About Our Agency

In 1952 Lloyd A. Hamilton of Twin Falls began serving the Magic Valley as an independent insurance agent. His operation quickly outgrew the office in his home, subsequently moving into a business office in downtown Twin Falls. Soon afterward, he built the current building at 715 Shoshone Street North. This location continues to serve customers from the Magic Valley and surrounding areas.

The History of Leavitt Group

The agency flourished and enjoyed a reputation as an agency of integrity and service. In 1983 Mr. Hamilton decided it was time for retirement and the pursuit of other interests, and he sold the agency to his top producer, Grant E. Starley. The agency continued to operate successfully under the name of Hamilton Insurance Agency, Inc. with offices in Twin Falls and Burley until 1992. It was then purchased by First Security Corporation and operated as First Security Insurance. Another name change occurred in 2000 when First Security Corporation was sold to Wells Fargo Corporation. On May 1, 2002 the agency returned to local ownership with the purchase of the business, along with the purchase of the Strolberg-Leavitt Agency and the Johnson-Leavitt Agency by The Leavitt Group, Allen R. Starley, and Grant E. Starley. On August 1, 2002 the Hadden Insurance Agency of Shoshone, Idaho also became a part of Starley-Leavitt Insurance Agency.

Throughout these ownership changes, much of the staff has remained and the agency has continued to grow and operate profitably. The transition to Starley-Leavitt Insurance Agency, Inc. has been exciting. The opportunities are limitless with the wealth of markets available to the agency and the seasoned, professional staff of producers.

We provide all lines of insurance, and we have in-house professionals for crop and multi-peril insurance, farm, life and investments, health and most types of businesses. We believe in providing "Knock Your Socks Off" service and we have over 25 experienced service people on staff, providing full-time support for any account.

About Leavitt Group

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Long-Term Relationships

We work to develop lasting client relationships. As a privately-held firm, we have the flexibility to make long-term decisions with you. Our performance is not judged by Wall Street every quarter, but rather by the quality of relationships we maintain.

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Experience And Resources

As the 12th largest privately-held insurance brokerage in the nation*, we bring you the national resources, experience, problem-solving skills, and key insurance company and underwriting relationships that will result in an effective risk management and employee benefits strategy.

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A Greater Commitment To Your Success

As a result of our local managing co-owner and on-the-ground decision makers, our interest in your success results in a greater level of service and commitment to your business. We match solutions to your needs and geography.

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We believe in operating with complete integrity and transparency. We have a long history based on this principle, and it is a vital part of our culture. As we bring people into our organization, we look for those who share our values, thus fostering relationships based on trust—for employees, insurance companies, and clients.

*According to Insurance Journal, August 2019 issue.

History of Leavitt Group

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From the beginning, Leavitt Group has been built on a foundation of trusted co-owners with local insights and experience. This core value has remained central to Leavitt Group as it grew from one agency into one of the largest insurance brokerages in the United States.

Our Foundation

In 1952, Dixie Leavitt opened an insurance agency in Cedar City, Utah, with one company appointment and no clients. By the decade’s end, Dixie had thousands of clients throughout southwestern Utah and southern Nevada.

Our Growth

When Dixie Leavitt and his brother, Bert, incorporated Leavitt Insurance Agency of Las Vegas in 1959, Dixie owned 60% and Bert owned 40%. Using this 60-40 arrangement, Dixie and other co-owners invested in and created agencies in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. Dixie formed Leavitt Group Enterprises in 1962.

Dixie built Leavitt Group on a foundation of able and trusted co-owners. He recognized that each agency should have nurturing insurer relationships, autonomy in staffing, and increasing sales and profits with which to build an adequate capital base.

As the number and size of affiliated agencies grew, the potential of strength in numbers became apparent. In 1978, the group formed Leavitt Group Agency Association (LGAA), providing member agencies with the multi-agency strength necessary to maintain insurer relationships, to offer placement services, to provide employee benefits, and to support other group-wide services, such as E&O coverage, accounting, IT, data management, marketing, and other key supporting activities.

Since its early beginning in 1952, Leavitt Group has grown into one of the largest independent brokers in the United States. Since 1989, consolidated revenues have climbed from $8 million to $250 million. Throughout this period of growth and success, agency profitability ratios have remained well above industry averages.

Our Future

Leavitt Group continues to expand into new areas and various market segments—from agencies serving in smaller communities to large agencies serving complex corporate accounts. Leavitt Group recruits qualified insurance professionals and affiliates with agencies who share the same foundational values based on integrity.

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Allen Starley

Allen Starley
Agency Co-Owner

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