Beazley launches cyber risk suite for international policyholders

Insurance Business America | October 23, 2019

Specialist insurer Beazley has announced the launch of a suite of cyber risk management services for international cyber policyholders. The resources are designed to help mitigate the risk of a cyber breach, and include pre-breach and risk management services selected and managed by Beazley’s in-house Beazley Breach Response (BBR) Services team. The cyber risk management suite includes: Unlimited access to Beazley’s risk management portal, beazleybreachsolutions.com. Unlimited access to online onboarding information. Personalized onboarding sessions available for policyholders who meet minimum premium thresholds. Onsite incident-response workshops for policyholders who meet minimum premium thresholds.

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Wildfire risk is complicated – and not just in terms of predicting, preparing for, and mitigating damage. Wildfires play a complex role in overall climate risk that insurers need to understand and to develop new strategies to address as the impacts of climate change continue to evolve.

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Wildfire risk is complicated – and not just in terms of predicting, preparing for, and mitigating damage. Wildfires play a complex role in overall climate risk that insurers need to understand and to develop new strategies to address as the impacts of climate change continue to evolve.

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Higginbotham Enters Missouri by Joining Forces with Connell Insurance

Connell Insurance and Higginbotham | December 06, 2022

Connell Insurance is the first agency in the state of Missouri to join Higginbotham, an insurance, financial and HR services firm ranked among the largest independent brokers in the U.S. Connell Insurance is one of the largest and fastest growing locally-owned property/casualty insurance and employee benefits brokers in southwest Missouri. The deal adds a 14th state to Higginbotham's footprint and gives Connell Insurance increased customer support that includes loss control, employee benefit plan services and human resources. Higginbotham is strategically growing to expand its reach and increase its service capability by selectively partnering with other independent agencies that have strong reputations in their local markets, a desire to keep growing by tapping into its single source solution and a strong cultural match. Connell Insurance has two Missouri offices in Branson and Springfield, with a combined 38 employees with immediate plans to hire more to accommodate growth. It's led by practicing insurance and employee benefits consultants Casey Chastain, Jay Hickman, Tom Jensen and Chase Marable. "We see Higginbotham as a larger version of our firm. We position ourselves as 'agents of change,' adapting to new market trends and evolving our model as the business environment changes. To be a long-term partner for our clients, change is essential, and joining Higginbotham is part of that strategy. The value-added services for our clients, the future growth opportunities for our firm and the ability to partner with a privately held organization that offers employee ownership are all welcome changes." -Connell Insurance's leadership, Jensen Higginbotham Chairman and CEO Rusty Reid said, We have offices in the states that border south Missouri, so we had our sight set on finding the right partner to help establish our presence there. Connell Insurance being one of the fastest-growing insurance agencies in the region is what prompted our interest, because obviously they're doing something right. The decision to cement our partnership was driven by their alignment with our people-first culture and forward-thinking attitude. Higginbotham gave the title of managing director to all four of Connell Insurance's leaders, and they will continue guiding their team. About Connell Insurance Connell Insurance is a property/casualty insurance and employee benefits brokerage firm that provides solutions that help companies and individuals manage risk. Established in 1970, Connell Insurance today is one of the largest locally-owned insurance brokers in southwest Missouri. It has concentrated experience in the public entity, manufacturing, transportation, social services, construction and hospitality sectors. About Higginbotham Employee owned and customer inspired, Higginbotham is a single source solution for insurance, financial and HR services. The firm was established in 1948 and ranks by revenue as the nation's 21st largest independent insurance firm. Serving thousands of businesses and individuals through locations coast-to-coast, Higginbotham's approach to finding insurance, employee benefit and risk management solutions is more individual and less institutional. By understanding customer priorities, eliminating inefficiencies and committing to transparency, Higginbotham is a place that leads with values so value leads.

