Gallagher starts the year with insurance agency acquisition in NY

Gallagher | January 03, 2020

Gallagher starts the year with insurance agency acquisition in NY
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Walsdorf Agency in Huntington, NY. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Walsdorf Agency, founded in 1926, is a third generation, family-owned commercial and personal lines insurance agency; a release noted that the agency has “strong real estate niche expertise.” Following the acquisition, David L. Walsdorf, Louis J. Walsdorf and their associates will be relocating to Gallagher’s Jericho, NY office. They will be working under the supervision of Gallagher Northeast region retail P&C brokerage operations head Patrick Kennedy.

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