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Argo Insurance Announces Partnership on Landscape and Arborist Program

Posted on 01 Nov 2011

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Argo Insurance, a member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., announced today it will offer a landscape and arborist program through its Commercial Programs unit in partnership with First Capital - Arrowhead Wholesale Insurance Services (FC-AWIS). The program, specifically tailored to the needs of landscape and arborist contractors, will offer coverage for property, crime, inland marine, commercial auto and excess risks.

Argo Insurance Commercial Programs, led by Vice President Jackie Bourret, provides specialized commercial niche programs customized to meet the specific insurance needs of targeted business segments. Its distribution network includes experienced program administrators with proven track records.

"Partnering with First Capital - AWIS gives us an opportunity to add a new class of business to our portfolio," said Ms. Bourret. "We also gain a trusted, experienced and well-respected business partner with a strong broker network serving businesses in the Western U.S. We look forward to working with First Capital- AWIS to expand its landscape and arborist contracting business."

First Capital - AWIS has provided property and casualty insurance products for its distribution network in California since 2006 and opted to select Argo Insurance for its program specialty focus and capability to expand marketing efforts to Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Utah for landscape and arborist contractors.

"I look forward to our partnership through Argo Insurance's Commercial Programs unit," added FC-AWIS Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kilkenny. "With its program-centric business philosophy, discipline and the strength of its parent company, Argo Group, we're able to offer our program on a broader scale."

FC-AWIS will continue to underwrite, rate and issue policies for the landscape and arborist program from its headquarters in San Diego, Calif. Argo Insurance will oversee auditing and compliance for the program and policies, which will be issued by Argonaut Insurance Company.