Unitas Financial Services | September 27, 2021
Lenders Service Corporation (LSC) is excited to announce its merger with Unitas Financial Services (Unitas) whose mission is to provide the nation's simplest portfolio protection to lenders and real estate investors across the country. LSC is a licensed Managing General Insurance Agency that has served the insurance needs of the lending community since 1981. Unitas, pronounced [YOO-ni-tahs], is a Latin word that means "Oneness or Unity". The merger with Unitas serves to provide an even broader range of highly specialized lender and real estate investor protection programs to all clients, backed by exceptional customer service.
The merger of LSC with Unitas brings together a total of 14 insurance carriers and 510 clients across 30 states. LSC is based in Louisville, KY, and Unitas is based in Dublin, OH with offices in Debary, FL, and representatives across the United States. The merger builds upon the "customer first" service philosophy that has guided both companies to success. Clients will also have access to a robust range of new products, including insurance tracking, mortgage settlement solutions, blanket mortgage, blanket consumer protection (VSI), blanket equipment coverage, and more.
In addition, the merger between LSC and Unitas brings unmatched claims handling experience, better coverage for lenders, and a depth of leadership and staff experience that is unmatched in the industry. Previously, LSC had acquired the Financial Products Division of Assured Partners NL, LLC's Lexington, KY office. The merger with LSC is a clear signal of Unitas's dedication to the lender protection market, as well as its commitment to provide the most up-to-date and innovative products, services, and concepts in financial institution coverage.
With the talent, industry knowledge, and carrier access that comes with our combined organizations, we will be able to provide our clients with a more diverse, creative, and comprehensive lineup of products and services. We cannot say thank you enough for your loyalty to our agency over these last 40 years. We will continue to work hard in earning that loyalty as we move into the future as a part of the Unitas family.
- LSC President Gary Criscillis
Unitas was formed in 2020 when Golden Eagle Insurance, founded in 1995, merged with Innovative Risk Solutions, founded in 2005. Unitas provides portfolio protection services for lenders, such as vendor's single interest (VSI), blanket mortgage hazard, blanket commercial equipment, collateral protection insurance (CPI), lender-placed hazard and flood coverage, loan default coverage (Protequity), tax tracking, guaranteed asset protection (GAP), as well as portfolio protection for real estate investors. Lenders in the property and automotive sectors will benefit from a combined 82 years of industry experience from LSC and Unitas. The merged companies will be in a strong market position to offer their services to lenders and real estate investors going forward.
Constellation Affiliated Partners, RedBird Capital Partners, Coastal Insurance Underwriters | December 29, 2020
Constellation Affiliated Partners (Constellation) today announced the acquisition of Coastal Insurance Underwriters (Coastal) and Cybercom. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Through the acquisition of Coastal and Cybercom, Constellation will continue to expand its product offerings to the Condominium Association and Homeowner’s Association marketplace. “These new business classes complement many of our existing programs and will provide increased product access to our clients,” said Bill Goldstein, CEO of Constellation. “The Coastal and Cybercom team bring a wealth of knowledge and innovative web-based programs. Their proprietary technology platform and deeply experienced underwriters will be a great addition to our growing portfolio of innovative, high-quality MGAs, program administrators, and wholesalers in the insurance industry.”
Coastal Insurance Underwriters, founded by President/CEO Charles “Chuck” Bushong in 2007, is an insurance program administrator providing unique products to the Community Association marketplace. Coastal underwrites property, general liability, crime, D&O, golf & country club, equipment breakdown, workers’ compensation, inland marine, umbrella, small business, and private flood insurance products. Coastal currently underwrites insurance in Florida, California, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
“Over the last 13 years Coastal has grown to offer a multitude of unique insurance products and cutting-edge technology designed to meet the needs of the ever-changing insurance marketplace,” stated Bushong. “We look forward to accelerating our growth as part of the Constellation portfolio of companies, utilizing Constellation’s established relationships to continue to diversify our programs and expand our footprint throughout the U.S.”
“This powerful tool quotes, underwrites, binds, and issues insurance policies to agents in real-time,” added Bushong. “The platform was designed to leverage automation and provide agents with a simple, 24/7 solution to even the most complex insurance opportunities, while providing carriers access to timely underwriting data and risk exposure information.”
Cybercom currently provides technology development services to Coastal and third-party clients throughout the country.
“The acquisition of Coastal and Cybercom demonstrates Constellation’s commitment to technology-enabled and data-driven programs and to the continued diversification of programs and product offerings available throughout our company,” commented Goldstein.
