DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — J. Scott Penny, chief acquisitions officer of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO), and Joseph V. Certo and Christopher M. Larson, the owners of Gremesco of New Jersey, LLC, today announced that a Bridge Specialty Group company and subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of Gremesco of New Jersey.
Gremesco of New Jersey is a wholesale insurance broker and was founded in 2000. The firm offers property and casualty insurance products and services through retail agents primarily in New Jersey and New York. Following the transaction, the Gremesco of New Jersey operations will become part of Bridge Specialty Group’s “Morstan General Agency” office (Morstan). The combined operations will do business from Morstan’s Woodbridge, New Jersey location under the leadership of Tommy Rhodes, who, together with Bridge Specialty Group’s executive vice president, Kathy Colangelo, has oversight responsibility for Morstan.
Mr. Rhodes stated, “This transaction enables us to continue growing Morstan’s strong network of brokers in New Jersey and New York. We are excited to welcome Joe and Wendy Certo to our team and to leverage their talent, experience, and relationships to create future opportunities.”
Mr. Certo stated, “We believe joining Morstan and Bridge Specialty Group will enable us to deliver broader market access and additional support to our customers. Wendy and I have always been committed to providing our customers with comprehensive service, knowledge, and professionalism, and we look forward to continuing to do so in the future.”
About Bridge Specialty Group, LLC
Bridge Specialty Group, LLC was launched in February 2021 by Brown & Brown, Inc. to encompass its broad portfolio of wholesale insurance businesses and is focused on bringing the power of its collective size and specialty to the wholesale brokerage marketplace. Composed of more than 25 boutique brands, Bridge Specialty Group is creating a more seamless way to connect the varying needs of our retail partners with the market clout and talents of our wholesale entities. To learn more about Bridge Specialty Group and our team of niche-focused brands, please visit www.bridgespecialtygroup.com.
About Brown & Brown, Inc.
Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) is a leading insurance brokerage firm, delivering risk management solutions to individuals and businesses since 1939. With over 11,000 teammates in more than 300 locations across the U.S. and select global markets, we are committed to providing innovative strategies to help protect what our customers value most. For more information, please visit www.bbinsurance.com.
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