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Bookmark this page and check back often. If you would like to contribute a story or news item, feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-467-2262.Insight from InsurBanc on the Interest Rate Environment
InsurBanc’s President and CEO, David Tralka was recently interviewed by Insurance Journal to discuss the importance of the interest rate environment to the insurance industry. In the video interview released by Insurance Journal, Dave discusses the correlation between interest rates and what someone might buy or sell an agency for. How does the possibility of rising interest rates impact agency valuations? Listen to Dave describe the effects of a changing rate environment. 3 Questions Agents Ask Their Lenders
InsurBanc’s Chief Lending Officer, Robert Pettinicchi recently discussed his opinions on interest rates and agency valuations in Property Casualty 360’s article, “3 Questions Agents Ask Their Lenders.” In this article, Robert shares what he expects of interest rates in 2016, the current state of agency valuations, and the factors to consider when valuing your agency. To read more, Click here. Agency Looks to InsurBanc to Help Finance Recent Acquisition
InsurBanc recently provided acquisition funding and guidance to an agency looking to grow. BNC Insurance Agency, a firm with a specialty in construction insurance and risk management was started in 2000 by Brian Colby and Onofrio Colabella. Today, the growth-oriented firm has more than 600 clients. BNC turned to InsurBanc when in need of financing to acquire a peer agency. Click here to read how InsurBanc helped finance BNC’s expansion. Strategies for Growing Your Agency
InsurBanc’s President and CEO, David Tralka was recently interviewed for Property Casualty 360’s article, “5 Key Strategies for Growing Your Agency.” In this article, Dave discusses how planning for perpetuation can be thought of as a growth strategy. An internal perpetuation plan can engage key employees to start thinking like owners and think about the future of the agency. Click here to read the article and learn how your agency can stand out from the competition through perpetuation. Moving on Up: Perpetuation for Young Agents
Recently, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America released a webinar, “Moving on Up: Perpetuation for Young Agents,” hosted by InsurBanc’s President & CEO, David Tralka. In this webinar, Dave discusses the process of perpetuation from a young agent’s perspective. He describes how to start thinking like a buyer by learning how to access capital and understanding agency valuation. As a young agent, this webinar will teach you how to become part of the succession plan. Click here to listen. Perpetuating vs. Selling Farmington, CT (May, 2015) In Insurance Journal’s recent article, InsurBanc’s Chief Lending Officer Robert Pettinicchi discusses why agency owners should consider perpetuating their agency instead of selling as they move towards retirement. With valuations increasing, you may be considering selling your agency. However, with selling you no longer can benefit from any future cash flows from your agency. Economically, perpetuation can often make more sense. Click here to learn more.
ProgramBusiness.com’s newest article Farmington, CT (October, 2014) ProgramBusiness.com’s newest article discusses the spike of agency acquisitions in 2014 and the important components of an internal perpetuation with industry experts from InsurBanc and Reagan Consulting. Click here to read.
How do you measure agency productivity? Farmington, CT (September, 2014) Using an agency’s “spread per employee’ to calculate and monitor productivity is the gold standard, but not the only metric. Read
insights from InsurBanc’s Vice President Keith Mangini and your Best Practices agency peers in IA Magazine’s article “Playing the Spread”.
Succession Planning to Millennials
What are the Financing Options for Agency Perpetuation?
When an Agency Perpetuation Plan Makes Sense
Climate for Agency Mergers: InsurBanc’s View
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Roger Keith & Sons turns to InsurBanc to gain access to a knowledgeable team and capital
InsurBanc Helps Fast-Track Agency’s Perpetuation Plan After Principal’s Passing
Farmington, CT (November, 2012) The goal of all independent insurance agencies should be to build and enhance agency value – period. However, the prolonged economic recovery continues to make this a difficult task for agency owners. Learn about the advantages of working with your banker to gain efficiencies and build value. Goss & McLain Insurance Expands Their Long-term Relationship with InsurBanc
Farmington, CT (July, 2012) After turning to InsurBanc for acquisition funding eight years ago, Deb Buckley of Goss & McLain Insurance expanded their relationship with a commercial mortgage loan to buy and refurbish a building to house her agency.
Bring Your Own Device – Opportunities & Risks
Leasing: A Seamless Customer Experience
Farmington, CT (October, 2011) Some agency and brokerage owners who would like to be courted have not made their operations particularly attractive to buyers – What’s lost on a lot of agencies is that every business decision you make, it has to be made with the idea: Does this build value or destroy value?