About Constellation Affiliated Partners
Constellation Affiliated Partners is a New York-based insurance consolidator platform that specializes in acquiring MGA, program administrator and wholesale companies in the United States and Canada. Constellation's partners use a set of core values to evaluate and pursue strategic partnerships with companies that have demonstrated superior underwriting principles and have earned a solid industry reputation. The diverse group of companies within Constellation's portfolio bring a vast array of insurance and re-insurance offerings to the North American marketplace. Constellation is backed by RedBird Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on building high-growth companies with flexible, long-term capital.
About RedBird Capital Partners
RedBird Capital Partners is a private investment firm focused on building high-growth companies with flexible, long-term capital in partnership with its Entrepreneur & Family Office Network. Founded by former Goldman Sachs Partner Gerry Cardinale, RedBird today manages $4 billion of capital principally across its core industry verticals in Sports, TMT, Financial Services and Consumer. RedBird invests with an entrepreneurial, company-building mentality, with an emphasis on capital appreciation and compounding equity returns over longer holding periods. RedBird’s network of business founders and entrepreneurs is central to its investment sourcing strategy, and its highly curated group of limited partners are active co-investors who provide scalable capital support. For more information, please go to www.redbirdcap.com
About Coastal Insurance Underwriters
Coastal Insurance Underwriters, Inc. founded in 2007 is a program administrator specializing in designing, creating, and managing insurance products for a variety of business classes, including condominium associations, homeowner associations and golf and country clubs.
Coastal has grown to become one of the largest Managing General Underwriters in the United States focused on community association products with over 8,000 homeowners and condominium associations currently insured.
Coastal continues to advance in automation to ensure that they remain on the cutting edge of changes necessary in this marketplace. They continue to develop and launch new products and expand into additional states. Coastal will continue to strive to be a leader in providing highly specialized, and financially sound insurance products through automated and simple-to-use solutions.
Cybercom International Corporation, Inc. was established in 1997 as a custom software development company in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. During the past 23 years, Cybercom has been building high-performance enterprise-level applications for a number of vertical markets, including insurance, e-commerce, industrial, medical, and manufacturing.
Coastal acquired the assets of Cybercom on January 2, 2020.
Cybercom’s capabilities include new product development, existing product support, analytical reporting, document generation, third-party integration, and workflow automation. In the insurance marketplace, Cybercom has built tools for a number of coverage lines, including Property, General Liability, Crime, Directors & Officers, Umbrella, Commercial Auto Liability, and more.
Polly | March 03, 2022
Polly (formerly known as DealerPolicy), the leading insurance marketplace for automotive retail, today announced a new strategic partnership with National Automotive Experts (NAE) and NWAN, a national provider and administrator of finance and insurance (F&I) products and dealer reinsurance programs. Together, the two companies will deliver Polly's innovative, cost-saving insurance platform to NAE/NWAN's network of dealers across the country.
Polly's platform revolutionizes the car-buying process, bringing together insurance and automotive retailing to enable a more holistic car buying experience for consumers. On average, Polly customers who report savings save $64 per month on their automotive insurance. These savings empower customers to reinvest in additional F&I product offerings, giving dealers more profits as a result. Dealers within Polly's network report an average increase of 44 percent in their back-end gross.
"NAE/NWAN is a trailblazer in the industry, and renowned for their commitment to providing an outstanding mix of F&I products that set their dealer partners up for success and profitability, These are core values that our companies share. As we realize our vision of transforming the car buying experience, we couldn't be more pleased to be partnering with NAE to provide our automotive insurance platform to dealers and car buyers within their network."
-Travis Fitzgerald, Co-Founder and CEO of Polly.
"Polly provides a solution to a massive void in the industry. This has been needed for years, Their solution improves the customer experience at the dealer level and provides multiple revenue streams which we have seen firsthand with our clients."
-Cliff Childers, National Business Development Manager of National Automotive Experts/NWAN.
"The Polly program has allowed my team to go out in the market and get our foot in the door at a dealership where we have not had a relationship, The launch is simple, and the online system is easy to use. This has also allowed us access to the dealer principal which then in turn allows us the opportunity to propose new products into the dealership."
-David Tralongo, President of Holcomb & Associates.
About Polly Polly:
About Polly Polly is the most trusted and complete digital insurance marketplace for automotive retailers and their valued customers. The company's innovative mobile technology enables car-buyers to view multiple insurance quotes and immediately purchase online and/or connect with licensed insurance agents to complete the process. With an exclusive combination of partnerships among premier automotive retailers and data providers, an industry-best insurance carrier network, and access to Polly Insurance licensed agents, Polly is recognized for its place at the forefront of Insurtech. Polly Insurance is a licensed insurance agency with licenses to operate in the lower 48 states.