United Fire Group Receives Prestigious Commercial Lines Carrier of the Year Award from The Insurance Alliance Network

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On September 10, 2019, The Insurance Alliance Network presented United Fire Group with its Commercial Lines Carrier of the Year Award in recognition of the outstanding partnership between the organizations. Jane Koppenheffer, President of The Insurance Alliance, presented the award as part of its Connections 2019 Carrier Recognition Event.

The Insurance Alliance sponsored Connections 2019 as an opportunity for its employees to interact with the insurance company employees that they work with on a daily basis, as well as regional and executive management. Participating were CEO’s, Regional Vice Presidents, Underwriting Managers, Claims Managers, Field Representatives, Underwriters and other key insurance company personnel from approximately 40 different insurance companies.

In presenting the award to United Fire Group, Jane Koppenheffer commented:

The Insurance Alliance Network selected United Fire Group to receive this award based on the results of a survey of over 100 Alliance employees. United Fire Group ranked the highest in categories such as Underwriting Expertise, Responsiveness, Ease of Doing Business, and Claims Service.

The Insurance Alliance has written over $3.5 Million in new business with United Fire Group since partnering in mid-2015. Continuing with the success even in 2019, The Alliance is maintaining it’s momentum with a 70% growth over 2018 year-to-date.

Some of the comments from our member employees who completed the survey included:

“UFG is probably my go to if it fits their market. I find them to be very competitive and they handle the quoting process quickly, and take care of the account very well once written.”

“Our Marketing Rep is responsive and easy to work with.”

“Our Marketing Rep has gone beyond the normal ""call of duty"" for myself and our agency. To help grow with their company."

When there is a strong partnership between independent insurance agencies and insurance companies, everyone wins – especially the consumers. The service they receive is improved through enhanced communication, deeper understanding of company policies and procedures, and a higher degree of responsiveness and cohesiveness.

The Insurance Alliance Network is a collective of 10 premier independent agencies located in the Central and greater Lehigh Valley regions of Pennsylvania. Through size, diversity and broad expertise, The Alliance offers on a regional level that which is normally found only with national brokers -- ranking in 2018 as the 20th largest agency partnership group in the nation. Its long-term growth and profitability has enabled The Alliance to secure preferred relationships with the region and nation's top insurance companies. With over 250 employees, its greater resources provide the sophistication to serve any size client. The Alliance ended 2018 with over $264 Million in Property-Casualty premiums written.

Penn National Insurance Receives Prestigious Personal Lines Carrier of the Year Award from The Insurance Alliance Network

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On September 10, 2019, The Insurance Alliance Network presented Penn National Insurance with its Personal Lines Carrier of the Year Award in recognition of the outstanding partnership between the organizations. Jane Koppenheffer, President of The Insurance Alliance, presented the award as part of its Connections 2019 Carrier Recognition Event.

The Insurance Alliance sponsored Connections 2019 as an opportunity for its employees to interact with the insurance company employees that they work with on a daily basis, as well as regional and executive management. Participating were CEO’s, Regional Vice Presidents, Underwriting Managers, Claims Managers, Field Representatives, Underwriters and other key insurance company personnel from approximately 40 different insurance companies.

In presenting the award to Penn National Insurance Jane Koppenheffer commented:

The Insurance Alliance Network chose Penn National Insurance to receive this award based on the results of a survey of over 100 Alliance employees. Penn National Insurance ranked the highest in categories such as Underwriting Expertise, Responsiveness, Ease of Doing Business, and Claims Service.

The Insurance Alliance has grown over 40% with Penn National Personal Lines in the past 4 years. The Insurance Alliance has written almost $2.8 million in new business with Penn National in that 4-year period. Even more impressive is the strong premium retention of 93.6% during that time. The Insurance Alliance has also been able to remain extremely profitable with Penn National, generating a 4-year loss ratio of 57.7% from 2015-2018.

Some of the comments from our member employees who completed the survey included:

“Penn National for competitive pricing, good product, good claims handling, good underwriters, ease of doing business."

“Our Underwriter is very knowledgeable and patient. I can always count on her helping me, even if it's a general question not specific to Penn National. She has been a key person in helping me navigate the insurance world.”

“Penn National. Our underwriter gets back to us within 1 hour if we call her and 2 hours if we email her.”

“Penn National wrote the most business and the underwriter is the best in response and willingness to write coverage.”

“Penn National-good rates, easy website, underwriter is accessible & easy to work with.”

When there is a strong partnership between independent insurance agencies and insurance companies, everyone wins – especially the consumers. The service they receive is improved through enhanced communication, deeper understanding of company policies and procedures, and a higher degree of responsiveness and cohesiveness.

The Insurance Alliance Network is a collective of 10 premier independent agencies located in the Central and greater Lehigh Valley regions of Pennsylvania. Through size, diversity and broad expertise, The Alliance offers on a regional level that which is normally found only with national brokers -- ranking in 2018 as the 20th largest agency partnership group in the nation. Its long-term growth and profitability has enabled The Alliance to secure preferred relationships with the region and nation's top insurance companies. With over 250 employees, its greater resources provide the sophistication to serve any size client. The Alliance ended 2018 with over $264 Million in Property-Casualty premiums written.

