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Scotch Plains Allstate Agent Nelson Espeland Honored at Homefirst Evening of Thanks

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Homefirst Board Member Karen Oliver Moore (left) presents Allstate Exclusive Agent Nelson Espeland from Scotch Plains with the 2016 Homefirst Hero Award. Credits: Homefirst
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Allstate Exclusive Agent Nelson Espeland (left) and Allstate New Jersey President John Kane arrive at the Homefirst Evening of Thanks and 30th Anniversary Celebration. Credits: Homefirst
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Lilly, Chloe, and Sean Espeland with Will Fern, 2011 International Champion of Strolling Magic, at the Evening of Thanks to honor their dad, Nelson (not pictured). Credits: Homefirst
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Homefirst Executive Director Debbie-Ann Anderson (right) presents Allstate New Jersey President John Kane with the 2016 Corporate Champion Award. Credits: Homefirst
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Allstate exclusive agent Nelson C. Espeland of Scotch Plains was recently presented with the Homefirst Hero Award at the Homefirst Evening of Thanks Awards Dinner and 30th Anniversary Celebration in Kenilworth. In addition, Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company was awarded as the "2016 Corporate Champion," donating more than $106,000 in support of Homefirst’s mission to provide permanent solutions to Central Jersey’s homeless.

“I applaud our 2016 Homefirst Heroes and am deeply grateful for their financial donations and the time and talent they contribute to our mission,” said Debbie-Ann Anderson, Homefirst executive director. “We couldn’t do the work that we do without their support and that of our many other donors. This dinner is an expression of our appreciation and a way to recognize all that our supporters do for us and our clients.”

“I love seeing the joy on the faces of the children when they find they’re going to move into their own home. There is no greater reward than to be a part of something that enables families to go from homelessness to hopefulness," said Nelson Espeland, who served as a member of the Homefirst Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2015. "I am honored to be chosen as a Homefirst Hero. I’m also proud to be a part of Allstate, which is also being recognized as a Corporate Champion this year.”

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Espeland is an exclusive Allstate insurance agent based in Scotch Plains. He has 15 years of experience as an insurance agent and is licensed to write Allstate auto, home, life, health, and annuities insurance policies in New Jersey. Since assuming the agency owner position at the Scotch Plains office in 2000, his responsibilities have expanded to include human resources tasks, management of all marketing decisions as well as overall strategic planning for the development of the business. As times have changed, he has developed new skills to stay current with the evolving business climate, including the use of social media marketing, developing strategies to combat new competitors, and the increasing emphasis of financial services products in the insurance industry.

Espeland's other professional and community service activities and awards include: Summit YMCA, Board of Advisors; Habitat for Humanity, Board of Trustees; Allstate N.J. Business Advisory Board, NJ, 2002-07; Scotch Plains & Fanwood Business Associations, NJ (2009 Business of the Year Award); Someone Special Needs You, Board of Trustees; and the State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Citation of Commendations and Praise Award, 2009.

“We believe everyone deserves a good life,” said Allstate New Jersey President John Kane in accepting the 2016 Corporate Champion award. "That’s why Allstate New Jersey is a proud supporter of Homefirst. We applaud their efforts and success in delivering housing, homeless prevention assistance and support services to deserving families."

"By partnering with Homefirst, Allstate agents, financial specialists and employees can help fulfill our commitment to helping make communities stronger, lives safer and futures brighter," Kane continued. "Allstate agents like Nelson Espeland are out there every day making a difference in the community. We are all honored to be recognized by Homefirst.”

Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®,” Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation and the corporation provided more than $240,000 in 2015 to local nonprofit organizations across New Jersey.

Homefirst delivers comprehensive solutions to homelessness by providing transitional and permanent housing, homeless prevention assistance, and social services to strengthen families and build communities. The agency serves more than 3,000 individuals and families annually, and is focused on building strong communities – one family at a time. For more information visit www.homefirstinc.org or call Homefirst at 908-753-4001 ext. 117.

Editor's Note: The Espeland Group (Allstate Insurance) is an advertiser of TAPintoSPF. To learn more about advertising, contact jmooney@tapinto.net.

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