For Immediate Release

Allstate’s Speegle Nets Rotary Vocational Honor

Hilo, Hawaii—February 27, 2014—Kris Speegle, owner of Allstate Insurance Agency in Hilo, has been awarded the Rotary International Vocational Service Leadership Award for his work in advancing ethical business practices, collaboration and community service.

Speegle, a member of the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay (RCHB), was presented the award earlier this month by Rotary District Governor Phil Sammer.  Besides his service in Rotary, Speegle helped found and is the president-elect of the Big Island Referral Network.  The network is a referral-based vocational organization, which was built on Rotary values of community service.

Speegle, who served in the military in Kosovo and Macadonia, returned to Hawaii and joined Allstate in 2012.  He mentors his three full-time employees to develop goals and skills and to participate in community service.

Speegle worked through Allstate Insurance to help fund the Hilo Goodwill Industries with improvements. Speegle obtained a $4,500 grant from Allstate, which the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay matched with a $5,000 grant and he got an additional $1,000 from an Allstate counterpart.

Speegle also organized other Rotarians to speak to the St. Joseph High School Interact Club on vocational service.  Interact is a secondary school program built on Rotary values.

“Kris Speegle is a shining light for the future of Rotary and our community,” said Cedric Mitsui, president of RCHB.  “We are grateful that he was introduced to our club by Preston Barnes III, one of club’s charter members.”

RCHB was founded in 1988 and averages 50 members.  The group meets for breakfast on Wednesday mornings for fellowship and community speakers.  For more information, visit


Kris Speegle, center, was awarded the Rotary’s Vocational Service Leadership award.  He is flanked by his sponsor, Preston Barnes  III and District Gov. Phil Sammer.