Insurance Information Institute | April 28, 2022
The Black Insurance Industry Collective (BIIC), a newly-formed non-profit organization affiliated with The Institutes, today announced its launch. The BIIC is focused on accelerating the advancement of Black insurance professionals.
BIIC's mission is to empower Black insurance professionals to expand their leadership development opportunities by emphasizing mentorship and sponsorship while collaborating with other organizations that are also working toward those goals. The group will provide customized programs that address the unique needs and experiences of these professionals to tangibly improve the representation of Black insurance industry talent.
This initiative, created under the leadership of four insurance industry diversity and human capital leaders, has been two years in the making, and included input from over 50 participants from insurance, talent development, and academia.
BIIC will partner with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business to create a specialized leadership development program focused on developing skills necessary for career progression. The leadership program at Darden, part of BIIC's suite of offerings, will provide insurance professionals with the benefits of a supportive community of colleagues.
Insurance is an ever-changing industry. No one should have to navigate it alone. With a strong network of peers who share similar interests, BIIC offers the support to learn from executive leaders in the insurance industry while developing critical skills through our strategic partnership with the Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia."
Ronald Reeves, Chief Diversity Officer at AIG.
The Institutes are excited to contribute to the formation of the BIIC as part of our overall DEI initiative. We look forward to working with the BIIC Leadership Council as they cultivate and preserve a culture of inclusion for all who work in and are served by the risk management and insurance community."
Peter L. Miller, CPCU, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Institutes.
A lack of exposure to the insurance industry and professional networks are the top two barriers for Black professionals, according to a study conducted by Marsh, The Journey of African-American Insurance Professionals.
BIIC is built from the ground up by insurance leaders, We are focused on spotlighting top talent to key leaders and insurance industry role models who share similar cultural experiences."
Susan Johnson, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at The Hartford.
Obstacles for Black insurance professionals are greater than for other people of color, according to the Marsh study. These obstacles impact individuals and have far-reaching business impacts. Black employees are also nearly twice as likely as other people of color to perceive their race will make it harder to achieve their goals, according to a recent study by McKinsey, Race in the Workplace: The Black Experience in the U.S. Private Sector.
This initiative was named as a collective because we believe we can achieve more together than separately, We seek to address the unique, cultural, mental, and psychological experiences and challenges encountered by Black insurance professionals in achieving their career aspirations."
Ivy Kusinga, Chief Culture Officer at Chubb.
BIIC is committed to empowering and positioning Black professionals to lead and inspire excellence across the industry by bringing together top talent, mentors, sponsors, and allies, Although we have more work to do, by working together, we can equip leaders with a developmental roadmap, putting them on a path to success."
Tony Steadman, Managing Director, Accenture.
BIIC invites organizations to join as Founding Year Sponsors in order to grow this critical program. Sponsorship will facilitate funding for BICC's key education and leadership development initiatives.
ELDRIDGE | January 13, 2022
Accelerant, the insurtech empowering underwriters with superior risk exchange and data analytics coupled with long-term capacity commitments, today announced it has raised in excess of $190 million at a $2 billion pre-money valuation led by Eldridge, with participation from Deer Park, Marshall Wace, MS&AD Ventures, and others. Existing majority investor Altamont Capital Partners also participated in the round. Accelerant will deploy the capital to continue to rebuild the way that underwriters share and exchange risk to improve outcomes for program managers, primary issuing carriers, and ultimate risk-bearers.
"Aspects of the insurance industry have been broken for a long time, At Accelerant our approach is pretty simple — which is maybe what makes it a little radical: We're bringing transparency, data, and shared incentives back into the equation, serving MGUs as important partners in the insurance ecosystem, and overall making it easier and more efficient to exchange risk. The approach is clearly resonating and successfully aligning incentives. I'm thrilled by this endorsement of our strategy and to have the opportunity to put this capital to work on behalf of our current and prospective Members in service of the industry at large. We look forward to working with new partners to apply our differentiated approach and technology to lines of insurance beyond SME within which we can have an equally significant impact."
