fund
    • Mosdos Ohr Hatorah
    • Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta – Holy Family Hospital (Bethlehem)
    • St. Angela’s Parish
    • St. Baldrick’s Foundation
    • St. Raphael’s Parish
    • West Side Catholic Center
    • Women’s International Zionist Organization
    • Yeshiva Derech Chaim


    • American Cancer Society
    • American Heart Association
    • American Heart Foundation
    • American Liver Foundation
    • Art Therapy Studio
    • Leukemia Society
    • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
    • North Country Life Flight
    • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
    • United Cerebral Palsy
    • Wall Street Run & Walk

    Human Rights

    • Freedom House
    • Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

    Public & Military Service

    • 100 Club
    • Blue Coats
    • City of Bay Village Police Department – McGowan “Changing the Odds” Program
    • Connecticut Horse Guard
    • Special Warriors Foundation