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EPIC Adds Joseph Freeman – Will Lead West Region Loss Control Team

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Joseph Freeman has joined the firm as Managing Principal. He will be based in Los Angeles.

In his new position, Freeman will lead the West Region Loss Control team to assist EPIC clients in managing and reducing risks before losses occur. He will work with the team to understand and improve the measurable outcomes of complex safety management systems, act as advocates for clients, and coordinate the services provided by insurer loss control personnel.

Freeman joins EPIC from Beecher Carlson where he served as Director of Risk Control. In this role, he led a national team responsible for assisting clients in risk reduction strategies. His areas of industry expertise include transportation, hospitality, healthcare, retail, energy, and manufacturing. He helped clients identify cost-drivers associated with their casualty risk management programs, and then helped develop and implement processes to minimize those costs.

This included services in a broad range of areas, including cost allocation and performance measurement, risk management programs and procedures, client-specific training modules, risk management program auditing, site safety evaluations, ergonomic assessments, driver safety, and others. Freeman joined the insurance industry in 2002 as a risk control consultant with Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he held a variety of risk control positions.

"We are pleased to welcome Joey to EPIC as we continue to grow the West Region and provide valuable loss prevention resources on behalf of our clients," said EPIC West Region President, KJ Wagner. "Joey's extensive background in loss control brings a wealth of knowledge and rich industry experience to the team."

Freeman earned a Bachelor of Science, Occupational Safety & Health from Murray State University. He holds the professional designations of Certified Safety Professional through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and Certified Driver Trainer through the North American Transportation Management Institute.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail insurance brokerage, has more than 2,600 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 clients. EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. https://www.epicbrokers.com/

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Paragon Hires Industry Vet for East Coast Expansion

AVON, Conn. -- Paragon Insurance Holdings LLC, a nationwide multiline specialty managing general agent (MGA), is pleased to announce the hire of Patrick Carroll as senior vice president - Eastern Region, effective January 31.

"Pat will be in instrumental in helping expand our footprint, particularly on the East Coast," Paragon President Ron Mairano said. "He has deep rooted relationships in the insurance industry focusing much of that time in the workers' comp marketplace. We're all excited to have him join the team."

Carroll brings more than 38 years of property & casualty and workers' compensation experience to his role at Paragon. He has held leadership positions on both the carrier and MGA side and will be working with new and existing partners in the Eastern United States.

Carroll will report to Andrew Petersen, executive vice president.

"I'm excited to be back in the MGA space with people I have known for over 20 years and who have an incredible track record of success," Carroll said.

About Paragon:

Paragon, a broadly diversified MGA launched in 2014, supplies distinctive alternatives and options to retail brokers, insurance coverage carriers, reinsurers and vendor companions. The agency, which is owned Galway Holdings, writes all business strains of coverage throughout greater than 20 packages.

Please visit https://www.paragoninsgroup.com/ for additional information.

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Alliance Group, a leading national insurance marketing organization, announces a series of promotions for 2022

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Alliance Group, a leading national insurance marketing organization (IMO), announced a series of promotions within their ranks, effective immediately. Mark Powell was promoted from Systems Engineer to Chief Strategy Officer, a move that CEO Lee Duncan says will greatly benefit Alliance Group's technological push in 2022 and beyond.

"With Mark's help, we've developed a state-of-the-art Agent Portal this past year and Mark's promotion to CSO is going to help us continue to push the tools and systems we've developed for our agent and agency partners to the cutting edge from a technology standpoint," Duncan said. "I'm excited to see what Mark and his team can do with him in this new role".

Powell has previously headed up teams of up to 150 implementing technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies such as Cigna, Home Depot, Nationwide, and Blackstone Group, to name a few.

In another move, Boise, Idaho-based Steve Walther was tapped as the company's new VP of Sales and Distribution. Walther had previously held the title of National Training Director at Alliance Group.

"As Alliance Group grows, there's a need for someone to be focused exclusively on the tasks of finding ways to grow existing streams of business while developing new ones as well. Steve's experience in the industry has been a huge asset to us at Alliance Group for close to a decade now, and we're happy to see him step up into this new role for us," said Duncan.

Andrea Buffo was promoted to VP of Operations, a role that Duncan says she has really been fulfilling for some time now during her seven years with Alliance Group.

Of Buffo's move, Lee Duncan said, "I've always described Andrea as my right hand, and maybe my left as well. She possesses a keen eye for detail, and I've always appreciated her ability to organize and keep all the plates spinning for us on multiple fronts. This promotion will help us continue to keep all the tracks aligned as Alliance Group speeds toward our goal of $100 million of combined production by 2030."

