• Insurance Office of America Adds Equine Insurance Expert John Patrick Unick to Its Team

    February 14, 2017

    ALISO VIEJO, Calif., February 14, 2017 – Insurance veteran John Patrick Unick has joined Insurance Office of America (IOA) as a senior vice president and managing director of equine and self-insured risks. Before joining IOA, he served as an executive vice president and managing director at Bolton & Company and president of the thoroughbred racing division at MOC Insurance Services. Unick brings a wealth of experience... read more »

  • Orlando Sports Foundation and AutoNation Present $1.15 Million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the 2016 AutoNation Cure Bowl

    December 18, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Fla., December 17, 2016 – The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) and AutoNation presented a check for $1.15 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) at the 2016 AutoNation Cure Bowl held at the new Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. OSF President Jeff Lagos and Executive Director Alan Gooch were among those who presented the check to BCRF President Myra Biblowit.  “BCRF’s work... read more »

  • Eagle American Climbs to 22nd Spot Among Top 50 Personal Lines Agencies

    November 22, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Fla., November 22, 2016- Eagle American Insurance  Agency, acquired in June by Insurance Office of America, ranked 22nd on Insurance Journal‘s 2016 Top 50 Personal Lines Agencies. This new position represents a 13-point jump from the previous report’s ranking. “The Eagle American team takes great pride in achieving such strong results. We also realize there is still tremendous growth opportunity for us,” says Herman Peery,... read more »

  • IOA 10th Among Insurance Journal’s Top 50 Commercial Lines Agencies

    October 24, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Fla., October 24, 2016 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) is proud to have moved up to the No. 10 spot on Insurance Journal‘s Top 50 Commercial Lines Agencies list. This ranking represents a step up from the previous year’s position. Agencies on the list are taken from Insurance Journal’s Top 100 Property/Casualty Independent Agencies list reported in August 2016. Commercial lines revenues from 2015... read more »

  • John & Valli Ritenour Receive 2016 Eloise Trainor Award from Symetra Tour

    October 16, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida. Oct. 16, 2016 – John and Valli Ritenour were this year’s recipients of the Symetra Tour’s Eloise Trainor Award. The award was presented by Mike Nichols, chief business officer of the Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA, during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Brunch. The event was hosted at the Alaqua Country Club, which also hosted the Symetra Tour Championship. “John and Valli Ritenour stepped up... read more »

  • IOA Exhibits at 2016 Pennsylvania Self Storage Association Conference

    October 6, 2016

    LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, Oct. 6, 2016 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) Vice President Brian Bogdanoff and Commercial Lines Agent Debra Marcus exhibited at the Pennsylvania Self Storage Association (PASSA) 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference. The conference was held at the Eden Resort in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Oct. 5-6. The event includes a charity golf outing, keynote presentations, speakers on a variety of topics, and networking. “We represent many... read more »

  • IOA Honored Among Business Insurance’s 2016 Best Places to Work in Insurance

    October 2, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Oct. 2, 2016 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) is privileged to be among the honorees of Business Insurance‘s 2016 Best Places to Work in Insurance. The annual list showcases agents, brokers, insurers, and industry providers with the highest employee engagement and satisfaction. There are 75 companies featured in this year’s report, many that are first-time recipients. According to the announcement, “Harrisburg, Pa.-based... read more »

  • IOA Receives Applied Systems’ Pinnacle Award

    September 20, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Sept. 20, 2016 -Insurance Office of America (IOA) was honored with one of Applied Systems’ most coveted awards – the Pinnacle Award. The award was presented at Applied Net 2016, the largest independent insurance agency and brokerage technology conference in the world.  As the company’s highest customer honor, the Pinnacle Award recognizes partnership with Applied Systems and innovative usage of the company’s technology in making significant... read more »

  • IOA Ranked 14th on Orlando Business Journal’s 2016 Golden 100 List

    September 16, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Sept. 16, 1016 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) is honored to be named 14th on Orlando Business Journal‘s 2016 Golden 100 list.  An award luncheon was held today to recognize honorees and their commitment to growing not only the state’s economy, but the regional economy as well. Recipients of the coveted award were announced prior to the event on Aug. 9, 2016. “It’s an honor to make such a prestigious... read more »

  • Larry McLean Joins Insurance Office of America

    September 12, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Sept, 12, 2016 – Insurance veteran Larry McLean has joined Insurance Office of America (IOA) as a vice president in its Longwood office. McLean comes to IOA from Sihle Insurance Group, where he served as an executive board member and head of the commercial division. “I am excited to be part of the IOA team and to work alongside CEO Heath Ritenour, President Jeff... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America Becomes Official Insurance Broker of US Club Soccer

