Zurich | November 12, 2021
Zurich American Insurance Company ("ZAIC"), a leading provider of insurance products and services to businesses in multiple industries, has signed an agreement to acquire Special Insurance Services, Inc. ("SIS"), a Texas-based program manager whose offerings include gap medical and occupational accident insurance products. The acquisition will expand ZAIC's supplemental health insurance solutions that help businesses and individuals better manage medical costs.
ZAIC's Accident and Health products for employers and other groups include voluntary benefits, travel insurance and assistance, gap medical, medical stop-loss, occupational accident and student accident insurance. The acquisition of SIS, which is expected to be completed in early 2022, will help expand ZAIC's ability to deliver solutions in gap medical, occupational accident and primary employer indemnity insurance.
"As medical costs continue to increase, employers are seeking solutions that enable migration to higher deductible major medical plans while ensuring healthcare affordability for workers. Gap medical is gaining popularity because it can help employees cover their deductibles and coinsurance, reducing out-of-pocket expenses. Through the acquisition of SIS, ZAIC can build our capacity to deliver high-quality supplemental health products like this — products that businesses and workers need, desire and deserve."
- David Fike, Head of Life, Accident and Health for ZAIC.
SIS has capabilities to develop, underwrite, distribute and administer specialty insurance products for small- and midsize employers. SIS has been managing programs since 1987 and today provides some level of administrative services to more than 5,000 employers and their employees, with annual premium of approximately $55 million.
"Zurich and SIS share a commitment to listening to the needs of the marketplace and putting customers first. That's one reason our talented team at SIS looks forward to joining the Zurich family and amplifying our positive impact. Together, we will help solve for some of the most pressing health challenges that businesses and individuals face today."
- SIS President Philip Rearick.
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. In North America, Zurich is one of the largest providers of insurance solutions and services to businesses and individuals. Customers are served through the individual member companies of Zurich, including Zurich American Insurance Company. Life insurance and disability coverage issued in the United States in all states except New York is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company. In New York, life insurance and disability coverage is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company of New York, a New York domestic life insurance company. For more information about the products and services Zurich offers and the people Zurich employs in the U.S. and Canada.
NFP | November 09, 2021
NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides business and personal insurance, group benefits, retirement, and individual solutions today announced its acquisition of Foster Park Brokers Inc. (Foster Park). The transaction closed on November 1, 2021.
With the addition of Foster Park, one of Western Canada's largest independent insurance brokerages, NFP is adhering to its strategic plan of building a unified national platform that provides superior expertise and advice to clients and reinforcing our people first culture for all employees. Foster Park has 135 employees in four offices (Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie, Alberta, and Langley, British Columbia) who provide expertise and solutions in commercial and individual P&C insurance, life and group benefits, private client services, and bonding and surety to clients across Western Canada.
Foster Park's highly respected and strong leadership team will play an active role in the integration and growth of the business, collaborating with NFP leaders across Canada to cultivate new client relationships and identify additional growth opportunities. Mark Wiens will serve as managing director of Commercial Lines for NFP in Canada's Western region, reporting to John Haas, president, NFP in Canada. Executive Partners Andre Charrois, Steven Whitehouse, Roger Roebuck, Denise Theberge, Hugh Watt, along with all other shareholders and employees of Foster Park will join NFP.
We are elated to join NFP and work with such a talented team of industry leaders. This transaction will bring immense value to our existing clients and future opportunities. Accessing new resources products, services, expertise will allow our staff to continue to be in a position of providing industry leading solutions and service. We're also looking forward to contributing to a culture that values people and proactively creates opportunities for them to grow and thrive.
- Mark Wiens
Sequeira Partners served as exclusive financial advisor, and DLA Piper (Canada) LLP and Bryan & Company LLP acted as legal counsel, to Foster Park and its affiliates. Dentons served as legal counsel to NFP.
NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant providing specialized business and personal insurance, group benefits, retirement and individual solutions through its licensed subsidiaries and affiliates. NFP enables client success through the expertise of over 800 employees based in Canada, more than 6,000 employees globally, investments in innovative technologies, and enduring relationships with highly rated insurers, vendors and financial institutions. NFP is the 5th largest benefits broker by global revenue (Business Insurance), 10th largest property and casualty agency (Insurance Journal) and 13th largest global insurance broker (Best's Review).
Snapsheet | August 27, 2021
Snapsheet, the pioneer of virtual appraisals and an emerging leader in cloud-native claims management software, today announced that NYCM Insurance, a leading personal lines insurance carrier serving customers in New York State, is tapping Snapsheet Payments software to enable digital payments for customers alongside its existing check option. In addition to digitizing payments, Snapsheet will also facilitate faster communication methods during the payments process, power automated workflows, and offer increased transparency into payment statuses. Further, Snapsheet is providing NYCM Insurance with access to a vendor network, enabling the carrier to electronically pay vendors, including third-party administrators, law firms, property contractors, and others.
NYCM Insurance prides itself on providing the outstanding service and security it was founded on more than 120 years ago in 1899. Snapsheet is dedicated to supporting the multi-line carrier as it embarks on its digital transformation journey.
"Our customers are our top priority, and we strive to do everything possible to make their experience as efficient, transparent, and easy as possible," said V. Daniel Robinson, President and CEO of NYCM Insurance. "By expanding our options for payment beyond the traditional check and enhancing our digital communication capabilities, we're able to provide our customers, employees, agents, and business partners a sense of control in an uncontrollable event."
Snapsheet Payments software seamlessly integrates with modern, legacy or multiple core systems with business line configurations to support multiple brands. The platform digitizes the payment experience for personal and commercial P&C to life, annuity, and disability insurance carriers to rideshare disruptors. The solution enables configurable workflows, built-in banking integrations and automated digital engagement capabilities and expedites digital disbursements for policy holders, vendors and third parties. In addition, the solution achieves greater payment status transparency and increased automation through financial integration within claims and treasury organizations, delivering greater consistency for everyone involved in the disbursements process.
"An established and trusted insurance carrier for more than 120 years, it's clear that NYCM Insurance values customer service and satisfaction," said Brad Weisberg, CEO and founder of Snapsheet. "Today, as customers have grown increasingly accustomed to the convenience and efficiency that comes with digital experiences, electronic payment options are a must-have. We are proud to pioneer the digital payments transformation for our clients across the globe, helping them better meet, and exceed, modern customer expectations."
Snapsheet transforms claims experiences for clients around the globe, from the world's largest insurance carriers such as Zurich, to insurtechs like Branch Insurance and Clearcover, to sharing economy disruptors like Outdoorsy and Getaround.
Snapsheet is the pioneer in virtual appraisals and a leader in cloud-native claims management software, enabling the most innovative claims organizations to deliver the best experiences for customers. With a focus on engagement, digitization, and intelligent automation, Snapsheet provides unmatched software and processes to improve customer experience, drive greater organizational agility, and deliver transformational benefits through its Snapsheet Cloud software suite and Appraisal Services offerings. Snapsheet leads the industry in claims innovation including the deployment of the fastest digital auto insurance claims process in the United States. As a trusted innovation partner, Snapsheet works with more than 125 clients, including many of the largest insurance carriers, third-party administrators, MGAs, insurtechs and sharing economy disruptors.
NYCM Insurance is a property and casualty insurance carrier that has been providing coverage to residents and businesses in New York since 1899. The company has grown tremendously over the last 120 years and is currently under the direction of founder VanNess Robinson's great grandson, V. Daniel Robinson II. Aside from the Edmeston headquarters, NYCM Insurance has three additional offices in Sherburne, Canajoharie and Orchard Park. With a team of over 850 employees, and a network of over 1,200 independent agents, NYCM Insurance is dedicated to providing superior service and a quality customer experience to their over 525,000 customers. Insurance lines include Home, Auto, Umbrella and Business. NYCM Insurance is rated A by A.M. Best Company.