About Us

Welcome to Joel Parker Inc. t/a Parker Agency

Our agency began in the 1930s when Joel Parker Sr. started selling home and automobile insurance from his house on South Street, Manasquan.

His son, Joel Parker Jr. was a POW during WWII, shot down over the North Sea, and upon his return home he joined in business with his father. As the community grew so too did the agency while remaining true to their mission of protecting the community with superior products and expert advice. The community was their home and they had the desire and duty to support it.

In 1973, Joel’s son in law, Harvey W Malick Jr. joined the agency after working for several years in the insurance industry.  Upon Joel’s death, Harvey became the owner and in 2010, his son Zuri joined the agency.

Our commitment to you starts at the top.  Zuri Malick and Chris Flanz- Owners and managing directors- represent the fourth generation of leadership.  Our commitments to our clients remain true.  Our insurer partners are top quality, providing programs for a wide range of risks and sectors, including Business Insurance and Personal lines.  Some of the Companies we have represented for over 50 years.

As we continue to grow over the many decades we keep in sight our core strengths and values: Work hard. Be nice. We are attentive to our clients, have the knowledge of their risks and available solutions and are community based and involved.  With years of experience, Parker Agency is an independent agency earnestly and efficiently working to get the best product and pricing for our customers.  We take pride in understanding what it means to personally be your agent, to take care of our customers all the time, not just when something “bad” happens or a crisis occurs.  The same philosophy and passion that began over 80 years ago of taking care of the customer, and building long-term relationships still exists today at Parker Agency.

Member associations:

Trusted Choice Agency

Member of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA)

Member of the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA)

Member of Independent Agents & Brokers of Monmouth County

Past president-Harvey and Zuri.  Current Members-Chris and Zuri

Young Agents Council (Zuri- Monmouth County Representative)

Society of Certified Insurance Counselors – Chris and Harvey

Corporate Sponsor and Member of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild

Our Leadership:

Harvey W. Malick Jr was the 3rd generation of leadership within the Parker Agency.  A Manasquan High School graduate, he started in the insurance industry in 1968 working for Selective Insurance Company.  He has devoted his entire career to assisting both individuals and businesses with their insurance needs.He received the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) in 1980 and has been given tenured rights within that Association. He is a Past President of the Independent Agents and Brokers of Monmouth County, member of the Manasquan Chamber of Commerce, and has served many years as a volunteer basketball coach for local teams. He is a longtime vegetarian, dedicated gardener, and a devoted distance runner who can frequently be found running on the sand alongside his wife Joella. They have resided in Allenwood since 1970, and are proud parents and grandparents.

Zuri H Malick represents the 4th generation of leadership within the Parker Agency.  Home-schooled until high school, he attended Manasquan High School and was a 4 year member of the lacrosse team.  He also was an eight year member of the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra and traveled Europe on 2 occasions representing the All American Youth in Concert.  After high school, he graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, and pursued degrees in Political Science and Business.  While at Loyola, he was a 4 year member of Crew, winning many races throughout the east coast.  He received his insurance license in 2011 and started work at the Parker Agency in 2011.  He brings a youthful spirit to our agency and has made the commitment to serve and protect his clients for his entire career.  His hobbies include golf and sports.  He lives in Farmingdale with his wife Ally and daughter Olivia.

Christopher L. Flanz joined the Parker Agency in April of 2014 as a Partner and Managing Director.  He graduated from Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, NY where he played four years of soccer, lacrosse and trumpet.  After high school he attended and graduated from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.  While there he was a 4 year starter on the Men’s Lacrosse team.  Chris began his insurance career working within the agency system and obtained his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2012.  He too brings a wonderful youthful spirit to our agency and also has made the commitment to provide expert advice to his clients.  His hobbies include golf, outdoors, and music.