Traders was founded by Dewey E. Wilkins in 1939, as Traders Realty, offering both real estate and insurance. After graduating from Bradley University Dewey's son Jack went into the Air Force as a pilot and came back home in 1957 to work in the insurance business as an active producer, becoming president of Traders Insurance Agency in 1973. He remains active in the business today as Chairman.
In June of 1987, Doug, Jack's son, joined the agency after graduation from Jacksonville University, with a degree in business. He has 22 years experience in the insurance field and received his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation in 1998. He was named vice-president of the agency in 1997. Doug, the third generation of Wilkins in Traders Insurance, became president of the agency in February 2008. "For me, the best thing about working in this business, is being able to help people, by picking the right coverage for them, so that if disaster happens, they can put their life back together," says Doug.
As a locally owned business with a long history in the Peoria area, Traders Insurance has clients who have been with the company since the early 1940s. Traders Insurance Agency is a sales oriented staff, with over 100 years of combined experience. The Traders Insurance Team is active in the community, supporting many churches and community events. The agency is active in the local Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, and affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois.
John D. (Jack) Wilkins
Jack was a graduate and class officer at Peoria High School. In 1954, he graduated from Bradley University and is a long
term member of the Sigma Chi House Corp. Jack served 3 3/4 Years in the Air Force and was A pilot in the "Strategic Air Command". He joined Traders Insurance Agency Corp. in December 1957 and became President in January 1973, followed by Chairman in February 2008. After getting out of the Air Force, Jack joined the Illinois Air National Guard in Peoria. In 1969, he served as the President of the Peoria Association of Independent Insurance Agents. Jack was also a past Board Member of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, a Member and past President of Rotary Club of Peoria-North and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a past Commodore of Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club.
Doug Wilkins, CIC
Doug joined the agency in 1987 after graduating from Jacksonville University with a degree in business. He earned a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation in 1998 and was appointed President of Traders Insurance Agency Corp. in 2008. Doug is an active member of the Peoria North Rotary Club. He is an avid boater and member of the Illinois Valley Yacht club serving as a past board member.
After growing up near Peoria in Dixon, IL Ryan came to Peoria to study at Bradley University, eventually graduating from Bradley in 2005 with a degree in Communications. After joining the agency in 2007, he has been focused on selling all lines of insurance, but also focuses on providing the best customer service possible for his existing clients. He earned his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation in 2011.
Christina Purvis Wilkins