Assurex Global, an exclusive Partnership of the most prominent independent agents and brokers in the world, marked its 60th anniversary last week as the start of a year-long celebration of this milestone began at their Global Conference, 9-11 September 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) served as one of two keynote speakers and addressed the Partnership during a one-hour session on “Leadership: Taking Charge.” The second keynote presentation was delivered by renowned international speaker and consultant David Mead, whose discussion focused on “Start With Why.”
Partners used their time together during the conference to not only learn from industry speakers, but to network and deepen the relationships they share to foster best practices and collaboration for business development.
“As a founding Partner of Assurex Global, RCM&D is ecstatic to host this 60-year anniversary celebration in Baltimore,” said Bob Cawley, president of RCM&D and current chairman of Assurex Global. “Assurex Global is an exclusive Partnership of uniquely-qualified organizations that have come together for one purpose: to serve our clients better. It is a privilege and an honor to serve as chairman of this great organization as we embark on an even stronger future.”
Founded in 1954, Assurex Global was formed by a small group of like-minded independent insurance agents and brokers with the purpose of creating a national cooperative association for the servicing of national business. Today, this exclusive Partnership consists of 102 independent agencies and brokers worldwide, which represents more than 500 Partner offices on six continents. Top companies, higher learning facilities, hospitals and industries across the globe trust Assurex Global Partners to manage their insurance, risk management and employee benefits needs.
“Our firm has been with Assurex Global since the beginning,” said Herman Laturnau, president and CEO of Fred C. Church, Inc. in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. “As our management saw the need to come together with similar agents and brokers 60 years ago, we still feel strongly about the valueAssurex Global brings to the table to help our firm better manage our clients’ needs.”
“Assurex Global was built on the foundation of leadership of elite independent firms, both past and present,” said JimHackbarth, president and CEO of Assurex Global. “We continue to evolve and adapt to meet the demands of this ever-changing industry. Globally, we grow stronger, and together, our Partners continue to collaborate and unite to win business and retain business because of their excellent and high service standards.”
Assurex Global remains committed to helping Partners be more successful, and the utilization of technology has and will continue to be a major focus for the organization. In 2006, Passport was developed to allow Partners a more efficient way to communicate and collaborate with their clients and Partners on shared accounts. Today, more than 18,000 users are on the system. In late 2013, the Assurex Global Private Exchange, a private health care marketplace for businesses, was developed to give employers a wide range of administrative flexibility and employee health benefit options within the industry.
Another technology initiative, Assurex Global’s Community, was introduced to Partners this past May. A Partner-only, interactive website, Community is another tool for collaboration between Partners to share best practices and find solutions to help their clients.
“We have spent a lot of time strategizing on the investment of technology on behalf of our Partner firms,” said Hackbarth. “Our Partners are all at the top of their game, and we strive to deliver products that offer solutions and better ways to continue to get the best results possible.”
“Assurex Global is only as good as its Partners,” said Cawley. “It’s the leveraging of talent, the leveraging of knowledge, the leveraging of resources that allows us all to expand our businesses, and that is what makes this organization great.”
About Assurex Global
Founded in 1954, Assurex Global is an exclusive Partnership of the most prominent independent agents and brokers in the world. With more than $28 billion in annual premium volume and more than 500 Partner offices, Assurex Global is the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. An international insurance powerhouse, the Partnership combines the local expertise and global reach of international brokers on six continents.