A Wellman, Iowa insurance agency has earned the highest award from insurance carrier MutualAid eXchange (“MAX”).

Southeast Iowa Insurance Services has been designated a Premier Agency for its commitment to MAX’s fair, faithful and socially responsible values and business practices.

“MAX was built on faith, strong values and service to others,” said David Wine, President and CEO of MAX.  “Southeast Iowa Insurance Services is a great example of the kind of trusted, community minded agency we want to associate with.  We’re proud to call them a partner.”

Shawn and Tonya Powell head the agency. “We follow the core values of MAX. Our office strives to provide service second to none. We are here to take care of our clients,” Shawn Powell said. “I appreciate the MAX core values. It is nice to have a company to work with that not only has a great product with Homeowners Insurance and Farm Insurance but also cares to give back to the community.”

Southeast Iowa Insurance Services has been in business for 30 years and has deep roots in the community. Shawn & Tonya Powell have owned Southeast Iowa Insurance since 1987. The original agency– Jones Agency–started in 1939. Shawn & Tonya were born and raised in this community and have raised their family here. Members of the Southeast Iowa Insurance team include Cindy Marner who lives in Kalona and has been with the firm 20 years. Angela Stutzman and Moriah (Powell) Lewis both live in Wellman.

MAX Insurance has also been in the Wellman/Kalona area for many years.  It succeeded the former Mennonite Mutual Aide agency.

The Powells and their agency are involved in the community.  “We support the local food pantry, Kids against Hunger, and Feed the Kids of Mid-Prairie. We try to volunteer and be involved in our community as needs arise,” Tonya Powell said.

To earn the award from MAX, the agency met several criteria including:

  • Commitment to the MAX values of:
    • Treating others as you would like to be treated
    • Faith in a higher power, and
    • Doing good in the world.
  • Support for MAX’s Mutual Aid Ministries program that provides emergency grants to communities, families and individuals facing unexpected challenges.
  • Ambitious sales and retention targets.

Southeast Iowa Insurance Services’ Wellman location is located at 214 8th Aveune, Wellman, IA  52536.  Phone 319-646-2311.  Their Kalona location is located at 425 B Avenue, Kalona, IA 52247.  Phone:  319-656-2211.  Web:  www.southeastiowainsurance.com.  Email sjpowell@netins.net.

MAX is headquartered at 4400 College Boulevard, Suite 250, Overland Park, KS 66211.  Website:  www.MAXInsurance.com.

Photo:  Angela Stutzman, Shawn Powell and Cynthia Marner of Southeast Iowa Insurance Services