Allstate Accelerates California Recruiting

Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:00am EST

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INSURER ADDING AGENCY OWNERS FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
   

SACRAMENTO, Calif.,  Feb. 19, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company
plans to add additional agency owners in  California  in 2013, expanding its
aggressive recruiting campaign for the fifth consecutive year. Allstate signed
58 new exclusive agents in  California  last year and in 2011, after adding 44
in 2010 and 17 in 2009.  

"Allstate is committed to growing in  California  and to serving more
Californians," says  Heidi Palmer, Strategic Deployment Leader for Allstate in 
California. "Entrepreneurial professionals with financial and sales backgrounds
interested in making a career out of helping people should contact Allstate to
learn more of the opportunity."

Candidates for Allstate agency ownership need a minimum of  $50,000  of liquid
capital to invest in their agency. Not a franchise fee, "this commitment is an
investment in their agency," Palmer says. "It covers the frequent and expected
operating expenses associated with a successful new agency."

As owner of their small business, these entrepreneurs are in charge of hiring
licensed sales and customer service staff as part of building their business
plan to serve the communities where they live and work. These operating
resources also augment the marketing and product support that's provided by
Allstate.  

"Allstate is unique among insurers because its agents own the economic interest
in their business," says Palmer.  "Allstate agents can grow that interest and
eventually sell it if they choose. No other branded insurer has this option."

"Allstate further separates itself from industry competitors with best-in-class
new agent curriculum, imparting the knowledge necessary to run a successful
agency in  California," she said. "New Allstate agents receive comprehensive
instruction on every aspect of insurance and customer service in order to serve
policyholders best and to grow their business."

Additional Hiring Could Total Hundreds More  

Allstate is also encouraging agencies across the state to hire licensed sales
professionals-at least a couple hundred more to reflect the Allstate commitment
to grow auto business and increase service to Californians. The country's second
largest auto insurance provider is also moving to strengthen its  California 
presence in the boat, motorcycle and recreational all-terrain vehicle insurance
markets.  

Allstate currently insures approximately 2 million  California  cars and trucks
and has more than 4,000 agents, support staff and employees in the state.  

Interested candidates can learn more about owning an Allstate agency by logging
on to  www.allstateagent.com  or by contacting  Linda Black  or  Angie Garcia,
senior recruiting consultants in  California, at (916) 859-8804 or (916)
859-8851, and  Angie.Garcia@Allstate.com  or  Linda.Black@Allstate.com.

About Allstate
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®." As
part of  Allstate's commitment  to strengthen local communities, The Allstate
Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided  $29
million  in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes
across  the United States.

SOURCE  Allstate Insurance Company


Jim Klapthor, Allstate Media Relations, +1-909-612-6644,
Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com

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