WASHINGTON, D.C. –  September 28, 2015 –The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers has welcomed two additional member firms, bringing its total new member firms year-to-date to 14, as announced today by The Council. These most recent new members are Besso Limited (London, England) and Patriot National (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

New member firms previously announced in 2015 include: Aditya Birla Insurance Brokers; BroadStreet Partners; CLS Partners; CoBiz Insurance; Cowan Insurance Group; Crescent Global; Esser Hayes Insurance; Gehring Group; Jiang Tai Insurance Brokers; Prime Risk Partners; Snellings Walters Insurance; The Capacity Group.

“Membership in The Council is an investment in the future success of each of these firms and will benefit their clients as well,” said Ken A. Crerar, President/CEO of The Council. “We look forward to building out our partnership with these new members and aligning our platform and resources with their business objectives. Our staff is excited to have the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of market leaders as we continue to add to our unparalleled community.”

Complementing this growth in membership, The Council added a total of nine new sponsors to its Partners in Excellence corporate sponsorship platform this year.

“On behalf of our members, I would like to acknowledge and thank all of our 2015 Partners in Excellence for their contributions to this community of market leaders,” said Steve Brockmeyer, 2015 Council Chairman and President and CEO of Bolton & Co., in Pasadena, Calif. “The Council is committed to helping our members achieve operational excellence, shape our future leaders, and deliver resources that enable us to better serve our clients. The financial support and leadership of our Partners in Excellence is an investment in our firms and it does not go unnoticed.”

The Council most recently welcomed RiskMatch as a 2015 Event Sponsor. Previously announced this year, The Council added five prominent insurance companies and three notable industry firms: AXA Employee Benefits (Platinum Partner), XL/Catlin (Platinum Partner), ThinkHR (Gold level), ELAP Services (Event Sponsor), Markel (Event Sponsor), UnitedHealth Group (Event Sponsor), Westfield Insurance (Event Sponsor), and Work at Home Vintage Employees (WAHVE) (Event Sponsor). Additionally, four existing sponsors increased their investment in The Council from the Event Sponsor to Gold Council Partner: Aspen, Great American, Nationwide and Swiss Re.

The Council’s Partners in Excellence program provides an opportunity for market leaders to partner with The Council in support of its major initiatives and programming. Please contact Catherine Richardson (catherine.richardson@ciab.com) for more information.

Beginning this week at The Broadmoor, The Council will host its 102nd Insurance Leadership Forum.