Kelley Crop Insurance awarded top honors

Published 9:23 am Thursday, November 24, 2011

MARTY KELLEY, LEFT, OF KELLEY CROP INSURANCE, has been awarded top honors from Hudson Insurance Group, represented here by Andy Vandolah.

Marty Kelley, of Kelley Crop Insurance, has been awarded top honors from Hudson Insurance Group.

Hudson Insurance Group is an insurance provider of crop insurance in 40 states, consisting of around 500 agencies across the country. This award is the most prestigious award given by the company.

Kelley received this award for being the top sales agent of the company for the entire United States. His agency writes and services some 20 counties in southwest and central Georgia. The primary crops insured are corn, pecans, cotton, peanuts, soybean, tobacco, wheat, tomatoes and sweet corn. Just this year, for the first time, Kelley wrote a dairy policy that is in a pilot program.

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Dan Gasser, vice president of operations, said, “It is hard to find someone today with the knowledge that Marty has of crop Insurance.”

A farmer himself, Kelley has been in the crop insurance industry since the early 1980s. He started as a loss adjuster for claims, and did so until 1991. He received his license to sell MPCI in 1993.

“This business is one of the toughest to compete in because the federal government regulates all premiums and every company has the same rates,” Kelley said. “Therefore, you can’t sell any product cheaper than your competition.”

He also said that service is what sets an agency apart from the others.

Kelley gives credit to the Lord for all that he has accomplished. He would like to thank his loyal customers for trusting his agency with their insurance needs and for the chance to service their business.

“It has been an honor to know each one on a personal and professional level,” Kelley said, adding that he also wants to say thank you to the loss adjustment group that has put in long hours of their time to see that claims were handled very efficiently. “These guys are a vital part of our business.”

Kelley acknowledged that he could not have made any of this possible without the support of his staff. He wants them to know how lucky he is to have a group that is devoted to the customer and who treats each one with respect.