AssuredPartners Acquires First Service Insurance Agents & Brokers in California

Assured Partners | December 24, 2019

AssuredPartners Inc. has acquired First Service Insurance Agents & Brokers Inc. of Roseville, Calif. The team of 28 First Service Insurance staff will remain under the operational leadership of Doug Lindley and Ed Barr. The agency currently reports $5 million in annualized revenues. First Service Insurance offers a variety of services, including specialized coverage for contractors. Lake Mary, Fla. AssuredPartners acquires and invests in insurance brokerage businesses (property/casualty, employee benefits, surety and MGU’s) across the U.S. and in London.

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PERFORMANCE BONDING SURETY & INSURANCE BROKERAGE, L.P. ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH BRP GROUP, INC.

Baldwin Risk Partners | January 11, 2022

Performance Bonding Surety & Insurance Brokerage, L.P. ("Performance Bonding") is pleased to announce that its business will now be operated within the BRP Group, Inc. ("BRP Group") (NASDAQ: BRP) family through BRP Group's previously announced Partnership, BRP Group's nomenclature for a strategic acquisition, with Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers and certain of its affiliates and related entities (collectively, including Performance Bonding, "WGB"), which closed on December 1, 2021. BRP Group is an independent insurance distribution firm delivering tailored insurance solutions. With a strong foundation in surety company underwriting criteria and practices, Performance Bonding provides contract, commercial and miscellaneous surety bonds across a broad client base, including general contractors, subcontractors, developers, service industry professionals, private equity firms and publicly-traded entities. "This Partnership with Performance Bonding through WGB will add critical bonding and commercial insurance expertise to our national practice, Performance Bonding is highly-respected in their industry, and we are thrilled to welcome their team of experts into the BRP Group family." -Trevor Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer of BRP Group. "Performance Bonding could not be more excited to be joining forces with the highly-respected BRP Group organization and their brokerage Partners, We believe this Partnership will enable Performance Bonding to continue to grow while providing expanded resources and expertise to our clients. We look forward to continuing the expansion of our National and Global Surety brokerage platform with an organization that shares a common culture and desire to provide best-in-class service to their Colleagues, Clients, and Carrier Partners." -Erik Johansson, previously President of Performance Bonding ABOUT BRP GROUP, INC. BRP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRP) is an independent insurance distribution firm delivering tailored insurance and risk management insights and solutions that give our clients the peace of mind to pursue their purpose, passion and dreams. We are innovating the industry by taking a holistic and tailored approach to risk management, insurance and employee benefits, and support our clients, Colleagues, Insurance Company Partners and communities through the deployment of vanguard resources and capital to drive our growth. BRP Group represents over 700,000 clients across the United States and internationally. ABOUT PERFORMANCE BONDING SURETY & INSURANCE BROKERAGE, L.P. Performance Bonding has a combined 60+ years of surety experience, and an extensive resume of managing bond programs for notable clients in various industries. They specialize in creating custom surety solutions for their clients and insurance brokerage partners. Performance Bonding is a full-service national surety brokerage offering surety solutions for commercial, contract, and developer bond needs for private equity-owned firms, publicly-traded entities, and closely held private companies. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Orange County, California, Performance Bonding provides a complete range of surety products and services, with access to every major surety carrier in the nation.

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Five Sigma Partners with Medlogix to Deliver Seamless Medical Claims Management

Medlogix | February 17, 2022

Five Sigma, an emerging leader in cloud-native Claims Management Solutions (CMS), today announced the launch of native integration with Medlogix, LLC, a national leader in U.S. medical claims management solutions. This innovation connecting the two platforms will help insurers to improve decision making, maximize efficiencies, increase ROI and enhance outcomes in medical claims management. Five Sigma's cloud-native claims management solutions enable property and casualty (P&C) carriers, MGAs, Insurtechs, and self-insurers, to simplify their claims process from first notice of loss to resolution. The partnership with Medlogix provides Five Sigma US-based customers with an out-of-the-box integration to itemize, assess, and aggregate special and general damages for bodily injury claims - to ensure proper, timely settlement and accurate reimbursement while complying with regulations that differ state-by-state. "Five Sigma is on a mission to simplify the claims journey. Our flexible SaaS solution and open APIs allow us to quickly add new partners and integrations to our claims management ecosystem," stated Oded Barak, Co-founder and CEO of Five Sigma. "We are proud to partner with Medlogix to provide our customers a more comprehensive, accurate and efficient claims process." According to Craig Goldstein, President of Medlogix, "Our partnership with Five Sigma represents a strategic combination of two technology-driven organizations that share a dedication to providing innovative, streamlined claims management solutions that exceed the expectations of our customers." About Medlogix Medlogix is a technology-driven, clinically-based medical claims management provider specializing in managed care solutions that deliver exceptional outcomes. Medlogix offers an end to end, integrated medical management solution powered by MyMedlogix™ proprietary technology. Through an exception-based workflow, recommendations from highly qualified medical professionals, and access to a directly contracted network of premier health care providers, Medlogix delivers an efficient, disciplined, and scalable medical claims process suite of solutions. Medlogix develops technology which achieves savings you can measure and see by eliminating redundancies and reducing manual processes. Learn more about the Medlogix story at: www.medlogix.com About Five Sigma Five Sigma is a cloud-native, data-driven Claims Management Solution (CMS) with embedded AI/ML capabilities to allow intelligent claims processing for the insurance industry. Five Sigma optimizes claims management by adding automated claims processing workflows, using data modeling and AI to provide smart recommendations, improving adjuster's decision-making, and reducing errors. Leading insurance carriers, Insurtech, TPAs and Self-Insured companies use Five Sigma's CMS to modernize their claims management operations, reduce claims leakage, enhance compliance and improve their customers' experience.

