If you listen to Martin Cobb, CEO of The Indak Group, some of his affection towards Alper Services comes from the most unlikely of places.
“My uncle, Russell Cobb, played tennis with Howie [Alper] back in the early days of the business,” Cobb explained. When asked who won those matches, Cobb thought that Howie might have let Russell win because he was the Client. And Cobb’s Northbrook, Illinois-based business is still a Client of Alper Services today.
Initially founded in the 1940s to provide switches and resistors for car heaters, Indak later moved into other automotive, truck and tractor controls—before the days of touch-screen instrument panels in today’s cars. The Indak Group evolved into assembling a wide variety of switches and electronics for the automotive and medical equipment industries, plus specializing in LED lighting for automotive (interior and exterior) and commercial buildings (indoor and outdoor). Today, Indak has five manufacturing plants in Illinois, Wisconsin and Georgia, and Alper Services works with all five locations.
As a second-generation owner, Martin Cobb is an extension of his father, Jesse, who helped establish the business as one of the leaders in its field. And it is that sort of extension that dovetails nicely into why Indak has been a Client of Alper for so long.
“Alper Services provides our team with friendly service and a quick response whenever someone here needs them,” Martin Cobb noted recently. “Honestly, we don’t have a good comparison about what sets them apart from other insurance brokers because they have been with us for so long. Some things are best left untouched.”
Today, the Alper Services Team headed by Chris Breck oversees all of Indak’s property and casualty insurance, as well as its workers’ compensation issues.
“Chris Breck is always around when our team needs help,” Cobb explained. “How many other partners of a company can say that?” And as far as we know, Martin has not challenged Chris to a game of tennis, but we have a feeling we know who will win!