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Contact: Nicole Vasile
Vice President, Marketing & Communications


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers is pleased to continue the expansion of its membership and sponsorship community in 2024. In Q2, The Council welcomed three new member firms spanning two continents and a variety of disciplines:

  • Aventum Group (London, U.K.) is a global (re)insurance group that operates across both the underwriting and broking sectors of the industry.
  • Evertree (New York, N.Y.) is a national insurance brokerage and top 30 personal lines independent agency, focused on leveraging proprietary technology to empower the next generation of independent brokers.
  • Houchens Insurance Group (Bowling Green, Ky.) is a 100% employee-owned, full-service retail brokerage specializing in real estate, construction, consumer staples and retail, and mining.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Aventum, Evertree and Houchens to our growing, dynamic community,” said Ken Crerar, CEO of The Council. “Each firm brings a unique vantage point based on its footprint, ownership structure and focus areas, adding to the depth of expertise and knowledge across our membership base.”

The Council has welcomed a total of eight new member firms thus far in 2024. Alkeme Insurance Services (Calif.), Cornes & Co. (Japan), Falcon Risk Services (N.Y.), McGohan Brabender (Ohio) and PT Talisman (Indonesia) were announced earlier this year.

Leading up to the annual Employee Benefits Leadership Forum, The Council Partners Program continues to expand as well. Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Convex, and High Street Insurance Partners, Inc. have joined as Platinum Partners, and both Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions and Markel have increased their investment from Gold Partner to Platinum PartnerAXIS, Comulate, Guidewire Software, Inc., MSIG USA., and Verisk have joined as Gold Partners and Norton LifeLock Benefit Solutions has joined as an EBLF Event Sponsor.

“Our Council Partners community is comprised of the most innovative organizations in our industry,” said Keith Schuler, President & CEO of InterWest Insurance Services – A BroadStreet Company – and The Council’s 2024 Board Chair. “Our Partners bring outside perspectives, new solutions and fresh energy to our members, and we are grateful for their ongoing partnership.”

As previously announced in Q1, Ameritas increased its investment, becoming a Gold Partner, and The Council welcomed Symetra as an EBLF Event Sponsor. The Council will host its annual Employee Benefits Leadership Forum from May 28-31, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Founded in 1913 and based in Washington, D.C., The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers is the premier association for the top 170 regional, national and international commercial property/casualty insurance and employee benefits intermediaries worldwide. Council members are market leaders who annually place 90 percent of U.S. commercial P/C premiums and 70 percent of all employee benefits business. The Council’s Government Affairs team represents our member firms with a strong, unified voice on Capitol Hill and within the regulatory space. CouncilPAC, The Council’s political action committee, consistently maintains its position as the leading PAC in the insurance industry. In addition to providing best-in-class talent development resources through The Council Academy and publishing Leader’s Edge, an award-winning industry content platform, The Council hosts two marquis events for our membership and their carriers and strategic partners – the Insurance Leadership Forum for the commercial P/C sector and the Employee Benefits Leadership Forum for EB executives.