    September 1, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Sept. 1, 2016 – US Club Soccer has entered into a long-term sponsorship agreement with Insurance Office of America (IOA), one of the fastest-growing agencies in the country with more than 50 offices from coast to coast. As the official insurance broker of US Club Soccer, IOA will be involved in US Club Soccer events and have an engaging, ongoing digital and social... read more »

  • IOA CEO Heath Ritenour Interviewed in Independent Agent Magazine

    August 28, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Aug. 28, 2016 –  Insurance Office of America (IOA) CEO Heath Ritenour was interviewed in Independent Agent for the magazine’s Declaration of Independents column. The monthly column is part of the agency operations and best practices section of the magazine and highlights leaders from top agencies in the U.S. From his battle with cancer to IOA’s company culture to past mistakes and his most important... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America Named on Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies List

    August 11, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Aug. 11, 2016 –  Insurance Office of America (IOA) was named one of the winners on the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies List. For over 20 years, Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 program has recognized companies across Central Florida that are committed to making their company a great place to work. Employers are measured on several qualities such as workplace flexibility, company leadership, career opportunities, community service,... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America 13th Among Top 100 Property/Casualty Agencies

    August 11, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Aug. 8, 2016 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) was named the 13th largest agency in the U.S., according to Insurance Journal‘s 2016 Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies. Additionally, making its premier on the list, Eagle American Insurance Agency, which was acquired by IOA earlier this year, ranked 94th on the list. “It’s an honor to make this prestigious list once again, which is a... read more »

  • IOA 25th on Business Insurance’s 100 Largest Brokers List

    July 18, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, July 18, 2016 – Insurance Office of America (IOA)  has been ranked one of the largest insurance agencies on Business Insurance’s 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business List. IOA currently holds the 25th position on this year’s list, moving up two positions from the prior year. Mergers and acquisitions in the prior year contributed to some of the more familiar names leaving the list as a... read more »

  • IOA Adds American Cancer Society Symetra Tour Event

    June 21, 2016

    Daytona Beach, FL., June 21, 2016 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) has built a unique partnership with the Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, over the last three years. In 2016, IOA became the title sponsor of two Symetra Tour events for the first time – the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Beaumont, Calif. and the IOA Golf Classic... read more »

  • Prohibiting the Use of Broad Form Indemnification and Duty to Defend Clauses in Georgia

    June 9, 2016

    Prohibiting the Use of Broad Form Indemnification and Duty to Defend Clauses in Georgia By Jeff Mitchell, RPLU, AU, INS Insurance Office of America (IOA) THE GROWING PROBLEM For years, architects and engineers have had to contend with clients demanding that they sign contractual provisions in which the were coupled with verbiage that saddled the design professional with an additional duty to defend the client... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America Acquires 100 Percent of Eagle American Insurance Agency

    June 6, 2016

    Insurance Office of America Acquires 100 Percent of Eagle American Insurance Agency LONGWOOD, FL – Insurance Office of America (IOA) is pleased to announce the acquisition of 100 percent interest in Eagle American Insurance Agency. Eagle American specializes in personal lines and select business insurance solutions. With revenue projected to exceed $20 million in 2016 and over 160 employees in 22 locations around the U.S.,... read more »

  • Common Insurance Misconceptions

    June 6, 2016

    By Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine June 6, 2016 There are some common misconceptions regarding insurance for the waste industry. The most prevalent of which revolves around Environmental Insurance and who really needs this coverage. Many waste industry operators believe this type of coverage is only needed by hazardous waste haulers or entities engaged in landfill operations. While both of these operations... read more »

  • IOA Insurance Services Acquires Gold Canyon Insurance Services & Launches Transportation Division

    May 9, 2016

    PLEASANTON, CA, May 8, 2016 – Insurance Office of America (IOA), one of the fastest growing independent insurance agencies in the United States, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Gold Canyon Insurance Services, one of the largest brokers of Taxi, Para-transit and Limousine insurance on the West Coast. “The Gold Canyon team joining IOA Insurance Services will create a tremendous partnership opportunity for our advocates.... read more »

  • IOA Attends 2016 Florida Self-Storage Conference & Expo

    May 3, 2016

    JUPITER, FL- Brian Bogdanoff and Debra Marcus, commercial producers, of Insurance Office of America (IOA) will be exhibiting at the 2016 Florida Self-Storage Association (FSSA) Conference and Expo on May 11th and May 12th at the Embassy Suites in Kissimmee. IOA is a member of the Florida Self Storage Association, as well as the National Self-Storage Association and is looking forward to showcasing our self-storage... read more »

