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New Energy Risk Publishes Sustainability Report, Adds Two Key Hires

AVON, Conn. -- New Energy Risk (NER), a wholly-owned division of Paragon Insurance Group, today announces the release of its annual Sustainability Report and two key hires to support its goal of "Underwriting a Greener Future."

The report details the climate, sustainability, and environmental impacts of NER's client portfolio, where innovations to reduce carbon intensity for fuels and power, as well as to promote the circular economy and curb wastefulness, have led to increased impact year-to-year, with some impact measures increasing more than 100%.

"I am proud of the tireless effort every member of our team has put in over the past year, and the Sustainability Report clearly lays out how our creative solutions continue to deliver real-world results," NER Chief Executive Officer Tom Dickson said.

Visit the New Energy Risk website to view the full report: https://newenergyrisk.com/ner-releases-its-2021-sustainability-report/

NER is adding Richard Riley as business development manager. He brings a wealth of experience in engineering, project management, EPR reactors and novel energy storage.

Krista Sutton also joins the company as principal engineer. She adds talent and depth to NER's technical diligence team where she has deep experience in chemical engineering and environmental engineering focused on biofuels.

"We are thrilled to bring talent like Richard and Krista aboard as we look to solidify NER as the market leader and take aim at the world's climate challenges," Dickson said.

About New Energy Risk:

New Energy Risk is a pioneer of large-scale, breakthrough technology performance insurance solutions. The company provides complex risk assessment and serves as a bridge between technology innovators, financiers, and insurers. Insurance policies are administered through New Energy Risk affiliate Complex Risk and Insurance Associates, LLC, CA License #0I24307. Learn more: https://newenergyrisk.com/.

About Paragon:

Paragon Insurance Holdings, LLC, formed in 2014, writes all commercial lines of insurance across more than 20 programs. Paragon's industry-specific and general underwriting facilities offer insureds, retail agents, carriers, reinsurers and service providers unique product, service, capability, and results. Learn more: https://www.paragoninsgroup.com/.

Related link: https://newenergyrisk.com/

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Business, Free News Articles, Insurance

EPIC Continues Strategic Expansion of Life and Executive Benefits Platform – Acquires Larry Gordon Agency

CHICAGO, Ill. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants ("EPIC") announced today that it has acquired Larry Gordon Agency ("LGA"). The acquisition continues the strategic expansion of EPIC's geographic footprint in the Midwest across its life insurance, executive benefits, and financial advisory distribution businesses under the Vanbridge Life and Executive Benefits umbrella.

Established in 1965, the Larry Gordon Agency was one of the first independent brokerage agencies in the country and pioneered the concept of providing brokers a diversified mix of life insurance options with access to multiple carriers. Today, LGA services its customers with industry-leading life insurance and annuity products, and an experienced management team with extensive knowledge in impaired risk evaluation, business insurance solutions, estate planning techniques and financial planning tools.

LGA will continue to serve clients from its offices in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois. In addition, the current leadership team will remain in place including principals Mike Smrt and Larry Grapenthin, with Tom Braigel serving as a consultant.

"Joining Vanbridge and EPIC creates opportunities for Larry and me to provide a broader array of solutions and resources to our clients and provides our staff with new avenues for growth and development," said Mike Smrt, advisor and long-time partner at LGA. "Our agency has succeeded for more than 57 years because of our commitment to identifying the best products for clients' needs, and a shared sense of tenacity and commitment to results. We are excited what we can continue to achieve in partnership with Vanbridge and EPIC as we join their platform."

"I have been fortunate to know Tom, Larry and Mike for many years and have admired their approach to their business. The addition of the LGA team will enable our Life and Executive Benefits practice to become more efficient, grow organically at a higher rate, and improve on the best-in-class service delivered to our clients," said Tom Bellig, EPIC Life and Executive Benefits and Managing Principal of Vanbridge.

"We are thrilled to continue our expansion in the Midwest with the addition of LGA, whose vision and values align strongly with ours. We are proud that LGA has chosen to partner with us and honored to welcome Mike, Larry and the entire LGA team to the EPIC and Vanbridge family," concluded Mitchell K. Smith, EPIC Life and Executive Benefits and Managing Principal of Vanbridge.

