NORTHUMBERLAND, Pa. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Keystone Insurers Group named five new franchise partners in Illinois, completing its list of “Pioneer Partners” -- the first 10 agencies in the state to join the nation’s third-largest property/casualty insurance network. Keystone’s Pioneers will play a pivotal role, helping identify additional potential franchise partners in the state. The five are:
-- Winters Insurance Group of Quincy, founded in 1921 and in its current location since 1948. Agency principals are Mike Eaton, Chuck Mahon, Rod Roberts and Jeff Tweedell. For more information, visit www.wintersins.com.
-- Schmale Insurance Agency of Belleville, created in 1919 and headed today by agency President Richard A. Sedlak. Go to www.schmaleinsurance.com for more.
-- Warma Witter Kreisler Gregov & Associates of O’Fallon, established in the mid 1890’s. Bradley Kreisler, Steve Gregov and Brian Kreisler are principals. More at www.wwkginsurance.com.
-- Brown Hobbs & McMurray Insurance of Urbana, with a history of service going back to 1859. Partners are Thomas L. Brown, Paul B. Hobbs, William B. Hobbs, Richard L. McMurray and Richard A. McMurray. For additional information, see www.bhm-insurance.com.
-- GTPS Insurance of Champaign, founded 10 years ago. Patrick Rouse is agency president. For more on GTPS, visit www.gtpsins.com .
"It’s hard to believe that in just three months following the launch of our ninth state, all of Keystone’s 10 Pioneer Partners have been named," said Elizabeth Schenk, vice president of sales and marketing. "Our roots are firmly planted in Illinois. Our expansion continues to gain momentum."
The five Illinois Pioneer agencies previously named were Nicoud Insurance, Springfield; Williams-Manny Inc., Rockford; Konen Insurance, Aurora; Dasco Insurance Agency, Northbrook; and Brennan & Stuart Inc., La Salle.
Schenk said that the Keystone Pioneer Partners, in addition to recommending additional franchise partners in Illinois, will work with Keystone as it moves into new states.
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 [email protected]. For more information, go to www.keystoneinsgrp.com.
Lea Ann Hawk