Ryan Specialty Group Announces Merger of S.H. Smith & Co. Into R-T Specialty

Ryan Specialty Group LLC today announced that it reached agreement to merge S.H. Smith & Company Inc. into R-T Specialty LLC, the wholesale brokerage unit of Ryan Specialty Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

S.H. Smith & Company is one of the largest privately-owned specialty brokerages in the country. Headquartered in Hartford, Conn., the firm is licensed in 50 states and works through a network of over 2,000 independent retail agents.

Formed by Scott Smith in 1982, S.H. Smith & Company employs more than 90 team members and manages its business across four segments: Professional & Management Liability; Commercial Property & Casualty; In-House Underwriting; and Program Business.

Patrick G. Ryan, chairman & CEO of Ryan Specialty Group, said S.H. Smith & Co. President Scott Smith’s existing operations and experience will become a basis for expanding R-T’s presence in the Northeast as well as R-T’s binding authority capabilities. “We are excited Scott is joining RT’s senior leadership team,” Ryan said.

S.H. Smith & Company President Scott Smith said, “Combining our specialty services with RT’s strong, national distribution model is a win-win for clients everywhere. We are excited about the opportunity to join our team with the fastest growing wholesale brokerage in the country.”