Agnew and Soseman Insurance Families Reunite

The Agnew and Soseman families met in March, reminiscing about the start of their insurance business.

David and Liz (Soseman) Kistenmacher spent a day at Middleton Plantation in Charleston, S.C., with Bill Agnew of Summerville, S.C., and Byron and Bette (Agnew) Vanier of Aiken, S.C. Bill is a volunteer tour guide at the plantation. Their fathers, Floyd Soseman Jr. and William Agnew were partners in Agnew-Soseman Insurance Agency.

David has never met the Agnews.

David and Liz are the third generation in the insurance agency, as Kitty D. Soseman (Liz’s grandmother) started selling “State Auto” insurance in 1920. It was a service of the Motor Inn Ford Garage established by Floyd W. and Kitty Soseman, following World War I.

William Agnew, a salesman at the garage, became a partner in the insurance business in 1947 and retired in 1973. Floyd Jr. joined the firm in 1955, following his graduation from Grinnell College and two years in the Army.

In 1987, Doug Soellner joined the agency as a producer. In 1988, Ardell Downs merged his agency with Agnew-Soseman and, in 1991, Don Buell and Farmers Mutual Insurance became associated with the agency.

David and Liz joined the agency 1994. They are both Galva-Holstein and South Dakota State University graduates and moved back to Holstein from Sioux Falls, S.D. David was a CPA for Henry Scholten and Company, a public accounting firm, and Liz was a Surety Bond Underwriter for Western Surety Company, now CNA Surety.   (April 23, 2014)

Agnew-Soseman Group photo

Family businessAgnew & Soseman Insurance Agency includes, from left, David Kistenmacher, Byron Vanier, Bette (Agnew) Vanier, Bill Agnew and Liz (Soseman) Kistenmacher.

Kistenmachers Join Agnew and Soseman Insurance Agency

Agnew and Soseman Insurance Agency would like to announce the appointment of David and Elizabeth (Soseman) Kistenmacher as insurance agents.

Dave, Liz, and their daughter, Heidi, recently moved from Sioux Falls, SD, to make their home at 515 E. Harrison St. Dave and Liz have their Iowa Personal Lines License and are in the process of obtaining their Commercial Lines License. In addition to insurance; Dave will offer tax and accounting services at the agency office.

Liz received a B.S. degree in Economics from SDSU in 1985. She was then employed with Western Surety Company, the nation’s largest writer of surety bonds, as a Bond Underwriter. During her seven years of employment, her responsibilities changed to underwriting officer, Regional Lead Underwriter, and finally Senior Underwriting Officer. Liz volunteered as a Junior Achievement advisor in the Sioux Falls Public School System for two years, leading the second year’s group to recognition for “top sales” in the state of SD. She was also involved with the Sioux Empire United Way Campaign for several years.

Dave received a B.S. degree in Animal Science from SDSU in 1985 and was employed for a year as a Quality Control Inspector at John Morrell and Company in Sioux Falls. He then attended Augustana College and in 1987, received a B.A. degree in Accounting. He obtained his CPA Certificate in 1988 and has spent the last six years as a staff accountant and more recently, an audit manager for Henry Scholten and Company, a public accounting firm. Dave is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, SDCPA Society, has been on the Sioux Empire Farm Show Committee and was involved with the Sioux Empire United Way Campaign.

Dave and Liz, 1981 graduates of Galva-Holstein High School, are enjoying reacquainting themselves with Galva and Holstein residents and are looking forward to getting involved in the community.

Dave and Liz will be the third generation in the agency as Kitty D. Soseman started selling “state Auto” insurance in 1920 as a service of the Motor Inn Ford Garage established by Floyd W. and Kitty following World War I. William Agnew, a salesman at the garage, became a partner in the insurance business in 1930 and retired in 1973. Floyd, Jr., joined the firm in 1955 following his graduation from Grinnell College and two years in the Army. In 1987, Doug Soellner joined the agency as a producer, in 1988, Ardell Downs merged his agency with Agnew and Soseman and in 1991, Don Buell and Farmers Mutual Insurance became associated with the agency.  (March 17, 1994)