Allstate Planning to Add More Than 50 New Florida Agencies During 2013

Fri Mar 8, 2013 9:00am EST

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New agencies will mean at least 150 new jobs across the state
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.,  March 8, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- As the country continues
to focus on small business and job creation, Allstate is offering the right
candidates the chance to own their own piece of the American Dream.  For 2013,
the company is ramping up its recruiting again - searching for more than 50 new
agency owners next year.   

"We see a significant opportunity in the current job climate to attract well
capitalized mid-career, mid-level managers to own and operate their own business
and represent Allstate in  Florida," said  Bob Jackson, Allstate's Florida
Regional Sales Leader. "We're working with business brokers, utilizing social
media tools and have our own team of recruiters to find professionals throughout
 Florida  with financial or sales backgrounds."

To further assist with recruitment, for people who refer candidates that go on
to become Allstate agencies, the company is paying a  $5,000  referral bonus.

The addition of the new agencies will have a compounding effect on the Florida
job market since each new agent normally opens with a minimum of three employees
to help ensure customers are well served with courtesy and efficiency.  So
adding more than 50 agents could create more than 150 new jobs in  Florida.  

Owning an Allstate agency is also a unique opportunity because it's the only
major branded insurer in which agencies own the economic interest in their
business.  As such, agents who are nearing retirement, or even those who are
looking for a change in career, can sell the economic interest in their business
to a qualified buyer.  In fact, many choose to sell to their children as a way
of passing along the business as a family legacy.   

"Ownership of the economic interest is a big reason why entrepreneurs choose
Allstate as a small business opportunity," Jackson said.  "It's right up there
with our brand, which is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the
nation, and the high level of training and support we offer our new agencies to
help them succeed."  

Interested candidates can apply to become an Allstate agent by logging on to, or  by calling 1-877-711-1015  

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. Widely known by
its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®," Allstate offers insurance
products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate
agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial
representatives, as well as via  and 1-800 Allstate®. As part
of  Allstate's commitment  to strengthen local communities, The Allstate
Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided  $28
million  in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes
across  the United States.

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