Pekin Insurance Company recently honored Crum-Halsted and several of our team members at their annual banquet.  Our consistent excellence, commitment, and dedication in the sale of property, casualty and life insurance placed us in the top tier of Pekin Insurance independent agencies. We hope to continue this legacy of performance while bringing the best products possible to our customers from national and regional carriers like Pekin Insurance Company.


Agency Awards


Crum-Halsted was the recipient of two agency awards – the Underwriter of Merit Award and the Beyond the Expected® Award.  Both recognize us as a leading agency with Pekin.  This was our eleventh Underwriter of Merit Award, which is awarded to the top independent agencies in Property & Casualty Insurance.  This is our third consecutive year receiving the award.   We also received our 7th Beyond the Expected® Award, which is awarded to agencies who also excel in Life Insurance. Crum-Halsted has also received the Beyond the Expected® Award for three consecutive years.

These awards could not have been achieved without our excellent staff and pride in our service. We’d specifically like to thank and congratulate those team members who also qualified for  individual awards: Jeff Hoffman, Mike Davis, and Tony Becker.


Individual Award Winners


Jeff from our Sycamore office and qualified for a Gold Key Award and an Inner Circle Club Membership.  These memberships are for individuals who display ongoing excellence in the sale of life insurance.  This is Jeff’s fourteenth consecutive year of membership in the Inner Circle Club and his fifteenth Gold Key Award.  Jeff is a longtime team member with Crum-Halsted and integral to our success.  We’d like to formally thank and congratulate him for all his hard work and his continued success year-after-year.


Mike is based in our Sandwich office and received a Silver Key Award.  Agents who excel in the sale of life insurance receive Silver Keys.  Recipients must also meet the criteria of excellence, commitment, and dedication set by Pekin Insurance.  This was Mike’s first year qualifying for a Silver Key Award, but we have no doubt he will continue to excel.  Next time you see him, make sure to give him a warm congratulations.




Tony, who works in our Rochelle office, also received a Silver Key Award.  His excellence, commitment, and dedication to the sale of life insurance deserves recognition and he continues to meet and exceed the goals set in front of him.  This is Tony’s 20th Key Award including 6 Gold Keys and 4 Inner Circle Memberships.  Twenty years of excelling in Life Insurance isn’t easy; we’re proud to have Tony as one of our Partners.



Pekin Insurance Company


Pekin Insurance Company emphasizes a people-focused insurance strategy and is headquartered in Pekin, IL.  By building solid relationships with their customers and network of independent agents like us, they’ve been able to establish themselves as an Insurance Company that goes Beyond the Expected®.  It is this focus on people and customer service that makes Pekin so pleasant to work with.  Pekin is rated Excellent by AM Best and has a network of over 8,500 independent agents across the United States. Pekin writes more than just life insurance in Illinois; they also write personal, business, medicare supplement, credit insurance, and funeral pre-planning.

The longstanding relationship between Pekin Insurance and Crum-Halsted has built a trusting relationship between our teams.  Years of working together has led to an understanding and knowledge base that allows us to exceed expectations.  This has been instrumental in our success and in our ability to help customers determine what insurance products best suit their needs.  Chris Wegener, Field Manager for Territory 12 with Pekin Insurance, put it this way:

“Crum-Halsted and its affiliates are a well-recognized agency in the Insurance industry as leading professionals with the experience and expertise in solving their customers’ needs with a tailored fit, sound advice, and hands on service approach. Their commitment to their customers is memorialized and recognized through the many markets they have to offer.”          


Life is hard, life insurance shouldn’t be


Individuals and business often overlook life insurance as a component in their protection & risk management strategies.  A life insurance policy can do more than provide your loved ones with funds and cover end of life expenses.  It can also help with the expenses of long-term care, loss of income, and ensure there will be money for college, home loans, etc. after you’ve passed.  They’re also an integral part of estate planning with policies like Second-to-Die Policies.  Businesses can use life insurance to ensure the viability of the business should a key employee pass away, to aid in a buy/sell agreement between owners, or as a voluntary benefit to their employees at no cost to the company.

We understand that life insurance can be a very confusing topic.  The variety of policy types, riders, and payment options certainly doesn’t simplify the buying process.  At Crum-Halsted we know that life often gets in the way of shopping for life insurance.  Between work, taking the kids to activities, and maintaining a home, who has time to understand life insurance?

If you would like to sit down and discuss a life insurance strategy, please contact us and let us help you insure what matters.