In mid-2017, the firm announced its plan to acquire the Denver Wholesale Florist shop located next to its current office. It is a win-win for both businesses. In a sweeping plan to renovate, Knight will expand its office next door, create loft- style living on the top floor, and beautified parking lot that is a focal point as visitors enter downtown Toledo from the interstate. These renovation plans will help Knight continue its legacy of excellence as the acquisition provides the necessary space to expand its personal Private Client Group and middle-market business department.
The expansion also shows Knight’s commitment to the Warehouse District, a bustling and rejuvenated neighborhood within the downtown. Knight has long supported the Toledo Warehouse District Association, with Diane Keil-Hipp, COO, as its president for the last ten years, and Ken Knight as a long-time board member. Knight has been the major sponsor of Wander the Warehouse District, the annual open house tour, for 15 years.
"We have been in downtown Toledo since our founding in 1859, and in the Warehouse District since 1983, when Ken bought a dilapidated vacant building with a vision for what it could be. We were in the Warehouse District before it was “cool” and we couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. We purchased the Buehler Hardware building next to us several years ago, and now with the Denver Florist building and adjoining parking lot, we will own a significant strip of this block of Erie Street. Everyone who arrives into downtown via Erie will soon begin to see a beautified parking lot and renovated building. It’s going to be beautiful!" - Diane T. Keil-Hipp, COO
The firm is dedicated to Northwest Ohio and launched an advertising campaign in 2017 to prove it. With billboards, radio, and internet ads promoting “your local agency for more than 150 years,” Knight is committed to its local roots. In total, Knight Insurance has 36 local employees, with a total of 60 employees across their five offices in Toledo, Hamilton, Findlay, Chicago and Indianapolis. Of those 60, there is no shortage of award-winning talent on the Knight Team. Jane Crispen, winner of the PIA National CSR of the Year, Cynthia Matus, Ohio CSR of the Year, and Bridgett Purpich, two-time winner of the Ohio CSR of the Year have distinguished themselves among state and national peers. Plus, a large percentage of the team has their Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Certified Personal Risk Manager (CPRM), and/or Certified Analytic Broker (CAB).
The firm operates on the values of exceptional standards, enduring relationships, and relentless focus to serve business and family clients. The Knight Insurance team offers a wealth of insurance resources, including Personal & Family Solutions. To help you prepare for insurance conversations they have downloadable checklists, strategies and FAQ documents on their website, plus information to help you do your research. Get to know the Knight team.
“I am very excited about the direction of our agency,” says Allison Hammons, Risk Consultant at Knight. “The expansion is an outward display of the growth we’ve experienced in our client base. Businesses and families alike want to do business with local companies who are committed to the area. Knight is 100 percent committed to remaining locally owned, and that makes a difference to our clients.”
Blog Article courtesy of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.