About EPIC Brokers & Consultants:

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has more than 2,800 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients. Visit: https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

About Vanbridge Life and Executive Benefits:

Vanbridge's Life and Executive Benefits division provides coordinated advice about insurance planning, executive benefits, estate, tax, distributions, business succession, and other related financial matters. Our clients rely on our team to identify relevant areas of risk, ask clarifying and exploratory questions to identify goals, generate custom solutions and manage the implementation in conjunction with their legal and tax advisors, when applicable.

Vanbridge's infrastructure, tools, services, and strategies cater to RIAs, Family Offices, CPA firms and financial service professionals and institutions. We have assembled a distinguished interdisciplinary team that combines the best in life and annuity, capital markets, tax, and legal expertise. A true independent firm with offices and leadership across the country, Vanbridge provides objective access to the world's leading carriers across life insurance, annuities, disability income, long-term care, and linked benefits. Visit: https://www.vanbridge.com/.

About Larry Gordon Agency:

Established in 1965, the Larry Gordon Agency was one of the first independent brokerage agencies in the country to pioneer the concept of providing brokers a diversified mix of life insurance options with access to multiple carriers. LGA has been synonymous with performance and expertise specializing in multiple carrier management, aggressive impaired risk underwriting and an extensive annuity portfolio. Visit: https://www.lganet.com/

Related link: https://www.epicbrokers.com/

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Business, Free News Articles, Insurance

EPIC Expands Northern California Presence with Acquisition of SLCO LLC

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced it has acquired SLCO LLC, headquartered in Lafayette, California. The acquisition expands EPIC's growing presence in Northern California and adds to its client offerings both regionally and nationally.

SLCO is an established leader in employee benefits, property & casualty, and personal lines. It is known nationwide for its comprehensive service capabilities, sophisticated product offerings and customized insurance solutions. SLCO will continue to serve clients from its offices in Lafayette, Santa Rosa, and Novato, California, under the leadership of Matthew M. Sitzmann, SLCO practice leader.

"Our team is excited about the opportunities ahead with EPIC. The partnership will bring both businesses added knowledge, market reach and expanded resources. We anticipate numerous opportunities to collaborate with EPIC in ways that will greatly benefit our clients and employees," said Sitzmann.

KJ Wagner, President, West Region with EPIC said, "SLCO brings extraordinary talent and client services to the EPIC Retail West business region. The SLCO team will expand and strengthen our presence within Northern California, and throughout the country, as we look forward to achieving great success together."

About EPIC Brokers & Consultants:

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has more than 2,800 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

For more information on EPIC, visit: https://www.epicbrokers.com/

Related link: https://www.epicbrokers.com/

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Business, Free News Articles, Insurance

Anita Huang Joins EPIC’s Life and Executive Benefits Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Anita Huang has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President within its Life and Executive Benefits practice managed by Vanbridge, an EPIC company.

Huang has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and possesses a unique understanding of the financial and insurance markets in Asia and the United States. She is bilingual in Mandarin and English and specializes in working with affluent and high-net-worth clients, many of whom recently immigrated to the U.S. She has a proven ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with financial professionals and their clients, assisting them with planning solutions that leverage insurance. Huang will be based in Southern California while enhancing our capabilities across our national teams in the financial services space.

"I am honored to be able to welcome Anita to the EPIC and Vanbridge Life & Executive Benefits team. She has a great reputation in the industry and will be a valued member of our team. We are looking forward to drawing on her expertise to deepen the unique relationships we have been able to develop," said Tom Bellig, Managing Principal, Vanbridge Life and Executive Benefits.

About EPIC Brokers & Consultants:

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has more than 2,800 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients. Visit: https://www.epicbrokers.com/ .

About Vanbridge Life and Executive Benefits:

Vanbridge's Life and Executive Benefits division provides coordinated advice about insurance planning, executive benefits, estate, tax, distributions, business succession, and other related financial matters. Our clients rely on our team to identify relevant areas of risk, ask clarifying and exploratory questions to identify goals, generate custom solutions and manage the implementation in conjunction with their legal and tax advisors, when applicable.

Vanbridge's infrastructure, tools, services, and strategies cater to RIAs, Family Offices, CPA firms and financial service professionals and institutions. We have assembled a distinguished interdisciplinary team that combines the best in life and annuity, capital markets, tax, and legal expertise. A true independent firm with offices and leadership across the country, Vanbridge provides objective access to the world's leading carriers across life insurance, annuities, disability income, long-term care, and linked benefits. Visit: https://www.vanbridge.com/.

