Russ outside his home and the first ‘office’ location of Maki Insurance – Norrie Location, Ironwood
Maki Insurance started in 1978. In the beginning, Russ sold insurance door-to-door throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A few years later in 1980 the first ‘office’ location was opened out of the spare bedroom in Russ’s home.
Business continued to grow and it was soon time to find an office location that offered more space. Maki Insurance moved to 215 Aurora Street in November of 1982. The agency occupied their office space on the main street of Ironwood for over 11 years.
Maki Insurance Office downtown ironwood
In 1993 an opportunity arose for Russ to build a new home for Maki Insurance in a building of their own. In November of 1993 Maki Insurance made the move from Downtown Ironwood to their present-day location.
Groundbreaking on the new building site at 601 Luxmore Street in Ironwood.
Since the beginning, Maki Insurance has been a family owned and operated business. For many years, Russ and his then-wife Joy worked side-by-side to build a business within the community.
During the summers, Russ’s daughters would often be found at the office – helping to answer phones, sort files, and have a few giggles with the staff.
In 2017 Maki Insurance extended to the second generation with Russ’s daughter Megan officially joining the agency. Megan became a fully licensed agent under the mentorship of her father and began working at the agency full time.
Three years later, Megan became the new owner of Maki Insurance.
For over 43 years, Russ has held the same job. He has plans of retiring – someday. For now, Russ enjoys working part-time with his daughter.
Megan works hard to continue to provide the community with the professional expertise and exceptional customer service Maki Insurance is known for.