Cowbell Cyber announced enhancements to its cyber insurance platform

Cision PR Newswire | August 25, 2020

Cowbell Cyber, the industry's first AI-powered cyber insurance provider for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced enhancements to its cyber insurance platform which allows for larger risk underwriting to be done with more ease, better accuracy and increased speed and for policyholders to immediately benefit from Cowbell Insights, Cowbell's continuously updated cyber risk insights. For insurance brokers, agents, policyholders, and businesses alike, clarity over coverages and the value delivered has long been the barrier for adoption of cyber insurance. AM Best recent report on the state of cyber insurance suggests that standalone cyber is now outpacing packaged cyber, growing 14% or two times faster. Cowbell's on-going platform enhancements make cyber insurance approachable to all businesses and policyholders through Cowbell Prime, its standalone, admitted cyber insurance product.

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Orion180 Hires Christoph Birchler as Chief Financial Officer Orion180 Logo (PRNewsfoto/Orion180)

Orion180 | February 16, 2022

Orion180, a homeowners insurance provider leveraging advanced technology to serve independent insurance agents in the Southeastern U.S., has announced the hiring of Christoph Birchler as Chief Financial Officer. The hiring capped a year of significant growth and business momentum that will carry the company into 2022. Birchler joined Orion180 in December 2021 and is responsible for directing the finance, audit, and treasury functions of the organization. "It's exciting to be part of a team that is truly focused on redefining the Insuretech space while providing customer-centric solutions and competitive products that will deliver unique value to our retail broker partners and insureds, I look forward to being part of Orion180's leadership team to improve on the solid financial foundation the organization has achieved, and further build on the vision and goals the company has set forth for 2022 and beyond." -Christoph Birchler as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Birchler has more than 25 years of insurance and financial services experience. Prior to his role at Orion180, he served as an executive with Ernst & Young in New York and Zurich. During his tenure there, he led finance and multi-disciplinary teams in the disciplines of property and casualty, health, reinsurance, and M&As. Birchler's experience includes generally accepted accounting principles (US GAAP) and statutory financial reporting, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), internal controls assessment and auditing. "Over the last year, Orion180 experienced tremendous growth, as the organization grew by over 400%. Christoph's experience working with property and casualty carriers across Europe and the US will be a tremendous asset to our team as we continue to scale, We are excited to welcome Christoph to our growing team." -Ken Gregg, CEO and Founder of Orion180. Headquartered in Florida, Orion180 operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia with plans to continue expanding in 2022. About Orion180: Orion180 is a homeowners insurance provider leveraging advanced technology to serve independent insurance agents in the Southeastern United States. Providing a combination of human interaction and unsurpassed technology, Orion180 enables real time quoting, binding, and issue functions in a matter of minutes. The company simplifies the homeowners insurance process, providing products that are innovative, fast, and secure. Its product has an A- A.M. Best rating, which means consumers are protected even for the most severe losses.

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Truist Insurance Holdings launches new Insurance Services Division with close of Kensington Vanguard acquisition

Truist Insurance Holdings, Inc | March 03, 2022

Truist Insurance Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Truist Financial Corporation and the sixth-largest insurance brokerage in the U.S., announced todaythat it has closed on the acquisition of Kensington Vanguard National Land Services (KV), one of the country's largest independent full-service national title insurance agencies. BridgeTrust Title Group, the company's existing title and settlement services business, will be integrated into and operate under the KV brand. The consolidated operation will be one of the largest real estate service agencies in the U.S. Concurrent with the close of this transaction, Truist Insurance Holdings announced the creation of a new Insurance Services Division, which will include not only the combined KV organization but also its Premium Finance business, which is marketed through its AFCO brand in the U.S. and CAFO brand in Canada. The new division will report to Todd Wartchow, executive vice president of business development and strategy for Insurance Holdings. "At Truist Insurance Holdings, we serve our clients across a broad and diversified portfolio of businesses, augmented with value-added services like real estate transaction support and premium financing, We're excited about how our expanded title insurance business and our new division allow us to deliver on our purpose of inspiring and building better lives and communities." -John Howard, the company's chairman and CEO. The newly combined KV business will be led by Brian Cooper and Jarett Fein, currently co-chief executive officers of KV. Barbara Jones, title insurance manager at BridgeTrust, will delay a previously planned retirement until year-end to support the transition. Additional KV leadership announcements will follow as the business integrates into Truist Insurance. There are no changes to the Premium Finance organization and leadership as part of its transition to the new Insurance Services Division. About Truist Insurance Holdings Truist Insurance Holdings, Inc., the sixth-largest insurance broker in the U.S. and seventh-largest in the world, is a subsidiary of Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC). Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Truist Insurance Holdings operates more than 240 offices through its subsidiaries: McGriff Insurance Services, Inc.; CRC Insurance Services, Inc.; Crump Life Insurance Services, Inc.; AmRisc, LLC; and its Premium Finance companies (AFCO Credit Corporation and CAFO Inc.). To learn more, visit www.truistins About Kensington Vanguard National Land Services Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, LLC, headquartered in New York City with 400 employees, is one of the largest full-service national title insurance and settlement agencies in the U.S. Founded in 2002, Kensington Vanguard provides commercial and residential title insurance, settlement, escrow and 1031 exchange services.

