IOA Remains with Hornets as Official Insurance Broker

November 11, 2015 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) and the Charlotte Hornets today announced that the two organizations have extended their partnership with each other for the 2015-16 season. IOA will continue to be the Official Insurance Broker of the Charlotte Hornets and will be the team’s exclusive partner in the insurance broker category.
“We are pleased to extend our partnership with IOA,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield. “IOA has been on board with us for several years and has seen the value in partnering with our organization, especially as we have transitioned to the Hornets name and continued to grow our brand regionally.”
The partnership provides IOA with a digital presence at hornets.com and timewarnercablearena.com; the rights to use team logos and marks; and hospitality opportunities. IOA has partnerships with more than 50 professional sports teams and leagues.
“IOA is excited to renew our partnership with the Charlotte Hornets,” said IOA Chairman & Founder John Ritenour. “The Hornets organization continues to impress us with their growing success, both on and off the court in the Carolina marketplace, which is a strong growth area for IOA as well.”
In making the announcement, IOA Sports Partners President, Paul Garofolo commented, “We believe in the Hornets, they were one of the first teams to embrace IOA as we began to roll out our sports program nationally. As an organization they have worked tirelessly to introduce IOA and its market producers to their partners, season ticket holders and friends of the organization and for that we have great appreciation.”

About Hornets Sports & Entertainment
Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets and operates Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena. The Charlotte Hornets are a member of the NBA’s Southeast Division. Owned by NBA Legend Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization strives to deliver a relentless attack on the court, an unmatched experience in the stands and a positive impact throughout the community. The name of the city’s original NBA team from 1988-2002, the Hornets moniker returned to Charlotte in May 2014, uniting the rich history of NBA basketball in the Carolinas. Time Warner Cable Arena is the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas, hosting over 150 sporting events, concerts and family shows annually. For more information, please visit hornets.com or timewarnercablearena.com.

About Insurance Office of America 
IOA is the largest privately-held insurance agency in the State of Florida and the 11th largest privately held insurance agency nationally with its headquarters office in the Orlando suburb of Longwood, FL. IOA has 45 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 www.ioausa.com.

For More Information Contact:

Paul Garofolo

President, IOA Sports Partners

216.235.3550

Paul.Garofolo@IOASportsPartners.com