Insurance agency adding 75 jobs in Oak Ridge
Answer Financial Inc., one of the largest online auto and home insurance agencies in the U.S., plans to expand its Oak Ridge office by 75 jobs.
The sales and marketing office currently employs about 240 workers.
The Encino, Calif.-based company, which is part of the Allstate Corp., sells a wide range of home and auto insurance online and over the phone. It opened its Oak Ridge office in the late 1990s.
"It's a great thing for Answer Financial and a great win for Oak Ridge," said Kim Denton president and CEO of the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership.
Denton said her organization has worked with Answer Financial through several expansions over the last 10 years. The cooperative efforts have included helping the company with recruitment and job training.
"They have been a great corporate neighbor," Denton said.
One of the goals of the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership is to promote diversity in the local employment base. The sales jobs added by Answer Financial will help balance the DOE dominated job base, she said.
The addition of more employees offers opportunities for both seasoned and aspiring sales professionals, according to Peter Foley, Answer Financial's senior vice president for sales and client services.
"By assisting customers in shopping auto and home insurance, they help individuals and families get the best coverage for their personal needs and often save them money in the process," he said.
Foley said the company is looking for competitive, self-motivated candidates with and without sales experience. The training program allows the company to hire individuals with little to no sales experience, he said.
The company provides paid training and full benefits with a 401(k) plan, performance bonuses and career opportunities, he said.
According to the company's website, Answer Financial had more than 386,000 policies in force as of June 2012. The company, which operates in 50 states through more than 20 insurers, said it has helped to insure more than 1.3 million drivers and homeowners.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel