Southeast Iowa Insurance and MAX Insurance® Contribute to Kalona Volunteer Fire Department

(KALONA, IA) – Volunteer firefighters in Kalona, IA are raising funds to purchase a thermal image camera and are one-step closer thanks to a $1,000 grant from Southeast Iowa Insurance in Wellman and their partner, MutualAid eXchange (“MAX”) Insurance.

Shawn Powell heads Southeast Iowa Insurance.  He reached out to the Kalona Volunteer Fire Department after learning about the MAX Agent Community Grant Program.  “I have attended annual pancake fundraisers and made contributions for special needs of the department,” Powell said.  “A thermal image camera would help our firefighters be able to see through a smoke-filled room, locate hot spots and help save lives.  We as a community are blessed to have such a wonderful department and are pleased to partner with MAX Insurance® and its community grant program to make this gift possible.”

Southeast Iowa Insurance is an independent insurance agency representing MAX Insurance® in Wellman and surrounding areas.  MAX Insurance®, based in Overland Park, KS, is a unique fair, faithful and socially responsible insurance enterprise.  Founded on religious principles, the company’s mission is to restore wholeness to communities and individuals in need.  It lives out its mission through a variety of quality, fairly-priced insurance products, outstanding personalized customer service and its non-profit Mutual Aid Ministries (“MAM”) program.

“MAX is more than an insurance company.  We truly care beyond the contract,” said David Wine, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “That’s why we are excited to partner with Southeast Iowa Insurance and help Kalona’s Volunteer Fire Department work towards their goal of purchasing a thermal image camera.”

For more information:

Southeast Iowa Insurance
Shawn Powell
214 8th Avenue
Wellman, IA 52356
phone 319-646-2311

MAX Insurance® and Mutual Aid Ministries, visit

Photo:  Shawn Powell of Southeast Iowa Insurance presenting check to Kalona Fire Chief Steve Yotty.


Southeast Iowa Insurance Services Wins Top Honors

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:  Email

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

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