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Bamboo Insurance Acquires Assets of First American Property and Casualty Insurance Agency

Bamboo Insurance | June 18, 2021

Bamboo Insurance, an insurance company, focused on transparency, customer advocacy, and a frictionless experience, has purchased certain assets from parent company First American Financial Corporation, a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services, and risk solutions for real estate transactions. In October 2020, First American announced its intention to quit the property and casualty business and focus on its core business.

Over $22 million in premium was purchased in personal and commercial policies underwritten by prominent third-party carriers. As part of the Bamboo team, FAPCIA's staff will continue to deliver exceptional service to policyholders.

Bamboo Insurance has long provided flexible and transparent insurance alternatives in California, including homeowners, dwelling fire, and auxiliary products. Beginning today, Bamboo's new agency business will be able to satisfy the requirements of its clients across the country by offering auto, renters, condominium, commercial lines, and a variety of other insurance coverages in addition to its existing products.

With the addition of an agency of this caliber, Bamboo Insurance will grow faster and further in the insurance value chain.

About Bamboo Insurance
Bamboo Insurance, founded by insurance industry veterans, is a fast-growing insurtech firm that offers commercial and personal line products.

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By far the most common and well-known type of insurance, Workers’ Compensation Insurance, usually referred to as “Workers’ Comp”, is required by US law. While the required amount, enforcement, and penalties vary from state to state, all the laws paint the same picture: as employers, you are liable for the injuries sustained by your workers at your workplace. Workers’ Compensation Insurance is much like owning car insurance: just is you’re liable for the damage that your car causes, you have liability as the operator of a business for the injuries sustained by your employees in the line of their work for you.

Spotlight

By far the most common and well-known type of insurance, Workers’ Compensation Insurance, usually referred to as “Workers’ Comp”, is required by US law. While the required amount, enforcement, and penalties vary from state to state, all the laws paint the same picture: as employers, you are liable for the injuries sustained by your workers at your workplace. Workers’ Compensation Insurance is much like owning car insurance: just is you’re liable for the damage that your car causes, you have liability as the operator of a business for the injuries sustained by your employees in the line of their work for you.

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Alliant Insurance Services Acquires FutureSense, Expands Consulting Capabilities

Alliant Insurance Services | November 04, 2022

Alliant Insurance Services has acquired FutureSense, a national provider of people-focused HR, compensation, and organizational development services. The move expands Alliant’s consulting capabilities across a breadth of geographies and industry categories within its Employee Benefits Group. “FutureSense has earned a reputation as a national leader in management consulting through its focus on putting people first, They have a diverse team of expert consultants who excel at delivering strategies and solutions that improve business performance and help employees thrive.” -Kevin Overbey, President, Alliant Employee Benefits Founded in 1995, FutureSense has emerged as an innovative force in HR, compensation, and organizational development consulting through the deployment of multifaceted strategies that focus on helping companies grow and seeing people succeed. The firm has a national reach and is active across a broad cross-section of industries with a large presence in the healthcare and high-tech sectors. FutureSense has always taken a holistic and strategic approach to working with our clients. While focusing on people, we strive to deeply understand the ‘business of the business’ and the resultant strategic, tactical, and transactional needs of our clients, By aligning with Alliant, we gain access to a robust set of competencies that will expand our reach and provide powerful new tools and resources to our existing clients,said Jim Finkelstein, Founder, President and CEO of FutureSense. Additionally, FutureSense has been a virtual company since its founding, giving its team unparalleled insight into the virtual workplace as more organizations embrace remote work. We understand the remote worker because we have been remote for our entire existence, said Finkelstein. FutureSense and its national team of consultants will join the Alliant family of companies and will continue operating under its current name and brand. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. About Alliant Insurance Services Alliant Insurance Services is one of the nation’s leading distributors of diversified insurance products and services. We operate through a network of specialized national platforms and local offices to offer our clients a comprehensive portfolio of solutions built on innovative thinking and personal service. The business of managing risk is getting more complex, and Alliant is meeting this complexity head-on, not with more layers of management, but with more creativity and agility. Alliant is changing the way our clients approach risk management and benefits, so they can capitalize on new opportunities to grow and protect their organizations.

