Assurex Adds Partners in Peru, Tunisia U.S.

April 4, 2002

Assurex Global Partners, the private organization of leading brokers and agencies, announced that it has expanded its worldwide presence with the addition of international broker Partners in Lima, Peru and Tunis, Tunisia, as well as North American Partners in Glastonbury, Connecticut; Orlando, Florida; and Dayton, Ohio.

Assurex listed and described its newest members as follows:

Gray & Asociados Asesores y Corredores de Seguros S.A. of Lima, Peru: Founded in 1988, Gray & Asociados provides commercial and personal insurance products and services to clients in Central and South America. Gray & Asociados specializes in the mining, fishing, construction, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Gepar of Tunis, Tunisia: Founded in 1986, Gepar delivers risk management, commercial and personal insurance products, and life and actuary services to enterprises throughout Tunisia. Gepar specializes in a variety of industries including agricultural machinery, automobile accessory manufacturers, bio- sciences and drug manufacturers, financial institutions and textiles, among others.

Smith Brothers Insurance, Inc. of Glastonbury, Connecticut: Smith Brothers Insurance is a leading provider of property, casualty, life, health and group insurance products to commercial and individual clients throughout Connecticut. Founded in the mid-1960s, Smith Brothers Insurance specializes in the technology, construction, legal and retail industries.

Lassiter-Ware Inc. of Orlando, Florida: Founded in 1912, Lassiter-Ware Inc. is one of the largest independent insurance brokers in the Southeast, providing property-casualty insurance, group benefits and financial services to commercial clients. Lassiter-Ware specializes in the construction, manufacturing, hospitality, food distribution, banking and health care industries.

The Brower Insurance Agency, P.L.L. of Dayton, Ohio: One of Ohio’s leading independent insurance brokers, Brower Insurance provides risk management services, employee benefits, and commercial insurance products to clients in Dayton and throughout Ohio. With 90 employees, Brower Insurance specializes in the construction, manufacturing, health care, automotive/trucking and education industries.

“With independent insurance brokers on six continents, Columbus, Ohio-based Assurex Global is staffed by more than 12,000 experienced industry professionals generating annual premiums in excess of $14 billion,” the announcement stated. It invites only one independent broker per market to become a Partner, and now offers its products and services from “more than 130 offices located in every major city of the globe.”

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