-Jeff Radke, CEO and co-founder of Accelerant.
Historically, underwriting teams supporting complex or niche lines of business have lacked the modern solutions needed to facilitate their work, which has hindered their ability to get capacity and to properly understand and exchange risk. With a partner-first approach, Accelerant specializes in serving a carefully selected and managed network of managing general underwriters (MGU) and program administrators (PA) that it refers to as its Members.
Accelerant's InSightFull™ data platform helps members better understand risk, benefit from insights, and handle operational and regulatory complexity. Together, Accelerant works with its Members to drive market-leading profitable growth, focusing on the small and medium-sized businesses that power our global economy and their niche insurance needs.
"The Accelerant team understands the challenges that MGUs and PAs face with conventional carriers, and they've built an offering to address those needs. With cutting-edge data and analytic capabilities, Accelerant's platform eliminates bureaucracy to offer an experience that prioritizes velocity and collaboration, We're excited to support Accelerant as they enter their next phase of growth and create value throughout the insurance ecosystem with their member-centric, collaborative approach."
-Todd Boehly, co-founder and CEO of Eldridge.
Accelerant is a data-driven, technology-fueled insurance platform that empowers underwriters to more effectively serve their insureds. We're using advanced data intelligence tools to rebuild the way that underwriters share and exchange risk. With a current focus on the small and medium-sized businesses that power our global economy and their niche insurance needs, we align incentives to improve outcomes for everyone. Our full-service risk exchange supports our carefully selected, best-in-class network of underwriting teams. We leverage granular information on each policy to deliver unprecedented insight into insurance pools, and our specialty portfolio is fully diversified with very low catastrophe, aggregation, or systemic risk. We're proud to have been awarded an AM Best A- (Excellent) rating.
Eldridge invests in businesses across the Insurance, Asset Management, Technology, Mobility, Sports & Gaming, Media & Music, Real Estate, and Consumer landscapes. The firm seeks to build and grow businesses led by proven management teams that have demonstrated leadership and experience to scale an enterprise. Eldridge is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, with additional offices in Beverly Hills, New York, and London.
Hilb Group | January 05, 2022
The Hilb Group announced today that it has acquired the membership interest in The Churchill Agency, LLC from The Churchill Agency Ventures, LLC based in Brentwood, Tennessee. The transaction became effective December 1, 2021.
About Hilb Group:
The Hilb Group is a leading property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and advisory firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Hilb Group is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm. Hilb Group seeks to grow through strategic acquisitions and by leveraging its resources and expertise to drive organic growth in its acquired agencies. The company has completed more than 125 acquisitions and now has over 100 offices in 22 states. Hilb Group is rated as one of the Fastest Growing Brokers by Business Insurance, a Top P/C Agency by Insurance Journal, and one of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Inc. 5000.
King | December 24, 2021
King Insurance ("King" or the "Company"), a fast-growing full-service insurance brokerage firm that provides a variety of property & casualty as well as employee benefits solutions, announced the acquisition of Piedmont Insurance Associates ("Piedmont").
Piedmont has offices in Covington, GA and Newnan, GA and marks King's first expansion outside of Florida. Piedmont's roots go back to 1948 when it was the Spillers Agency and today is led by David Wilson and Phil Boswell, each of whom merged their respective agencies together in the mid 90's to form Piedmont. Piedmont is a full-service agency offering insurance products to commercial and personal lines customers from its lineup of top-tier insurance carrier partners. Phil, David and their team will continue operating out of their current locations.
"We are excited to expand into Georgia with such a high-quality agency, This is an important milestone for us as we execute on our strategy to be a major player in the Southeast."
-Chad King, Chief Executive Officer of King Insurance.
This acquisition marks King's eleventh acquisition over the past year and the fourth since the Company's partnership with BHMS Investments, LP. The Company plans to continue to broaden its footprint across the southeastern U.S. and expects to announce a number of important acquisitions in the upcoming months.
Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, King is a full-service insurance brokerage firm which provides a broad array of property & casualty and employee benefits solutions.