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Specialty Program Group LLC Acquires the Assets of Catapult Insurance Solutions, LLC

Specialty Program Group and Catapult Insurance Solutions | November 03, 2022

Specialty Program Group LLC (SPG), a leading operator of specialty insurance brokerages and underwriting facilities, announced today the acquisition of the assets of Catapult Insurance Solutions. Catapult is a privately held managing general insurance agency and wholesale brokerage for niche industries and hard-to-place risks. Led by President Tim Sunderman, Catapult's largest delegated authority program is dedicated to providing residential homebuilders, commercial general contractors and trade contractors with best-in-class products and services, including general liability, umbrella, builder's risk, contractor's equipment and workers' compensation. In addition, Catapult is a Lloyds Coverholder and also provides solutions for hard-to-place risks for coastal and other high hazard property, specialty trade contractor GL, deductible buy downs, commercial DIC (EQ & Flood), and contractor's equipment. Catapult's infrastructure is designed for program incubation and development. "Tim and his team have implemented a targeted growth strategy and innovative technology platform that have enabled them to become an extremely successful and growing niche player, Their deep expertise in the construction space will expand SPG's offerings and accelerate our growth in this growing industry." -SPG President & CEO Christopher Treanor We are extremely excited to join the SPG team. Our firms share in the entrepreneurial spirit that has made the specialty distribution space so dynamic and appealing, Their operating philosophy allows for significant autonomy, which was very important as we selected a business partner. The resources and market presence SPG offers will allow us to build upon our capabilities in the niche segments we represent, expand our geographical footprint and ultimately benefit our current and future distribution partners through enhanced products and service. We are encouraged by what we can build together,said Tim Sunderman, President of Catapult. About Specialty Program Group Headquartered in Summit, NJ, Specialty Program Group is a fully licensed holding company established to acquire and scale best-in-class insurance underwriting facilities and specialty businesses throughout North America. SPG has a vast portfolio of specialty companies and is over two billion in premium. About Catapult Insurance Solutions Founded in 2007, Catapult Insurance Solutions, LLC is a privately held managing general agency, wholesale brokerage and Lloyd's Coverholder that currently underwrites and administers premium in excess of $50 million through niche programs. Catapult's products are distributed through a group of select agents and brokers throughout the U.S.

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PCF Insurance Services Expands F&I with Acquisition of Direct Dealer Services in Illinois

PCF Insurance Services | December 08, 2022

PCF Insurance Services (PCF), a top 20 U.S. insurance brokerage firm, has acquired Direct Dealer Services (DDS), an automotive finance and insurance (F&I) firm providing industry-leading technologies, products, solutions and training. DDS offers national automotive dealers, agents, and lender partners innovative F&I programs that promote employee confidence, fewer regulatory risks, and improved customer sales and satisfaction. "Direct Dealer Services has a strong foothold in a unique market, The experience and knowledge that DDS brings will help position PCF as a leader in the F&I space and continue our geographical expansion of these product offerings." -Peter C. Foy, Chairman, Founder and CEO of PCF Insurance PCF Insurance has enhanced market access to national and regional carriers, providing value for its Agency Partners through a full spectrum of insurance and risk management solutions and program capabilities. Through collaboration, Agency Partners can focus on what they do best, knowing there is a support network of skilled professionals bringing forth industry knowledge and experience to provide world-class benefits design, insurance and risk management services. We are extremely pleased to become an Agency Partner of PCF Insurance Services, We look forward to continuing working with our customers while bringing substantial new resources, exciting new products, and an unmatched level of service,said Pat Kane, Principal of Direct Dealer Services. About Direct Dealer Services Headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Direct Dealer Services, Inc. (DDS) was founded in 1992 to help dealers, agents, and lender partners across the U.S. realize their maximum profit potential by providing industry-leading technologies, products, solutions and training. Every product in its portfolio complies with applicable regulatory requirements, and all are underwritten by insurance carriers rated "A-" (Excellent) or better by A.M. Best. About PCF Insurance Services A top 20 U.S. broker headquartered in Lehi, Utah, PCF Insurance Services is a leading full-service consultant and insurance brokerage firm offering a broad array of commercial, life and health, employee benefits and workers' compensation solutions. Propelled by its people, PCF Insurance's agency-centric operating model and entrepreneurial environment support its tremendous growth profile, offering partners alignment through equity ownership, significant leadership incentives, and resources to over 3,100 employees throughout the U.S. Ranked #20 on Business Insurance's 2022 Top 100 Brokers and #13 on Insurance Journal's 2022 Top Property/Casualty Agencies, PCF Insurance is a notable leader in the insurance space.

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