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Salina, KS - Assurance Partners, a leading insurance brokerage and risk management consulting firm, announced today that it has become a member of the Tennessee Captive Insurance Association (TCIA). TCIA is the only domicile-neutral captive insurance association, free from jurisdictional or commercial ties since it is not linked with a domicile or government entity.
Jim Wilson, President and CEO of Assurance Partners, stated, "Participation in the TCIA provides our firm with the opportunity to serve our clients who choose to domicile their captive company in Tennessee. As a domicile-neutral firm, this membership demonstrates our continuous commitment to provide best-in-class service to our clients, regardless of where they choose to domicile. The benefits to the company and our clients will only increase as we continue to expand our business in Tennessee."
Salina, KS – By continuing to serve in stewardship of families and businesses for almost 45 years, Assurance Partners has
Assurance Partners and Allied Insurance have partnered together for many years – appointed with Allied in 1968 and designated an AIDCO agency in 1996 – to deliver quality property and casualty products to their clients. Allied Insurance, a Nationwide Insurance company, is an A+ rated company that is nationally respected and well known for providing products at a competitive price.been at the forefront of the risk management industry. In early October, Jim Wilson – President and CEO of Assurance Partners – was recognized as an innovative leader in the industry by his peers of agency principals at the Allied Insurance National AIDCO Leadership Conference. He received one of the highest honors by one of the nation’s leading insurance carriers and was inducted into the Allied Insurance Hall of Fame.
In order to qualify for this honor, the inductee must meet certain criteria such as focusing on new and better ways to create value for customers, adhering to high ethical standards of business conduct, investing time and effort in the development and training of others, and many more behavioral standards.
“It was a great honor to receive this recognition,” said Jim Wilson. “However, rather than referring to this as an individual honor, this is something that our entire organization can share and enjoy as a team accomplishment.”
Alongside the individual’s efforts, the inductee’s agency must be involved in their community, interested in the advancement of the industry, and have a vision and a passion for future results and expansion. With the agency’s reinvestment in the Salina Downtown Business District and expansion into the Wichita area by opening up a branch office in west Wichita, Assurance Partners is committed to the local economy and supporting the families and businesses that exist in the surrounding areas.
“Jim Wilson was selected to our Hall of Fame based on a distinguished career built around serving customers and the community,” said Mike Pollard, Regional Vice President of Allied Insurance, Lincoln Regional Office. “Under Jim's leadership, Assurance Partners is a progressive firm focused on assisting each client in developing an effective risk management program. We are proud of how Jim has represented our company for so many years.”
Assurance Partners has retained its status as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group.
Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The selected “Best Practices” agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year.
Last year, which marked the start of a new three-year study cycle, more than 1,100 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 217 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the 35-45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories.
The agency was nominated by either an IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company and qualified based on its operational excellence.
The Best Practices Study was initiated by IIABA in 1993 as the foundation for efforts to improve agency performance. The annual survey and study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.
At Assurance Partners, we serve in stewardship of businesses and families across the Midwest. Assurance Partners has grown to serve the Wichita area over the past 15 years and recently opened up a branch office on the west side of the city. With the addition of an office and a team of insurance professionals on the ground, we are able to serve businesses and individuals in the metro area in a much greater capacity and deliver customized insurance and risk management services to their doorstep.
Our new office is located at 8414 W. 13th St. N, Suite 190, on the west side of Wichita. Assurance Partners is committed to serving the metro area and we are excited to have a new location in west Wichita to be even more accessible to their clients in the area and the surrounding cities.
“You just don’t pass up an opportunity to work with a company that has a solid brand and reputation like Assurance Partners,” said Chris Williams, account executive at the Wichita office. “I am looking forward to expanding the firm’s reach and developing new opportunities in my community and the surrounding areas.”
The recent addition of Chris Williams brings over 12 years of experience in the insurance industry to the organization. Chris has many years of experience in both insurance and financial services.
“Driving home the point that their clients are their number one priority, it only makes sense for Assurance Partners to have an office in the Wichita area,” said Melissa Dick, co-owner of Atlas Accounting and Consulting. “We have worked with them for 12 years and have built a solid working relationship with a company that fully aligns with our approach to business.”
As the agency continues to focus on new growth opportunities, their staff is ready to meet any challenge and deliver high quality customer service to their clients. In 2013, Assurance Partners was awarded a Superior Customer Service certification by Allied Insurance, a Nationwide Insurance company, and also recognized as a Best Practices Agency by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA).
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Assurance Partners is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group.
“We are extremely proud and gratified in being recognized as a ‘Best Practices Agency’ by the IIABA and Reagan Consulting,” said Jim Wilson, Assurance Partners President and CEO. “It is truly an honor of distinction that we are most appreciative of!”
More than 1,100 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 216 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the 35-45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories.
Des Moines, Iowa — Allied Insurance is pleased to announce that ASSURANCE PARTNERS has recently achieved Allied Certification in accordance with the company’s rigorous program standards.
“We’re pleased that Assurance Partners has achieved Allied Certification,” said Lisa Pechan, vice president of sales for Allied Insurance. “By becoming certified, Assurance Partners has demonstrated their commitment to going the extra mile in helping meet each customer’s insurance needs.”
To be considered Allied Certified, agents must commit to stringent customer service training and standards. This makes the agent a valuable resource for consumers who want to know what coverage is available to them without spending extra on coverages they don't need.
To help consumers get the most value for their insurance dollar, Allied Certified agents offer annual reviews. Available to everyone, these reviews involve looking at the consumer’s current situation, discussing any recent or expected life changes, and then reviewing current insurance coverages to make sure the consumer is properly protected. The reviews also provide an opportunity to identify potential ways to save on insurance products.
“In today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to take time to review your current insurance needs,” said Kristy Balthazor, COO of Assurance Partners. “When you allow us to get to know your family and business dynamics, we can make sure that you are properly protected should something bad happen and we can also make sure that you’re not paying more than you need to be.”
Notice to all Kansas employers
Effective 04/25/2013 Kansas legislators recently approved SB 187 that amends the workers compensation statute as it relates to the amount of time employees have to report work related injuries/workers compensation claims to their employer.
SB 187 shortens certain time periods for employees to give notice to the employer of the accident or injury to their employer:
Employers are required to communicate the change in the workers compensation statute for all employees. The poster (download link below) accomplishes the notification requirements. Employers should post the notice in a conspicuous area where employees have access.
Be sure to write in the name address and telephone number of your workers compensation carrier. If you don’t have this information, please feel free to contact your Assurance Partners account manager or account executive for assistance.
If you have questions related to the statute change, please feel free to contact Assurance Partners at 1-800-563-1871.
Click here to download the poster PDF.