J. Smith Lanier & Co. Nets Top National Honors From Kemper Preferred “Inner Circle”

February 2014 – J. Smith Lanier & Co. has been named to Kemper Preferred’s Inner Circle of Independent Agents. The Inner Circle is an exclusive group of 250 independent insurance agencies countrywide that represent Kemper Preferred.

Kemper Preferred sells Home, Auto and Package Plus policies through a select network of Independent Agents.

Inner Circle membership is awarded to approximately seven percent of all Independent Agents that represent Kemper in 38 states and the District of Columbia, and is based on the amount and quality of business written.

For many years Kemper and J. Smith Lanier & Co. have been working together as strong business partners and provide expertise and in-person counsel, ensuring that customers’ needs are met. It’s this dedication to meeting its customers’ needs with custom-fit insurance solutions that helped J. Smith Lanier & Co. earn a spot in Kemper Preferred’s Inner Circle.

“In this challenging economy, it’s important to maintain up-to-date and adequate insurance to protect what’s most important to you,” said D. Gaines Lanier, Chairman and CEO of J. Smith Lanier & Co. “We’re honored to help our policyholders do just that, and to be a part of Kemper Preferred’s Inner Circle. We will work hard to earn the distinction every year.”

“At Kemper Preferred, we are proud to work with agencies like J. Smith Lanier & Co., the best Independent Agents in the country,” said Paul Reissner, Senior Vice President, Sales & Distribution, Kemper Preferred. “And, we look forward to growing together with them, for many years to come.”

Kemper Preferred provides insurance coverage that protects the homes, cars and valuables of families in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Kemper Preferred sells through a select network of leading Independent Agents who can customize policies and insurance programs designed to meet each policyholders’ individual needs.

All of Kemper Preferred’s underwriting companies are rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, the insurance industry’s most trusted rating authority. The Kemper Corporation family of companies (NYSE:KMPR) is one of the nation’s leading insurance organizations. For more information, visit kemperpreferred.com.

  1. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, GA, is an employee-owned company founded in 1868 and has become one of the largest privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. Since 1868, the company has grown from a three-employee local agency to a major regional firm employing over 575 employees in eight divisions and 19 branch offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, aviation insurance, surety, and risk control.