Mergers

Hasler Cooper Agency became the first agency purchased by Don Bartos and Midwest Insurance Group in May of 1999. Hasler Cooper has been located in Ashmore, Illinois for more than 50 years. Max Cooper, former owner of the Hasler Cooper Agency, stayed on board with Dimond Bros. until his retirement in December of 2004. The Hasler Cooper Agency specialized in home, auto and crop hail insurance.


Holley Insurance joined Midwest Insurance Group in July of 1999. The Holley Insurance Agency was founded in Paris, Illinois more than 30 years ago. Former owner, Francis Holley, still works for Dimond Bros. and specializes in group health insurance.


Dimond Bros. Agency, then owned by Larry Rollings, joined Midwest Insurance Group January 1, 2000. Dimond Bros. Agency had locations in Paris, Mattoon, Arcola, Danville, and Champaign. Midwest Insurance Group changed its name to Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. in February of 2000. The Dimond Bros. Agency specialized in municipal and school risks.
 

The Lewis Insurance Store joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on July 1, 2002. The Lewis Insurance Store was a major player in the personal lines market in Champaign-Urbana. In addition to the personal lines, The Lewis Insurance Store specialized in habitation and restaurant risks.
 

The Garwood Insurance Agency joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on September 1, 2003. Former owner, Mike Garwood, owned the agency located in Paris, Illinois for more than 10 years. The Garwood Agency specialized in life and personal lines insurance. Mike now is a regional manager for Dimond Bros. in Southern Illinois.

 

First Alliance Financial Group, Inc. joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on January 1, 2004. First Alliance was a leader in the Champaign-Urbana community in group health insurance. Former owners J. Victor Malkovich and Bart Wills still work as producers for Dimond Bros. in their Savoy office and owner Dennis Swanson retired from Dimond Bros. in 2007.

 

Collings Insurance Agency also joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on January 1, 2004. The Collings Agency has been located in Rantoul, Illinois for more than 30 years. The Collings Agency specializes in contractors and hard to place commercial risks.  Prior owner George Collings retired from Dimond Bros. in 2010.


Interstate Insurance Brokerage, Inc. joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on May 1, 2004. Interstate Agency specialized in large commercial risks and Ready Mix operations. 


The Mackin Agency joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on October 1, 2004. Rick Mackin, former owner, has owned the agency for more than 10 years. The agency itself has been in the Kankakee community for more than 25 years. The Mackin Agency specializes in municipal and township business as well as large commercial exposures. Rick currently works out of the Kankakee office as a commercial lines producer.

 

Elledge Insurance Agency joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on December 1, 2005.  Mike Elledge, former owner, purchased the agency from his parents in 1997.  Elledge Insurance Agency has been located in Paris, Illinois for more than 30 years.  Elledge Insurance specializes in schools, large commercial and local to medium radius transportation commercial exposures.  Mike currently serves as a commercial lines producer.

 

Griffith Insurance joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on January 1, 2006.  John Griffith, former owner, purchased the agency from his father in 1996.  Griffith Insurance purchased Jones Insurance of Effingham in 1997, St. Elmo Insurance Services in 1998 and HL Myers Insurance of Altamont in 1999.  Griffith Insurance has been located in Effingham since 1982.  Griffith Insurance specializes in Municipal, contractors and non for profit exposures.  John continues to sell insurance as a commercial lines producer.

 

William R. Bear Agency Inc. joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on May 1, 2006.  William Bear Agency is located in Freeport, Illinois and was founded in 1962.  Bill Bear, former owner, purchased the agency from his father in 1983. Bill retired from Dimond Bros. in 2011.

 

L.C. Shanle & Co., LTD. joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on November 1, 2006.  L.C. Shanle & Co., LTD was founded in 1994. 

 

Mest, Wiser, Warmbir Insurance joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on January 1, 2007.  Mest, Wiser, Warmbir Insurance has been located in Kankakee, Illinois for more than fifty years.  The agency was established in 1953 by Ken Wiser and Elsworth Warmbir.  Darryl Mest, continuing part owner, purchased the agency from Ken Wiser and Elsworth Warmbir and changed the agency's name to Mest, Wiser, Warmbir Insurance.  The agency serves the insurance needs of 3,000 individuals and families, as well as the unique requirement of 300 business concerns in Illinois and Indiana.  Darryl Mest continues with the agency and services his existing customers and produces new commercial business.

