Through mergers, purchases and increased offerings through technological innovations, the company has soared through their goals, now offering 14 carriers for personal lines and more than 60 carriers for commercial insurance.
“We want to double again in the next five to seven years,” Schmidt said.
Representing local and national carriers, AL Insurance has been named a top 10 service company with several carriers, and serves more than 12,000 customers.
The company currently employs 24 people – an increase of 13 since 2007 – and Schmidt hopes to double that number.
“I want to create an ‘unleavable’ workplace,” he said. “I hope to find and retain qualified employees who love working here so much that they never want to leave.”
Schmidt credited his company’s success to several factors, including an aggressive use of new technology and online services.
“We’re very strong on accountability systems to drive performance and drive growth,” he said. “Once our clients choose us, they have access to a huge amount of support through BizAssure, and we are the only ones in Washington who offer that right now.”
September 12 marks the eighth annual AL Insurance sponsored JB Memorial Golf Invitational at Camas Meadows Golf Course, benefitting Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and the Dream Big Community Center. Schmidt said he hopes charitable proceeds will reach more than $15,000 this year from 140 participating golfers and 22 sponsors.
A board member and past president of Dream Big, Schmidt has seen it make a difference.
“If teens have ambition, they will be better off, and we need to feed that,” said Schmidt, a father of four teenagers. “I initially got involved with Dream Big Community Center back in 2008 as all my children were about to become teenagers.”
AL Insurance also helps sponsor annual fundraising efforts for Compassion First, which assists survivors of human trafficking, and Dare to Live, a nationally recognized teen suicide prevention program.
“Only ten percent of Clark County businesses have more than ten employees,” Schmidt said. “As one of those more successful businesses, we make it a point to support our community.”