Our Story

A look back through the years.

Our story of evolution and growth.

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We are proud of our agency roots and growth over the past 65+ years. Scroll through to see how we evolved while continuing the aspirations of our founder.

  • 1952
    Eldon Steffen gradually evolved from a part-time position at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company to receive his securities license enabling him to sell as a full-service agent while working from an office located in his home in Cissna Park, IL.
  • 1988
    Eldon hired his nephew, Rod Steffen, who after graduating from the University of Illinois had become a licensed agent with a CFP designation.
  • 1994
    Eldon sold the agency to Rod Steffen and Greg Steffen, Eldon’s youngest son. The agency was renamed The Steffen Agency, Ltd.
  • 1995
    The agency moved from Eldon’s home to 133 West Garfield Avenue in Cissna Park, IL.
  • 1999
    We purchased the Lee Agency located in Paxton, IL.
  • 2001
    We purchased the insurance business owned by the Busey Bank in LeRoy, IL which included offices in LeRoy, IL, Melvin, IL, and Saybrook, IL.
  • 2003
    We consolidated the Melvin, IL and Saybrook, IL offices and opened a new office in Gibson City, IL.
  • 2004
    We acquired Mitchell Insurance Agency and moved the Gibson City, IL office to its current location.
  • 2007
    We added Lyle Carstens Insurance Agency of Peotone, IL to the list.
  • 2008
    We opened a new office on the east side of Bloomington, IL.
  • 2009
    We obtained the Metz Stoller, Inc Agency in Fairbury/Forrest, IL.
  • 2010
    The year we renamed our agency to Compass Insurance Partners.
  • 2016
    Dayton Kilgus joined the team after managing the Fairbury, IL office for five years.
  • 2017
    We added the Roger Schuldt Agency in Watseka, IL.
  • 2018
    We purchased the Payne Insurance Agency in Lexington, IL.
  • 2018
    Most recently, we acquired the Fincham Agency in Colfax, IL.
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