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The Clay County Advocate - Press-Flora, IL
  • Allstate Insurance--is back in town

  • Allstate opens new office in Flora
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  • Allstate opened their new office on West North Avenue in Flora on March 1 with Agency Owner Ryan Pottorff and Associate Larry Kramer.
    They are now open and ready for business.
    The Flora agency is located at 829 W. North Avenue in Flora. Business hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM on Thursday; and from 9:00 AM to Noon on Saturday. Customer service is available 24/7 by calling the Flora office at (618) 662-3300.
    Pottorff grew up in Flora and attended school here. He graduated from Flora High School in 1997. He worked several years in community banking for 10 years and sold benefits with American Fidelity where he became familiar with the "insurance side".
    He was recently recruited by Allstate to open an office in Clay County.
    Pottorff and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Rylie, two-and-a-half, and Aliyah, one-year.
    He received a degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University--Carbondale.
    He was recently recruited by Allstate to open an office in Clay County.
    Allstate employee Larry R. Kramer is also not a stranger to this area. Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer of Flora Bank and Trust for 25 years, retiring in 2004. He managed other banks prior to coming here in 1977.
    He also served with the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a bank examiner for five years.
    Kramer has been active in community service and has assisted in the promotion of projects to improve the area through downtown development and the B&O Railroad Depot. He has served on the Flora Industrial Commission and many other community activities. He continues to serve the community.
    Kramer and his wire, Mary Sue, was a Special Education Teacher in the Flora Unit 35 School District for many years and is still active in the community. They are the parents of three children and have six grandchildren.
    Kramer is also licensed as a real estate broker with Herring and Associates and will continue with that activity on a part time basis.
    "I'm happy to be here and to have Larry on board," Pottorff concluded."We have a lot of experience between us in handling people's financial responsibilities."
    Allstate was founded in 1931 as part of Sears, Robuck and Company. The company spun off from Sears in 1993 and became a publicly traded company. Allstate is headquartered near Northbrook, IL.
    Allstate has products in approximately 16 million households in America. There are approximately 11,200 Allstate agencies across the country.
    Allstate's products include auto insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, investment products and insurance for commercial and small businesses.
    They are especially well known for their "You're in good hands with Allstate" and their "Mayhem" commercials.
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