USI Links Seattle, Portland Offices

Insurance brokerage firm USI Holdings Corporation, will offer expanded services to companies in the Northwest U.S. by combining the operations of two of its subsidiaries, Kibble & Prentice in Seattle and USI Northwest in Portland.

A news release said each office will continue to operate under its existing name and in its current location, but that the combination will allow a greater lineup of products and services. USI Washington and Oregon clients will now have additional service offerings in the commercial arena, including broader commercial insurance and benefit program services, employee and claims call centers, and executive benefit and retirement plan services, according to the announcement.

Meanwhile, on the personal insurance side, in addition to traditional offerings, customers will also have access to extensive private client services, including investment consulting, wealth transfer and estate planning, as well as individual life, disability, and long-term care insurance products and services.

A benefit for Portland-area clients is access to Kibble & Prentice’s newly formed Risk Strategies Group, which applies consultative advice and technical expertise to develop solutions designed to align with clients’ strategic business objectives, the news release said. The group offers an array of enterprise risk assessment, mitigation and transfer services, including property claims resolution, workers’ compensation cost control and claims advocacy, and Third-Party Liability Risk Management and Claims Advocacy.

Collectively, both offices employ more than 350 people in Portland and Seattle.