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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.

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.

Our Coverage

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

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 individual solutions, business solutions, argibusiness solutions 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.

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Since 1928

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

Our Recognition

We are an Employer of Choice in the Cedar Valley.

  • 2015 and 2016: Des Moines Register Top Workplace
  • 2018: The Courier Employer of Choice

80

years in business

95

knowledgeable associates

25

carrier partnerships
Our Agency Timeline

The Accel Group Milestones

1928

Millhiser Insurance Agency Founded

1936

Young Insurance Agency Founded - later named The Accel Group

1947

The Millhiser Smith Agency Established

2007

The Millhiser Smith Foundation Established (now The Accel Foundation)

2009

Millhiser Smith recognized Agency of the Year FEMA and NFIP

2015

The Accel Group recognized as Business of the Year GCVAC

2015

Milllhiser Smith team featured in RoughNotes Magazine

2015

The Accel Group Awarded Top Workplace in Iowa Des Moines Register

2016

The Accel Group Awarded Top Workplace in Iowa Des Moines Register

2017

The Accel Group recognized Business of the Year GCVAC

2018

The Accel Group and Millhiser Smith Merge

2018

Recognized as an Employer of Choice - GCVAC

2018

Distinguished Business of the Year - Waverly Chamber of Commerce

2018

Distinguished Large Business Award - Waverly Chamber of Commerce

2019

Acquired Asset Pros of Des Moines
Choice

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

Expertise

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

Service

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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