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Local company receives awards

September 22, 2012
By Anna Patrick Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Mountaineer Insurance Services Inc. was honored by Farmers & Mechanics Insurance Companies and received multiple awards for 2011 and 2012.

Owner Jonathan Kyle said Mountaineer Insurance received the 2012 Outstanding Agency Award and became part of the 2011 $1 million club from Farmers & Mechanics Insurance Companies for hard work and high sales.

Farmers & Mechanics is the largest insurance carrier based in West Virginia. In 2011, Mountaineer Insurance was the first and currently the only Farmers & Mechanics carrier to enter the $1 million club. To enter the club, Mountaineer Insurance sold more than $1 million worth of premium volume insurance, making it the largest carrier of Farmers & Mechanics insurance in the state.

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Mountaineer Insurance Services Inc. is honored by Farmers & Mechanics Insurance Companies with the 2012 Outstanding Agency Award and induction into the $1 million club.

Mountaineer Insurance was honored with Farmers & Mechanics' second-most prestigious award, the 2012 Outstanding Agency Award. Kyle said the Outstanding Agency Award is based on a company's largest volume and lowest loss of money ratio.

"It's nice that a small agency in a rural area in Randolph County can do that kind of production," Kyle said during a recent interview.

Mountaineer Insurance just recently became certified to sell insurance for AAA, and it now sells memberships. Anyone who is a member of AAA can receive large discounts on home and auto insurance from Mountaineer Insurance, Kyle said.

Mountaineer Insurance's five agents offer knowledge and assistance in a variety of insurance, ranging from home to farm to commercial insurance.

Mountaineer Insurance's main office is located in Dailey, and the company also has an office in Slatyfork. More information is available online at or by calling 304-338-2902.

For example, Jared Howell, Mountaineer Insurance agent, recently received training and certification at the Hartford School of Insurance to become a commercial lines coverage specialist. It was a three-week training in Charlotte, N.C., and it was devoted to "fully engulfing you in the whole learning process," Howell said.

Howell said he studied all coverages that apply for commercial lines insurance, including workers' compensation, commercial property insurance and commercial auto insurance.

Howell said nine insurance agents traveled from across the country to receive the training from The Hartford. Howell said he stood out from the group, as many of the insurance agencies in attendance were much larger agencies.

After receiving the training Howell said, "I think it boosted my confidence."

Besides Howell and Kyle, Mountaineer's Insurance agents include Bobby Gibson, Cathy Price and Lori Daniels.



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