ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company is launching a recruitment campaign to appoint 61 new agency owners in Florida this year. Allstate agency owners are also actively searching for qualified candidates to fill more than 500 sales professional positions in agencies across the state in 2014.
The population boom in Florida is a significant factor fueling Allstate's agency growth strategy.
"Florida cities are making headlines for their impressive economic and population expansion. This means there are more families that we want to help and protect by hanging more blue signs," Betty Lauro, Allstate's Florida's Strategic Deployment Leader said. "We are planning to grow statewide with a focus on Orlando and Jacksonville."
Allstate is seeking qualified candidates who are prior business owners and professionals with an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills who want to own* and operate their own business in Florida.
"Allstate is unique among most other insurers because its agents own the economic interest in their business," said Lauro. "Allstate agents can sell their agency. No other major branded insurer has this option. "
This aspect was a significant factor in Felisha Foote's decision to become an Allstate agent. Foote opened her agency in Middleburg last May. She had worked with another insurer for eight years with a goal to own her own agency by age 25, but she wanted a business that she could create a family legacy with. She also wanted to grow her business in her own community.
"I truly appreciated that I was able to open my agency in the community that I am deeply connected with," Foote said. "I also have had a lot of great support from Allstate leadership that has helped me to get started and continue to grow."
As she approaches her one year anniversary of opening her agency, she is most proud of the relationships she has built with Allstate's customers.
"I've worked hard and now customers respect me as their go to person," Foote said.
Florida Allstate Agency Owners Hiring 500 Sales Professionals
Newly appointed Allstate agency owners, along with current agents, could help generate 500 additional jobs in their communities across the state as they typically hire licensed sales staff to help them run their small businesses.
Licensed sales professionals help Allstate agencies grow, working side by side with agency owners to assist customers to help them meet their insurance needs. That's why Allstate encourages its nearly 750 agency owners in Florida to hire top notch staff.
Learn More about Becoming an Allstate Agent or Licensed Sales Professional
Allstate agency owner candidates need $50,000 - $100,000 of liquid capital (amount varies by location) to invest in their agency. This money does not go to Allstate; it is to help ensure the agency can successfully fund the day to day costs associated with opening and running a small business.
Interested candidates can learn more about becoming an Allstate agency owner by logging on to www.allstate.com or by calling 877-875-7956. Allstate also offers a $5,000 award to anyone who refers a qualified candidate to Allstate. The referral award is payable upon the appointment of the candidate as an Allstate agency owner.
For more information about becoming an Allstate licensed sales professional, call 877-875-7956 to speak to a recruiter. Interested candidates should have exceptional selling and customer service skills, a high school diploma and the ability to obtain or begin the process of obtaining a Property and Casualty license at the time of hiring.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.
*Subject to the terms and conditions of the R3001 Exclusive Agency Program.
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