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies Expands Connectivity with Ivans for Workers’ Compensation Business

Ivans | June 20, 2022

Ivans today announced that Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies has expanded its relationship to extend Workers’ Compensation lines connectivity via the Ivans Distribution Platform. Connecting to the platform creates a single submissions interface for quote data collection via insurtechs and agency management systems. We are happy to work with Ivans on an API for Workers’ Compensation connecting to various agents for real-time quoting.” Dave Simmons, Senior Vice President of Sales at Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies. Ivans Distribution Platform improves the entire commercial lines policy lifecycle. Unlike point solutions available in the market, the Ivans solution supports both straight-through processing as well as more complex risks that require an underwriter’s attention. True industry connectivity has been held back by the need for carriers and MGAs to individually connect to each insurtech and agency management system partner, The Ivans Distribution Platform provides the one-to-many connection that carriers require to connect to thousands of agents on various platforms, making work easier between the carrier and agents and creating opportunities for all to win more business.” Reid Holzworth, chief executive officer, Ivans. About Ivans Ivans is where insurance carriers, agents, and MGAs come together to grow their businesses. Every day, our 34,000 agents and 450 carrier partners plug into technology that empowers them to better determine appetite and eligibility, swiftly produce quotes, get accurate claims and commission updates, automatically communicate policy data, and connect to one another to drive new business. With easier ways to get the day’s work done, insurance professionals can open the door to more revenue without letting complexity in behind it. About Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies is a property and casualty insurance specialist writing $2 billion in premium nationwide. GUARD offers a variety of products for both commercial and personal lines of insurance.

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Acclaimed Central Coast Insurance Agency, Morris & Garritano, Expands its Reach to Serve Orange County and San Diego Clients

Morris & Garritano Insurance Agency | December 22, 2021

Morris & Garritano Insurance has a longstanding legacy of more than 135 years insuring and protecting many of the region's most valuable businesses. A four-time winner of Insurance Journal's Best Agency to Work For as well as being named the 2021 "Large Business of the Year" by the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce, the agency is routinely recognized for its incredible service, culture, and advocacy, particularly during these last few difficult years. The company's longtime headquarters is based in San Luis Obispo, but the agency is rapidly expanding its service and presence into neighboring regions. Providing coverage for businesses of all sizes, Morris & Garritano goes above and beyond offering personalized education and advocacy for their clients regarding commercial coverages, employee benefits, workers' compensation, human resources, and compliance services. "We are really proud of the work we do here at Morris & Garritano,To us, providing insurance coverage is protecting what matters most. We do that for our clients through building meaningful relationships, being a trusted advisor and a fierce advocate in their time of need." When asked about the agency's goals moving forward, he says, "We are passionate about supporting the communities we serve and through that we are thrilled about the opportunities this expansion into Southern California holds. We look forward to further developing connections with the region's best and brightest." -CEO Brendan Morris. Longtime commercial advisor, Mark Anelli, is heading up Morris & Garritano's expansion into Orange County and the surrounding territory. Relocating to head up the company's efforts, Anelli will lead the agency's presence and client services in the region, building relationships with clients and local businesses. "I'm looking forward to connecting with clients and extending Morris & Garritano's exceptional service to the valuable businesses of Orange County. Our goal isn't just to generate clients but to build genuine relationships," Anelli says. "The opportunity to serve San Diego County as an Employee Benefits Advisor representing Morris & Garritano Insurance is very exciting for me, Becoming a trusted advisor for clients is something I am very passionate about. Developing meaningful relationships is certainly the highest priority for me, but it is clear that it is a high priority for the people of San Diego as well. I am excited to see Morris & Garritano grow with San Diego, and to see the community of San Diego grow with us." -Benefits Advisor Daniel Miller With this growth and development, businesses in Southern California will have increased access to the service and resources offered by Morris & Garritano allowing for premium employee benefits brokerage as well as stronger, comprehensive, and more competitive commercial insurance to better protect their assets and advocate for their employees. About Morris & Garritano: Founded in 1885, Morris & Garritano is an independent, full-service insurance agency focusing on business insurance, workers' compensation, employee benefits, personal lines, surety, and life insurance. This includes services in the areas of loss control, compliance, claims management, and human resources.

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