  • IOA Attends Inside Self Storage World Expo

    April 12, 2016

    JUPITER, FL- Insurance Office of America (IOA) will be exhibiting at the 2016 Inside Self-Storage (ISS) World Expo in Las Vegas, NV April 25-28th. Brian Bogdanoff, Vice President, and Debra Marcus, Commercial Agent, will be representing IOA at the event and educating self-storage owners and operators on risk management techniques and property/casualty insurance products available for the industry, specifically self-storage property insurance, general liability, auto,... read more »

  • IOA Sponsors the LPGA Symetra Tour 2016 Opener

    March 17, 2016

    Aliso Viejo, CA March 23, 2016- The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, kicked off the 2016 season February 19-21 with the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon. This was the first of 23 events spread across 14 states in a season that will culminate with the Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, FL October... read more »

  • IOA Welcomes Dean Cincotta

    March 3, 2016

    Dean is located in Palm Harbor, Florida, and has joined the Insurance Office of America (IOA) Employee Benefits team in Tampa, Florida. Dean set his focus early on by providing a consultative and collaborative approach to earn the trust of his clients. By using the combination of these two approaches, he has helped his clients understand the interdependent relationship between the factors that influence cost... read more »

  • Justin Miller Enters Agreement with Wonderland Amusement Park

    March 1, 2016

    JUSTIN MILLER ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH WONDERLAND AMUSEMENT PARK Longwood, FL – Justin Miller of Insurance Office of America (IOA) along with Miller Insurance & Aviation Services, LLC. recently entered into an agreement with Wonderland Amusements, Inc. “Jamie Fulmer (assistant), and I are delighted to partner with Wonderland Park and are very impressed with the care placed into the safety of their attendees each season.” Justin... read more »

  • Frank Pulcini Appointed to Board of the Construction Financial Managers Association

    February 23, 2016

    Frank Pulcini, Vice President of Risk Management at Insurance Office of America (IOA), has been appointed to the Board of the Fort Lauderdale and Miami chapters of the Construction Financial Managers Association (CFMA). CFMA is an association that promotes support and the education for those involved on the financial side of the construction industry. CFMA welcomes members of all kinds ranging from developers to insurance... read more »

  • Orlando Sports Foundation Names Jeff Lagos New President

    February 23, 2016

    Orlando, Fla. (OrlandoSportsFoundation.com) – The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF)  named Jeff Lagos its incoming President on Thursday. Lagos has served six years on the OSF board and is one of the Founding Members of the organization. “I am greatly committed to the foundation’s mission to help find a cure for cancer and the values that guide this important work,” stated Lagos. Mr. Lagos is a... read more »

  • IOA Welcomes Spencer Allen

    February 11, 2016

    Spencer Allen has joined the Insurance Office of America’s (IOA) Employee Benefits team headquartered in Longwood, Florida. Spencer will serve as IOA’s Vice President and Employee Benefits Practice Leader for Atlanta, Georgia where he will be responsible for growth and development of AL, GA, SC and NC markets. In this role, he will focus on a “best practices” approach to lower spend based on clients’... read more »

  • Palm Desert LPGA Star Lends Support for IOA Championship in Beaumont

    January 26, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., January 26, 2016 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, announced today that Palm Desert native and LPGA winner, Nicole Castrale, will be part of the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa from Feb. 15-21 at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon. Castrale, who won the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) state championship in 1997 at Palm Desert... read more »

  • IOA Welcomes Arlene Francois

    January 19, 2016

    Arlene Francois located in Chino Hills, CA, has joined the Insurance Office of America (IOA) Employee Benefits team in Ontario, CA. Raised in Minnesota, Arlene holds a degree in Business Administration and Music. She also holds a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation which is the most recognized and respected designation in the benefits industry. Arlene Francois brings more than 28 years of extensive Employee... read more »

  • IOA Longwood Office Gives Back to Community in 2015

    January 12, 2016

    Throughout the year, Insurance Office of America (IOA) makes it a point to not only passionately serve clients, but to also impact and serve the community. 2015 was an especially big year for the IOA Longwood Office, as they collaborated with several local charities to provide relief for those who needed it most. In January, IOA partnered with Safehouse, an organization dedicated to providing a... read more »

  • IOA Appoints new CFOs Greg Masters and Chip Meyers

    January 11, 2016

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of Insurance Office of America, Greg Masters and Chip Meyers have been promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer [CFO] for the respective IOA companies they represent. Greg will become the CFO and newest Board Member of IOA Group, which is the entity under which many of our subsidiary operations, including Eagle, reside. Chip will become the... read more »

  • IOA Advocate Gives Back to the Insurance Industry by Giving Back to the Community

    January 11, 2016

    Andrew Giambarba has been in the insurance industry since 2004, specializing in real estate and professional liability. Although insurance was Andrew’s second career choice, his passion grew for the field, leading him to earn the position of Vice President of Commercial Lines at Insurance Office of America’s (IOA) Miami branch location. Andrew has lived all over Latin America, including Chile, Argentina and Peru, but calls... read more »

  • IOA Welcomes Jack Herbert

    January 7, 2016

    Jack Herbert, located in Venice, CA and Encino, CA, has joined the Insurance Office of America (IOA) Employee Benefits team in Encino, CA. In 2005, while a Principal with Benemax, Inc., a boutique benefits consulting firm headquartered in Medfield, MA, Jack founded and ran Benemax’s Wall Street sales office in New York City. Utilizing that firm’s signature solution “The Benemax Wrap”, Jack focused on delivering... read more »

  • IOA Named Title Sponsor of 2016 Season Opener in Beaumont

    December 21, 2015

    Top 120 on Tour will compete at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., December 18, 2015 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, announced today that IOA – Insurance Office of America – will be the title sponsor of the season-opening event, the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont,... read more »

  • IOA Welcomes Mark Ferguson

    December 17, 2015

    R. Mark Ferguson, CLU, ChFC located in Altamonte Springs, Florida, has joined the Insurance Office of America (IOA) team in Longwood, Florida. Mark has had a long term focus on the business professional market with individual attention given to each client. Mark provides comprehensive solutions in life and disability insurance for his client’s professional practices as well as their personal needs, with emphasis on business... read more »

  • The Stewardship of Our Life

    December 10, 2015

    OUR INFLUENCE AND OUR STORY Now, I’m guessing if you’re like me, you’ve likely heard about the role “stewardship” plays in each of our lives. Typically we’ve been told that we are called to be stewards over the time, talent and financial resources of our lives. While I believe this to be absolutely and irrefutably true, it occurs to me there a couple more legs... read more »

  • IOA Joins With Mountain West Conference For First Ever Conference Partnership

    December 10, 2015

    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... read more »

  • IOA Partners with Memphis Grizzlies

    December 3, 2015

      IOA Partners with Memphis Grizzlies December 4, 2015 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) announced today that the two organizations have entered into a new five (5) year partnership that began with the tip-off of the 2015-16 season. IOA will be one of the team partners in the insurance broker category. The partnership provides IOA with in-arena presence, hospitality program, and limited rights to use... read more »

  • IOA Remains with Hornets as Official Insurance Broker

    November 10, 2015

    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... read more »

  • Bruce Eades Published in November/December Edition of Tower Times

    November 3, 2015

    BRUCE EADES, CIC, AAI Large telecommunication companies and carriers are requiring their contractors and sub-contrac- tors to have a workers compensation experience modification of 1.00 or lower. This is an unreason- able requirement due to the fact that it does not give a true picture of a company’s safety culture (notice I did not say safety program). Currently most telecom- munications contractors’ (line and antenna,... read more »

  • Bruce Eades Published in Wireless Estimator

    November 3, 2015

    Experience mod requirement of 1.0 or less seen as ‘ridiculous’ The good news for contractors, according to Bruce Eades, Regional President for Insurance Office of America, is workers compensation insurance premiums are going down from an average of $12 per $100 of remuneration to $6 based upon a change in NCCI Class Codes. But truly troubling news, Eades says, is that some contractors’ Experience Modification... read more »

  • IOA Sponsors Run Nona 5k, 15k, & 20k Challenge

    October 22, 2015

    Insurance Office of America will be sponsoring the Track Shack event Run Nona 5k, 15k, & 20k Challenge on Saturday, November 21. The starting line will be at the intersection of Tavistock Lakes Blvd. & Lake Nona Blvd. Come expecting an entertaining workout suitable for all ages. Every participant will receive a tech shirt and runners of the 15k and 20k are given medals. Overall... read more »