To learn more please visit: https://www.AllianceGroupLife.com/

About Alliance Group:

Founded in 1998, Alliance Group is the nation's leading IMO in Living Benefits life insurance. With more than 4,500 independent agents nationally, Alliance Group is currently protecting over 130,000 American families with more than $28 billion of Living Benefits coverage.

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KJ Stephens Joins EPIC – Further Expands EPIC’s Employee Benefits Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that KJ Stephens has joined the firm as Vice President within its Employee Benefits Practice.

In his new position with EPIC, Stephens will be responsible for bringing new client relationships to EPIC. He will develop health and welfare plan strategies for his clients and deploy the EPIC team and resources needed to meet client goals. He will create strategies that take clients' benefits to a high performing level.

Reporting to Robyn Pawlo, Executive Managing Principal, NorCal Employee Benefits, Stephens will work from the firm's Rancho Cordova, CA office. He joins EPIC from the Leavitt Group where he was an employee benefits consultant.

"We are excited to have KJ join the EPIC family. HIs integrity, enthusiasm and strong record of advocating for his clients will be an excellent fit with EPIC's culture," commented Pawlo. "We look forward to supporting KJ's continued business growth with our expanded Client Services Platform and through collaboration with his new EPIC team."

Kevin Harnetiaux, Territory President, Northern California, commented, "KJ will be an outstanding addition to our team and will help us continue to build our employee benefits expertise in the Northern California territory."

Stephens graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from California Baptist University, and attained a Master's degree from Azusa Pacific University. He was born and raised in Southern California, and enjoys being outdoors, camping, coaching his kids' teams, and spending time with family.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail insurance brokerage, has more than 2,600 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 clients. EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S.

Learn more at: https://www.epicbrokers.com/

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Alliance Group and Living Benefits Awareness Month

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Alliance Group launched their fifth annual Living Benefits Awareness Month, or LBAM, to be observed throughout the month of January 2022.

The industry-wide campaign, which takes place each January, aims to educate consumers on the importance of owning Living Benefits life insurance and the role it plays in protecting families' financial security.

Living Benefits are features built into life insurance policies (term and permanent) that allow the policyholder access to their death benefit while they're still alive if they get sick or injured. Cancer, heart attack, stroke, major organ transplant, blindness, paralysis, and chronic illness are some of the triggering events that would allow for acceleration of the policy's death benefit.

"Getting sick no longer means certain death," says Samuel Howe, CMO of Alliance Group. "People are surviving longer, which is great news, but survival requires treatment, and treatment requires money. Having emergency access to your life insurance policy's death benefit while you're still alive is a hugely valuable option to have."

He adds, "More people should know about that option. That's why we created Living Benefits Awareness Month five years ago, and we're so excited about building on that success in 2022."

According to Howe, consumers can get a better idea of what LBAM is all about by visiting the website geared towards educating the general public on Living Benefits.

The address for the site is: https://www.alliancegrouplife.com/site/lbam.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Goldfine, Dir. Of Digital Innovation | 678.969.9000 | info@alliancegrouplife.com

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After, Inc. and PermaPlate® Partner to Deliver PermaPlate Furniture Protection powered by QuickCover® to Online Furniture Retailers

NORWALK, Conn. -- After, Inc., the leading customer experience technology company providing software and services to the world's top manufacturers, retailers and merchants, today announced its partnership with PermaPlate Furniture, the furniture protection plan division of PermaPlate®. PermaPlate® recently expanded its warranty administration solutions to offer furniture coverage to online furniture and home furnishing retailers.

Furniture and homeware e-commerce generates $55 billion in revenue in the United States, according to Statista's September 2021 estimates - 12% of total retail e-commerce and the fastest growing sector, beating fashion and electronics. Given PermaPlate's reputation for delivering a world-class experience to its customers, it chose to partner with After, Inc., who has been providing best-in-class post-sale services to global retailers and manufacturers since 2005.

"For the past fifteen years, After, Inc. has been helping some of the world's top brands like Electrolux, Ford, Harley Davidson, Toro, Husqvarna, Canon, and Bass Pro Shops transform their warranty programs," says Nate Baldwin, CEO of After, Inc. "Now we have taken that knowledge and expertise, helping our clients optimize their product registration, service contract sales, analytics and program management, and built the QuickSuite platform. A key difference in our QuickCover® technology is that it does not compete with manufacturers, retailers or TPAs - like PermaPlate Furniture - who have their own service contract programs. Instead, it provides the technology they need to maximize their own online protection plan sales. We're thrilled to partner with PermaPlate Furniture to offer its Furniture Protection Plus plans powered by QuickCover®."