Related link: https://www.epicbrokers.com/

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Business, Free News Articles, Insurance

EPIC Expands Life and Executive Benefits Platform with Acquisition of The National Benefit Corp

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants ("EPIC") announced today that it has acquired The National Benefit Corp ("TNBC"). The acquisition further expands EPIC's geographic footprint in the Midwest across its life insurance, executive benefits, and financial advisory distribution businesses under the Vanbridge Life and Executive Benefits umbrella. The transaction continues to broaden the reach of EPIC's current Life and Executive Benefits practice and provides TNBC with an expanded and complementary portfolio of products and resources to facilitate growth and enhance client service.

Founded in 1977, TNBC is a full-service insurance marketing organization and a trusted insurance and annuity partner for advisors across the country. TNBC offers advisors a diverse line of financial products including Life, Long-Term Care and Disability Income insurance along with a specialization in Annuity solutions. The current leadership team of TNBC, including President John Gilbert, will remain intact upon joining the EPIC organization. Gilbert also serves as Chair of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA).

"Over the last 45 years, TNBC has become a leader in delivering personal relationships and independent life and annuity solutions to our incredible customers. Through this new partnership with EPIC and Vanbridge, we are very excited to be able to offer a more robust suite of solutions and best in class expertise to enhance our long-standing customer relationships," said Gilbert.

"I am fortunate to have known John Gilbert and Tom Kirke for the last decade and am very excited to welcome the team at TNBC into our collaborative organization," said Tom Bellig, EPIC Life and Executive Benefits and Managing Principal of Vanbridge.

"TNBC has cultivated a great reputation of performance within their specialty and this acquisition is an excellent opportunity for us to build on that success and drive growth - together," concluded Mitchell K. Smith, EPIC Life and Executive Benefits and Managing Principal of Vanbridge.

About EPIC Brokers & Consultants:

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has more than 2,800 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients. Visit: https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

About Vanbridge Life and Executive Benefits:

Vanbridge's Life and Executive Benefits division provides coordinated advice about insurance planning, executive benefits, estate, tax, distributions, business succession, and other related financial matters. Clients rely on its team to identify relevant areas of risk, ask clarifying and exploratory questions to identify goals, generate custom solutions and manage the implementation in conjunction with their legal and tax advisors, when applicable. Vanbridge's infrastructure, tools, services, and strategies cater to RIAs, Family Offices, CPA firms and financial service professionals and institutions. It has assembled a distinguished interdisciplinary team that combines the best in life and annuity, capital markets, tax and legal expertise. A true independent firm with offices and leadership across the country, Vanbridge provides objective access to the world's leading carriers across life insurance, annuities, disability income, long-term care and linked benefits. Visit: https://www.vanbridge.com/.

About TNBC:

The National Benefit Corp. (TNBC) is a full-service insurance marketing organization focused on providing extraordinary service and building quality relationships with our customer, the financial services professional. TNBC streamlines the business of its customers using proprietary technology platforms and through extraordinary personal service. Life insurance, annuities, long term care and disability income insurance are the primary products that we use to strengthen the financial futures of our clients. Visit: https://www.tnbc.com/

Related link: https://www.epicbrokers.com/

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Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Free News Articles, Insurance, NonProfit and Charities

Mover’s Choice and Move For Hunger Renew Partnership to Fight Hunger During Difficult Times

NEPTUNE CITY, N.J. -- Mover's Choice, a specialty moving and storage insurance program, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, have renewed their partnership which will help to provide more than 25,000 meals to communities in need.

Mover's Choice has partnered with Move For Hunger since 2019 and has helped to provide over 88,000 meals to those in need through their continued partnership with Move For Hunger.

"The partnership that we've developed with Move For Hunger has given us a unique opportunity to join the fight against hunger as an organization," said Brandon Laam, Assistant Vice President of Mover's Choice. "It's a partnership that we take great pride in. In today's economic uncertainty, there are many individuals and families that will benefit from what Move For Hunger is accomplishing. We're extremely grateful to play a small part in those efforts and look forward to continually strengthening our support of the Move For Hunger organization."

Through partnerships like the one with Mover's Choice, Move For Hunger is able to consistently increase its impact on communities in need in the United States and Canada. So far in 2022, Move For Hunger has transported over 3 million pounds of donated food to food banks across North America.