  • 2015 IOA Golf Classic Winner

    October 20, 2015

    Jackie Stoelting was crowned the winner of the 3rd annual IOA Golf Classic for back-to-back victories on the Symetra Tour October 11, 2015 at Alaqua Country Club in Longwood, Florida. Jackie took the lead by shooing her third 4-under 67 for a two-stoke victory. Her first win was in Arkansas at the El Dorado Shootout two weeks ago. Jackie decided to try something new for... read more »

  • IOA Welcomes Russell Rizor and Heather Nolan

    October 20, 2015

    Russell Rizor and Heather Nolan, co-founders and managing partners of Rizor and Nolan Advisors, LLC located in Winter Park, Florida, have joined the Insurance Office of America (IOA) Employee Benefits team in Longwood, Florida. Rizor & Nolan Advisors, LLC set their focus on providing employers a level of quality and expertise usually only available to Fortune 500 companies. With individual attention given to each client,... read more »

  • IOA And The Florida Panthers Enter Into Five Year Partnership

    October 20, 2015

    Insurance Office of America (IOA) and the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League announced today they have entered into a five (5) year partnership designating IOA as an Official Partner of the Panthers. Elements of the program include on and off ice signage, hospitality, tickets, digital, and use of the Panthers marks. “We are excited to be working with the Florida Panthers in our... read more »

  • Previous Winners of the IOA Golf Classic

    September 29, 2015

    2013 IOA Golf Classic Winner Katy Harris Height: 5’6” Education: Louisiana State University Bio: For Katy Harris her passion for golf developed at a young age and has continued to grow throughout her career. However, her love for golf does not surpass her first priority of being an excellent wife and mother. Harris also enjoys exercising, attending church, and traveling. Awards: In 1997 Harris won... read more »

  • IOA Welcomes New Restaurant Group

    September 25, 2015

    September 29, 2015 IOA is pleased to announce an exciting expansion to our Property & Casualty division with the addition of our Restaurant Group in Ontario, CA.   Today, this team is comprised of five business consultants, and several knowledgeable client support personnel including claims advocacy and safety training. This group has over 120 years of experience in the restaurant industry as either owners, managers, trainers,... read more »

  • The Symetra Tour at the IOA Golf Classic

    September 24, 2015

    Year after year, hundreds of professional athletes compete from around the globe in the Symetra Tour for only ten LPGA cards and a $100,000 purse. Traveling around the country week after week, the ladies of the Symetra Tour stay with nearby residents to avoid the high costs of hospitality in every stop they make. Throughout their time in Central Florida, residents in Alaqua and the... read more »

  • IOA Sponsors Virtual IOA Golf Classic on World Golf Tour

    September 24, 2015

    World Golf Tour, otherwise known as WGT Media, is an innovative sports gaming company with over 20 million players worldwide across social and mobile platforms. Their games, WGT Golf and WGT Baseball, combine visually realistic graphics with highly interactive multi-player options. WGT Golf is the #1 free golf game on the web and mobile, with over 450 million virtual rounds played to date. WGT features... read more »

  • Give Kids the World and U.S. Hunger Team Up With IOA for Hunger Project

    September 8, 2015

    The 3rd annual IOA Golf Classic is taking place at Alaqua Country Club in Longwood, Florida for from October 5-11, 2015. 120 professional female golfers, from more than 30 countries, on the Symetra Tour have the opportunity to play for one of ten coveted 2016 LPGA cards and a piece of the $100,000 purse. While the world class athletes displayed at the IOA Golf Classic... read more »

  • IOA Sponsors Dixon Ticonderoga Team at 2015 Greater Orlando Heart Walk

    September 8, 2015

    The Greater Orlando Heart Walk is one of Central Florida’s largest charity walks each year. Dedicated to combating heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, the American Heart Association has the goal of improving heart health by 20% by 2020; a goal that is easier said than done. Through improving patient care, advocating for better health, raising awareness, and much more, the American Heart Association... read more »

  • Christopher Labrecque Published in i4 Business Magazine

    September 3, 2015

    Christopher Labrecque, Managing Partner of Employee Benefits Group at Insurance Office of America (IOA) was featured in the September issue of i4 Business Magazine. Throughout the article Challenging the Healthcare Status Quo, Labrecque gives a comprehensive analysis of the challenges with the Affordable Care Act, the overall healthcare system and offers thoughts on how to confront the issues at hand. “Considering the healthcare system’s current... read more »

  • Managing Partner at IOA to Attend Global Wellness Institute’s Roundtable Discussion

