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Where It All Began

Twenty years ago Ben Buenzow got his insurance license, and the rest is history…. Just kidding! A lot has happened in the last 20 years! Seventeen of those years Ben owned a captive insurance agency, while simultaneously becoming an expert in his field, and being recognized for his achievements along the way. Ben integrated himself into the Urbandale community serving on the Urbandale Chamber Board, and volunteering with the Urbandale Police Department. Six kids and a puppy later.  Ben realized the potential to help even more people! So in May 2021 Ben launched his own independent agency Buenzow Insurance Group.

  • Auto Insurance
  • Home Insurance
  • Property Insurance
  • Business Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance

The Important People

We are a growing team of insurance enthusiasts! B.I.G. personalities without the ego.

Ben
Ben Buenzow, Agent Owner

Ben grew up in small town Northeast Iowa, he moved to the big city and attended college at The University of Northern Iowa. Graduating with a BA in Criminology & Sociology. Ben is a proud UNI Panther Football alum, this is where his nickname “Big Ben” was coined! Now Ben is an Ankeny resident, and married to his beautiful wife Kristen. He is a loving father to 4 children and 2 step children. With 6 kids and a business to run, Ben's free time is limited but he makes the most of it by coaching youth sports including football, basketball, and baseball. When he's not coaching or working he's out on the lake catching walleye. Ben has been a licensed insurance agent since 2004! He's got a list of accomplishments and awards a mile long, we won't bore you with the details but swing by the office and he will proudly show them off!

Sam
Sam Kingston, Office Manager

Sam grew up in a even smaller town in Northern Iowa. She attended college at North Iowa Area Community College studying Business Entrepreneurship. She spent many years as a manager in the hospitality industry before finding her love for the insurance industry. She has been a licensed agent since 2018, learning from and working alongside Ben since the inception of her insurance career. Sam is now a resident of Ankeny. Sam is an avid environmentalist spending all of her free time in the great outdoors. You can find her hunting, fishing or picking up litter any given day of the week!

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Jason Trenkamp, Insurance Consultant

Originally from Maquoketa Iowa. Jason quite literally meant business when he moved to Central Iowa. He attended college at the AIB College of Business earning his associate's degree and William Penn University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. Jason has been licensed in insurance since 2014. Spending the last year selling Personal and Commercial Insurance. Jason is an Insurance Consultant for Buenzow Insurance Group, he also has a full-time job as Superhero Dad and Taxi Driver to two beautiful little girls Caroline & Mady. When Jason isn't working, he's on the sidelines cheering on the girls at one of their various activities! Dance, soccer, softball, gymnastics, basketball. On the off chance they have a free weekend you can find the Trenkamp Trio spending time together outside or watching the coveted Iowa Hawkeyes!

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Jay Knudsen, Insurance Consultant

Originally from the Des Moines Metro, Jay is a hardworking Iowan through and through! Jay started his career as an entrepreneur in high school, owning and operating his own business successfully for many years. He was later licensed in insurance in 2003, and has since spent his career in the industry. Jay and his wife Michele have been married an impressive 34 years! When Jay isn’t consulting for Buenzow Insurance Group he and Michele own and operate an antique furniture business, refurbishing and refinishing antique pieces from across the country. In his free time Jay enjoys the simpler things in life like spending time with the new kittens Archer & Abby that he and Michele just adopted! If you can't find Jay working his tail off its almost a guarantee that he's out on the water undoubtedly setting up for an epic waterfowl hunt!

Accomplishments & Testimonials

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Cityview’s Best of Award

Winner multiple years for Best Insurance Agent

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Business Record Forty Under 40

Award recipient

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NAIFA Iowa Four Under Forty

(National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors) Award recipient

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Urbandale Business of the Year

Winner in 2017

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17 People Who Made a Difference in 2017

Award recipient from the Des Moines Northwest Suburbs Business Journals

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The Important Stuff

Like we said we believe there is a better way to do insurance!

Our core values are: Ingenuity, Passion, Transparency, & Purpose

  • We look for clever and creative solutions. Insurance needs are different for everyone.
  • We are fired up to service our insureds!
  • We don’t hide the secret sauce.
  • Nothing we do is random, but we always leave room for inspiration and growth.

Community Involvement

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Urbandale National Night Out

Event co-founder donating 300+ bike helmets to kids at this event

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Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

Investor and Past-Chair who served on the Board of Directors for 7 years

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Iowa Crime Prevention Association

Corporate Sponsor

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We Are Heavily Involved in the Community

It would be easy for our team to merely provide you with insurance coverage, but that isn’t enough for us. At Buenzow Insurance Group we strive to involve ourselves with the needs of the community. We work with various organizations and charities to make a positive impact in our community. Our goal is to better the lives of our customers during business hours and improve the situations of vulnerable community members the rest of the time. To learn more about how we can help, get in touch with us.

We Are Buenzow Insurance Group

Providing you with knowledge and products to protect your family and your business!

At Buenzow Insurance Group we believe there is a better way to do insurance. A more valuable way where customers are earned rather than bought. We are passionate about fostering relationships with each and every person and business we insure.

At Buenzow Insurance Group your insurance is a B.I.G. deal to us!

Agency Partners

AAA

Website Link: www.hoosier.aaa.com

Auto-Owners

Website Link: www.auto-owners.com

Badger-Mutual

Website Link: www.badgermutual.com

Berkshire-Hathaway-Guard

Website Link: www.guard.com

Celina
First-Comp
Foremost-Insurance-Group

Website Link: www.foremost.com

HAGERTY

Website Link: www.hagerty.com

Metlife

Website Link: www.metlife.com

Progressive

Website Link: www.progressive.com

selective

Website Link: www.selective.com

sfm

Website Link: www.sfmic.com

the-hartford

Website Link: www.thehartford.com

Travelers

Website Link: www.travelers.com

West-Bend-Mutual
Zurich

Website Link: www.zurich.com

RPS

Website Link: www.rpsins.com/

CLGA

Website Link: www.chris-leef.com/

Life Carriers

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Bestow_Logo

Website Link: www.bestow.com

cincinnati

Website Link: www.cinfin.com

lincoln_financial_group

Website Link: www.lfg.com

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Website Link: www.securian.com

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Website Link: www.principal.com

sagicor

Website Link: www.sagicor.com

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Website Link: www.transamerica.com

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