The Unland Companies Announces Leadership Changes

The Unland Companies has announced that it has made some changes in its senior management roles to focus on continued growth and success of the agency. 

Afton Booth, CIC, CSRM, was named Chairman of the Board. The former President, Booth has been with The Unland Companies for over 35 years in various capacities, including sales, sales management and as Vice President. He will continue his long-term client relationships while developing new business opportunities, mentoring existing agents and reaching out to the marketplace for acquisition possibilities that will assist with the company’s growth plans. Booth is now accessible in both the Pekin and East Peoria offices.

A 25-year employee and the former Vice President, Patrick Taphorn, CIC, CSRM, has been promoted to President. Taphorn’s experience in insurance sales and management, along with his proven accomplishments with the Unland sales force and senior management, have helped to equip him for the position. He continues to oversee the growth at The Unland Companies, while taking on some of the administrative tasks previously handled by Booth.

“The Unland Companies has been a long-time insurance partner in Central Illinois over the last 75 years,” Taphorn said. “Our employees are exceptional in what they do for our clients and this service will not change. The shifts in titles and subsequent duties assigned those individuals will position the company very well for further growth, enhancing both our commercial and personal product expertise while expanding our geographic reach. This natural succession will assure that The Unland Companies remains a leader in the insurance industry in Central Illinois.” 

Bill Shock, CBC, continues as Executive Vice President and will take on more administrative duties to manage the ongoing growth of the agency, while still maintaining his role as an insurance advisor for his many clients. He joined The Unland Companies in July of 1989, but owned and operated The Shock Agency prior to that. He continues to oversee the Personal Lines Division and Benefits Division at the company, including assisting and guiding current and future clients toward Affordable Health Insurance Products.

An agent with the company since 2013, Nate Rugaard, CIC, has been promoted to Vice President. His technical knowledge of industry policies and risk management has helped to develop the company’s client base. Rugaard has taken over Taphorn’s responsibilities and oversees the existing sales force. In addition to developing new talent, he will be focused on growing the overall agency production.

An employee-owned company, The Unland Companies is a full-service, independent insurance agency providing broad personal and commercial insurance coverage, human resource services and financial services at an affordable cost, backed by superior service.  For additional information, call 1-888-874-8408 to speak to a representative.


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