    September 3, 2015

    Christopher Labrecque, Insurance Office of America’s Managing Partner of Employee Benefits, has been invited to participate in Global Wellness Institute’s Roundtable Discussion at their global headquarters in Miami, Florida on September 16. The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is a non-profit educational foundation, with a main focus on establishing international think tanks for the goal of educating both the public and private sectors about preventative health... read more »

  • John Ritenour Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees

    August 27, 2015

    -Wednesday, August 26, 2015 –   SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that John Ritenour, Chairman of Insurance Office of America (IOA), has been unanimously elected to the Board of Trustees.  He will serve as one of 33 members, beginning a three-year term immediately. “It is an honor to be named to the Board of Trustees and to represent the... read more »

  • EAI Acquires Houston Based Agency, ASAP Insurance

    June 18, 2015

    Eagle American Insurance Agency (EAI) of Longwood, FL, is pleased to announce the acquisition of ASAP Insurance which operates four (4) locations in the greater Houston, Texas area.  The transaction closed on June 1, 2015. ASAP has provided high quality, low cost coverage and service for its commercial and personal lines customers in its Houston, Katy, Humble and Airline locations since it was founded in... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America Extends Five Year Title Sponsorship of the IOA Corporate 5k

    April 6, 2015

    Orlando, FL – Longwood based insurance agency Insurance Office of America (IOA) continues to champion the cause of corporate wellness by signing a five year, five figure sponsorship of the IOA Corporate 5k, Florida’s largest 3.1 mile run/walk. IOA has been affiliated with the event since 1995 and a sponsor since 2000. In 2012, IOA gained title sponsorship and will retain that position through 2019. IOA... read more »

  • Congratulations 2015 New Stockholders

    March 6, 2015

    Friday March 6, 2015 Insurance Office of America (IOA) would like to congratulate the newest stockholders of IOA Group, LLC. This is a prestigious honor, as each new stockholder is elected by a vote of the IOA Board of Directors in recognition of their years of service and revenue contribution. Each stockholder also earns the title of Vice President at IOA. “I was very proud... read more »

  • Builders Mutual Names IOA to the Elite Status of Builders Reserve

    January 29, 2015

    January 29, 2015 Raleigh, N.C. – Builders Mutual Insurance Company is pleased to announce that out of more than 600 agencies, IOA qualified to join Builders Reserve, the elite group agencies contracted with the company. “IOA continues to show tremendous growth and profitability and we are extremely pleased to include them as a Builders Reserve agency.  This elite status is rendered only to the best... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America Acquires Robert J. Hanafin, Inc.

    January 29, 2015

    January 29, 2015 Insurance Office of America (IOA) is excited to announce the acquisition of a family insurance business with more than eighty-five years of industry expertise, Robert J. Hanafin, Inc. “There were many synergies between our organizations beginnings and it did not take long for both parties to see this opportunity as a great fit“, said Tony Tatum IOA Director of Corporate Mergers &... read more »

  • Eagle American Insurance Acquires Commonwealth Insurance of the Bay Area

    January 28, 2015

    January 28, 2015 Eagle American Insurance (EAI) celebrated the New Year with the acquisition of Commonwealth Insurance of the Bay Area, Inc., a personal lines agency. Commonwealth was was established in 2002 by Jason Butts, as a family owned business of experience insurance professional serving Hillsborough and Pinellas County. “We are excited to have Jason and their team join Eagle—they will continue to serve their... read more »

  • IOA Acquires PMIS & Forms Medical Malpractice Division

    November 21, 2014

    Public Announcement | November 21, 2014 Professional Medical Insurance Services, INC. officially joined the IOA family on November 3, 2014. The PMIS team will join IOA as the Medical Malpractice Division. With 8 locations across the nation, the team already serves clients in many states and with IOA’s resources will continue to expand its specialty footprint. “We feel that the people, culture and nationwide resources of... read more »

  • IOA Acquires ICS & Forms Lawyers Malpractice Division

    November 20, 2014

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Nov. 20, 2014 – Insurance Consulting Services (ICS) officially joined the IOA family on Oct. 13, 2014. ICS (est. in 2005) is a seasoned firm with an experienced team, nationwide clients, and a level of service second to none in the niche lawyer malpractice industry. The ICS team is led by Renee Krause, who, prior to starting the company, was a practicing lawyer in the... read more »

  • A #1 Best Seller “Accidents Waiting to Happen”

    November 11, 2014

    Rick Dalrymple’s book, “Accidents Waiting to Happen,” published in May 2013, has become an Amazon.com category #1 Best Seller in the Insurance Liability and a #13 best seller in Risk Management on October 22nd, 2014. As a co-founder of RiskScore®, and partner of IOA the Risk Services team Rick has been a tremendous contributor to the departments overall success.  Rick and the team are driving results for clients... read more »

