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USI Insurance Services to buy Wichita’s Willis brokerage

08/20/2014 9:32 AM

08/20/2014 9:32 AM

New York-based USI Insurance Services is buying seven Willis retail insurance brokerages nationally, including the one in Wichita at 245 N. Waco.

“We are excited to have this accomplished, experienced group of insurance professionals join us as new partners and associates,” said USI chairman, president and CEO Michael Sicard in a statement.

“These are new states and cities for USI – places we want to invest and grow in support of these great people, clients and communities.”

USI, which bills itself as the world’s 13th largest insurance brokerage, began two decades ago with a single firm and now has more than 140 offices nationally.

Willis of Greater Kansas is part of Willis Group Holdings.

There are 37 employees in the Wichita office, all of whom will be offered jobs at the new company when the deal closes in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter.

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About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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