Since opening our doors since 1951, Ralph Weiner & Associates, LLC has continued to evolve to encompass the ever-changing needs and complexities in properly insuring our clients. While we were founded on and maintain a firm commitment to the individuals and businesses in our local communities, we have over the last 70 years spread over the heartland and across America to provide our services dedicated to our specialty niche of Professional Liability and Long Term Care Facilities for Senior Living. We, as an Agency have a deeply rooted reputation of providing all of our clients with the right coverage at the right price. With a staff of over 20 qualified caring professionals, you are assured of both profession and highly personalized service. Currently, we serve over 3,500 policyholders, made up of individuals, families, and businesses both locally and throughout the United States.
Unlike many of today’s insurance companies and agencies which exclusively provide coverage from only one source or carrier (known as “Captive” Agents), Ralph Weiner & Associates Is truly an independent agency, which draws on its direct contracts and services provided by numerous highly rated and recognized insurance companies throughout the nation. We carefully examine the needs of each of our insureds and provide options from several companies, so you receive the best policy suited for you at the most competitive price. We follow very strict criteria when partnering with the companies we represent and constantly monitor their performance to ensure the best products and services available year in and year out.
We don’ t work for any insurance company; we work for you.
Gary Weiner, Ralph’s son, and a Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude graduate from the University of Illinois, practiced corporate law prior to joining the Agency in 1985. With the growing sophistication and complexities in the insurance industry, Gary’s expertise in both sales and law lends itself well to his position as Agency President and in-house counsel. Gary’s deep interpersonal relationship with our clients, unique sense of humor, and love of his dog Freddie provide the professional leadership and personal character as the face of our agency.
After Laura Waldyn began her insurance career at one of the world’s most prestigious agencies, the Ralph Weiner & Associates, wooed her away to join our agency in 2008. Since that time Laura has moved up the ladder from commercial account manager, account executive, VP of senior living, and specialty lines, to our Vice President and Agency Partner. As our both our clients and staff well know, Laura’s unique specialty is that she does it all. Combining deep commercial insurance expertise, managerial aptitude, the gift of both wit and a contagious personality, and her love of fine wines, Laura is well set to lead Ralph Weiner & Associates, towards its 100th year.
Ralph Weiner, the beloved Ralph Weiner, the beloved founder and namesake of our Agency began his own business in 1951, selling door to door, with the assistance of his wife Rosalie and sister-in-law Sandy. We are proud to say that many of his first clients are still with our agency through many generations. Ralph’s work ethic was second to none and his complete, and full-time commitment to his clients was truly unparalleled. These traditions have been passed on and stayed with the agency in our absolute dedication to personalized service. Ralph was instrumental in establishing the Illinois State Guaranty Fund, protecting businesses and consumers against insolvency by insurance companies in Illinois. From the early 1950s until his passing in 2005, he built Ralph Weiner & Associates into the major, well-recognized agency it is today and built a legacy of “always getting the job done”. He is missed each day but never forgotten.
Rosalie Weiner, our now retired secretary treasurer and original bookkeeper, first met Ralph at a public park in Chicago and the tender age of 13. Both terrific athletes, Rosalie beat Ralph at a game of tennis and a chin-up contest, and they each knew then it was love at first sight. They took their vows at the age of 20 and were happily married the next 54 years until Ralph’s passing. Rosalie worked at the agency from its inception through 2015,was the wind behind Ralph’s back and still attends all major agency functions and events.