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.
C&J Financial | October 15, 2021
GoodTrust and C&J Financial are excited to announce a new partnership that helps pre-need and at-need families easily and securely take care of their digital legacy.
"Grieving families shouldn't need to worry about preserving the priceless online content of their loved ones, We also want to allow any C&J clients to plan ahead so their legacy is treated according to their wishes."
- Rikard Steiber, CEO and founder of GoodTrust, the leading digital legacy and end-of-life planning platform.
The partnership offers all new and existing C&J Financial clients, at no cost, the GoodTrust Premium Plan for 3 months with a free will-maker-tool and VIP service to take care of accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn after someone passes away.
GoodTrust also makes it possible for anyone to secure their online life with a digital vault. Users can also create their will for free in less than 15 minutes and share stories and memories like animated photos or Future Messages.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with GoodTrust to help our clients take care of this important need in today's connected world by ensuring their digital legacy,"
- Jamie Meredith, Executive Vice President, C&J Financial.
Funeral homes will be able to activate this offer for their families starting on Oct. 20 at the 2021 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention and Expo in Nashville, TN.
About C&J Financial
Founded in 1996, C&J has become the largest provider of insurance assignment funding in North America. For a quarter of a century, C&J and it's affiliates have been providing financial and administrative solutions to the funeral industry and have funded 735,000+ funerals providing more than $4.4 billion in assignments to thousands of funeral homes and cemeteries. C&J currently funds in excess of 56,000 funerals and provides $415,000,000+ in assignments to more than 3,000 funeral homes and cemeteries annually.
GoodTrust is the leading digital legacy and end-of-life planning platform. It allows anyone to manage memories and digital assets for the "afterlife," designate who should have access, and create innovative ways to connect the stories of the past with the future. GoodTrust also helps families who have lost someone take care of the deceased person's digital assets through memorialization, asset management or shutting down accounts. The GoodTrust will-creation tool is free and only takes 15 minutes.
NAU Country Insurance Company | September 08, 2021
NAU Country Insurance Company, one of the largest crop insurance providers in the U.S., and Agrimatics, a leading agricultural software technology company, announced a partnership to help their customers – the American Farmer – more efficiently report production for their crop insurance policies.
This partnership certifies the digital file output from Agrimatics' Libra Cart is compatible with NAU Country's EASYwriter Pro® processing and adjusting suite of software. This certification means that farmers now can transfer their on-farm storage production information easily from field to truck to their crop insurance agent or adjuster. In turn, that data will be imported into NAU Country's system where the agents and adjusters will associate it to the corresponding unit and location. As always, farmers have complete control on what information (if any) will be shared with NAU Country's system.
Agrimatics' Libra Cart is a tablet and smartphone-based grain cart weighing and data management system. The Libra Cart hardware device mounts directly onto a grain cart and wirelessly communicates with the Libra Cart app running on a compatible mobile device in the tractor cab. Libra Cart's patented technology simplifies and streamlines harvest data management, providing load tracking from field to truck to destination.
NAU Country is America's original Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) company and one of the largest federal crop insurance providers in the United States, specializing in MPCI, Crop-Hail, and Named Peril insurance products. The company is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, a global insurance leader focused on helping customers solve unique risks worldwide.
"We're about keeping crop insurance simple," said NAU Country Chief Marketing and Technology Officer, Michael Deal. "NAU Country thrives on creating agricultural risk management tools through the use of technology and customer service," added Deal. "The integration with Agrimatics empowers our insureds to utilize technology to efficiently report production data while in the office, in the field, or on the go. Creating happier customers and agents."
Agrimatics is Bitstrata Systems' agriculture brand, which focuses on creating smarter, simpler equipment monitoring, control, and data management solutions for farmers and their farms. Located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Bitstrata rests in the agricultural heartland of Western Canada. The Bitstrata team has decades of collective experience creating and delivering products for the tough environments of the agricultural, telecommunications and weighing industries worldwide.
About NAU Country
NAU Country Insurance Company, a QBE Insurance Company, is a leading multi-peril crop insurance company passionate about serving the American farmer and supporting their agents in the continental U.S. Headquartered in Ramsey, MN with branch offices in 10 locations, NAU Country has grown over the years by providing outstanding customer service and leading-edge technology. NAU Country is currently licensed in 48 states and employs over 800 field and office staff across the country. As a division of QBE Insurance Group Ltd., a leading global insurer, NAU Country has the financial strength for today's insurance environment.