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We are your trusted independent insurance agency.

Your family, your business and your possessions are all important to you, but you may not know how to best protect them. We have the experience to navigate the unique risks you face, serving as your insurance advisor.


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The Accel Group one of the largest independent, Iowa and Illinois-based insurance agencies in the state. Currently we have six convenient office locations in Cedar Falls, IA, Cedar Rapids, IA, Coralville, IA, Moline, IL, Waverly, IA, and  West Des Moines, IA.

Within our office locations, you will find a team of knowledgeable associates, ready and willing to guide you through protecting what matters most. Whether you are looking for personal insurance, business insurance, agribusiness insurance or employee benefits, each agent will provide you with a personalized experience in assessing your risks and finding the most appropriate protection for your needs.

Our History

Our story stems from the successes of two separate entities; Millhiser Smith and the Accel Group. In 1928 Harold Millhiser established The Millhiser Insurance Agency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Forrest Smith joined Harold Millhiser as a business partner in 1947 to form the firm known as the Millhiser Smith Agency.

The Accel Group, founded in the home of Leslie J. Young in 1936, began as a small business selling life and auto insurance. Leslie was called to serve in WWII which required his wife Mavis to take operational control of the business until his return. Fast-forward a few decades to 2010 when the company was presented with an opportunity to expand offerings to clients, leading to the formation of The Accel Group. The new agency added a 401(k) and employee benefit division of Net Worth Advisors, which allowed them to better serve their client’s needs.

On January 1, 2018, the agencies officially merged, making The Accel Group one of the largest independent, Iowa-based insurance agencies in the state. In 2019, the company expanded its footprint with the acquisition of Asset Pros of West Des Moines. The Accel Group stands united in the pursuit of our mission to offer custom solutions that accelerate client success.

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Our Core Values

Learn what we live and work by

Act with Honor & Integrity

Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to do right in every action and decision you make, even when no one is looking.

Consistency Strengthens our Brand

Make our name synonymous with professionalism, high quality, and one of kind customer service.

Change; Embrace It!

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Empowerment Helps us Grow

Commit to empowering each other to do what’s necessary to take care of our clients.

Laugh Everyday

It renews our spirit and keeps us energized, helping us keep perspective, take time to celebrate victories large and small.
Our Agency Timeline

The Accel Group Milestones


Millhiser Insurance Agency Founded


Young Insurance Agency Founded - later named The Accel Group


The Millhiser Smith Agency Established


The Millhiser Smith Foundation Established (now The Accel Foundation)


Millhiser Smith recognized Agency of the Year FEMA and NFIP


The Accel Group recognized as Business of the Year GCVAC


Milllhiser Smith team featured in RoughNotes Magazine


The Accel Group Awarded Top Workplace in Iowa Des Moines Register


The Accel Group Awarded Top Workplace in Iowa Des Moines Register


The Accel Group recognized Business of the Year GCVAC


The Accel Group and Millhiser Smith Merge


Recognized as an Employer of Choice - GCVAC


Distinguished Business of the Year - Waverly Chamber of Commerce


Distinguished Large Business Award - Waverly Chamber of Commerce


Acquired Asset Pros of Des Moines


Recognized as an Employer of Choice – Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier


Recognized as an Employer of Choice – Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Since 1928

The Accel Group has served the needs of Iowans and beyond. We truly enjoy the opportunity to give back.

Our Recognition

We are an Employer of Choice in the Cedar Valley.

  • Des Moines Register Top Workplace – 2015 & 2016
  • Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber Business of the Year – 2017
  • The Courier Employer of Choice – 2018 & 2020
  • Western National Circle of Excellence Agency – 2020
  • Applied Pinnacle Award – 2020
  • The Accel Group recognized as one of CBJ’s Largest Privately Held Companies – 2020

As an independent insurance agency we have great relationships with many well-known, reputable insurance companies, giving you the power of choice.


Our insurance advisors have years of experience in the insurance industry and serve as your advocate from selecting coverage through filing a claim.


Our insurance advisors have a strong passion for insurance and protecting what you value most in business and in life. We treat our customers like family.

At The Accel Group, our mission is very simple. We strive to provide a true, concierge client experience which is unique in the insurance industry. We give clients the power of choice from top-rated national and regional insurance carriers.

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