 

Scott Brothers Insurance Agency Inc. joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on October 1, 2007.  Scott Brothers was founded more than 25 years ago by Jud Scott and Eric Scott.  Jud Scott and Eric Scott, continuing part owners, purchased the Dolan-Scott Agency in Ohio, Illinois in 1979.  In 1995, they purchased the Scott-Williams-Finn Agency located in Princeton, Illinois.  The Scott Brothers Agency specializes in municipalities, hospitals, medical malpractice liability, car wash programs, ethanol plant exposures, group benefits and personal lines.  Jud continues to work in the agency servicing their existing customers and producing new business.

 

The Newton Agency Inc. joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on August 1, 2008.  The Newton Agency Inc. opened its doors for business on July 1, 1990.  Bill Newton started his agency from scratch and has built it into one of the best personal lines and small commercial agencies in Coles County.  The agency currently serves the insurance needs of over 1,000 customers.  Bill continues with the agency and services his existing customers and produces new commercial business.

 

Althoff Unlimited Life and Health Services joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on January 1, 2009.  Althoff Life and Health has been located in Effingham Illinois since 1988.  The Althoff Unlimited Life and Health Services will continue to focus on group health and annuities.
 


Kinsella McNeely Ryan Markwell, Inc (KMRM) joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on February 1, 2009.  KMRM has locations in Taylorville and Carlinville.  KMRM was originally founded in 1968 by Dale McNeely.  Dale McNeely, Gary McNeely, Brad Whittaker, Karl Buffenmeyer and Dan McNeely will continue to stay on with the company as producers and part owners.  KMRM is the largest independent agency in Christian County.  KMRM specializes in personal lines, group benefits, hospitals, crop insurance, farm and medium to large commercial exposures.

 

The Garrett Insurance Agency joined Dimond Bros. effective July 1, 2009.  The Garrett Insurance Agency was founded by Nathan Garrett and is located in Taylorville, Illinois.  The Garrett Insurance Agency specialized in smaller commercial and personal lines.

 

The Heaton Agency joined Dimond Bros. Insurance on August 1, 2009.  The Heaton Agency started from scratch in 1978 by Sharon Heaton.  Since then, The Heaton Agency has grown into one of the largest and most respected Farm and Crop Insurance specialists in the state. 

 

The Citizens Insurance Services Agency joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency, Inc on September 30, 2009.  Citizens Insurance specializes in personal lines, farm and crop insurance, and banking. 

The Citizens Insurance Agency joined Dimond Bros. in January 2010.  Citizens specializes in personal lines, crop and farm insurance in Carlinville and the surrounding communities.

 

Hollis, Neff & Bomke Insurance Agency joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. effective July 1, 2010.  Hollis, Neff & Bomke was originally founded in 1933 by H.B. Hollis.  In 1973, Lynn Sr. joined the firm followed by Larry Bomke in 1983.  In addition to selling insurance, Larry Bomke is also known for being a previous Illinois State Senator.  Mr. Hollis retired and sold the business to Lynn and Larry.  Hollis, Neff & Bomke Insurance has an emphasis in personal lines and has a very strong presence and reputation in the Springfield community.

 

Heartland Insurance Agency joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. effective December 1, 2010. Heartland Insurance can trace its roots back to as early as 1880. Heartland Insurance Agency has locations in Danville, Champaign and Bushnell. The Heartland Insurance Agency is the largest independent agency in Vermillion County. Heartland specializes in personal lines, crop insurance, group benefits, medium to large commercial and schools. Gary Ludwig, Heartland's President, continues with the company as producer and part owner.


The Colton, Downey & Associates Agency Inc. joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. on February 1, 2011.  Colton, Downey and Associates Agency Inc. has locations in Jacksonville and Roodhouse.  The Colton Agency was originally founded in 1927 by J. Chester Colton, and then was purchased by Ernie Downey in 1982.  The Colton, Downey and Associates Agency is the largest agency in Morgan County.  Ernie Downey continues to stay on with the company as a producer and part owner.   The agency specializes in Trucking, Contractors, Personal Lines, Life and large to medium commercial exposures.
 

Tower Insurance Agency joined Dimond Bros Insurance Agency Inc. effective September 1, 2011.  Tower Insurance Agency was founded by Kevin Mansfield in 2006.  Tower Insurance has a strong reputation in the Kankakee area for providing its customers with the right product at an affordable price.  
 

FirstMed Insurance Group LLC joined Dimond Bros. Insurance on April 1, 2012.  FirstMed provides a professional risk management approach to its clients in and around Springfield, Illinois.  Roger Muncy is still associated with the agency in the leadership of Group Health Oversight and Production.  FirstMed Insurance Group LLC specializes in small, medium and large group benefits.
 
