OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--(Marketwire - Aug 27, 2012) - Allstate Insurance Company plans to appoint 20 new agency owners in Oklahoma in the second half of 2012. The expansion effort is expected to create at least 40 new insurance jobs statewide, as new agents hire staff to support their agents.

"Adding to our agency force is influenced by the strength of the marketplace," said Brad Heggem, an Allstate new agency sales leader in Oklahoma. "We target cities and areas that show growth and increasing demand as a part of Allstate's broader strategy to expand our presence in Oklahoma." 

Allstate is looking for sales-driven, customer-service oriented professionals with management experience to own* and operate the agencies. These new agency owners could generate 30-plus additional jobs in their communities across the state as they hire licensed sales staff to help them run their small businesses.

Candidates interested in becoming an Allstate agency owner need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. This money does not go to Allstate; it's to help ensure the agency can successfully fund the normal day-to-day costs associated with opening and running a business.

"The advantage of investing in an Allstate agency is that agency owners can leverage one of Oklahoma's most recognized brands without ever having to pay a franchise or licensing fee," said Heggem. "The capital invested in the business will go directly toward the success of that agency."

Growth in Oklahoma
Allstate's agency expansion plans by city include:

City   Approx. Recruiting Goal
Oklahoma City   10
Tulsa   10

$6,000 Referral Award
Allstate is offering a $6,000 award to people who refer a candidate who is successfully appointed as an agency owner in Oklahoma City this year.

"We're looking for your coworkers and acquaintances that have an entrepreneurial spirit, are solution oriented and have a drive to succeed," Heggem said. 

Interested candidates can learn more about becoming an Allstate agency owner by logging on to allstate.com or by calling 1-877-711-1006.

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

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 www.allstate.com 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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