Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Affiliated Benefit Consultants, Inc.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. | February 12, 2020

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. today announced the acquisition of Oakbrook, Illinois-based Affiliated Benefit Consultants, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1986, Affiliated Benefit Consultants offers a full suite of benefits consulting services to clients throughout the United States. John Araujo and his associates will continue to operate in their current location under the direction of Tom Lannen, head of Gallagher's Great Lakes region employee benefits consulting and brokerage operations. "Affiliated Benefit Consultants is a growth-oriented benefit consultant with a great reputation and a strong culture that is closely aligned with our own," said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. "I am delighted to welcome John and his associates to our growing, global team."

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Roamly Launches Nationwide Pet Insurance Product

Roamly | March 24, 2022

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Creative Planning Acquires Rosen Capital Management

Creative Planning | June 14, 2022

Rosen Capital Management has joined forces with Creative Planning LLC, one of the largest Registered Investment Advisers ("RIA") in the country. Rosen Capital Management has $114 million in AUM and brings 2 new employees into the Creative Planning fold, including the firm's CEO, Glenn Rosen. Rosen Capital Management is a third-generation family business that began in 1948 as a life and health insurance agency, ultimately transitioning into a full-fledged financial planning and money management firm. They specialize in complete financial planning to include tax minimization strategies, wealth management, insurance needs and estate planning. Creative Planning is excited to bring on the Rosen Capital Management team who will help us break deeper into the Georgia market, From our first conversations with the Rosen team, we knew that the fit would be perfect due to their work ethic, dedication to clients, and overall core values." Peter Mallouk, CEO of Creative Planning. We are excited to join the Creative Planning team and utilize their expanded resources and talent to better serve our clients, Rosen Capital Management is a family business, and we are excited to join Creative Planning and have our family grow with Peter and the rest of the team!" Glenn Rosen. With its latest acquisition, the second in just two short weeks, Creative Planning manages or advises on over $225 billion in assets across all 50 states and 65 countries with continued plans for growth throughout 2022. Additionally, Incap (Baltimore) served as financial advisor to Rosen Capital Management on the transaction. About Creative Planning Creative Planning, LLC is an independent wealth management firm that provides a financial planning led investment management approach, retirement planning, estate planning, trust services, tax planning and family office services for individuals as well as 401(k) and institutional clients. Creative Planning manages or advises on over $225 billion in assets across all 50 states and 65 countries, as of December 31, 2021.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Commercial Insurance Underwriters, Inc.

Arthur J. Gallagher | March 25, 2022

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. today announced the acquisition of Springfield, Missouri-based Commercial Insurance Underwriters, Inc. (CIU). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1984, CIU is a surplus lines agency offering commercial, personal and professional lines coverages for businesses and individuals with complex, unique or hard-to-place risks, primarily throughout the upper and lower Midwest. Kim Moore and her associates will remain in their current location under the direction of Matt A. Lynch, head of Central Region-Binding for Risk Placement Services, Inc., Gallagher's U.S. wholesale brokerage, binding authority and programs division. CIU is a widely known, well-managed agency that enhances RPS's existing presence in the Springfield region, I am very pleased to welcome Kim and her associates to Gallagher." J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG), a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The company has operations in 68 countries and offers client service capabilities in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.

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Hometown Health | December 20, 2021

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