World Insurance Associates LLC | September 28, 2022
World Insurance Associates LLC (WIA), a Top 50 Insurance Brokerage, announced today that it acquired Cotten Coverage Insurance Agency (“Cotten Coverage”) of Farmingville, NY on September 1, 2022. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Cotten Coverage provides property & casualty personal lines products and services, as well as commercial lines products and services to customers on Long Island. The agency was founded in 1991 by Bob Cotten and his wife Karen. Bob started in the business as an associate actuary with Allstate on Long Island in 1984.
“We know our clients and we know insurance, so our clients have the peace of mind that comes with knowing their insurance agency can help them regardless of how big, small, unique, or specific their insurance needs are, We take great pride in the quality of service we provide for our customers, and we look forward to continuing to do so as part of WIA.”
-Bob Cotten, Owner, Cotten Coverage insurance Agency
On behalf of everyone at WIA, I’d like to welcome Cotten Coverage to the World family, Cotten Coverage is a successful agency—voted “Best Insurance Agency on Long Island" for 10 years—and I know they will continue providing their clients the excellent service they have come to expect,says Rich Eknoian, CEO and Co-Founder of WIA.
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla provided legal counsel to WIA, and Fortrust Diligence advised them on the transaction. APEX Consulting, Inc. provided legal counsel to Cotten Coverage, and Agency Brokerage Consultants advised them on the transaction. No other advisors, diligence firms or legal counsel were disclosed.
About World Insurance Associates LLC
World Insurance Associates LLC (World) is headquartered in Iselin, N.J., and is a nationally ranked, full-service insurance organization providing individuals and businesses with top products and services across personal and commercial insurance, employee and executive benefits, retirement and financial services and human capital management solutions. Since its founding in 2011, World has completed 160 acquisitions and serves its customers from more than 250 offices across the United States. World is ranked #34 on the 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business list by Business Insurance, ranked #2 on the Fastest Growing Brokers list by Business Insurance and is a Top-50 ranked personal lines agency by Insurance Journal.
First American | August 29, 2022
First American Title Insurance Company, a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services and the largest subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation, today announced the launch of its PRISM™ digital platform, which combines automation and marketing tools, allowing First American policy-issuing title agents to offer valuable products and services directly to their customers via any computer or mobile device at any time. In a transitioning market, title agents are looking for easy-to-implement, cost-effective digital platforms and tools that increase efficiency, strengthen customer engagement and enhance the real estate transaction experience.
“Our PRISM platform is another example of First American’s leadership of the digital transformation of title and settlement, By leveraging innovative digital technology and the company’s industry-leading public records data, the PRISM platform delivers a more efficient, more convenient real estate transaction experience for our title agents and the lenders, real estate agents, buyers and sellers they serve.”
-Kevin Wall, president of First American Title’s Agent and Lender Group
The PRISM platform automates the personalized quote delivery and title ordering process, eliminating the need for lenders or real estate agents to call their title agent for a quote for title and settlement fees or to order title, which helps accelerate the transaction and strengthen relationships with the parties involved. Through the PRISM platform, real estate agents can access co-branded or white-labelled seller net sheets, buyer estimates, refinance quotes, marketing materials, and property reports, where permitted, that highlight the title agent’s role, helping both the real estate agent and title agent establish relationships with home buyers and sellers earlier in the real estate transaction and, ultimately, helping the title agent secure more title orders.
PRISM provides a branded digital platform that helps engage and support my lender and real estate agent customers as well as home buyers and sellers, My customers can easily order and edit fee quotes on the fly 24/7, helping my people spend more time on the closings they have in their queue,Chris Medina, director of sales at Navi Title Agency.
The PRISM platform also connects title agents to the following services available only from First American Title:
Customizable marketing materials through Agent Print Pro
Property data, including transaction history and current owner information
Policy rates and endorsement fees, local recording fees, and transfer taxes through First American’s Comprehensive Calculator.
The PRISM platform will include a number of integrations with third-party services to further enhance the efficiency and convenience of the settlement process for First American policy-issuing title agents and their customers.
About First American Title Insurance Company
First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, the company offers title services through its direct operations and an extensive network of agents throughout the United States and abroad. First American Title provides comprehensive title insurance coverage and professional services for real estate purchases, construction, refinances and equity loans.
About First American
First American Financial Corporation is a premier provider of title, settlement and risk solutions for real estate transactions. With its combination of financial strength and stability built over more than 130 years, innovative proprietary technologies, and unmatched data assets, the company is leading the digital transformation of its industry. First American also provides data products to the title industry and other third parties; valuation products and services; mortgage subservicing; home warranty products; banking, trust and wealth management services; and other related products and services. With total revenue of $9.2 billion in 2021, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents throughout the United States and abroad. In 2022, First American was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine for the seventh consecutive year.
OneAmerica | September 21, 2022
The companies of OneAmerica announce the expansion of their product portfolio to offer OneAmerica® Variable Universal Life (VUL) insurance. Distributed through the Individual Life and Financial Services (ILFS) line of business, this new product provides customers with a strong vehicle for protection, while also offering them the opportunity to invest in the financial markets. VUL customers have the flexibility to use the policy for life insurance protection, cash value accumulation or other financial needs.
"We're excited to bring our unique VUL product to today's marketplace, The product's guarantees and transparency make it an attractive, new option for people to help protect their loved ones and create an opportunity for potential financial growth."
-Dennis Martin, president of ILFS
The OneAmerica VUL life insurance policy includes a guaranteed death benefit provision and fully guaranteed policy charges, which are first-of-its-kind in the VUL space. These guarantees offer customers confidence that their policy charge structure won't change in the future. They also add an additional layer of protection against policy lapse and loss of the death benefit.
In addition, the OneAmerica VUL offers two investment-related differentiators to the marketplace. The product offers a low-cost, transparent fund lineup of well-known industry asset managers, and it includes two defined outcome funds — again, a first in the industry for a VUL product. The investment lineup offers customers more than 50 diverse investment options, customizable to their portfolios and goals. These innovations reflect the client-centered approach that OneAmerica brings to the marketplace.
VUL will give our distribution channels a strong product to match the needs of new and existing customers, Ultimately, our VUL is a robust product built on our strong foundation and commitment to deliver on our promises when customers need us most,said Mark Scalercio, senior vice president and head of distribution for ILFS.
The new product also includes extra protection and added benefits through optional riders.
OneAmerica VUL is currently available through the OneAmerica career agency distribution channel in all states except California, Florida, New York, North Dakota and South Dakota.
A national provider of insurance and financial services for more than 140 years, the companies of OneAmerica help customers build and protect their financial futures. OneAmerica offers a variety of products and services to serve the financial needs of their policyholders and customers. These products include retirement plan products and recordkeeping services, individual life insurance, annuities, asset-based long-term care solutions and employee benefit plan products. Products are issued and underwritten by the companies of OneAmerica and distributed through a nationwide network of employees, agents, brokers and other sources who are committed to providing value to our customers.