ST. JOHN'S, Sept. 19th, 2018 /CNW/ - Cal LeGrow Insurance and Financial Group, the largest independent commercial insurance broker in Newfoundland and Labrador, unveiled plans today to open an office in Nova Scotia this fall, working to expand their presence across the Maritimes.
"Expansion into the Maritimes is a logical next step in our story to take the strength of the Cal LeGrow brand and value proposition and plant it proudly into the Maritimes," said Jeff LeGrow, Cal LeGrow CEO and Chairman. "Today we service about 1 in 4 businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador, and as our clients are growing and expanding into the Maritimes, now so must we. We are committed to bringing the same service excellence to clients across the Atlantic Provinces."
In addition to expansion plans, Cal LeGrow also announced organizational changes. To support the expansion into Nova Scotia, Cal LeGrow has recruited 20-year sales and marketing veteran, Keith Vokey, to lead the operations and development of the Maritime operations as Senior Vice President, Maritimes. He will be based out of Halifax.
"Keith is no stranger to Cal LeGrow. He worked here at the beginning of his career of twenty plus years," continued Jeff LeGrow. "He has spent his career in senior sales and key account positions, building a deep roster of client relationships and experiences that he will bring to our business. He's come full circle and we are excited to have Keith's fresh perspective at our management table."
Cal LeGrow also announced today that Kevin Casey has been named its newest partner and shareholder.
"Kevin has been fully invested in our business since he joined our team over two years ago, and today, Rod Vatcher and I are thrilled to welcome him to the ownership team," said Jeff LeGrow. "Through Kevin's leadership, our sales team has been reenergized, experiencing significant growth year over year, and now we plan to build on that momentum, expanding our business into the Maritimes."
Kevin Casey joined Cal LeGrow as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing in April 2016 after almost 15 years as Co-founder at Idea Factory, a full-service advertising agency in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
"We worked closely with Kevin for many years in his role at Idea Factory and about three years ago we started discussions with him about our long-term vision and where we wanted to take the business. We knew Kevin's fresh thinking would enhance our sales culture and brand in many different and positive ways. Kevin connected with our vision immediately," explains Rod Vatcher, President of Cal LeGrow, "and things have worked very well ever since."
"Like so many mature industries, the future of business insurance is changing rapidly and we are positioning ourselves to meet those demands head-on," said Kevin Casey, newly appointed Executive Vice President and Partner. "We will continue to invest in talent and we are always exploring acquisition opportunities in the insurance and wealth management space," continued Casey. "Our plans for growth are bold and I am excited to do my part, along with our exceptional team, to drive the business vision forward."
Currently, Cal LeGrow manages risk for over 4000 businesses across Newfoundland and Labrador. These announcements come as the next in a series of steps Cal LeGrow has taken to further strengthen their position in commercial insurance and financial planning solutions in Newfoundland and Labrador, and now the Atlantic provinces.
About Cal LeGrow
Cal LeGrow Insurance and Financial Group is one of Atlantic Canada's largest independent commercial insurance and financial solutions brokerages. In 2016, Cal LeGrow was invited to be a member of the Canadian Broker Network (CBN) as the only Atlantic Canadian representative. CBN is a consortium of leading independent brokerages representing more than $1 Billion in property casualty premiums as well as employee benefits and life and financial services. Together, CBN has over 50 offices across Canada and 1500 employees.
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For further information: Media Inquires: Kevin Casey, Executive Vice President, Partner, Cal LeGrow Insurance & Financial Group, [email protected], (709) 746-0909