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Illinois’ Auffenberg Insurance Joins Valley Insurance Agency Alliance

Auffenberg Insurance Services in Belleville, Illinois, has joined Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a family of over 120 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois. Owned by Mike Auffenberg and Nathan Schumacher, Auffenberg Insurance Services previously was known as Auffenberg …

Keystone Insurers Group Adds 2 New Michigan Agencies

Keystone Insurers Group has named Shoreline Insurance of Muskegon and Combined Insurance Agencies of St. Joseph to its growing community of partners in Michigan. Since 1976, Shoreline Insurance has served clients in the West Michigan area with personal and commercial …

Keystone Insurers Group Adds 2 More Wisconsin Agencies

Keystone Insurers Group has added Family Insurance Center of Seymour, Wisconsin, and the Walker Agency Inc., with locations in Berlin, Montello and Westfield, Wisconsin, to its growing list of partners in that state. Family Insurance Center was established in 1988 …

Why Insurance Agencies at Crossroad Are Turning to Aggregators: Viewpoint

Even as they look back on several years of steady growth and success, many owners of independent insurance agencies now find themselves at a crossroad where they are pressed to make critical strategic decisions about the future of their firms. …

Smart Choice Network Added 1,160 Agencies in 2017

While insurance agency mergers and acquisitions soared by more than 30 percent in 2017, so did agency partnerships for one nationwide network. Smart Choice, a national network of insurance agencies, reports it grew by 1,160 agencies last year — more …

Missouri’s Mike Keith Insurance Joins Keystone Insurers Group

Mike Keith Insurance of Clinton, Missouri, has joined Keystone Insurers Group, becoming the partnership’s eleventh agency member in Missouri. The Mike Keith agency has four offices located throughout West Central Missouri. The announcement was made jointly today by agency President …

Illinois’ Olsick & Company Insurance Agency Joins Keystone

Olsick & Company Insurance, located in Willowbrook, Illinois, has joined Keystone Insurers Group (Keystone), the companies announced. The agency is Keystone’s 18th partner in Illinois. The announcement was made jointly by Olsick President Bryan Olsick and Keystone’s State Vice President …

Keystone Insurers Group Expands into Michigan

Keystone Insurers Group has expanded to 11 states with the addition of its first partner in Michigan, Saginaw Bay Underwriters. Saginaw Bay Underwriters has offices in Saginaw, Bay City and Midland. Saginaw Bay Underwriters was established in 1863. Current President …

Smart Choice Agency Network Tops 5,000 Members

The Smart Choice Agents Program, which provides independent insurance agencies with access to personal and commercial lines markets in 41 states, said it has added nearly 400 new agency partners already this year, bringing the total number of agencies in …