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Verisk launches EV Database for UK and Irish motor insurance markets

Verisk | October 17, 2022

The number of electric vehicles sold in the UK and Ireland continues to rise. The risk profile of cars on the road is changing, making access to technical electric vehicle data critical for insurers and brokers. To help support strategic underwriting and pricing decision making, Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK), a leading global data analytics provider, announced the launch of its Electric Vehicle Database for the UK and Ireland. Verisk’s Electric Vehicle Database is a proprietary, technical dataset for all new and existing models of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The Database provides insurers, brokers, and MGAs with a pivotal advantage in the electric vehicle space, with access to over 175 technical attributes. These attributes include an EV’s battery, efficiency, and performance, as well as information on each vehicle’s acceleration, top speed, range of a single charge in different conditions, battery capacity, charger location and warranty period. “We’ve entered the electric motor age, and Verisk is uniquely equipped to help insurers to create new rating attributes for prediction of risk associated with EVs, Verisk is working with its customers to bring new datasets and services that help them to continue to make well-informed decisions as technologies and regulations change.” -Jonathan Guard, commercial director, Ireland, Verisk All of the electric vehicle datasets are available via batch append services or through Verisk’s Data Insight Hub, a continuously expanding source of insurance data and analytics accessible at any part of the customer journey, including the point of quote. Verisk is a leading provider of motor vehicle data and services to insurers, MGAs and brokers in the UK and Irish market. Such services include matching vehicle registrations to rating code groups, claims alerts, technical data and new datasets such as windscreen data. The Verisk Data Insights Hub provides these datasets and services, including the Electric Vehicle Database in a fast automated API service that meets the needs of the market’s point of quote services. About Verisk Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data-driven analytic insights and solutions for the insurance and energy industries. Through advanced data analytics, software, scientific research and deep industry knowledge, Verisk empowers customers to strengthen operating efficiency, improve underwriting and claims outcomes, combat fraud and make informed decisions about global issues, including climate change and extreme events as well as political and ESG topics. With offices in more than 30 countries, Verisk consistently earns certification by Great Place to Work and fosters an inclusive culture where all team members feel they belong.

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Hourly.io Announces MGA Collaboration with Great American Insurance Group

Hourly.io | November 14, 2022

Hourly.io, a fast-growing workers' comp and payroll startup, announced today that it is expanding its reach through its collaboration with Cincinnati-based Great American Insurance Group. In this expanded collaboration, Hourly will serve as a Managing General Agent (MGA), leveraging its underwriting expertise and unique workers' compensation and payroll technology with Great American's well-established reputation. Established in 2018, Hourly offers a full-service platform that connects workers' comp, time tracking, and payroll in real-time for small and medium-sized business owners with hourly workers, an innovation that ensures premiums are calculated accurately using real-time data analytics. Hourly is the only company in the industry to bridge the gap between workers' comp, payroll, and time and attendance. "Collaborating with Great American Insurance Group was the clear choice when deciding how we will expand and develop new business in our next phase of growth, Great American is the perfect match for Hourly's next stage of evolution. We're excited to align with them and help small businesses gain better insights into their exact labor costs and provide them with better tools to manage those costs, including workers' comp premiums." -Hourly Co-founder and CEO Tom Sagi As a longstanding player in the insurance industry, Great American Insurance Group's roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. The company provides insurance products and services aimed primarily at the property and casualty insurance markets and focuses on specialty commercial products for businesses. The relationship will bring together Hourly's leading-edge technology and Great American's established credibility to better meet the needs of more clients. We're excited to build on our collaboration with Hourly, Both Hourly and Great American Insurance Group share the same commitment to helping these businesses protect their employees. We are impressed with the cutting-edge technology Hourly will bring to Great American and the team's first-rate underwriting abilities,said Richard Suter, Divisional President, Great American Alternative Markets. In October 2022, Hourly announced that it expanded its $27M Series A to $32M. The Series A was led by Glilot Capital Partners with participation from S Capital, Vintage Investment Partners, J-Ventures, Upshot Ventures, MS&AD, and Sienna VC. Teh Chen, Hourly's Chief Revenue Officer said, The workers' comp industry is ripe for innovation and disruption—and I'm excited to leverage technology to simplify workers' comp for employers, help prevent injuries for employees, and outperform the market. Our expanded collaboration with Great American are big steps in making insurance more accessible and affordable for businesses across the country. About Hourly.io Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Hourly.io is an insurtech startup offering workers' comp insurance and full-service payroll for small and medium businesses with hourly workers. Powered by real-time data, Hourly's platform ensures running payroll is as quick as pressing a button and that you get accurate workers' comp premiums down to the penny. About Great American Insurance Group Great American Insurance Group's roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses. Great American Insurance Company has received an "A" (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for more than 110 years (most recent rating evaluation of "A+" (Superior) affirmed December 3, 2021). The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG's common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG. Policies are underwritten by Great American Insurance Company, Great American Alliance Insurance Company, Great American Assurance Company and Great American Insurance Company of New York, authorized insurers in all 50 states and the DC., 301 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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