Rob Fitzgerald of Christian-Baker Company Wins His Second Producer of the Month Award

Rob Fitzgerald of Christian-Baker Company won the July Producer of the Month award, his second in 2019. Gene Nosovitch of HMK paced second, and in third is Chris Birkhead, also of HMK.

Year-to-date standings have Ryan Rispoli of HMK remaining in first with Rob Fitzgerald moving up to second and Gene Nosovitch continuing to hold the number three spot.

Next Generation Award

Peter Stoll, III of the Stoll Agency stays in the number one spot with Brian Hersh of Miers remaining in second and Trey Minskey of Christian-Baker Company moving into third.

Diversification Award

Ryan Rispoli of HMK continues the lead with Toby Heishman of Zinn Insurance switching with Shane Kunkleman of PDM Insurance for the second and third spots.

Commercial Lines Agency of the Year

The Paul I. Sheaffer Agency moves ahead of Miers for first and second, and HMK remains in third.

Personal Lines Agency of the Year

Harding-Yost Insurance continues to hold the top spot remains in the number one spot.

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June Producer of the Month Title Goes To Peter Stoll III

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Peter Stoll III of the Stoll Agency is the Producer of the Month for June, beating out Dan Trump of the Harding-Yost Agency and Paul Sheaffer of the Paul I. Sheaffer Insurance Agency.

Peter is also leading the Next Generation Award contest, with Brian Hersh of Miers Insurance and Eric Stoll of the Stoll Agency in second and third, respectively

Ryan Rispoli of HMK still leads the Producer of the Year Contest, with Kenny Serfass of Miers Insurance and Gene Nosovitch of HMK in hot pursuit.

Ryan Rispoli of HMK also leads in the Diversification category over Shane Kunkleman of PDM Insurance and Toby Heishman of Zinn Insurance.

Miers Insurance leads the Commercial Lines Agency race over the Paul I. Sheaffer Insurance Agency, and HMK.

In the Personal Lines Agency contest, Harding-Yost is besting Miers Insurance and Stoll Insurance.

Kenny Serfass Takes Producer of the Month for May

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Congratulations to Kenny Serfass of Miers Insurance for being the May Producer of the Month! In second was Gene Nosovitch of HMK and in third was Brian Hersh a Next Generation producer from Miers Insurance.

Year-to-date standings have Ryan Rispoli of HMK remaining in first with Kenny Serfass moving up to second and Gene Nosovitch moving into third.

Next Generation Award

Peter Stoll, III of The Stoll Agency stays in the number one spot with Brian Hersh from Miers Insurance moving up to second ahead of Eric Stoll who is now in third place.

Diversification Award

Ryan Rispoli of HMK continues the lead with Toby Heishman of Zinn Insurance in second. There is a three-way tie for third between Brian Hersh, Kenny Serfass and Jon Zinn.

Commercial Lines Agency of the Year

Miers Insurance stays ahead of the Paul I. Sheaffer for the number one spot and HMK remains in third.

Personal Lines Agency of the Year

Harding-Yost Insurance stays ahead of Miers for the first and second spots.

April's Producer of the Month Title Goes To Ryan Rispoli!

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Congratulations to Ryan Rispoli of HMK for being the April winner! In second place was Matt Maurer of AIA and in third was Peter Stoll, III of the Stoll Agency.

Year-to-date standings have Ryan Rispoli moving in to first with Ryan Amey of Miers Insurance in second and Rob Fitzgerald of Christian-Baker Company moving into third.

Next Generation Award

Peter Stoll, III moves into the number one spot with Eric Stoll in second place, both of The Stoll Agency, and Shane Kunkleman of PDM Insurance moving into third.

Diversification Award

Ryan Rispoli of HMK continues the lead with Toby Heishman and Jon Zinn of Zinn Insurance tied for second.

Commercial Lines Agency of the Year

Miers Insurance moves ahead of The Paul I. Sheaffer Agency for the number one spot and HMK remains in third.

Personal Lines Agency of the Year

Harding-Yost Insurance moves ahead of Miers Insurance for the first and second spots.

Toby Heishman Is The March Producer of the Month!

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Congratulations to Toby Heishman of Zinn Insurance for being the March winner! In second was Kenny Serfass of Miers Insurance and in third was Paul Sheaffer of the Paul I. Sheaffer Agency.

Year-to-date standings have Ryan Amey remaining in first place with Rob Fitzgerald staying in second and Toby Heishman moving into third.

Next Generation Award

Eric Stoll of Stoll Insurance remains in first place through March with Trey Minskey of Christian-Baker staying in second and Brian Hersh of Miers continuing to hold the third position.

Diversification Award

Ryan Rispoli of HMK continues the lead with Toby Heishman moving up to second and Jess McMullen of PDM Insurance goes to the number three spot.

Commercial Lines Agency of the Year

Sheaffer moves ahead of Miers for the number one spot and HMK moves up to third.

Personal Lines Agency of the Year

Miers moves ahead of Harding-Yost for the first and second spots and Gearhart-Herr moves into the number three spot.