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Former HS resident appoint to area VP

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Preston Ray Love Jr. has been appointed vice president of agency sales of the Western Market Area for State Farm Insurance Co.

Preston began his State Farm career in 1995 as a claim representative in Hot Springs, Ark. His background includes leadership roles in auto claims, auto and fire underwriting, and human resources.

In 2006, Preston became a State Farm agent in Carrollton, Texas. During his time as an agent, he qualified for Legion of Honor, Ambassador Club, SVP Club each year, Ambassador Club each year, SVP Club each year, and ranked 29th in the Country for "New Agent Top 100."

In 2008, he became an agency field consultant in Dallas, Texas. Two years later, he was promoted to agency field executive in Bakersfield, Calif., and became the sales leader for the Bakersfield territory in 2013. As a sales leader, Preston successfully led his team to be one of the top territories in the Western Market Area.

In 2015, Preston joined the Leadership Executive Development Associate program at corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Ill. In his role as a LEDA, he was involved in several projects, some of which include: General Business Development, Sales Practices Philosophy & Principles, Field Support and Training, Simple Conversation Realization, and State Farm Bank.

Preston received his bachelor's degree in business finance from the University of Central Arkansas. He earned his Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Leadership Fellow designations from The American College. He is a member of GAMA International, NAIFA, CASA and several community organizations.

Preston is married and he and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Preston Ray Love III and Paris Raye Love. He is a graduate of Hot Springs High School class of 1990 and is the son of Pastor Douglas E. Jones and Gladys M. Jones, and son-in-law of Melvin and Patricia Moore.

Business on 02/05/2018

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