Partnership with Connell Insurance brings Higginbotham into a 14st State
FORT WORTH, Texas, December 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Connell Insurance is the first agency in the state of Missouri to join Higginbothaman insurance, financial and HR services firm ranked among the largest independent brokerages in the US. Missouri. The agreement adds a 14st state on Higginbotham’s footprint and gives Connell Insurance increased customer service that includes loss control, employee benefit plan services and human resources.
Higginbotham grows strategically to expand its scope and increase its service capabilities by selectively partnering with other independent agencies that have strong reputations in their local markets, a desire to continue to grow by leveraging its single source solution and a strong cultural match .
Connell Insurance has two Missouri offices in Branson and Springfield, with a combined 38 employees with immediate plans to hire more to accommodate growth. It is led by practicing insurance and employee benefits consultants Casey Chastain, Jay Hickman, Tom Jensen and Chase Marable.
On behalf of Connell Insurance’s leadership, Jensen said, “We see Higginbotham as a larger version of our firm. We position ourselves as ‘agents of change’, adapting to new market trends and evolving our model as the business environment changes. To be a long-term partner for our customers, change is essential, and joining Higginbotham is part of that strategy. The value-added services for our clients, the future growth opportunities for our firm and the ability to partner with a private organization that offers employee ownership are all welcome changes.”
Higginbotham Chairman and CEO Rusty Reid said, “We have offices in the states bordering the south Missouri, so we set our sights on finding the right partner to help establish our presence there. Connell Insurance is one of the fastest growing insurance agencies in the region, which brought our interest because obviously they are doing something right. The decision to confirm our partnership was driven by their alignment with our people-first culture and forward-thinking attitude.”
Higginbotham has given the title of managing director to all four of Connell Insurance’s leaders, and they will continue to lead their team.
Connell Insurance is a property/casualty insurance and employee benefits brokerage firm that provides solutions that help companies and individuals manage risk. Founded in 1970, Connell Insurance is today one of the largest local insurance brokers in the South West Missouri. It has concentrated experience in the public entity, manufacturing, transport, social services, construction and hospitality sectors. Visit connell.com for more information.
Employee owned and customer inspired, Higginbotham is a single source solution for insurance, financial and HR services. The firm was founded in 1948 and is ranked as the country’s 21st in terms of revenueSt largest independent insurance firm. Serving thousands of businesses and individuals through locations coast-to-coast, Higginbotham’s approach to finding solutions for insurance, employee benefit and risk management is more individual and less institutional. By understanding customer priorities, eliminating inefficiencies and committing to transparency, Higginbotham is a place that leads with values so value leads. Visit higginbotham.com for more information.