  • High Risk, High Reward

    September 12, 2014

    The challenge: fast insurance for high-dollar cargo. The solution: E- app automation. By Kevin Fritz WHEN OFFICIALS AT LANDSTAR SYSTEM INC.’S RISK MANAGEMENT SUBSIDIARY REALIZED INSURANCE COVERAGE ON HIGH-END SHIPMENTS MIGHT NOT WORK FOR THEM, THEY CALLED IOA FOR HELP. IOA’S THOMAS SCALISE, IN TURN, HELPED TO DESIGN A POLICY WITH LLOYD’S OF LONDON AS THE UNDERWRITER. It must have been some policy. That was 20 years ago this July, and... read more »

  • IOA Expands to St. Helena, California

    May 20, 2014

    May 20, 2014 Insurance Office of America, Inc. (IOA) announces the addition of Cameron R. Crebs as the leader and producer of IOA’s recently opened St. Helena office in California. With 15 years of industry experience, Crebs is excited to partner with IOA. His local knowledge of the Napa Valley industry backed by the support of a nationwide agency will provide a platform of superior... read more »

  • 18,000 Person Office Party at Lake Eola

    April 18, 2014

     By: Track Shack | April 18, 2014 Last night was a genuine celebration of a 20-year effort to create healthy workplaces within Central Florida’s business and organizations.  It begins each Corporate 5k season (January – April) with the team captain who champions the wellness cause by engaging his or her co-workers to join in, commit, and train for the IOA Corporate 5k.  With supportive leadership and... read more »

  • Workers’ Comp Claims Can Cost You

    March 7, 2014

    March 2014 Losses of productivity and high insurance premiums aren’t the only repercussions of a workers’ compensation claim. If your indirect costs exceed your direct costs, you could end up paying huge out-of-pocket fees. “You’ve got to understand the financial impact of one claim and how it affects the profitability of your company,” explains Bruce Eades of Insurance Office of America. In his presentation at NATE... read more »

  • Turning a Negative into a Positive

    January 18, 2014

    By: Jeff McConnell, CIC, CRM Vice President | January 18, 2014 A recurring question I hear is, “How should I set my loss limitation?” When making this decision, consider the following points. First, as a professional 3PL, who’s reputation and customer relationships are paramount, the primary objective should be to ensure customer’s expectations are met at time of loss. To keep all eyes wide-open, the IWLA Standard Terms... read more »

  • IOA Goes International Starting with ACN in London

    January 17, 2014

    January 17th, 2014 Insurance Office of America, Inc. (IOA), the tenth-largest privately-held insurance agency in the US, founded by industry veteran and Chairman of the Board John Ritenour, today announced that it has received approval as a Registered Broker from the Corporation of Lloyd’s.  To distinguish the Lloyd’s Broker from the rest of IOA, the firm is trading as ACN Services London (ACN). “With the... read more »

  • Who is Telling Your Story?

    January 4, 2014

     By: Brett C. Bradley, IOA Commercial Risk Advisor | January 4 , 2014 In our new world of PDFs, email, social media, and mobile devices, there is an increasingly impersonal approach to many facets of business. Insurance is no exception. When was the last time you met your underwriter or even had a call with the underwriter who is handling your account? Does your underwriter know your... read more »

  • Becoming Best in Class Takes More Than Talk

    October 1, 2013

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine October 2013 Let’s be honest, we all want to believe our company is truly the best in the industry. We feel our company is truly the best in the industry. We feel our company can outperform the competition from both a physical service and customer service standpoint. If we can’t believe we have built something better... read more »

  • Demetree Insurance Services Pairs with IOA Eagle Brand

    August 7, 2013

    August 7, 2013 We are pleased to announce that effective August 1, 2013, we completed the acquisition of our newest Eagle American Insurance Agency entity, Demetree Insurance Services. Established in 1968, this agency will bring additional value to the Eagle brand with revenues reaching 2.2 Million.  To learn more about services they provide, please visit their website at www.demetreeins.com. This office will remain at their current Jacksonville, FL... read more »

  • IOA Becomes Official Insurance Broker of the AFL

    July 6, 2013

      July 6, 2013 Insurance Office of America (IOA) today announced its new partnership with the Arena Football League as the Presenting Sponsor of ArenaBowl XXVI to be held in Orlando on August 17th. The partnership will feature prominent on-air elements during the live national broadcast of ArenaBowl XXVI on the CBS Television Network, as well as significant in-arena exposure at the Amway Center. In... read more »

