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SafeCo names Founders Insurance Agency one of their "Award of Excellence" Recipients prestigious Award of Excellence celebrates and rewards individuals with superior underwriting skills who have developed not only a strong partnership with Safeco® Underwriting, but also a long-term commitment to Safeco Insurance.
It is with much enthusiasm that we announce the 2015 Award of Excellence recipients – from 288 agencies across the nation!
This elite group of agents possesses superior underwriting skills and meets strict criteria, including membership in Safeco’s Premier Partner Program, appointment tenure and loss ratio requirements.“Safeco’s Award of Excellence program recognizes high-performing agents that place a premium on front-line underwriting," said Mike Luekens, vice president and manager, Underwriting Field Operations. "This award is the most prestigious underwriting recognition our independent agency partners can achieve.” 

Luekens added, “Recipients have displayed a track record of actively partnering with Safeco to provide an exceptional customer experience while sharing our appetite for risk. We deeply value this relationship and their commitment to a disciplined underwriting approach and focus on profitable growth. On behalf of Safeco Insurance, congratulations to our 2015 Award of Excellence winners!” Award of Excellence is designed to honor strong partnerships that have been forged over the years rather than reward loss ratios and production alone.
“Partnership is key in the selection of an Award of Excellence agent," said Alex George, an underwriter for the Northeast region. "These agents are our front line underwriters and truly understand what it means to be an underwriting partner. Working with an Award of Excellence agent is most often easy, and the experiences shared between underwriting and the agency are pleasant and productive. I’m honored to conduct business with my Award of Excellence agents.”

AssuredPartners Acquires Connecticut-based Founders Insurance Group

AssuredPartners Acquires Connecticut-based Founders Insurance Group, A Full Service, Consultative Insurance Agency
LAKE MARY, Fla. – July 22, 2015 AssuredPartners Inc., one of the fastest growing independent insurance agencies in the nation, announces today the acquisition of Founders Insurance Group. This independent insurance broker has been providing full service insurance solutions to businesses and families in the New England region and beyond for more than a century. The agency’s staff and leadership will continue to operate from their existing locations in Torrington and Lakeville, Connecticut.
Founders Insurance Group takes a consultative approach with its clients, providing comprehensive insurance packages in commercial property and casualty, group health and life benefits and personal insurance, including its high value, platinum clientele with properties around the world. Its client portfolio is diverse, and ranges from small firms to international corporations.
“Our experts take pride in providing personalized attention and tailored insurance plan designs and packages. We take the time to understand and assess each client’s needs, and advocate on their behalf as necessary,” said Founders President Dennis Dressel, CPCU. “As an AssuredPartners Company, we are excited to provide even more capabilities and carrier relationships to our clients.”
AssuredPartners President and COO Tom Riley added, “The leadership team and employees at Founders are dedicated insurance professionals. We look forward to the additional expertise and presence they’ll bring to the Connecticut and New England area.”
For more information about Founders Insurance Group, visit: .
Headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida and led by Jim Henderson and Tom Riley, AssuredPartners Inc. is a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR. AssuredPartners acquires and invests in insurance brokerage businesses (property and casualty, employee benefits, surety and MGA/wholesalers) across the United States and in London. From its founding in March of 2011, AssuredPartners has grown to $490 million in annualized revenue and continues to be one of the fastest growing insurance brokerage firms in the United States* with over 120 offices in 30 states and a London office. Since 2011, AssuredPartners has acquired more than 100 insurance agencies. For more information, please contact Dean Curtis, CFO, at 407.708.0031 or, or visit
*As ranked by Business Insurance in the July 20, 2015 edition, featuring the “100 largest brokers of U.S. business.”

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