Agency Perpetuation from the Lender’s Perspective
Bank On It: Created by agents for agents, InsurBanc delivers services tailored to their needs
Combat Cybercrime and Protect Your Agency With Simple Security Tips
Agency Owners: Have You Analyzed Your Cash Lately
Farmington, CT (January, 2011) Three major themes of the challenges facing property and casualty insurance agents in 2011 come under the headings of managing finances, technology and political mandates. New Day Underwriting Managers turns to InsurBanc for improved operating efficiencies
Farmington, CT (November, 2010) Jeff Lejfer chose to partner with InsurBanc for its comprehensive cash management services, including online banking, to process premiums more efficiently and for lending products to support his growth ambitions—and because its philosophy and specialty matched well with his firm and his broker partners. Click here to read more. Cash Management and Technology
Farmington, CT (October, 2010) Read Best Review’s Issues & Answers: Insurance Technology issue featuring InsurBanc’s Chief Operations Officer Mary Grazen. She explains how InsurBanc is different from other banks and how their cash management services and technology can improve efficiencies for insurance agencies. Value Building Key in Agency Financing, Perpetuation, M&As Farmington, CT (September 2010) An insurance agency must build value over time and if at some point the owner is going to look to harvest that value, he needs to nurture the business and run the operation in a manner that creates value. This value-building philosophy is the glue that holds the entire perpetuation plan or M&A together. InsurBanc introduces the FlexLease program from Agents’ Express Leasing
Farmington, CT (June, 2010) InsurBanc Agents’ Express Leasing is proud to introduce FlexLease, a product to help preserve cash while providing the funds to outfit your agency with the latest equipment solution. Remote Deposit Offers New Road to Efficiency for Agencies Farmington, CT (March 11, 2010) The banking industry is striving to keep up with technology and more importantly, your expectations of a banking experience. What is important to your agency? What can be done to enhance your experience and at the same time help increase the value of your agency? Learn how remote deposit can help you. Agencies Can Preserve Credit – The benefit of leasing business equipment
Farmington, CT (October 15, 2009) With our economy showing mixed signs of an upswing, individuals and businesses alike are looking for avenues that provide the most cost savings and stability during these trying times—and independent insurance agencies are no exception. John Rost Achieves Goal of Building An Insurance FranchiseHuntington Beach, CA (October, 2009) – John Rost, founder of Fiesta Auto Insurance, faced the same challenging financing needs as most independent insurance agencies do, but added to that a unique dream of starting an insurance franchise. Read how InsurBanc provided a line of credit to give Fiesta Insurance Franchise Corp. the working capital to build out the franchise concept. Cash Management Services: What difference can they make to an Independent Agency?
Independent agencies can and should expect their banking relationship to work for them. Best's Review - The Long Run Perpetuating your agency takes a plan, financing and most of all, time. Read Best's Review article featuring InsurBanc's Robert Pettinicchi to learn more. Click here
Stacey Reid Rises Up At Hartgraves Insurance
Lovington, NM, (February, 2009) - Independent insurance agencies face various obstacles, especially when trying to obtain a loan. Read how InsurBanc helped Stacey Reid obtain a perpetuation loan and become the owner of Hartgraves Insurance. Insurance Journal TV - Smart Banking (January, 2009) Are you wondering how the current credit crunch affects the insurance industry, especially you and your agency? Get insight into this issue -- and learn how to manage your agency in these turbulent financial times. Watch Insurance Journal’s three part TV series featuring InsurBanc’s chief lending officer, Robert Pettinicchi. Part 1 - Managing an Agency in a Troubled Economy: How Agents Can Get Credit When They Need It
Part 2 - Managing an Agency in a Troubled Economy: Smart Cash Management Pays Off
Part 3 - Managing an Agency in a Troubled Economy: An Agency’s Best Investment
Every morning, stories of financial sector gloom and doom fill the airwaves. A slowing economy has affected the ability of individuals and businesses to pay their bills. The term "credit crunch" has become a part of the daily lexicon, with loan losses and foreclosures at banks reaching record highs. Click here to learn more. Read InsurBanc's featured Equipment Leasing article in Rough Notes! How to Choose the Right Bank for Your Agency
Independent agents or agency owners have unique financial needs. Unfortunately, few banks truly understand those needs. Worse yet, it has become the norm for banks to also sell insurance, meaning they actually compete against independent agents. Click here for more details.
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Read how InsurBanc helped agent Deborah Buckley go from service rep to agency owner. Click here.