  • Alternative Risk Management, Not a Fit For Everyone

    April 2, 2013

    Roughly two years ago we began telling readers and insurance buyers to prepare for a change in the insurance marketplace. Because of incidents taking place from earthquakes in Japan and Christchurch in New Zealand, and most recently Super Stormy Sandy, all indications were that the insurance carriers were going to begin pulling in the reins and increasing their rates to recoup the massive amounts of dollars paid in claims. Now, we have officially entered into the hard market insurance cycle read more »

  • Audits Are Nothing To Fear

    April 1, 2013

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine May 2013 The word “audit” tends to invoke notions of painstaking information gathering, countless wasted hours sitting with pencil pushers who have no sense of humor and other such images. The truth of the matter is, if you and your agent have taken the time to accurately project your past year’s performance, the audit should be... read more »

  • Marshall Solutions Joins IOA

    December 4, 2012

    December 4th, 2012  We are pleased to announce that effective December 1, 2012, we completed the acquisition of our newest IOA Group entity, Marshall Solutions of America. Formerly known as Marshall Medical Forms and The Marshall Solutions Group, they provide paperwork management solutions, filing solutions, promotional products and high-end color brochures to their 900 clients, primarily in the medical field in and around Central Florida.... read more »

  • Maintaining Your Contracts with Changing Workers’ Compensation

    October 10, 2012

    October 12, 2012 As we have all witnessed over the last few years, it is getting harder and harder to successfully secure contracts. One of the latest obstacles in securing contracts has been the emergence of prohibiting contractors to bid jobs if their workers’ compensation experience modification factor (experience mod) is greater than a 1.00. The experience mod has become a common metric to determine... read more »

  • Creating the Eagle American Insurance Agency with DCP

    October 1, 2012

      October 1, 2012 Dowling Capital Partners (DCP), a private equity firm focused on investing in insurance and related services and distribution companies, today announced the formation of Eagle American Insurance Agency (Eagle American) in partnership with Florida-based Insurance Office of America (IOA), one of the largest privately-held agencies in the U.S.  Eagle American will pursue an acquisition strategy of personal lines agencies and books... read more »

  • IOA Celebrates New Branch Operations Manager

    September 12, 2012

    September 12, 2012 It is a pleasure to announce that effective September 12th, 2012, Marsha Wendt, Commercial Lines Director, has been named Branch Operations Manager for the Florida Branch offices. Marsha will oversee all IOA Florida locations, staffing and lead the current branch management team within the state. Marsha has been with IOA for the past 5 years working in our Home Office and Longwood Branch... read more »

  • Hard Times in Insurance

    August 1, 2012

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine August 2012 Several months ago we published an article indicating a hard insurance market was looming (Waste Advantage Magazine, Dec. 2011). Hopefully, the message was heard and companies took heed as that indication has started to become a reality. As a basic description, a hard market comes about when carriers begin to tighten their underwriting guidelines,... read more »

  • IOA Partners with Six Flags

    January 17, 2012

    January 17, 2012 ORLANDO, FL –Insurance Office of America (IOA) has become the official Property & Casualty insurance broker of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. Effective January 1, 2012 the new agreement offers IOA the advantage of broad awareness building opportunities and high-profile branding through the use of in-park signage at Six Flags parks, web banner advertising on sixflags.com, Six Flags Television and Radio Network promotional... read more »

  • The Hard Market Is Here

    December 1, 2011

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine December 2011 Throughout the course of this year I have had several articles in Waste Advantage Magazine that talked about the forth coming insurance market change from “soft” to “hard” and ways companies should be preparing. It is my sincere hope that you as the readers have taken heed to this message. In recent industry communiqués... read more »

  • Items to Consider While Switching Insurance Carriers

    December 1, 2010

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine December 2010 Insurance agents are often asked: what are the pros and cons of switching an insurance carrier? It is important to note that not all insurance carriers, and polices for that matter, are “equal” in what they offer their policyholders. Just like the variety of options you have when selecting what type of power unit... read more »

  • Taking a Proactive Approach to Mitigate Expenses

    June 1, 2010

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine June 2010 There are a number of ways to impact your cost of insurance that have nothing to do with shopping your policy every year at renewal. Difficult times call for creative solutions and a proactive approach in order to mitigate your expenses. The intent of this article is to shed light on some ideas you may... read more »

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