Ratcliff & Blake Insurance Professionals Inc. purchases MidWestOne Insurance Services, effective 7/1/19

Ratcliff & Blake

Oskaloosa, IA— August 1, 2019 — Ratcliff & Blake Insurance Professionals Inc. purchases MidWestOne Insurance Services, effective 7/1/19. MidWestOne Insurance Services, previously owned by MidWestOne Financial Group, was based out of Iowa City, Iowa, with agencies located in Oskaloosa, Pella, Melbourne and Cedar Falls. Ratcliff & Blake Insurance Professionals, owned by Billy Blake, President, and Margaret Ratcliff, Vice President, purchased all 4 locations, and headquarters in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

A native of Oskaloosa and a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Business Administration, Billy has been a commercial insurance agent for 12 years. He recently earned the coveted CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designation. A volunteer with the local YMCA, Rotary, Young Agents of Iowa, Central Reformed Church, and the William Penn Advisory Board, and named the 2017 Iowa Young Agent of the Year, Billy is looking forward to continuing to work with the area clientele he has been serving since joining MidWestOne in 2015.

With 24 years’ experience in the banking industry and ten years’ insurance experience prior to that, Margaret has been president of MidWestOne Insurance Services since 2012, leading staff to grow the Oskaloosa, Pella, Melbourne and Cedar Falls agencies. Margaret enjoys Rotary, and serves on the North Mahaska Community School Board, Crisis Intervention Services Board, and MCCF, Mahaska County Community Foundation Board. She recently served on the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group Board, and has enjoyed working on community projects with clients and residents who are also committed to the future of Oskaloosa and Mahaska County.

“We are thankful for the move to local ownership, and for the opportunity to continue our relationships with clients who have been with the agency for many years,” said Billy Blake, President. “This also provides a bright future for staff in Oskaloosa, Pella and Melbourne, who have a combined total of 139 years of experience,” said Ratcliff. The Pella and Melbourne agencies will continue at their current locations, and the Oskaloosa group will soon be announcing their new address.

Ratcliff & Blake Insurance Professionals is an Independent Agency, representing multiple carriers and writing all lines of insurance. This includes a niche market for Antique Aircraft, through Butler Brown Insurance, which was also purchased with MWOIS.

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