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Keystone Insurers Group Continues Growth In Illinois

Konen Insurance and Dasco Insurance become newest partners

NORTHUMBERLAND, Pa. (Dec. 11, 2013) – Konen Insurance of Aurora and Dasco Insurance Agency of Northbrook have partnered with Keystone Insurers Group, one of the nation’s largest property and casualty insurance brokers. The addition of the two agencies increases to four the number of Keystone partners in the state since the end of October.

The announcement was made today by Keystone Vice President Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Schenk, who said, "The first agency partners in a new state are referred to as ‘pioneers.’ Our pioneer partners in Illinois are a very special group, chosen for a number of attributes, that will help steer Keystone’s expansion there. It is an honor to have Konen and Dasco at the helm with us."

As is the case with all of Keystone’s franchise partners, Konen Insurance and Dasco Insurance will retain their agency names, ownership and independent-agency status.

About Konen Insurance – Founded in 1963 by Vince Konen, Konen Insurance initially sold only home and auto insurance out of a downtown Aurora office. Jerry Knudtson, who joined the agency in 1988, and Brian Konen, who joined in 1993, became the second generation of owners when they purchased the agency in 1994. Konen is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois (IIA of Illinois), formerly the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois (PIIAI) and which named him ‘Young Agent of the Year’ in 2002. He was voted ‘Agent of the Year’ in 2007 by the Illinois 1752 Club. Today, the agency has grown into a full-service insurance agency with 15 employeeswho also handle benefits and financial planning services.For more information, visit www.konen.com.

About Dasco Insurance Agency– David Samson is the founder and president of Dasco Insurance Agency. He started the agency in 1970 and specialized in property and casualty coverage. David’s son Ken joined in 1993 and currently serves as agency vice president. Ken received the ‘Young Agent of the Year Award’ in 2001 from PIIAI and subsequently served as president of the organization (2007-2008) and as chairman of the board (2008-2009). He remains active today in the IIA of Illinois. For more information, visit www.dascoins.com.

About Keystone Insurers Group (KIG) –Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Northumberland, Pa., KIG is owned by its franchise partners and employees in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana and Ohio. In addition, KIG conducts business in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Illinois. Each partner is an independent agency. With property/casualty premiums exceeding $2 billion, KIG is ranked third on Insurance Journal's 2013 list of Top 20 Privately-Held Property/Casualty Agency Networks. For franchising opportunities in Illinois, contact Elizabeth Schenk at eschenk@keystoneinsgrp.com. For more information, go to www.keystoneinsgrp.com.

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