Names & Notes

Stalzer earns top portrait award

John Stalzer of Stalzer Photography in Marshalltown was recently awarded the Frank W. Medlar Trophy at the Professional Photographer’s of Iowa Winter Convention & Print Competition held Feb 811 in Des Moines.

The Medlar is Awarded for the Best Portrait Exhibited at the PP of Iowa Convention. It also placed first in the Masters of Photography Groups Category.

The portrait was of Phil and Judy Lander of rural Marshalltown grandkid’s titled “Grandma’s Perfect Ten” Also the kids of Dave and Jennifer (Lander) Vawter, of State Center, Martin and Katie (Lander) Downs, of Marshalltown, and Murray and Amy (Lander) Williams, of Des Moines.

Shomo-Madsen Insurance recognized

EMC Insurance Companies has announced its 2013 Leading Partners and has distinguished Shomo-Madsen Insurance of Marshalltown. Shomo-Madsen Insurance is one of the highest-performing EMC agencies in the country, placing them in the top 15 percent of all EMC agencies nationally.

This annual award is based on key indicators including retention, profitability and growth, which are reviewed over a three-year period.

EMC developed its signature Agency Performance Value tool in 2005 to measure an agency’s performance against all other EMC agencies nationally. Agencies are evaluated on loss ratio, premium volume, policy and premium growth, policy and premium retention and the position of EMC within the agency.

Shomo-Madsen Insurance is a full service independent insurance agency, offering quality home, auto, health, life and business insurance. Visit 22 E. Main St., or call 641-753-6691 for more information about the agency.

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