GrowthCurve Capital | December 18, 2021
Brightway Insurance, a leading personal lines focused insurance franchisor, announced today the completion of a majority investment from GrowthCurve Capital to accelerate the company's growth trajectory. The partnership with GrowthCurve will enable Brightway to continue its national expansion strategy and invest in its technology platform to further enhance its strong value proposition to customers, franchisees and carrier partners.
"On behalf of my brother David and I, we are thrilled to take the next step in our journey and partner with GrowthCurve Capital, Our goal has always been to ensure the company – and everyone associated with it – reaches its potential. We strongly believe that GrowthCurve is the right partner for Brightway to create a Win, Win, Win for franchisees, customers and team members, and take the business to the next level given the firm's unique model of combining functional expertise with deep investment and industry experience."
-Michael Miller, co-founder of Brightway Insurance.
Brothers David and Michael Miller invented the "you sell, we service" model in the insurance agency space and began franchising the concept as Brightway Insurance in 2008. Today, Brightway is the most-recognized insurance franchise system and one of the largest personal lines insurance agencies in the U.S. With more than 331 franchises in 29 states, the company manages nearly $900 million of annualized written premiums.
GrowthCurve Capital is a unique, control-oriented, private equity firm focused on building world-class businesses by leveraging data, analytics and machine learning, combined with a comprehensive approach to human capital, to accelerate growth and drive value creation.
Under the new partnership, the Millers will continue to hold significant minority ownership of the company. Michael Miller will join David Miller on the board of directors, and together they will work closely with GrowthCurve in setting the strategic vision for Brightway to accelerate the company's growth.
Effective immediately, Mark Cantin, GrowthCurve's lead operating executive in insurance distribution, becomes the new president and CEO of Brightway Insurance. Cantin had been working closely with GrowthCurve over the last several months to identify high growth insurance distribution businesses that ultimately resulted in this partnership.
An industry veteran, Cantin brings more than 30 years of experience in both insurance distribution and underwriting to the position. Prior to joining GrowthCurve, Cantin was a member of the executive committee and president of field operations at QBE North America, a division of QBE Insurance Group, one of the 20 largest global insurance and reinsurance companies. Prior to joining QBE, Cantin was chief marketing officer at USI Insurance, one of the largest and fastest growing domestic brokers.
"We have been very impressed with what David, Michael and the Brightway team have built. The company pioneered the franchisor model in the insurance space and has generated attractive outcomes for its franchisees, customers and carrier partners, We seek to accelerate the company's growth trajectory by leveraging the company's rich data assets and our expertise in AI, data enablement and digital transformation to introduce new solutions and capabilities to our franchisees and customers and to scale the platform nationally."
-Sumit Rajpal, founder and CEO, GrowthCurve Capital.
About Brightway Insurance
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with nearly $900 million in annualized written premium, making it one of the largest personal lines agencies in the U.S. Brightway's focus is on producing Win, Win, Win outcomes for consumers by offering customized insurance solutions and for people wishing to sell insurance by providing business opportunities that span from single agent to multi-unit enterprises. Regardless of the path taken, Brightway provides the support necessary to consistently outsell other insurance agents.
About GrowthCurve Capital
GrowthCurve Capital is a private equity firm focused on building world-class businesses by leveraging data, analytics, and machine learning, combined with a comprehensive approach to human capital, to accelerate growth and drive value creation. Founded by Sumit Rajpal, former global co-head of the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, the firm focuses on control-oriented private equity investments primarily across the financial and information services, healthcare, and technology sectors.
HealthSmart | June 02, 2022
HealthSmart, one of the nation's largest third party administrators of health plans for employers and plan sponsors, announced the launch of Houston SmartCare™, a comprehensive level-funded health plan that offers market leading discounts to Houston-area small to mid-sized employers. The plan offers significant savings and protection for plan sponsors and features access to leading hospitals, facilities and providers in Greater Houston through Employers Health Network (EHN).
Houston SmartCare delivers a transparent, all-inclusive model that offers predictable costs through a level-funded plan with no additional risk for employers and significantly lower premiums than mainstream fully-insured programs. The program also offers financial security with stop loss coverage to protect plans from catastrophic claims.
In addition to a comprehensive health benefits plan, Houston SmartCare boasts a superior member experience through its Concierge Advisor Team who works to guide members and help them navigate their healthcare journey every step of the way.
This new health plan designed especially for the Greater Houston area is another example of how HealthSmart approaches our organizational mission of reducing costs for plan sponsors and delivering premium healthcare solutions to our members, This program demonstrates an innovative approach to help plan sponsors in the Houston area control their health benefit costs by providing deeply discounted access to the area's top hospitals and providers through EHN. This is big news for small and medium employer groups and Houston SmartCare is truly a game-changer for our broker community in terms of providing quality healthcare options with deep discounts."
Craig Julien, CEO for HealthSmart.
Plan sponsors typically must work with several players to build their health plans, By bringing together experts in the areas of most concern to small and mid-sized plan sponsors, we have created a one-stop solution that offers a top-quality, focused provider network, critical stop loss coverage, and comprehensive third-party administration services, relieving area health plan sponsors of the burden of shopping for these services individually."
Omar Haedo, president of Elan Insurance Group
HealthSmart is one of the largest third party administrators in the country and the premier provider of innovative, customizable and scalable healthcare solutions for employers, brokers and payers. We partner with plan sponsors to provide key services needed to reduce healthcare costs and manage members with dignity and respect. HealthSmart is the one-stop source for health plan needs, including health plan benefit administration, pharmacy benefit management, care management and wellness programs and provider networks.
Employers Health Network (EHN) embraces a high-performance network model that helps employers provide exceptional quality healthcare benefits at lower cost. Our unique network model helps both employers and members save immediately and save over time through a sustainable model with our high-quality and accountable network partners.
About Elan Insurance Group
ELAN Insurance Group is a group of companies headquartered in Miami collaborating to bring competitive, cutting-edge health insurance products to the marketplace. From traditional comprehensive plans to self-funded plans, ELAN tailors its offering to meet the needs of employers and individuals across the Caribbean and the United States.
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.
Insurance Care Direct | June 07, 2022
Insurance Care Direct (ICD), one of the nation's leading health benefits providers, today released the below statement in response to a summons enforcement action filed in federal court against corporate officers last month. The summonses, which were issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), relate to captive insurance arrangements used by the company.
"Insurance Care Direct (ICD) and all corporate executives, including Seth Cohen, Brad Cohen and Ed Carriero, have fully cooperated with every request from the IRS. To date, the company and its executives have spent hundreds of hours and a significant expenditure of company resources to fully comply with requests from the IRS, including multiple rounds of production encompassing thousands of pages of documents.
ICD and corporate leadership continue to fully cooperate with the IRS. Seth Cohen, Brad Cohen and Ed Carriero, by and through counsel Brian Harris of Fogarty Mueller Harris, PLLC, are currently working with the Department of Justice to collaboratively resolve the issues raised in the case.
In a motion filed on Friday, the company with the DOJ's agreement requested that the court continue the proceedings to allow the parties more time work together toward a mutual resolution."
Captive insurance arrangements are recognized under federal law and provide insurance policies that may not be commonly available or not available at affordable prices for businesses.
About Insurance Care Direct
Founded in 2001, Insurance Care Direct has grown into one of the largest health and life insurance agencies in the country. The Company offers a wide array of competitive products. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Insurance Care Direct is a family-owned business and is heavily involved in the local Florida community.