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Partnership forms new company, PointeNorth Insurance Group

TRC Stevenson has acquired the property and casualty assets of Merritt-McKenzie, creating one of the largest independently-owned insurance agencies based in the Southeast. The acquisition, effective Jan. 1, 2010, will form a new company — PointeNorth Insurance Group.

Bill Skeeles, CEO of TRC Stevenson, said the purchase of Merritt-McKenzie enables the delivery of new products and services to customers—which now total more than 12,000 businesses and individuals in Georgia. With the combined assets of both firms, he said, PointeNorth Insurance Group is poised for growth—organically and through further acquisitions.

Unlike agencies with a national focus, PointeNorth Insurance Group™ will continue the TRC Stevenson and Merritt-McKenzie tradition of providing locally-focused, one-on-one expertise and service. “Clients will have more product options and other benefits due to our expanded reach,” said Skeeles, who becomes chairman and CEO of PointeNorth Group. “Even though we’re a growing company with a new name, our clients will continue to receive the same personal service from the professionals they’ve always known and trusted.”

PointeNorth Insurance Group will serve the same types of clients—small to large businesses in the Southeast that need full-service insurance coverage, and individual policyholders primarily in the metro Atlanta area. The agency will also continue to offer the most highly-regarded national and regional insurance brands.

John Langsfeld, president of Merritt-McKenzie, which was previously owned by First Horizon Insurance Atlanta, says he looks forward to providing customers with additional product options, cutting-edge online tools, and carrying the Merritt-McKenzie legacy forward. The company was founded in Atlanta in 1926.

“This relationship makes us stronger and more efficient,” said Langsfeld, who becomes president of PointeNorth Insurance, Atlanta. “I’m excited about the possibilities of growing while at the same time staying true to the core principals and strategies we’ve lived by for 83 years.”

Starting Jan. 1, PointeNorth Insurance Group’s contact information will be:
1100 Circle 75 Parkway, Suite 140
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: 770.858.7540
Fax: 770.858.7545

About PointeNorth Insurance Group

PointeNorth Insurance Group™ was formed by the merger of TRC Stevenson and Merritt–McKenzie. With locations in Atlanta, Decatur and Peachtree City, the company provides insurance and financial products to more than 12,000 businesses and individuals throughout Georgia and the Southeast.

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