J.T. Bates Insurance Group Receives Columbus Business First Fast 50 2018 Award

by Sara Smith | Oct 30, 2018
J.T. Bates Insurance Group named in top 50 fastest-growing private companies in central Ohio by Columbus Business First. Rankings were announced October 17, 2018.

J.T. Bates Insurance Group, a wholly-owned division of J. Griffin Ricker & Associates, landed on Columbus Business First’s Fast 50 list for the second consecutive year. Revenue growth of 50%-99% earned J.T. Bates Insurance Group number twenty on the list. Rankings were announced at a luncheon at the Columbus Hilton Downtown on October 17, 2018.

“It’s a very welcome pat on the back for us,” said Jayme Bates, chief executive officer of J.T. Bates Insurance Group. “Our whole team works so hard and we’re all very committed to the success of the company. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished and everything this award reflects.”

Since 2010, J.T. Bates Insurance Group has added eleven employees and multiple independent contractors. “We have a single-minded focus on client satisfaction that sets us apart from our competitors. Everything we do is through the lens of pleasing our customers and creating a positive environment for our employees,” said James Ricker, founder of J.T. Bates Insurance Group and J. Griffin Ricker & Associates.

“We’re really working on getting the right people in the right positions. In the past year, we promoted Jayme Bates to chief executive officer to reflect the results she’s achieved through her hard work and dedication to the business. We also hired Amanda Murphy as director of marketing and we have plans to expand our team even further in the coming year,” explained Ricker. 

Future Plans

“We’re growing rapidly, so we’re taking steps to make sure the growth is purposeful and that we don’t lose sight of our original objectives,” said Bates. “As a company we’re working on implementing new strategies for managing growth and hiring. We’re also exploring options for re-branding that will better communicate our brand and define our values both internally and externally. It’s a pretty exciting time for our company and I’m honored to lead such a talented group of people.”

For more information or for photos from the event, visit or on Facebook or Twitter @JTBatesGroup.


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