McColloch-Baker included in study group

PIQUA — McColloch-Baker lnsurance Service is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group.

McColloch-Baker Insurance Service is part of the Ruese Insurance Group, with offices in Piqua (McColloch-Baker), at 219 Looney Road, as well as Sidney (Ruese Insurance) and Fort Loramie (Ratermann Insurance). The offices collectively earned the best practices award.

Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The selected “Best Practices” agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year.

“I am very proud of all of the hard work that our staff has put in to make this recognition possible,” says Rudy Keister, agency vice president.

More than 1,800 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 254 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories.

The agency was nominated by either an IIABA-affiliated state association or an insurance company and qualified based on its operational excellence.

The Best Practices Study was initiated by IIABA in 1993 as the foundation for efforts to improve agency performance. The annual survey and study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the highest performing agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

All of McColloch-Baker Insurance Service’s locations have been in business for more than 100 years and offer insurance products from a number of different companies including Cincinnati Insurance, Westfield Insurance, Auto Owners Insurance, Safeco, Celina Group, Liberty Mutual, Acuity and United Fire Group.

For more information, contact Matt Ratermann of McColloch-Baker Insurance at (937) 773-5626.