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Central Insurance at Central bank earns best practices agency status

Storm Lake, Iowa: Central Insurance at Central Bank has been recognized as Best Practices Agency, earning ranks among an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. This status comes by participating in a rigorous audit by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) best practices study group. The annual survey of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

Since 1993, the Big “I” and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, have joined forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue/operation categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process. Those awarded with the Best Practices Agency status are qualified based on their operational excellence.

The selected Best Practices Agencies retain their rank during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year. This is the first year of the current three-year study cycle where over one-thousand independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to participate in the annual study, but only 262 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the
35 – 45 top-performing agencies in six categories by agency size. 

“With approximately 35,000 independent agencies in the US, this is a designation we have been working diligently to attain over the past three years,” shared Bill Cochran-Bray, Central Insurance Agency Principal. “Central Insurance has grown from one location to six locations, from providing only personal-lines insurance products to expanding our product suite to include commercial-lines, employee benefits and risk management services. Additionally, Central Insurance has made significant investments in our agency management platform, our staff development and our client deliverables. This designation represents the best of the best in our industry and confirms our promise to our clients, our incredible team members and Central Banks’ Board of Directors – to be a premier agency operating in multiple state jurisdictions, providing insurance and risk management solutions that protects what matters.”

About Central Insurance

Central Insurance was founded in 1933 as a bank-owned agency in Storm Lake, Iowa.  Since 2009, Central Insurance has grown significantly and now operates locations in Storm Lake, Cherokee, Spirit Lake, Sioux City, Des Moines and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Central Insurance is a wholly owned agency operation of Central Bank.  Central Insurance is authorized and licensed to operate in 16 additional states including California where it operates as Central Risk and Insurance Services.

About Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing more than 25,000 agency locations united under the Trusted Choice brand. Trusted Choice independent agents offer consumers all types of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products—from a variety of insurance companies.

Offered insurance products are not a deposit. Not FDIC insured. Not insured by any Federal Government Agency. Not guaranteed by the bank. May go down in value.

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