Tyler, Texas, located 100 miles southeast of Dallas, boasts picturesque antique shops, mom-and-pop specialty stores and charming brick streets. It is here that Kenneth W. Threlkeld established Threlkeld & Co. Insurance Agency (TCI) in 1982, and it has grown to one of the premier insurance agencies in East Texas.

Threlkeld began his insurance career with Clyde-Prestridge Insurance Agency in 1965 as an accountant and producer. When partner Prestridge became ill, Threlkeld bought 50 percent of the agency, and in 1974, took a financial risk and bought the remaining 50 percent of the company. Success of the agency hinged on retaining the largest client, T.B. Butler–which Threlkeld did.

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