The Insurance Partnership Agency joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. effective June 1, 2012.  The Insurance Partnership has offices in Centralia, Mt. Vernon and Edwardsville and is one of the largest independent agencies located in Southern Illinois.  The Insurance Partnership Agency specializes in Municipalities, Contractors, Non Profit, Group Benefits, Personal Auto and Home and Commercial Lines.  Tom Simpson continues to stay on with the company as producer and part owner.

 

Ferguson Financial Group Inc. joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. effective July 1, 2012.  Ferguson Financial Group has offices located in Pecatonica, Freeport and Forreston and is one of the largest independent agency located in Northwest Illinois.  Gary Hospelhorn and Ted Odendahl continue to stay with the company as producers, Agency Managers and part owners.  Ferguson Financial specializes in Schools, Municipalities, Contractors, Non Profit, Group Benefits, Personal Auto and Home and Commercial Lines.  

 
Earl A. Datweiler Insurance Agency Inc. joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. effective October 1, 2012.  Datweiler Insurance is located in Herscher, Illinois.  Datweiler Insurance specializes in farm, crop hail, crop multi peril, life, long term care products, individual and group benefits, Personal Auto and Home and Commercial Lines.  Earl Datweiler  continues to stay on with the company as Agency Manager, producer and part owner.

 
Bodden Insurance joined Dimond Bros. Insurance Agency Inc. effective October 1, 2012.  Bodden Insurance specializes in small to medium commercial risks, farm, crop, and personal insurance.


The Keck Agency joined the Dimond Bros family in December of 2012.  The agency began in 1893 when Charles Keck started selling insurance out of his barber shop.  His sons soon joined the agency, and the business continued to grow with the community.  Jay Walter joined the agency in 1982 and purchased it in January of 2000.  The agency is a highly respected business in Fairbury, Illinois, and writes insurance for various types of businesses, both large and small, and also services many personal insurance policies.  They also help many area farmers with their crop insurance needs.  Jay continues with the agency, along with his staff, to service his customers and to assist new clients.



CBW Insurance was founded in Cherry, IL in 1904.  In 1984 the current owners, Jim and Chris Coughlin, began to grow by acquiring other agencies.  With offices now located in Cherry, Ottawa, Kinsman, Amboy and Ladd, IL, the CBW family of agencies joined Dimond Bros in June 2013.  The agencies have decades of experience in farm, MPCI, and crop hail insurance.



 The Lueders Ross Agency of Granite City, IL has joined Dimond Bros Insurance effective August 1, 2013. Tom Ross, former owner, and his staff bring more than 105 years of experience to the agency. Their emphasis has been in personal and commercial lines insurance. Lueders Ross Insurance Agency has a very strong presence and reputation in Granite City and the surrounding area.



Koonce Insurance Agency, located in Marion, Illinois, has proudly served southern Illinois since 1993.  Former owner Jim Koonce and his staff joined Dimond Bros in June 2013.   Jim and his staff bring years of insurance experience to the Dimond Bros. family.  This agency's emphasis has been with personal and commercial lines as well as farm, and life & health.  Koonce Insurance Agency has a very strong presence and reputation in the Marion area.



The Lafferty Insurance Agency joined Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC on March 1, 2013. Located in Freeport, IL the Lafferty Insurance Agency was created from scratch by Stephen Lafferty in 1990. The Lafferty Insurance Agency was a leading Benefits Agency in Northwest Illinois specializing in Group Health and Ancillary Benefits, as well as individual Health, Life and Long Term Care. Tina Hepler continues as Agency Manager while Stephen Lafferty continues to work as a producer and partner.


ISB, Inc of Woodlawn, IL has joined Dimond Bros Insurance, LLC effective December 1, 2013.  Les and Jina Mellott, former owners along with staff bring more than 90 years of experience to the Dimond Bros Agency.  ISB specializes in Commercial Lines and has a great reputation for service with their clients in Southern IL .  
 


The Insurance Store of Mt. Vernon, IL has joined Dimond Bros Insurance, LLC family effective December 31, 2013.  Mike Beard, former owner, and daughter, Sarah Beard bring more than 35 years of insurance experience to Dimond Bros.  The Insurance Store emphasis has been in Personal and Commercial Lines.  They have a great reputation in the Mt. Vernon and surrounding area.
 

 

Diana Thomas of Mt. Vernon, IL has joined Dimond Bros Insurance, LLC effective January 1, 2014.  Diana’s focus is in benefits with a emphasis in Group Health, Individual Health and Medicare Supplements.  Diana brings over 15 years of experience to our Dimond Bros family.  She has a strong presence and reputation in the Mt Vernon area.

