IOA Joins With Mountain West Conference For First Ever Conference Partnership

Longwood, FL – December 12, 2015 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) announced a new five (5) year partnership with the Mountain West Conference that begins with the 2016 calendar year. IOA shall become the Official Insurance Agency of the Conference in the insurance broker category.

The partnership provides assets for IOA with the Mountain West Basketball Championships rotational signage, a hospitality program, and rights to use Conference logo and marks. IOA has partnerships with more than 50 professional sports teams and leagues which it continues to expand with an eye toward the college marketplace. This multi-year relationship with IOA was secured by Learfield Sports’ Mountain West Sports Properties as the multimedia rights and sponsorship sales partner for the MW.

“IOA is excited to partner with the Mountain West Conference, our first collegiate property since partnering with the University of Central Florida,” said IOA Chairman and Founder John Ritenour. “The Mountain West is one of the top Conferences in all of college sports and represents the first of what we hope will be many conferences and colleges joining with us across America.”

“IOA is the sports leader in the insurance brokerage category,” said Gary Walenga, Mountain West Assistant Commissioner, Business/Chief Financial Officer.” “They don’t just quote insurance, but strive to understand what we do and how we do it. IOA uses that knowledge to recruit carriers that are a good match for the Mountain West.

In making the announcement, IOA Sports Partners President, Paul Garofolo commented, “The Mountain West Conference is a bold new step for us into the college space. We believe that conferences and colleges represent a significant new territory in which to expand the IOA Sports program.”

About Insurance Office of America 
IOA is the 11th largest privately held insurance agency nationally with its headquarters office in the Orlando suburb of Longwood, FL. IOA has 47 offices coast-to-coast and over 1100 employees and is one of the fastest growing agencies in the country. IOA has become the agency of choice for the full complement of insurance needs by an ever increasing number of business and personal clients throughout the US. Within the world of sports, IOA continues to experience significant growth in its client base of sports teams, leagues, facilities, associations and venues including members of the NFL, NHL, NBA, AHL, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village Project, the Jerry Colangelo Golf Classic, and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. To learn more about IOA please visit


About the Mountain West Conference

From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academics missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. Now in its 17th year, the MW has been assertive in its involvement with the NCAA governance structure and has taken a leadership role in the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics. The Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San Jose University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai’i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women’s soccer, respectively.


For More Information Contact:

Paul Garofolo, President, IOA Sports Partners