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Buckeye Insurance Group recognizes 14 OIA members

OIA members Block Insurance Agency, Fort Recovery Insurance Agency, Francis J. Paulus Insurance Agency, Hatfield Insurance Agency, John Wood Insurance Agency, Kathrens Insurance Agency, Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Leugers Insurance Agency, Littman-Thomas Agency, Miami Valley Insurance Agency, Michael Murphy Insurance Agency, Pahl Insurance Solutions, Shockey-Ryan-Long Insurance Agency, Stahl-Stoller-Meyer Insurance Center were all recognized by Buckeye Insurance Group with its Preferred Agency Status for 2019.

The status is given to agencies that demonstrate the highest level of insurance knowledge, professionalism and service to their customers. OIA is proud to represent high-caliber agencies like these and congratulates them on this accomplishment!

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MARKEL NAMES LANKERD AND HANS OF J.M. WILSON ASCENDING STARS OF 2019

PORTAGE, MI, JANUARY, 2019 – J.M. Wilson is proud to announce that Travis Lankerd, Brokerage Underwriter, and Jenna Hans, Senior Property & Casualty Underwriter, have been selected for the 2019 class of the Markel Ascending Stars Program that recognizes young talented insurance professionals as future leaders in the insurance industry.  These young leaders will be invited to take part in a special council, with the goal of strengthening their professional relationship for the duration of their career.

Travis joined J.M. Wilson in 2017 as a Brokerage Underwriter and has earned cyRM (Cyber Insurance and Risk Manager) and RCLS (Registered Cyber Liability Specialist) designations.  He is an Olivet College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Risk Management.  Travis’ favorite part of the job is the opportunity to be challenged on a daily basis to find solutions to complex problems.  He also enjoys knowing that his work provides value to the financial security and risk management of the insureds’ businesses.

Jenna Hans joined J.M. Wilson in 2013 as an Assistant Underwriter, before her promotions in 2015 as P&C Underwriter and 2018 as Senior P&C Underwriter.  Jenna enjoys the relationships she’s developed with her carriers and agents and her favorite part of the job is facing new and different challenges every day.


About J.M. Wilson

J.M. Wilson is a Managing General Agency and Surplus Lines Broker providing independent insurance agents access to specialty markets for both personal and commercial lines. With offices in eight states, J.M. Wilson is able to provide coverage for standard and hard-to-place commercial, transportation, property & casualty, brokerage, professional liability and errors and omissions, personal lines and surety classes in thirty-six states.

For more information about J.M. Wilson, call (800) 666-5692 or visit www.jmwilson.com.

J.M Wilson is a cooper level parter with OIA. Contact Megan Smith to learn more about becoming a company partner and the benefits you receive. 

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OIA presents John Koetz with Lifetime Achievement Award

GAHANNA, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 4, 2018 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented independent insurance agent John Koetz with the venerable Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award is given to an OIA volunteer who has provided a lifetime of leadership to the association and the independent agent channel.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is elite and only given to select insurance professionals who go above and beyond to serve their industry. Koetz, who is president of the W.E. Davis Insurance Agency in Columbus, is only the 14th person to have received this award in the last 23 years.

Koetz has actively volunteered for OIA since the 1980s. He served on 16 committees and task forces in his tenure, and participated in the initiation of programs which led to the betterment of the association and industry as a whole.

He was named Agent of the Year in 1990 and served as president of the association in 1991-1992. Most notably, he served 17 years on the Advocacy Committee and has provided valuable testimony on legislative issues impacting independent insurance agents.

As an independent insurance agent, Koetz is incredibly passionate about making sure his clients have the right insurance coverage in place to protect their families and businesses.

OIA is proud to present Koetz with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and we are thankful for his dedication to the independent agency channel.


About Ohio Insurance Agents Association

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans. We promote, progress and protect the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA helps agents by providing agency valuation, succession planning, generational health, operational benchmarking reports, other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA presents Steve Brown with Excellence in Leadership Award

GAHANNA, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 4, 2018 in Columbus.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented Steve Brown, of Payne & Brown Insurance Agency in Sunbury, with the Excellence in Leadership award.  Brown is an OIA volunteer who has provided outstanding leadership and service to the association in the preceding year.    

He has actively been involved in OIA for more than 10 years, and even more so within the last two years. When he is asked to volunteer on a committee, chair a meeting or participate on a panel, he does so without hesitation. He can be counted on when OIA and his fellow agents need him.

Brown is always looking out for the best interests of Ohio’s independent agency community. He is also active in his community and spends his time outside of OIA participating on insurance company agent advisory councils and task force groups to support independent agents on changes and key issues within the Industry.

His focus in any open discussion and debate is always on how the issue can help independent agents and he is always leaning forward in the direction for the betterment of all and not the few.

OIA is proud to present Brown with the Excellence in Leadership Award, and we would like to thank him for his service to OIA and the independent agency channel.


About Ohio Insurance Agents Association

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans. We promote, progress and protect the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA helps agents by providing agency valuation, succession planning, generational health, operational benchmarking reports, other business solutions and industry thought leadership.


OIA presents Norman-Spencer Agency with Community Service Award

GAHANNA, OH – Ohio Insurance Agents Association hosted its annual holiday dinner and awards ceremony Dec. 4, 2018.

During the awards portion of the evening, OIA presented the Norman-Spencer Agency with the Community Service award.  The Norman-Spencer Agency, headquartered in Dayton, created NS Cares to serve its community through the work of their employees. The program provides their employees with opportunities to volunteer for and donate to local, regional and national charitable causes.

Through NS Cares, Norman-Spencer Agency supports more than 30 non-profit organizations across the country, and all donations are given back to community groups like foodbanks, rehabilitation centers, and local chapters of national organizations such as the March of Dimes, Pink Ribbon Girls and Ronald McDonald House.

In the four years since it’s been established, NS Cares has raised more than $200,000 for charities, and volunteers have given hundreds of hours of service.

OIA would like to thank NS Cares and the Norman-Spencer Agency for all that they are doing in their community, and for representing the best parts of the independent insurance industry. 


About Ohio Insurance Agents Association

Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA) is the collective voice of 1,300 independent agencies that employ nearly 10,000 Ohioans. We promote, progress and protect the professional advice and guidance only independent insurance agents provide. OIA members write 82 percent of the commercial insurance policies and 44 percent of personal insurance policies in Ohio. OIA helps agents by providing agency valuation, succession planning, generational health, operational benchmarking reports, other business solutions and industry thought leadership.

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