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Shepherd Insurance Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

This year brings fresh and new energy as it marks our fortieth year in business. “It took our agency twenty years to employ twenty people,” said Jeff Kweder, President. We have now become the largest private agency in the state of Indiana, with most of that growth, taking place in the past 15 years. With a staff of over 250 insurance professionals, our presence is now spread amongst 16 offices within four states. We offer personal, commercial, life and health insurance to clients, and have recently expanded into the realm of financial services. Every line of business we offer is directed by a handful of experts within the agency, who are specifically focused on their niche. 

The agency has received continual recognition inside and outside of the industry. “Our success comes from the talent we have been fortunate to attain over the years, and our entire team is fully invested in putting the client first, no matter what,” said, David Shepherd, CEO. In 2016 we were among the top 50 Elite Agencies acknowledged by Insurance Business America. For the third consecutive year, we are listed on the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in the nation. Our newly attained Financial Services entity became the biggest provider of 401(k) plans in the state of Indiana after its first year in motion. Part of that success is contributed to Tom Mayer who is a partner in the company and was recently recognized amongst the nation's top 50 plan advisors under 40. "The company has no plans of slowing down in 2017," said Quinn Shepherd, Managing General Partner. 

Our executives have a clear understanding of where the agency is headed in the future, and are conscious of perpetuating its success. COO Pete Harrington said, “As we continue to grow it puts us – and more importantly our clients – in a better position as it pertains to size, scale, and relevancy with our many markets.”

"The trick is to continue to run the agency like a small family owned business with common sense business practices versus the large, spreadsheet-ran, national agencies," Harrington said. "In other words, we want to be big enough for the benefit it brings our clients and our internal team, but small enough to be a great place to work."



2017 - 40th Anniversary of Shepherd Insurance. January 2017 begins our 40th year doing what we truly love – building and strengthening long-term relationships and helping people protect what matters. Your trust in us has made this possible, and for that, you will always have our heartfelt gratitude.

2016, 2015, 2014 - Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine  [Press Release]

2016 - Top 100 Insurance Brokers in the U.S. by Business Insurance

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 - Top 100 Independent Agencies in the U.S. by Insurance Journal  [Press Release]

2014, 2003 - Agency of the Year by Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana (IIAI), or Big "I"  [ Video of our story ]  [Press Release]

2016, 2015 - Top 50 Elite Agencies in the U.S. by Insurance Business America magazine  [Press Release]

2014 - Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies by Indianapolis Business Journal  [Press Release]

2013 - Columbus office recognized for growth in the Columbus Republic
2012 - Shepherd recognized by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Worksite for creating a culture of wellness in the workplace
2011 - Shepherd Columbus office recognized for supporting families in need for Christmas
2011 - Steve Gregory named to broker advisory council of Advantage Health Solutions
2011 - Recognized by the American Heart Association as the 2011 "Rookie of the Year" company for the Heart Walk
2011 - Recognized by MarshBerry for Outstanding Growth
2011 - Shepherd featured in Indianapolis Business Journal
2010 - Interviewed for March issue of Successful Dealer magazine: "Disaster Recovery Planning"
2010 - Steve Gregory named to Anthem's agent advisory council
2009 - Recognized by Indiana Business as the seventh largest independent insurance agency in Indiana
2009 - Shepherd Insurance is the title sponsor of the 2009 American Truck Dealer's Convention
2008 - Kelly Shepherd Purmort and Jeff Kweder are named to the Rough Notes advisory board
2008 - Nominated for Rough Notes magazine’s national “Agency of the Year”
2007 - Doug Annakin named President of Big "I" (Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America)
2007 - Rough Notes magazine designated Shepherd as their “National Agency of the Month” for August
2006 - Interviewed for October issue of Successful Dealer magazine: "Selecting the Proper Insurance for your Dealership"
2005-2016 - Shepherd is invited to join MarshBerry's APPEX (Agency Peak Performance EXchange), a forum recognizing the nation's top "Best Practices" agencies
2004 - National Underwriter magazine recognized Shepherd as one of the 5 best agencies in the country
2003 - The Independent Insurance Agents awarded Shepherd the Indiana “Agency of the Year”