Patton Insurance Benefits formally known as Associations Marketing Group, Inc., in West Des Moines, Iowa. was founded by Jesse and Laura Patton in 1988, a team specializing in group and individual health insurance benefits.
Jesse and Laura worked side by side for 32 years until Jesse's sudden passing in August of 2020. The couple built an insurance brokerage that worked in 42 states prior to the Affordable Care Act. Jesse's passion was working on insurance legislations at both the federal and state levels. He also loved educating his fellow insurance agents across the country.
As a family owned and operated business, the couple's sons grow up in and around the insurance industry. They both started traveling with Jesse to appointments at the age of two. Which has led to both sons (Lee & Allen) becoming brokers inside the agency.
Our primary focus is assisting our clients against financial losses due to a sickness or injury. Insuring they have the best health care coverage wherever it is for their employees, themselves or other family members. AMGI further assists our clients by helping them when needed, with claims, policy issues, renewal processing, compliance with federal and state laws, ancillary insurance products, and more! Providing solutions and expertise in healthcare coverage and employee benefits for our clients.
Jesse and Laura Patton Founded Associations Marketing Group in 1988, now know as Patton Insurance Benefits
Jesse was born October 18, 1958 in Newton, IA to Lela (Dickerson) and Robert Patton. He graduated from Newton High School and then attended DMACC to become an EMT- Emergency Medicine Technician.
Jesse has worked in the insurance industry since 1981. He was the youngest member inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame and received the Legacy Award from IAHU. He received multiple awards from the insurance industry including State and National Distinguished Service Awards from the IAHU and National Association of Health Underwriters. Jesse had the honor of working alongside President George W. Bush in a press conference regarding affordable health care in Bethesda, MD in 2005. His legacy lives on in the business he created as his wife, and two sons all continue to work at the health insurance agency.
Jesse had a kidney transplant 24 years ago which taught him to enjoy life. He had a great sense of humor and could be quite the prankster. He enjoyed being a father watching his sons grow up and to become responsible husbands and fathers themselves. His joy came from his four granddaughters whom he enjoyed showering with toys and stuffed animals.