AssuredPartners acquires Columbia insurer Greater South Agency

Greater South Agency, a family-owned insurance broker in Columbia known for handling animal agriculture businesses' insurance needs nationwide, said on Saturday that it has been acquired by AssuredPartners, one of the fastest-growing U.S. independent insurance agencies in the nation.

 Greater South will continue to operate under the leadership of President Whitner Slagsvol and Executive Vice President William Slagsvol. “We take pride in working with our customers in the field, thoroughly understanding their businesses and tailoring coverage to each client at the best possible price,” Whitner Slagsvol said. “We’re excited about the enhanced national reach and strength we are gaining as an AssuredPartners company, while still being able to provide our customers with the personalized attention they have grown to expect from our team.”

AssuredPartners, led by Jim Henderson and Tom Riley, is based in Lake Mary, Florida. Since 2011, it has acquired and invested in insurance brokerage businesses across the U.S. and in London.

“The Greater South team members are the experts in animal agriculture insurance -- specifically, the poultry industry. Whit has invested significant time and capital supporting the poultry industry — championing, speaking at and hosting educational industry events,” Tom Riley, AssuredPartners' president and chief operating officer, said.

“We are thrilled to welcome Greater South’s unique group and their expertise to the AssuredPartners team," Paul Vredenburg, AssuredPartners' executive vice president and chief acquisition officer, said.

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