InsureZone has completed the asset purchase of the PIA Pacific Northwest wholesale operation. In addition, the firm has signed a long-term marketing agreement as the exclusive, wholesale services partner of the PIA Western Alliance.
Within this partnership, InsureZone plans to offer market access along with personal and commercial rating services to all agencies in the nine state PIA Western Alliance region. The new program is branded as PIA Market Access and all aspects of the sales, rating and service will be provided by InsureZone from its four offices around the U.S. That includes a new office in Vancouver, Washington.
The transaction, closed on February 22nd, marks the launch of InsureZone’s 15th branded online insurance sales platform.
InsureZone CEO John Pergande said, “Our goal in this partnership with the PIA Western Alliance is to provide technology to improve agents’ ease of doing business. It’s been our experience that the average independent agent can benefit substantially from minor improvements in the policy sales and servicing process, and our market leading insurance sales CRM and policy self-service portal, branded as the PIA Market Access program, gives these agents the leverage they need in order to profitably grow their independent agencies.”
PIA Western Alliance President Bill Prentiss agrees and said, “We analyzed our structure and decided we needed to take the next step in growing the PIA Market Access Program (MAP), and we knew that the investment with a strategic partner was necessary.”
He added, “Our partnership selection criteria included; additional markets, improved technology, higher commissions, and quality service. After interviewing several market providers, the association, and thus its members, made the decision to partner with InsureZone. The company met all of our future growth criteria especially the addition of several markets — providing our members with more choices. Our partnership also frees up working capital which can now be used to further other association projects.”
For more information contact PIA Western Alliance Membership Coordinator Elizabeth Muthandi at 888-246-4466 x124 or you can contact Joe Bittner who is in charge of business Development at InsureZone 817-704-2241.