by Brian Kilne

Accredited Surety and Casualty Company, Inc. is one of the nation’s most respected niche insurance companies. Licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Accredited specializes in underwriting bail and non-contract commercial surety bonds.

Building on their long-standing commitment to members of the military and their families during active duty, Accredited is proud to expand its support to veterans transitioning to civilian life. Accredited’s Veterans Program is the first initiative in this industry to help honorably discharged men and women join the ranks of small business owners by launching and managing their own bail bond agencies.

Accredited is proud to provide resources, tuition assistance and business tools to help veterans pursue this exciting and rewarding career path. This innovative program is being launched primarily in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, but the outreach can be extended to all 50 states, depending on their needs.

Veterans seeking post-military careers have found a natural connection to the bail industry, where they can use valuable skills acquired during their military services — such as leadership, teamwork, discipline and critical thinking. In addition, national studies show that the success rate for entrepreneurs who are veterans is higher than their non-military counterparts.

At Accredited, agents are valued partners. That’s not just a slogan … it’s really the core of everything they do. It’s the reason why they created exclusive software to streamline their agents’ business operations … host agent conventions … and educate legislators about their industry. It’s why they are proud of the long-term, productive relationships they established with their loyal agent force.

When Hank Snow began the family’s business in 1971, he couldn’t have imagined how the company would evolve. Still to this day, the company strives to live up to the gold standard Hank set. At Accredited they;

• Maintain an “A” rating for excellence from A.M. Best.
• Specialize in finding solutions to unusual and difficult bonding requests.
• Lobby legislators for stricter standards and increased safety measures.
• Support and participate in professional organizations throughout the country.

Most importantly, Accredited takes time every day to find ways to do their jobs better, to provide additional support to their many agents and to make our communities stronger. This opportunity is designed to make military veterans business owners and not merely employees.

According to Accredited, agents who have served in the military can often use their disciplined training for the good of the bail bond industry. Here’s what they have to say:

“The bail bond business is one that requires an individual to be self-governing and self-reliant because it isn’t necessarily a 9-to-5 job. The military provided an excellent training ground for this type of work in that you had to be an independent thinker and goal-oriented. You have to be objective and tell yourself to do the job in order to be successful in both fields.” — David Valentine

“When I became a bondsman, I took the moral and ethical responsibility that went with the job. The self-discipline and values I learned in the military helped me be successful as a bondsman. Being a bondsman helps me maintain the credibility of the courts while helping crime victims at the same time by ensuring that a defendant shows up for court. Both the military and the bail bond industry allow me to use my leadership qualities.” — Dave Mollison

At Accredited, when they say “Agents are Valued Partners,” they mean it. Highly skilled, trustworthy agents are the driving force behind Accredited. That’s why they go the extra mile to provide the tools and resources that agents need to be successful. From exclusive technology to legislative updates to stable backing, agents affiliated with Accredited have the means not only to do their job — but to do it well.

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