As a business leader and involved citizen in the Lehighton area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Kurt Ridgway of the John Kurtz Ridgway Agency has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate's nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country and 40 percent of Allstate's Pennsylvania agencies. This designation is being presented to Ridgway for his outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of his agency's work.

The honor is Allstate's symbol of outstanding business achievement and honorees have proven to be champions in growing their agencies and serving Allstate customers. The John Kurtz Ridgway Agency's dedication to serving customers, consumers and their community has allowed them to achieve this high honor.

"The Premier Agency designation is not just about Kurt's successful business results," said Allstate spokeswoman Julia Reusch. "The honor also demonstrates Kurt's commitment in being accessible to customers and using his knowledge to help ensure customers have the insurance products they need to protect themselves and their family."

The John Kurtz Ridgway Agency is located at 777 Blakeslee Blvd Drive E. Suite 4 in Lehighton and can be reached at 610-377-3800.