Since its founding in 2009, Move For Hunger has created a sustainable way for people to donate food. With a network of over 1,100 moving companies, including many of the world's leading relocation management companies, and more than 3,000 multifamily apartment communities, Move For Hunger has provided over 29 million pounds of food, equaling more than 24 million meals, to those in need. The company has also recently expanded to develop its Fresh Food Program, rescuing and transporting more than 700,000 pounds of fresh food.

"We couldn't be more thankful for another year of partnership with Mover's Choice," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "With more than 38 million Americans facing hunger daily, each partnership brings us one year closer to ending hunger."

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger, a 501(c)(3), is working to end hunger and food waste in America. 38 million Americans struggle with hunger while 35% of the food produced in this country goes to waste. By mobilizing moving companies, multifamily apartment communities, corporations, and volunteers, Move For Hunger has delivered more than 28 million pounds of food to food banks - providing 23 million meals for those in need.

Get your company involved by registering to hold a food drive, fundraiser, or team building opportunity. Visit Move For Hunger to learn more about their work at https://www.moveforhunger.org/

About Mover's Choice:

We provide specialized business solutions including comprehensive insurance products specifically designed to meet the unique needs of Moving & Storage operations, cutting-edge technology that increases operational efficiency, advanced loss prevention services and resources that reduce exposures and a network of service providers for exclusive discounts.

Related link: https://moveforhunger.org/

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Advertising and Marketing, Business, Free News Articles, Insurance

CEO Lee Duncan Marks 20 Years at Alliance Group

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Alliance Group CEO Lee Duncan celebrated 20 years of service at the company on September 23rd. Duncan was brought into the industry in 2002 by his mentor, former Alliance Group President and Chairman Jerry Stratton. Over the years, he worked his way from an administrative position and case manager all the way to his current position as President, CEO, and 100% owner of Alliance Group.

In his time at Alliance Group, the life insurance marketing organization has flourished, establishing themselves as a leading IMO for independent life insurance agents and agencies. Championing modern Living Benefits policy features as its calling card, the company has grown from $8 million of annual production in 2002 to over $55 million in 2021, representing an increase of nearly 700% in Duncan's 20-year tenure.

"It's been an especially crazy year, and I didn't even realize this milestone was approaching," Duncan said. "It's humbling to be able to lead this wonderful organization. Alliance Group is etched in my DNA - it's a part of who I am. It's been a wonderful 20 years being able to witness our growth and the families whose lives we've been able to touch. It's been the ride of a lifetime, and I can't wait to see what we do in the next 20 years."

More information on Alliance Group and Living Benefits life insurance is available on their website, https://www.alliancegrouplife.com/.

Related link: https://www.AllianceGroupLife.com/

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Insurance, Software

After, Inc.’s QuickSuite® Receives the TWICE VIP 2022 Award

NORWALK, Conn. -- After, Inc. announced today that it received the TWICE VIP Award 2022 for its QuickSuite® post-sale customer experience technology. The TWICE VIP Awards are the only awards voted on exclusively by TWICE's audience of top consumer technology retailers and distributors, celebrating the best features, design, and value that new products are bringing to the market.

QuickSuite® is a modular set of SaaS platforms that work together across the entire post-sale lifecycle and include: QuickReg®, QuickCover®, QuickClaim®, QuickInsight®, and QuickRenew® (to launch in Q4 2022). These platforms give manufacturers, retailers, dealers, and ecommerce sellers the ability to better understand their customers and provide personalized experiences at scale across the entire post-purchase customer journey.

"We are so thrilled to win the TWICE VIP Award this year for our QuickSuite," says Nate Baldwin, After, Inc.'s CEO. "There are a lot of software products that support one stage of the post-sale experience, like registration or product protection or subscription services. The true value of QuickSuite is in its integrated platforms, and ability to drive long-term, meaningful relationships with brands and their customers. Thank you TWICE and your audience for this incredible award."

About TWICE

TWICE (www.twice.com) is a trade publication launched by publisher Richard Ekstract in 1987, currently owned by Future US. Printed 12 times a year, TWICE meets the information needs of retailers, distributors and manufacturing representatives in the consumer electronics and major appliance industries. Business leaders turn to TWICE for perspective and analysis in the ever changing and fast paced environment of consumer technology.

