RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Hilb Group, LLC (“THG”) announced today that it has acquired Maryland-based Insurance Solutions (“ISI”). The transaction became effective on October 1, 2020.

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Founded in 1989, ISI is a full-service employee benefits agency with expertise in group health & dental, life & disability, and other employer sponsored benefits.  As a part of the transaction, the Insurance Solutions leadership team of Brian Goff, Pam Nickerson and Jennifer Shipp, and their associates will join THG’s Mid-Atlantic operations and continue to work out of their existing location in Annapolis, Maryland.

“We are excited to bring our expertise in employee benefits to THG,” said Brian Goff. “We are looking forward to being part of THG and the opportunities to further serve our clients with the insurance solutions we provide.”

“We are pleased to welcome Brian, Pam, Jenn, and their associates to the THG Mid-Atlantic team,” said Ricky Spiro, THG CEO. “The ISI team offers skill and knowledge in our expanding employee benefits platform.”

About THG: THG is a leading middle market insurance agency headquartered in Richmond, Virginia and is a portfolio company of global investment firm, The Carlyle Group. THG seeks to grow through targeted acquisitions in the middle market insurance brokerage space. The company now has over 90 offices in 20 states. Please visit our website at: https://hilbgroup.com.

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Ally Barbour
804-533-0191
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Ryan Havermann
804-414-6508
rhavermann@hilbgroup.com

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ICM Partners continued its European expansion with the purchase of London-based sports agency Stellar Group, the biggest acquisition in the 45-year history of the Hollywood talent agency.

Stellar, which ranked fourth last year in Forbes’ annual look at the world’s most powerful sports agencies, represents more than 800 athletes—mostly in soccer but also in track & field, cricket, rugby and the NFL—and manages current contracts totaling almost $3 billion, according to ICM.

“The world is becoming so interconnected and horizontal. The walls are all down with everything. It’s about evaluating talent and what kind of impact you can have with that talent,” says ICM CEO Chris Silbermann, who declined to disclose the price of the Stellar deal. “We feel we can apply a lot of the expertise we employ with celebrities and talent to athletes now as well. There is a natural fit.”

ICM is the smallest of the big four entertainment agencies, which also include WME, UTA and CAA. The Stellar deal heightens the competition with CAA, which launched its industry-leading sports practice 15 years ago. ICM represents stars Ellen DeGeneres, Beyoncé, Samuel L Jackson, J Cole and Khalid, as well as content creators Spike Lee, Shonda Rhimes and Vince Gilligan. With Stellar, it adds global soccer icon Gareth Bale and rising stars Saúl Ñíguez and Mason Mount to the mix.

Silbermann says they will be the foundation of a “multi-faceted” sports business that will be branded ICM Stellar Sports and will eventually include basketball, golf and tennis in the U.S., sports that are currently dominated by

Agency Becomes Inszone’s Tenth Acquisition in California

Inszone Insurance Services, a rapidly growing national provider of personal and commercial lines insurance, announced today the acquisition of McDowall and Keeney Insurance Associates.

McDowall and Keeney Insurance Associates is a multi-generational agency that has provided service to residents and businesses in the Sacramento area since the 1920’s. Initially two separate agencies, Keeney Insurance Agency and McDowall Insurance Agency merged in 1993 to form McDowall and Keeney Insurance Associates. Having been continuously owned and operated by the McDowall and Keeney families through decades, Inszone will continue to build and provide the top-notch service current customers have grown accustomed to. Following the transition, McDowall and Keeney employees will continue operating out of Inszone’s Rancho Cordova location in Sacramento, with both previous owners Steve Keeney and John McDowall on board.

“The acquisition of McDowall and Keeney Insurance Associates is an important one for us, Inszone was founded and grew out of the Sacramento area, so it is a big step in not only growing our footprint in California but also in our home in Sacramento,” said Norm Hudson, CEO of Inszone Insurance. “We are aware of the rich history that this acquisition has, and we hope to provide all of the existing customers with an expanded coverage offering, access to improved technology and best in class customer service.”

Inszone Insurance is expected to announce a number of important acquisitions in the upcoming months as it continues to build its national presence.

About Inszone:

Established in 2002 Inszone Insurance Services is a leading privately held Insurance agency based in Sacramento California, focused on Personal and Commercial Insurance for both small and large businesses. With a strong and experienced management team, Inszone continues to grow organically as well as through acquisitions. Over the past 2 years Inszone

Westland Insurance Group Ltd. announced it has acquired two brokers, based in Alberta, Canada, effective October 1, 2020.

Ironside Insurance Brokers is a family-owned brokerage located in Carstairs, Alberta. Its professional insurance advisors are experts in residential, auto, life, travel, recreation, farm and commercial insurance services.

G&E Insurance has been providing insurance products to Picture Butte, Alberta, and its surrounding area for over 35 years. Their professional advisors provide residential, auto, travel, recreation, farm and commercial insurance services.

Westland’s new retail offices support the company’s expansion strategy to serve more communities in Alberta and across Canada.

With these acquisitions, Westland will be adding two branches and 19 employees in Alberta. Post-acquisition, Westland will have over 1500 employees and 131 offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

About Westland Insurance Group

Westland Insurance Group is a property & casualty insurance brokerage established in 1980 in Ladner, British Columbia. The company is one of Canada’s largest independent P&C insurance distributors with over 130 offices throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Westland specializes in home, business, farm and auto insurance.

Source: Westland Insurance Group

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G&G Independent Insurance (G&G) in Fayetteville, Ark., has acquired the Little Rock-based agency, Arkansas Insurance Advisors (AIA).

The transaction became effective on Sept. 25, 2020.

Founded in 2015, AIA is an independent insurance agency that focuses on ensuring clients have the proper insurance coverage at a competitive price in Central Arkansas. As a part of the transaction, AIA’s employees will join G&G’s operations and continue to work out of their existing location in Little Rock.

G&G Independent Insurance is a full service independent insurance agency located in Fayetteville, Ark. G&G was founded, and is operated, with a commitment to providing clients the best possible protection, at the most affordable price. G&G offers a wide variety of coverage including auto insurance, home insurance, motorcycle insurance, flood insurance, life insurance, commercial insurance and more.

Source: G&G Independent Insurance

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