Stoneridge Partners | June 06, 2022
SIB Corp., operating as StoneRidge Insurance Brokers ("SIB"), a leading independent provider of insurance and consulting services, whose platforms include an insurance brokerage, MGA/MGU, group benefits and an adjusting firm, has partnered with K5 Insurance Inc. ("K5"), expanding its personal and commercial insurance presence in Manitoba and into Saskatchewan.
K5 is a full-service insurance brokerage servicing clients throughout the prairies since 1967. With three locations, K5 provides a suite of personal and commercial offerings with the goal of providing the information and products needed for a customer to make informed decisions at competitive prices.
We are excited to be a part of the StoneRidge family – this new beginning for K5 will provide us access to additional markets, products and resources. We believe being part of StoneRidge will allow us to meet our customers' needs and offer competitive premiums to achieve the right solution."
Mike Klassen, President of K5.
We are extremely lucky to have Mike and K5 as part of the SIB family. This transaction demonstrates our continued focus on becoming a national broker. SIB has completed three transactions so far in 2022, with another three transactions expected to close in the next 60 days."
Ted Puccini, SIB's CEO and President.
Johnson &amp; Johnson | June 07, 2022
By acquiring the assets of Midlands Management Corporation's Wholesale Brokerage & Binding and Managing General Underwriting businesses, Johnson & Johnson will expand its footprint into Texas and Oklahoma. Safety National Casualty Corporation's subsidiary Midlands is a completely owned subsidiary of Safety National Casualty Corporation.
The transaction is expected to close on April 29, 2022, according to the parties. Midlands' WB&B and MGU units, which were founded in 1990, specialize in specialized lines of coverage for both personal and commercial lines of business, both admitted and non-admitted E&S. These units, which are led by an experienced management team, contain underwriting and operating teams with extensive product knowledge and service skills.
Midlands' MGU unit serves as an underwriting manager for several insurance companies, specializing in ICOA insurance, Texas Non-Subscriber insurance, and other similar insurance products. For small-to-mid-sized commercial businesses and people, the WB&B segment provides admitted and non-admitted general, commercial, and personal property and casualty products. Johnson & Johnson, situated in Charleston, South Carolina, is a fourth-generation, family-owned Managing General Agency.
Johnson & Johnson has a long history of offering outstanding service and products to Independent Agencies while keeping a family culture, having been founded in 1930. In Texas and Oklahoma, Johnson & Johnson will offer a diverse range of first-class products and services to agencies and insureds.
This acquisition by Johnson & Johnson, a leading specialist in related businesses, will accelerate the growth in revenue and profitability of these business units and provide greater professional development and career advancement opportunities for the employees in these divisions. All Midlands' business outside of these units, including excess workers' compensation and related primary workers' compensation, specialty programs and claims administration, are not part of the transaction and will continue to operate under the Midlands name as a Safety National entity."
Duane Hercules, President of Safety National.
Adding the Midlands Management Corporation Team and their agency network to Johnson & Johnson will provide us with a terrific group of employees and agencies which will enhance our 'service first' approach to the Agents currently served by Midlands."
Francis Johnson, CEO, Johnson & Johnson.
Hippo, Cowbell Cyber, First Connect | July 14, 2022
First Connect Insurance Services, a digital platform designed to provide independent agents with access to the nation's top carriers, announced today the addition of Cowbell Cyber, the leading provider of cyber insurance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Cowbell Cyber offers stand-alone coverage to enterprise customers for security breach expenses, extortion threats, the replacement or restoration of data, loss of business income, security breach liability, computer fraud, ransom payments and more.
First Connect, a subsidiary of the Hippo Insurance Group, provides independent agencies with access to national carriers with zero access fees. First Connect and Cowbell are teaming up to provide those agencies with a modern cyber insurance product designed to help SMEs safeguard their digital operations.
"Every business faces cyber risk nowadays," said First Connect President Aviad Pinkovezky. "By partnering with Cowbell Cyber we are continuing to broaden our portfolio of leading insurtech carriers and general agents, and providing independent agencies access to cyber insurance that assesses their clients’ unique cybersecurity risks.”
Cowbell Cyber offers a Prime 100 insurance product that provides robust financial protection against cyber threats. The digital-first cyber insurance provider leverages an API that allows customers to quickly apply online and delivers instant bindable quotes to SMEs. Additional features include continuous risk assessment, risk engineering consultations, cyber awareness training and in-house claims handling by dedicated cyber experts.
"Cowbell Cyber identifies in real-time each organization’s unique risk level and determines the ideal coverage package to mitigate potential losses from a cyberattack," said Jack Kudale, Founder and CEO of Cowbell Cyber.
"Cowbell Cyber identifies in real-time each organization’s unique risk level and determines the ideal coverage package to mitigate potential losses from a cyberattack," said Jack Kudale, Founder and CEO of Cowbell Cyber. "Partnering with a fully digital platform like First Connect is ideal to easily and rapidly give SMEs financial protection for the variety of threats businesses face every day.”
To learn more about how First Connect provides independent agencies with access to the leading insurtech carriers or to sign up, visit firstconnectinsurance.com.
Hippo is protecting the joy of homeownership, helping to safeguard customers’ most important financial asset by harnessing the power of real-time data, smart home technology, and a growing suite of home services to deliver proactive home protection.
Hippo Holdings Inc.’s (NYSE: HIPO) operating subsidiaries include Hippo Insurance Services, Hippo Home Care, First Connect Insurance Services, Spinnaker Insurance Company, Spinnaker Specialty Insurance Company, and Mainsail Insurance Company. First Connect Insurance Services is a licensed property casualty insurance agent with products underwritten by various insurance companies. For more information, including licensing details, visit http://www.hippo.com.
About Cowbell Cyber
Cowbell Cyber offers standalone, individualized, and easy-to-understand cyber insurance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In its unique AI-based approach to risk selection and pricing, Cowbell’s continuous underwriting platform, powered by Cowbell Factors, compresses the insurance process from submission to issue to less than 5 minutes. Cowbell Insurance Agency is currently licensed in 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Cowbell Reinsurance Company is a licensed insurance captive in the State of Vermont. For more information, please visit www.cowbell.insure.