"After, Inc.'s QuickCover® technology was the clear choice for PermaPlate Furniture," says John Nisson, President of PermaPlate®. "After knows how critically important the customer relationship is for both manufacturers and retailers. They also understand the fundamental nuances and market demands for manufacturing limited warranties, and how to deliver best-in-class post-sale experiences for customers. After aligns with PermaPlate Furniture's strategic expansion plans to deliver innovative solutions to online furniture retailers. Its QuickCover® platform will allow any online furniture retailer to easily implement and offer PermaPlate Furniture protection plans with confidence in minutes through native e-commerce platform APIs like Shopify and Magento."

ABOUT AFTER, INC.

After, Inc. (afterinc.com) is a pioneer in the Warranty Services industry. Since 2005, After, Inc. has been partnering with some of the world's top brands to help transform their warranty businesses, driving customer satisfaction post-purchase, higher product reliability, deeper brand equity and additional revenue and profit opportunities. The company launched QuickSuite, in 2021, a modular set of SaaS technologies to help manufacturers, retailers, and e-commerce sellers build deeper relationships with their customers and drive satisfaction, loyalty, and lifetime revenue after the point of sale.

Headquartered in Norwalk, CT with offices in New York City, After, Inc. is part of Galway Holdings Group, a financial services distribution company with a focus towards data analytics, technology transformation, and innovative risk sharing solutions. Learn more: https://www.afterinc.com/.

ABOUT PERMAPLATE FURNITURE

PermaPlate® is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is an industry leader in the manufacturing of appearance protection products and in the delivery of world class warranty administration services to thousands of retailers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

PermaPlate Furniture (www.permaplatefurniture.com) is uniquely positioned in the appearance protection warranty industry, leveraging nearly 44 years of rich corporate history and customer service expertise to more than 27,000 furniture stores and online retailers in the United States and their valued customers.

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EPIC Acquires Oversea Insurance Agency – Continues Expansion of its Specialty Offerings

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center d.b.a. EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants (EPIC) announced today that it has acquired Oversea Insurance Agency trading as Oversea Yacht Insurance (Oversea). Oversea is based in San Diego, CA and Ft Lauderdale, FL.

Founded in 1978, Oversea Yacht Insurance is in its fourth generation as an insurance agency with three specializing in recreational and commercial marine insurance. Oversea represents unique policy offerings with the premier carriers in the insurance industry, providing value and comprehensive boat insurance coverage to yachts ranging from 30 feet to 300 feet, both domestically and internationally.

Oversea Principals Scott Jarvie and John M. Jarvie, II will remain actively involved in the overall organization and contribute their expertise and guidance in this highly niche practice. John Jarvie will serve as Managing Principal of the Yachting Practice.

"After 45 years in the marine insurance business, we are excited about the opportunities ahead with EPIC as this will enable us to expand our capabilities and offerings to clients. By further collaborating with EPIC and the EPIC Select team who are focused on high-net-worth individuals, there will be added benefit to all," said Scott Jarvie, President, Oversea Yacht Insurance. "I look forward to seeing John continue to lead the practice, as we build our collaboration with EPIC."

Adam Meyerowitz, President, EPIC Midwest & Southeast Regions, said, "We are fortunate to have aligned with the Jarvie team and their organization to provide this specialized expertise adding to our experienced and knowledgeable professionals."

About EPIC Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has more than 2,600 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://epicbrokers.com/.

About Oversea Yacht Insurance

Oversea Yacht Insurance is a family run fourth generation insurance agency with three of those as marine insurance specialty agency with offices in San Diego and Fort Lauderdale. The Oversea team has over 150 years of combined marine insurance experience. They are a fast-growing agency dedicated to offering competitive and unique policy options with the top carriers in its industry, and its seasoned agents work diligently to service clients every need. For more information on Oversea, visit: https://www.overseainsurance.com/.

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After Inc. Will Premiere its Award-Winning QuickSuite Technology at CES 2022

NORWALK, Conn. -- After, Inc., the leader in post-sale customer experience technology and services since 2005, just announced that its senior team will be at CES in Las Vegas on January 5 - 7, 2022 to unveil its new QuickSuite. Each year, CES brings together the most innovative technology companies to share their latest developments and this will be no different. CES 2022 will highlight advancements in AI, XR, gaming and computing, digital health, automotive and transportation, home entertainment, smart home - and new this year will be space technology, food technology, and NFTs.

