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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DETROIT, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — WestCongress Insurance Holdings LLC, the parent company of WestCongress Insurance Services, a specialty insurance producer, and WestCongress Risk Services LLC, a claims administrator, today announced the appointment of Steven H. Kerr as its President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Kerr’s background in the insurance marketplace spans more than 30 years, primarily with Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. Most recently Mr. Kerr served Marsh’s Managing Director and Global Engagement Partner where he led Marsh’s largest global clients in a strategic risk consulting capacity.  Mr. Kerr also has extensive experience in wholesale and retail distribution and has led teams of producers in driving revenue growth, including serving as Marsh’s Chicago Office Head, as Growth Leader – Americas, and as CEO of Seabury and Smith, Marsh’s consumer and commercial products group.

“We are pleased to welcome Steve to the team. He is the right leader for WestCongress at this stage in our development,” Richard H. Smith, chairman of WestCongress stated. “His extensive background in specialty insurance and with excess and surplus lines distribution channels will help WestCongress strengthen its distribution relationships and expand its product offerings.”    

Mr. Kerr commented, “The WestCongress leadership team has built an excellent operation with a strong reputation in the wholesale broker community. I am pleased to join a company positioned for growth and am eager to be a part of taking WestCongress to the next level. We will be looking for every opportunity to streamline the current operation, expand product offerings, develop existing broker relationships and find new distribution channels.”

About WestCongress

WestCongress Insurance Services LLC is a specialty, surplus and excess lines insurance producer based in Detroit, Michigan. WestCongress offers primary and excess general liability insurance solutions throughout the United States for targeted

BOSTON, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Boston Insurance Brokerage LLC (“BIB”) has announced the promotion of Casie Treen to Vice President, Finance & Administration.

Casie Treen, VP Finance & Administration, Boston Insurance Brokerage LLC
Casie Treen, VP Finance & Administration, Boston Insurance Brokerage LLC

Treen has been a member of the Boston Insurance Brokerage team since 2011. She joined BIB as an Intern while pursuing a degree in Finance at Simmons University and most recently held the position of Controller.

“I am excited to announce the promotion of Casie Treen to Vice President, Finance & Administration,” said Keith Driscoll, Boston Insurance Brokerage’s CEO. “Casie is a tireless worker. Her honesty, diligence and attention to detail will be invaluable to shape and guide our organization forward.”

“After spending the majority of the last decade at Boston Insurance Brokerage, I am looking forward to stepping into this role, taking on new challenges and working together with Keith and the leadership team to ensure the success of the company for the next decade to come,” said Treen.

Treen brings with her a wealth of experience to the new position and a thorough understanding of the company. Since starting as an intern, she has held positions in Administration/Operations along with Finance. She earned her Masters in Accounting from Suffolk University and is currently pursuing a CPA.

Boston Insurance Brokerage is a wholesale brokerage that offers commercial insurance products. Its product portfolio includes property, casualty, environmental, umbrella, executive and professional, workers comp and risk management products and services. The firm has markets and expertise in healthcare liability, construction, manufacturing, habitational, professional liability, aviation product liability and financial services coverage.

CONTACT: Brian Kehoe, 609-375-1134, [email protected]

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Deer Insurance Agency, LLC of Jacksonville, Florida and its founder and agency principal Ariel Rivera have received the 2020 Excellence in Social Media Award from the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National). The award was presented on September 23, 2020 during the annual fall meeting of the PIA National Board of Directors.

Deer Insurance Agency, LLC uses social media as its #1 way of generating leads, communicating with customers, and providing them with valuable information while promoting the agency’s brand. “For me, social media has played a vital role in the growth and development of my agencies,” said Ariel Rivera, founder and agency principal. “There is so much good we can do through social media and if we integrate those platforms as part of our communications, our agencies will always have the potential of growth and scale.

“I encourage every independent insurance agency to not be afraid of engaging in social media,” Rivera said. “Get out there and post. Add value to your agency and provide important, accurate information to your customers. Stay true to yourself and your message, and don’t be afraid to guide your clients to this wonderful and interesting journey of insurance.”

The PIA National Excellence in Social Media Award is sponsored again this year by the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR), a leader in insurance technology. NIPR provides cost–effective, streamlined and uniform licensing data and compliance services for insurance professionals nationwide.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA’s web address is www.pianet.com.

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LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s long-awaited oil reform bill would take steps to privatise the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), amend changes to deepwater royalties made late last year and create new regulatory bodies, a copy of the bill seen by Reuters showed.

FILE PHOTO: Cars queue to buy petrol at the NNPC Mega petrol station in Abuja, Nigeria March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the bill to the Senate, Senate President Ahmad Lawan confirmed late on Monday. It, along with the House of Representatives, must sign off on the bill before it can become law. Nigeria is Africa’s largest crude exporter.

Lawan said the communication from Buhari would be officially presented in the two chambers on Tuesday, and that they aimed to pass the bill “as quickly as possible.”

The legislation has been in the works for 20 years and looks to revise laws governing Nigeria’s oil and gas exploration not fully updated since the 1960s because of the contentious nature of any change to oil taxes, terms and revenue-sharing.

It proposes creating a limited liability corporation into which the ministers of finance and petroleum would transfer NNPC assets.

The government would then pay cash for shares of the company and it would operate as a commercial entity without access to state funds.

The changes could make it easier for the struggling company to raise funds. However the bill does not require government to sell shares in the company and, unlike previous reform proposals, does not set a deadline for privitisation to be completed.

The legislation would also amend controversial changes to deep offshore royalties made late last year by cutting the royalty that companies pay the government for offshore fields producing less than 15,000 barrels per day to 7.5% from 10%.

It would change a