Jim Gable State Farm Insurance 20th year celebration. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Jim Gable State Farm Insurance celebrates 20 years

Jim Gable holds 20th Anniversary Celebration at his State Farm Insurance office in Downtown Greenville

GREENVILLE – Jim Gable State Farm Insurance celebrated 20 years of service to Greenville and Darke County with an open house.

Jim Gable took over for Wayne Coblentz in October of 2001 and remained at the Sweitzer Street location for seven years before moving to the current site at 126 East Main Street in Downtown Greenville, Ohio in 2008.

“It was a great transition,” said Gable. “Wayne Coblentz was excellent, he helped us through the process. I also want to thank the staff I have had over the years.”

“We have a good team and we have done really well,” Gable said of his State Farm business. “We have become a leader in the Dayton market for the last 20 years. We have a really solid business and we can’t thank the community and the customers enough for 20 years.”

Current employees include Jason Williams, Kim Smith, Lisa Clark and a new employee, Bethany Zerby.

“In addition to thanking all my team members over the 20 years,” Gable stated, “I want to emphasize a special thanks for all the hard work and dedication of current team member Jason Williams, who has been with me for over 18 years.”

Gable grew up in Portsmouth, OH where he graduated from high school and went on to a college basketball career at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and is listed on the Eckerd Tritons website for scoring 27 points vs St. Michael’s in the 1986-87 season.

Gable returned to his hometown of Portsmouth where he worked with State Farm as a “claim rep” for two years followed with two years in agency management in Portsmouth and Chillicothe. Next came an opportunity for Gable to have his own agency and the rest is history.

“State Farm offered me an opening in Greenville, Ohio so I had to figure out where it was,” Gable said with a chuckle. “We came up and we fell in love with the town so we took the job and couldn’t be happier.”

“The kids have grown up here,” continued Gable. “When we moved here they were three (3) and one (1) so this is their home and it has become our home – we’ve been here 20 plus years.”

Gable and his wife Liz have been married 28 years, both are from Portsmouth but were not childhood sweethearts, in fact the couple did not know each other while attending school on the north bank of the Ohio River.

“We went to different high schools so we didn’t know each other until we were grown,” Gable noted. “We met, I asked her out, we started dating and I married her three years later.”

Jim and Liz are the parents of Isaiah (2017) and Isabella Gable (2019) with each going on to play sports at the college level.

Liz recently returned to her job at EUM Church as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator where she worked for 12 years before taking five years off.

Gable gave up a varsity high school head coaching position to move his wife and young family to Greenville, a town he did not know its location on a map.

“I coached junior varsity in Portsmouth for five years,” said Gable. “I was offered the varsity job the same time I had the opportunity to transition here – so then I moved up here. I was here about 10 years and then I started coaching again here after I got more established.”

Gable coached Greenville junior high boys for five or six years and has coached fourth through sixth grade for five years.

“Our staff has been great over the years,” Gable concluded.

(L-R) Jason Williams, Kim Smith and Jim Gable celebrate 20 years of service to Greenville and Darke County. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Jim Gable and "Jake" celebrate 20 years in Greenville, OH. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Local businessman Jim Gable at Greenville office; Jim Gable State Farm Insurance. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Jim Gable and "Jake" welcome visitors to 20th year celebration in Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Jim Gable State Farm Insurance 20th Year Anniversary Celebration. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Gaylen Blosser / Editor

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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