February 27, 2013 at 09:19 AM EST
Allstate Appointing 120 Agencies in Texas This Year
Recruiters Focusing on Vetpreneurs; Professionals Looking to be Their Own Boss

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company is ramping up recruiting in Texas with plans to appoint more than 120 new agency owners this year, creating an estimated 360 new jobs across the state. Allstate recruiters are looking for candidates with a strong work ethic and management skills, including veterans, or vetpreneurs.

"Many veterans are looking for solid opportunities to become their own boss when they leave the military," said Lisa Banks, Allstate's Texas Strategic Deployment Leader. "They have gained exceptional leadership, decision-making and communication skills through their experience in the service, which are all important qualities in becoming a successful small business owner."

In addition to vetpreneurs, Allstate is looking for mid-level, mid career candidates that are sales-driven, customer-service oriented professionals.

"While our goal is to appoint at least 120 new Allstate agents in Texas this year, we're not stopping at that number," Banks said.  "Allstate wants to continue growing with Texas and we are aggressively targeting qualified professionals. If they don't have an insurance background, we'll provide them with comprehensive education and the resources to help them get off to a solid start."

These new agency owners will also hire licensed sales professionals to help them open and run their small businesses, which could generate 250-plus additional jobs in communities across Texas.

Growth in Texas
Allstate's Texas recruiting goals for 2013 are segmented by area across the state:

City

Approximate Goals

Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

105 Total:

35 Exclusive Agents who may hire up to

70 Licensed Sales Staff

Houston/Valley

96 Total

32 Exclusive Agents who may hire up to

64 Licensed Sales Staff

Central Texas (San Antonio-Austin)

60 Total:

20 Exclusive Agents who may hire up to

40 Licensed Sales Staff

East Texas

54 Total:

18 Exclusive Agents who may hire up to

36 Licensed Sales Staff

West Texas

30 Total:

10 Exclusive Agents who may hire up to

20 Licensed Sales Staff

Allstate agency owner candidates need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. This money does not go to Allstate; it is to help ensure the agency can successfully fund the day to day costs associated with opening and running a small business.

"Allstate is unique in that agents own the economic interest in the business that they write and can sell their economic interest,*" Banks said. "No other branded insurer has this type of ownership option."

Call or Tweet for More Information
Interested candidates can learn more about becoming an Allstate agency owner by logging on to allstate.com or by calling 1-877-711-1006.  Candidates can also direct message recruiters via Twitter @TXAgents.  Allstate also offers a $1,000 award to people who refer a candidate who is successfully appointed as an agency owner in Texas this year.

For more information about becoming an Allstate licensed sales professional, direct message recruiters via Twitter @TXAgents or email resumes to a recruitment team member at txrecruiting@allstate.com.  Candidates can also call (877) 711-1015 to speak to a recruiter or can call their local Allstate agent.

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.

*Subject to the terms and conditions of the R3001 agency agreement.

SOURCE Allstate Insurance Company

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