"We are excited to see current and potential customers at CES in a few weeks and premiere our QuickSuite technology," says Dawn Taylor, After, Inc.'s Chief Revenue Officer. "After has a long history of strong partnerships with the largest manufacturers in the world. QuickSuite allows us to bring those same proven processes to manufacturers, TPAs and retailers at a much lower cost. QuickSuite includes five modular platforms that together manage the entire post-sale customer lifecycle: registration and upsell/cross-sell (QuickReg®), product protection (QuickCover®), claims management (QuickClaim®), behavioral and predictive analytics (QuickInsight®), and renewal or subscription management (QuickRenew®)."

The company will be holding private meetings at Vdara Hotel and Spa on January 5th-7th. If you plan to be there and would like to schedule a meeting, you can reach out to Dawn Taylor directly at dtaylor@afterinc.com or contact Scott Morrison, EVP Business Development (smorrison@afterinc.com) or Dan Hulkower, SVP, Business Development (dhulkower@afterinc.com).

To learn more about QuickReg® and QuickCover®, visit our product websites at https://www.quickreg.me/ and https://www.quickcover.me/. QuickClaim®, QuickInsight®, and QuickRenew® are launching in late January and early February 2022.

About After, Inc.

After, Inc. (https://www.afterinc.com/) is a leader in post-sale customer experience technology, providing product registration, marketing, analytics, and program administration to enterprise customers since 2005. After, Inc. partners with some of the world's top brands to help them drive customer satisfaction post-purchase, higher product reliability, deeper brand equity and additional revenue and profit opportunities. Now, with its new QuickSuite, After, Inc. can offer the same high quality post-sale solutions to manufacturers, TPAs and retailers of any size. Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, and with offices in New York City, After, Inc. is part of Galway Insurance Holdings, LP ("Galway Holdings"), a financial services distribution company with a focus towards data analytics, technology transformation, and innovative risk sharing solutions.

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Living Benefits Awareness Month, or LBAM, takes place each January and aims to educate consumers on the importance of owning Living Benefits life insurance

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Alliance Group recently announced the 2022 class of Living Benefits Ambassadors team as part of their fifth annual Living Benefits Awareness Month campaign. The Ambassadors will head up local grassroots campaigns to spread education and awareness for Living Benefits Awareness Month in January 2022.

The chosen Living Benefits Ambassadors are as follows:

* Frank Tomazine (Pike Creek Financial - Newark, Delaware)
* Frederico Martins (Five Rings Financial - Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL)
* Vytas Skapcevicius (Goodwill Financial - Chicago, IL)
* Simone Lewis-Pidgeon (Five Rings Financial - Plano, TX)
* Morgan Marx (Synergy Financial Solutions - Houston, TX)
* Soraia Close (Five Rings Financial - Orlando, FL).

Living Benefits Awareness Month, or LBAM, takes place each January and aims to educate consumers on the importance of owning Living Benefits life insurance and the role it plays in protecting families' financial security.

ABOUT LIVING BENEFITS AWARENESS MONTH:

Living Benefits are features built into life insurance policies (term and permanent) that allow the policyholder access to their death benefit while they are still alive if they get sick or injured. Cancer, heart attack, stroke, major organ transplant, blindness, paralysis, and chronic illness are some of the triggering events that would allow for acceleration of the policy's death benefit.

"Living Benefits will safeguard your family from the cause of 50% of the bankruptcies in the U.S. every year ― medical bankruptcy resulting from a critical illness," says Lee Duncan, President and CEO of Alliance Group.

"Getting sick no longer means certain death," says Duncan. "Having emergency access to your life insurance policy's death benefit while you're still alive is a hugely valuable option to have. More people should know about that option. That's why we created Living Benefits Awareness Month five years ago, and we're so excited about building on that success."

According to Duncan, consumers can get a better idea of what LBAM is all about by visiting a website created by Alliance Group that is geared towards educating the general public on Living Benefits. The address for the site is https://www.alliancegrouplife.com/site/lbam.

The company's main website is https://www.alliancegrouplife.com

ABOUT ALLIANCE GROUP:

As "The Living Benefits IMO," Alliance Group provides independent agents and agencies with superior marketing and training solutions. Since 1998, Alliance Group has been helping life insurance agency partners spread awareness about Living Benefits life insurance, while also helping them solve clients' tax-free retirement, mortgage protection, small business planning, and estate planning needs. Alliance Group has an A+ rating on BBB.

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