Georgia Insurance Agencies WS Pharr & Co. and PointeNorth Insurance Group Merge

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PointeNorth Insurance Group and WS Pharr & Co. joined forces effective March 1, 2013. WS Pharr & Co. now operates as PointeNorth Insurance Group. Along with a highly regarded middle market commercial insurance practice, WS Pharr & Co. brings an additional location in Columbus, Georgia. Operating throughout the southeast, the agency has a robust portfolio of commercial insurance programs that provide unique solutions for its commercial clientele. “With WS Pharr & Co’s strong middle market practice, we continue to expand our presence and expertise in commercial markets,” said PointeNorth CEO Bill Skeeles. WS Pharr & Co., founded in 1988 by   Continue reading →

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PointeNorth Insurance Group Names Vicky A. Miller V.P. of National Franchise Division

PointeNorth Insurance Group announced that Vicky A. Miller has been named Vice President of its Franchise Division. Effective May 1, 2012 Miller will lead a newly expanded sales and marketing team focused on further enhancing the offering of insurance and financial services products provided to franchisors and franchisees through the nationally recognized LDPI Franchise Program, a member of PointeNorth Insurance Group. Miller has been a member of the PointeNorth management team since its acquisition of Love, Douglas & Pope, Inc. (LDPI) in 2011, serving as the LDPI Franchise Program Marketing Manager. In this role, she led the sales, marketing and   Continue reading →

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Alex White Joins the PointeNorth Benefits Team

PointeNorth Insurance Group is excited to introduce Alex White as a new member of our Benefits Practice. With over 15 years’ experience as an insurance and investment professional, Alex brings a distinctive approach to meeting client’s corporate and individual insurance needs. In contrast to the traditional one-size fits all product based approach, Alex uses a consultative approach and an in-depth discovery process with clients to determine exactly where their needs lie and what insurance vehicles best fit those needs. “Alex is a fine addition to our Employee Benefits Practice. His experience in individual and group life insurance planning and sales   Continue reading →

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Dos and Don’ts of Renters Insurance

Renters experience apartment theft 50 percent more than homeowners, yet nearly 70 percent of renters live without renters insurance, according to an Apartments.com national survey. Apartments and home rentals can be a great option for residents not ready to make the leap toward home ownership, but taking the appropriate steps to protect their belongings is just as important for renters as signing their lease. That’s why Columbus, Ohio-based Grange Insurance outlines the importance of renters insurance and why every renting tenant should be covered by an insurance policy. “Although many landlords require renters insurance coverage from their tenants, there are   Continue reading →

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Good news for business owners

Georgia is working to fight the alarming increase in metal theft by reaching a final agreement between the House of Representatives and Senate on legislation proposed to help combat metal theft. If signed by Governor Nathan Deal, HB872 will make it more difficult for metal thieves to profit from their crimes by requiring two things; 1) that metal sellers to show a valid ID and a work order or receipt to prove the metal was not stolen, and 2) require metal recyclers to maintain a record of all purchases. HB872 will also establish a statewide database of buyers and sellers   Continue reading →

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Time-Change Essentials: More than Just Turning Back the Clock

Grange Insurance would like to remind homeowners that not only does Nov. 6 mark the end of daylight saving time, but it is also a good day to begin safeguarding the home from potential hazards as the colder months approach. To help homeowners prepare, Grange Insurance offers a Time-Change Checklist. Time-Change Checklist: • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Replace the actual unit once every 10 years. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, one-quarter (24 percent) of deaths were caused by fires in properties in which smoke alarms were present but failed to operate. • Have a certified   Continue reading →

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Georgia Insurance Agency Love, Douglas & Pope Merges with PointeNorth

PointeNorth Insurance Group and Love, Douglas & Pope Inc. have joined forces. Effective June 1, the company will operate as PointeNorth Insurance Group. The merger is the third transaction of the year for PointeNorth and continues the insurance agency’s growth strategy of seeking like-minded partners with complimentary offerings. Along with 4,000-plus household and business clients, Love, Douglas & Pope brings additional locations in Alpharetta and Carrollton as well as its franchise program to the PointeNorth Insurance Group portfolio. Operating in 47 states, the program targets many types of franchise systems, including fast-casual dining restaurants and dating services. The program will   Continue reading →

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PointeNorth Acquires Hodges & Associates, Smith Insurance Services

PointeNorth Insurance Group has acquired Hodges & Associates and Smith Insurance Services, creating one of the largest independent insurers in Georgia. Hodges & Associates is recognized as one of the leading employee-benefit providers in metro Atlanta and will operate as a member of the PointeNorth group of companies. The Marietta-based agency’s BondsPlus subsidiary, Risk Management Continuum division, and employee-benefits practice, were purchased with stock and cash. Effective April 1, Stan Hodges will serve as Senior Vice President of PointeNorth’s Benefit Practice and Sales Manager. Smith Insurance Services, a Marietta-based agency that offers property, life and casualty insurance products was purchased   Continue reading →

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PointeNorth Insurance in AJC article

Georgia Tech holds a career combine for football players By Doug Roberson (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Amid a deluge and howling winds outside, Georgia Tech had a Pro Day of a different kind Tuesday night inside Bobby Dodd Stadium. But relays were replaced by resumes, stopwatches by handshakes, bench-presses by business cards. It was a chance for more than 25 of the Yellow Jackets’ current and former football players to meet with more than 25 Atlanta business leaders. The goal, like a Pro Day, was to catch someone’s eye by showcasing their skills. “The NFL’s a job, just like the business   Continue reading →

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PointeNorth Insurance Named Top 10 Property and Casualty Insurance Brokers and Agents by Atlanta Business Chronicle

PointeNorth Insurance Group of Atlanta has been named one of Atlanta’s top 10 property and casualty insurance brokers and agents. The listing, compiled by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, ranked companies by premium dollar volume. PointeNorth offers a broad range of commercial, personal and life products to business and household clients. “We are very appreciative of our clients, associates and business partners who made it possible for us to strengthen and grow our business,” said Bill Skeeles, CEO of PointeNorth Insurance Group. “Our company works every day to offer our clients the highest level of personal service in the industry.”

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