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Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance Partners with Rhode Island Environmental Non-Profit

Save The Bay | January 27, 2022

Advocacy of clean waterways is top priority for Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance, which is why a partnership with Save The Bay is a natural fit. Safe Harbor offers the largest spill response network in the vessel pollution industry, which allows for the opportune response in the crucial first moments of marine oil spills. Additionally, most of its staff are based in North Kingstown, RI – where the office overlooks Narragansett Bay – the very body of water Save The Bay actively works to clean and protect every day. Much of Save The Bay's mission-based work seeks to address the ongoing threats to Narragansett Bay including: "polluted runoff, excessive nutrients, accumulating toxins, overfishing, declining biodiversity, warming sea temperatures, and coastal inundation—all of which represent urgent perils that demand our attention." Safe Harbor and the extended Falvey Insurance Group staff plan to support Save The Bay through local beach cleanups, volunteer hours dedicated to removing garbage and debris from the Bay's coastline. Safe Harbor is also proud to support Save The Bay by hosting and serving as the presenting sponsor of "Fore the Bay" – a charity golf tournament planned for Monday, July 25, 2022. The tournament will be hosted at Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club in Middletown, RI, which overlooks the same body of water the event will support – Narragansett Bay. All proceeds will be donated to Save The Bay. Golf registration and sponsorship opportunities are available at safeharborpollutioninsurance.com/save-the-bay. This partnership is a continuation of Falvey Insurance Group's, parent company of Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance, effort to directly align its 2021 philanthropy with causes related to its business operations. About Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance At Safe Harbor, we are more than paper, we are a partner. With roughly 50 cumulative years of experience, Safe Harbor offers the strongest and longest track record of continuous applied expertise in the vessel pollution industry. Safe Harbor supports clients with the industry's leading infrastructure and institutional knowledge available in the market today. Offering the broadest coverage, largest spill response network and most transparent claims process in the industry, Safe Harbor is more than paper, we are a partner and vessel pollution expert you can trust. Learn more about Safe Harbor at: safeharborpollutioninsurance.com About Falvey Insurance Group Falvey Insurance Group began as a single division, Falvey Cargo Underwriting, opening its first office in 1995 in Wakefield, RI by the company's founder: Mike Falvey. After 25 years, the company has evolved into Falvey Insurance Group, comprised of four divisions: Falvey Cargo Underwriting, Falvey Shippers Insurance, Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance, and Falvey Insurance Services. "The Specialized Insurance Experts" underwrite on behalf of Lloyd's of London, C.V. Starr, Nationwide, Beazley Insurance Company, Hiscox, Ascot Group and State National. The flexibility, World-Class customer service, claims processing excellence, and comprehensive knowledge and expertise that Falvey companies are known for is unparalleled in the insurance industry. Falvey was also named Insurance Insider's MGA of the Year in 2020. About Save The Bay Founded in 1970, the Rhode Island-based nonprofit Save The Bay seeks to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its 1,705-square-mile watershed. The organization works to achieve its vision of a fully swimmable, fishable Narragansett Bay, accessible to all, through its advocacy, education, and habitat restoration and adaptation work.

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RISK MANAGEMENT

Westwood Insurance Agency Achieves Exceptional 2021 Net Promoter Score®

Westwood Insurance Agency | January 20, 2022

Westwood Insurance Agency is pleased to announce its year-end, industry-leading Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) of 91. The NPS® indicates customers' likelihood of recommending a company or product to others. Bain & Company, creators of the NPS®, define a score of 20 and above as favorable, 50 and above as excellent, and 80 and above as world-class. "We are extremely proud to have achieved such an outstanding NPS® score. It's a testament to our team members, who have remained dedicated to providing exceptional customer service, Westwood has always stood for innovating the way insurance is done, and our people complement our technology." -Alan Umaly, President of Westwood Insurance Agency, Westwood Insurance Agency accomplishes this high-quality performance by keeping customers at the heart of its business and prioritizing an improved user experience. "We're making insurance easy to navigate for our customers. We offer a fully digital process that's backed by highly knowledgeable agents. Because we work with more than 40 insurance companies, we can combine our user-friendly platform and exceptional service with the best coverage and rates." -Vice President of National Sales and Growth Christi Burkhardt Westwood Insurance Agency plans to continue its exceptional quality of service in 2022 and beyond by investing in the highest quality talent and technology to help customers address their insurance needs efficiently and with the best available options and prices. About Westwood Insurance Agency Westwood Insurance Agency is one of the largest personal lines agencies in the United States, having helped more than a million people protect what matters most since its founding in 1952. As a full-service agency, Westwood offers a complete array of personal, commercial, and surplus line products. Westwood partners with the world's leading insurance companies to offer its customers choice and competitively priced insurance products. About Net Promoter Score (NPS) A company's NPS® measures customer experience and satisfaction by asking customers to rate their likelihood of recommending the brand on a scale of one to ten and subtracting the percentage of detractors from the percentage of promoters. Net Promoter®, NPS®, NPS Prism®, and the NPS-related emoticons are registered trademarks of Bain & Company, Inc., Satmetrix Systems, Inc., and Fred Reichheld. Net Promoter Score℠ and Net Promoter System℠ are service marks of Bain & Company, Inc., Satmetrix Systems, Inc., and Fred Reichheld.

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