NORTHUMBERLAND, PA - May 21, 2015 – Keystone Insurers Group, one of the nation’s largest property and casualty insurance brokers, today welcomed Springfield, Missouri-based agency Barker Phillips Jackson (BPJ) as its second franchise partner in the state. The announcement was made today by Barker Phillips Jackson President Tom Montileone and Keystone Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Schenk.
“BPJ’s partnership with Keystone Insurers Group allows us to offer the same premier markets, products, services and programs as large global agencies, but to do so on a local service platform,” Montileone said. “Keystone provides resources to its partners that are second to none in the industry. Our partnership with Keystone is a win for BPJ, but most importantly it’s a win for BPJ clients.”
Schenk added, “BPJ was an easy choice for us; they’ve mastered industry best practices. When I first met Tom and his team, I knew immediately this agency had to become a Keystone partner. Tom exemplifies ‘having a thumb on the pulse’ of agency operations – exactly the type of partner we look for.”
About Barker Phillips Jackson – Springfield, Missouri, has served as the headquarters for Barker Phillips Jackson since 1960. The agency has grown to more than 60 employees and has satellite locations in Rolla and West Plains. Tom Montileone joined the agency in 2003 as president and chief operating officer. He became president and chief executive officer in 2005. Tom currently serves on the board of directors for Missouri Association of Insurance Agents. For more information, please visit www.bpj.com.
About Keystone Insurers Group (KIG) – Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, KIG is owned by its franchise partners and employees in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. In addition, KIG conducts business in Illinois and Missouri. Each partner is an independent agency. With property/casualty premiums exceeding $2.3 billion, Keystone is ranked number one on Insurance Journal's 2014 list of Top 20 Privately-Held Property/Casualty Agency Partnerships. For Missouri franchising opportunities, contact Elizabeth Schenk at [email protected] For more information, go to www.keystoneinsgrp.com.
Lea Ann Hawk