• Special to the Leader & Times
The owners of five prominent Kansas Independent Insurance Agencies have announced the formation of Bison Insurance Group, LLC; a partnership that will allow the agencies to share resources and expand markets to meet the needs of an ever changing insurance marketplace.
Al Shank, President of Al Shank Insurance said, “For our clients and the insurance buying public, the change will not even be noticeable from a day-to-day standpoint. You still do business with Al Shank Insurance with the same ownership, same name, same management and same great agents and personnel you have always done business with.”
Together the five founding agencies, Al Shank Insurance Inc., Liberal; Renn and Co Inc., Wellington; Newkirk, Dennis and Buckles, Independence; Tyner Insurance Group, Council Grove; and Fee Insurance Group, Hutchinson, will work to collectively offer their clients more insurance options and innovative services.
Shank noted, “Everyone at Al Shank Insurance is excited to be one of the founding agencies of Bison Insurance Group. I have known the principals of the other agencies for most of my career and have the utmost respect for each of their agencies. We share the same business values of integrity and professionalism. The principals of each agency are past presidents, as am I, of the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents so all are well known and respected throughout the industry and the region.”
Collectively, the agencies do business in more than 15 states with 14 offices. The group hopes to leverage their size and expertise to attract additional insurance companies, services and products to offer better insurance programs to both existing and prospective clients in the business and personal insurance areas.
Al Shank Insurance, Inc is a second generation, family owned independent insurance agency started by Al Shank Sr. in 1941. Current officers are Al and Donna Shank. The agency is located at 24 W. Second Street in Liberal.