About After, Inc.

After, Inc. (www.afterinc.com) is a pioneer in the post-sale services industry. Since 2005, we have helped some of the world's top brands transform their businesses after the point of sale. In 2021, we launched QuickSuite, a modular set of SaaS technologies to help manufacturers, retailers, and e-commerce sellers build deeper relationships with their customers and increase loyalty and lifetime value. The suite covers the entire post-sale lifecycle, and includes: QuickReg®, QuickCover®, QuickClaim®, QuickInsight®, and QuickRenew®. Headquartered in Norwalk, CT, After, Inc. is part of Galway Holdings, a diversified financial services distribution company with a focus on data analytics, technology transformation, and innovative risk sharing solutions.

Related link: https://afterinc.com/

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Business, Free News Articles, Insurance

NER Announces Hire of George Schulz as Managing Director, Program Development

AVON, Conn. -- New Energy Risk (NER), a wholly-owned division of Paragon Insurance Group, today announced the hire of George Schulz as Managing Director, Program Development, in the latest confirmation of Paragon's commitment to continuing investment in the green technology space.

Schulz, who previously served as market leader in the Americas for Ariel Re's clean energy team, brings a depth of experience in using insurance to support the financing, customer adoption and achievement of scale of new technologies and the growth of the companies developing, manufacturing, managing, and deploying these technologies.

"We're excited to welcome George to our team," NER Chief Executive Officer Tom Dickson said. "He is well respected across the industry and will play a key part in NER's goal of 'Underwriting a Greener Future.'"

Prior to joining NER, Schulz held several positions on the forefront of technology performance risk products over his 25-year career, including his role as leader of Munich Re's Special Enterprise Risks team.

"I'm looking forward to joining Tom and the NER team at such a critical juncture in the company's growth trajectory," Schulz said.

About New Energy Risk:

New Energy Risk is a pioneer of large-scale, breakthrough technology performance insurance solutions. The company provides complex risk assessment and serves as a bridge between technology innovators, financiers, and insurers. Insurance policies are administered through New Energy Risk affiliate Complex Risk and Insurance Associates, LLC, CA License #0I24307.

About Paragon:

Paragon Insurance Holdings, LLC, formed in 2014, writes all commercial lines of insurance across more than 20 programs. Paragon's industry-specific and general underwriting facilities offer insureds, retail agents, carriers, reinsurers and service providers unique product, service, capability, and results. Visit: https://www.paragoninsgroup.com/.

Related link: https://paragoninsgroup.com/new-energy-risk/

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Business, Free News Articles, Insurance

NER Announces Hire of George Schulz as Managing Director, Program Development

AVON, Conn. -- New Energy Risk (NER), a wholly-owned division of Paragon Insurance Group, today announced the hire of George Schulz as Managing Director, Program Development, in the latest confirmation of Paragon's commitment to continuing investment in the green technology space.

Schulz, who previously served as market leader in the Americas for Ariel Re's clean energy team, brings a depth of experience in using insurance to support the financing, customer adoption and achievement of scale of new technologies and the growth of the companies developing, manufacturing, managing, and deploying these technologies.

"We're excited to welcome George to our team," NER Chief Executive Officer Tom Dickson said. "He is well respected across the industry and will play a key part in NER's goal of 'Underwriting a Greener Future.'"

Prior to joining NER, Schulz held several positions on the forefront of technology performance risk products over his 25-year career, including his role as leader of Munich Re's Special Enterprise Risks team.

"I'm looking forward to joining Tom and the NER team at such a critical juncture in the company's growth trajectory," Schulz said.

About New Energy Risk:

New Energy Risk is a pioneer of large-scale, breakthrough technology performance insurance solutions. The company provides complex risk assessment and serves as a bridge between technology innovators, financiers, and insurers. Insurance policies are administered through New Energy Risk affiliate Complex Risk and Insurance Associates, LLC, CA License #0I24307.

About Paragon:

Paragon Insurance Holdings, LLC, formed in 2014, writes all commercial lines of insurance across more than 20 programs. Paragon's industry-specific and general underwriting facilities offer insureds, retail agents, carriers, reinsurers and service providers unique product, service, capability, and results. Visit: https://www.paragoninsgroup.com/.

Related link: https://paragoninsgroup.com/new-energy-risk/

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