 

Pillar Group Risk Management merged with Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC on November 1, 2014.  Pillar Group is a leading independent insurance agency in Indianapolis, Indiana with roots dating back to 1927.  John Hannon, President and Nancy Nonweiler, Chief Operating Officer of Pillar Group lead the Indianapolis office’s staff of over 30 licensed insurance professionals servicing clients in Indiana, multiple other states, and internationally.  Pillar Group has extensive experience representing a variety of larger commercial businesses including but not limited to Contractors, Real Estate Owners, Managers & Developers, Manufacturers, Distributors, Municipalities, Physician Groups, Non-Profit Organizations, Life Sciences and many other industries.  Pillar Group’s focus is to administer the most competitive insurance programs with coverage tailored to protect their client’s operations with a true focus on risk management.  Pillar Group has an experienced Personal Insurance team that works with clients to protect their personal exposure to loss safeguarding their client’s assets.
 


The Willison Agency located in Oakland, Illinois joined the Dimond Bros team effective August 1st, 2015.  The Willison Insurance Agency was founded in 2001 by father Jerry Willison and son Kyley Willison whom both remain active in the office.  Along with Cary Crawford, a key member of the Willison team, they have a combined 67 years of insurance experience.  Willison Insurance Agency specializes in farm, crop, personal lines, life and small commercial.  The community will still recognize the same faces and same service they have grown to expect from the Willison Insurance team with the added benefit of additional products and services.

 

After 42 years as co-owner of Robert Turner Agency, Inc, Steve Turner brought
his book of business into Dimond Bros Insurance on August
 1, 2015.  Robert Turner Agency started in 1962 with the purchase of the Queen Ins Agency in Jacksonville.  Steve Turner joined the agency in 1973 and Tom Turner in 1975.  Following purchase of other local agencies in 1975, 1979. and 1985, Steve Turtner became the commercial producer.  Steve continues in this role after joining the Jacksonville Dimond Bros office.

 

UFL Financial Services, located in Centralia, Illinois joined the Dimond Bros. team effective September 1, 2015.  UFL specialized in personal lines, life, health and small commercial lines policies.  UFL was owned by Randy Love.  Randy was a lifelong resident of Centralia with over 33 years in the insurance industry.

 

The benefit division of Baldwin House Agency, INC joined Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC January 1, 2016.  Baldwin House is an insurance leader in Southern Illinois and their benefits division handles accounts of all sizes and complexity.  Rhett Renken (Sales Executive) and Cindy Kuhlengel (Account Executive) remain at the Nashville location providing the very best benefit counseling in Southern Illinois.

 

The McSherry Agency, Inc joined Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC on May 1, 2016.  Brian McSherry (agency principle) sold his agency to focus on his new position as Vice President of Agent Insurance Services for the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois.  Serving the Pontiac and surrounding areas, the McSherry Agency, Inc has a strong focus on personal, commercial, and farm lines of coverage.  The staff merged with our existing Pontiac location and continues to service clients out of our newly remodeled facility.

 

On July 1, 2016 the Peru Location of Jackson Kahl Insurance joined Dimond Bros. Insurance LLC.   All 13 of the Sales and Account executives remain and operate out our Peru location which now serves as a North-Central hub for training and client services in Illinois.  The Peru location of Jackson Kahl focused heavily on personal, commercial, and benefit coverages and employs a passion for taking care of their clients. 

 

Champaign General Agency located in Champaign, Illinois joined the Dimond Bros team effective August 1, 2016.  Champaign General Agency was founded in 1987 by Jack Carlson. They specialize in personal lines, small & large commercial lines, as well as life and health. The Champaign General staff combined have over 100+ years of insurance experience and knowledge. Clients can expect to work with the same familiar faces with the added benefit of additional products and services.

 

The Simmons Group located in Carterville, IL joined Dimond Bros in October 2016. Former owner Jamie Simmons has specialized in group health insurance since February 2002 and founded The Simmons Group in June 2013.  Jamie currently serves the Southern Illinois region from our Marion, IL office.

 

Snedeker and Associates Insurance, Casey, IL joined the Dimond Bros. family effective September 1st, 2016. Snedeker & Associates Insurance was founded by Chris Snedeker and has been providing property and casualty, life, health and financial services for many years. They are known for their outstanding service and affordable rates. Along with Rachel Snedeker and the Snedeker team, they have a combined 50 years of insurance and financial services experience. Dimond Bros. will provide Snedeker & Associates with additional carriers giving the local Casey clients additional competitive options.