Toll Free:
(814) 838-8310
(888) 838-8311
(814) 838-8327
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

After Hours by Appointment

2340 W. Grandview Blvd.
Suite 3
Erie, Pa 16506

About Northshore Insurance Agency

Northshore Insurance Agency is a full-service insurance agency that provides the best possible protection at the lowest possible cost. Whatever your insurance needs may be, from auto and homeowners to business and life, we'll be happy to help you select the best coverage to protect your personal and business assets.

Agency Timeline

November 1972: Jim Orth founded the James B. Orth Insurance Agency at Sixth and Holland Streets in Erie, Pennsylvania.

March 1991: The office relocated to 150 E 8th Street in Jones School Square in Erie.

July 1991: After acquiring the Louis Henry Agency, Jim Orth and Marybeth Baran formed a partnership.

August 1996: Marybeth and Jim changed the agency's name to Northshore Insurance Agency after they acquired the Thomas J. Fortuna Agency.

March 2007: The agency relocated to its present location at 2340 West Grandview Boulevard, Suite 3, in Erie.

January 2012: Business partner Jim Orth retired from day-to-day activities at Northshore, but remains on staff as a consultant.

Our Staff - Agent Biographies
Marybeth Baran
Marybeth Baran began her insurance career in 1976 at Robinson-Conner Agency. She also worked at Erie Insurance prior to joining James B. Orth Insurance in 1990. Marybeth and Jim became partners in 1991 and she became the sole owner of the agency in 2012.

Marybeth is a past president of the Insurance Women of Erie and the Erie Insurance Community Services Fund. She is a volunteer for the Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement. MaryBeth lives in Millcreek Township.

Insurance Designations:
Certified Insurance Counselor - CIC
Associate in Underwriting - AU
Accredited Advisor in Insurance - AAI
Certified Insurance Service Representative - CISR
Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow - LUTCF

E-mail: mbaran@nshoreins.com
Jeannie Curtis
Jeannie Curtis, a licensed customer service representative, has more than 24 years of experience in the insurance industry. She began her insurance career in March of 1990 and obtained her insurance license in July 1990.

Jeannie has worked at Northshore Insurance Agency since September of 2003. Jeannie resides in the Harborcreek area with her husband, Bob, and their three cats, Babette, Blondie, and Gracie.

Insurance Designations:
Certified Insurance Service Representative - CISR

E-mail: jcurtis@nshoreins.com
Virginia "Ginny" Sockett
Ginny is a licensed Customer Service Representative with over 22 years experience in the insurance industry.

Ginny began her insurance career in 1991 and has been with Northshore Insurance Agency since February 2004. Her prior experience includes 8 years with Erie Insurance Exchange.

Ginny resides in Millcreek with her husband, Mike.

Insurance Designations:
Certified Professional Insurance Woman - CPIW
Associate in Insurance Services – AIS

Email: gsockett@nshoreins.com
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy began his career in the insurance industry with our agency a few years ago and has enjoyed servicing our clients ever since.

He is a proud alumnus of Cathedral Preparatory School, where he enjoyed playing baseball all four of his years there. He is a parishioner at St. Jude's Church, where he serves as a member of the Pastor's Advisory Council. Jimmy has attended and been involved with meetings hosted by Young Erie Professionals, also known as YEP!

Jimmy resides in Millcreek with his wife Amber.

Insurance Designations:
Property and Casualty License
Life Insurance License
Completed various insurance courses.

Email: jsmith@nshoreins.com
James Orth
Jim, the agency's founding partner, started the agency in 1972 under the name of James B. Orth Insurance. The agency was renamed Northshore Insurance Agency in 1996.

Jim is active on the board of directors of the Greater Erie Area YMCA and with the CPCU Society.
Jim graduated from Gannon University in 1972 with a BS degree in accounting.
Jim retired from the Agency effective January 1, 2012 but remains active as a consultant.

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