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Encova Insurance Expands Relationship with Bold Penguin to Improve Distribution Capabilities

Encova Insurance, Bold Penguin | January 07, 2021

Bold Penguin, a rapidly growing insurance technology supplier, reports today that it has started revealing a digital commercial insurance solution as a team with Encova Insurance. Encova joins other territorial and public key insurance organizations to offer a quoting experience for entrepreneurs' approaches for its autonomous agents.

As the small business space across the United States keeps on moving to digital, the requirement for precise, proficient admittance to commercial insurance has expanded. Small businesses and insurance agents the same profit by extended digital quoting capabilities that are controlled by Bold Penguin's technology.

"Independent agents and businesses alike need a solution for quick, easy to use, accurate software when it comes to quoting small commercial opportunities. Encova has proven to be one of the more advanced organizations and we are happy to work together," said Marc DeLeonibus, Co-founder of Bold Penguin.  "Our partnership with Encova is the latest example of how large insurance companies are being nimble and meeting their agency force in a more digital way."

Encova and Bold Penguin declared their association in 2018. From that point forward, the two associations have been working intently on picking the correct enterprises, items, and key agents to move toward small commercial. The recently declared work smoothes out the rate, statement and tie measure and permits select Encova organizations to get to their items.

"We're committed to creating the user experience our small business customers and our agents expect," Encova Executive Vice President, Commercial Lines and Life, Grady Campbell said. "Partnering with Bold Penguin allows us to execute this vision quickly and efficiently, allowing more small businesses to access the coverage they need to grow their businesses."

Bold Penguin proceeds with its development by offering admittance to its Exchange to merchants, agents, insurtechs, and select key accomplices who work in taking care of small business insurance. Since the underlying dispatch of its foundation, Bold Penguin has helped handle in excess of 2 million statement begins. The organization has prepared applications across all significant lines of commercial inclusion, including overabundance and excess (E&S) and commercial auto by helping a developing rundown of dispersion and transporter accomplices.

About Encova Insurance
A super-regional carrier ranked in the top 20 mutual insurance companies in the United States, Encova includes more than 1,200 associates writing in 28 states and the District of Columbia, premiums in excess of $1 billion, a surplus in excess of $1.65 billion and assets in excess of $4.3 billion. The group markets insurance solutions through more than 2,000 independent agencies in the Midwest, Northeast and South.

About Bold Penguin
Bold Penguin is where technology enhances the human touch in commercial insurance. With a heavy focus on agents, Bold Penguin upgrades the user experience for businesses, creates an easy tool for agents, and offers a streamlined process of underwriting for carriers. Bold Penguin was founded in 2016 by a group of entrepreneurs who spent their early days working with Allstate, Nationwide and Progressive alongside regional carriers and established insurance agencies.

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The property and casualty (P&C) market has continued to expand with the improving US economy. As the economy grows, many industries thrive and employment increases. This drives the need to protect additional risk leading to premium growth. Net written premiums grew more in 2017 than in any year in the past decade, and this growth has continued into the first part of 2018.

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The property and casualty (P&C) market has continued to expand with the improving US economy. As the economy grows, many industries thrive and employment increases. This drives the need to protect additional risk leading to premium growth. Net written premiums grew more in 2017 than in any year in the past decade, and this growth has continued into the first part of 2018.

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TrustLayer | August 19, 2021

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Snapsheet | August 18, 2021

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