Regions Insurance Acquires Georgia-Based The A.I. Group

August 5, 2015

Regions Insurance, Inc., a subsidiary of Regions Insurance Group, Inc. and an affiliate of Regions Bank, has acquired The A.I. Group, Inc., with offices in Greater Atlanta and Athens, Georgia.

The A.I. Group provides employee benefits consulting and insurance brokerage services focused on mid-sized and large employers throughout the United States. Managing Partners Dave Woodruff and Dan Murphy, along with 39 associates of The A.I. Group, have joined Regions Insurance. Woodruff and Murphy will facilitate the firm’s integration activities and both will play key roles in the ongoing employee benefits operations in Georgia.

The acquisition of The A.I. Group builds on the recent expansion of Regions Insurance. Under the leadership of Mike Breedlove, CEO for Regions Insurance of Georgia/South Carolina, the first Regions Insurance office in Georgia was established in Atlanta in November 2012, followed by expansion into South Carolina in 2013.

With the addition of The A.I. Group, the Regions Insurance Georgia/South Carolina operations will exceed 100 associates focused on property, casualty, employee benefits and captive insurance.

According to Dan Murphy, managing partner and co-founder of The A.I. Group, combining with Regions Insurance will allow A.I. Group to expand its focus on providing employee benefits consulting services to meet clients’ needs.

Woodruff and Murphy are managing partners and co-founders of The A.I. Group. While the present company formed in January of 2000, the roots of the firm date to 1989 when Woodruff established an employee benefits division for predecessor firm AI Insurance. Murphy joined the company in 1999.

In 2000, Woodruff and Murphy bought out the employee benefits division of AI Insurance and launched The A.I. Group. The predecessor company, AI Insurance, a property casualty consulting firm led by Lewis Scruggs, joined Regions Insurance in April 2014.

Regions Insurance serves customers across the country through a growing network of offices throughout the Southeast, Texas and Indiana. In addition to business insurance and individual insurance options, Regions Insurance also provides employee benefits services, private health insurance exchanges, and captive insurance solutions.

Over the past 18 months, Regions Insurance has opened new offices in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Dallas, Texas; New Orleans, La.; and Athens, Ga. Regions Insurance has also expanded its employee benefits practices in Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson, Miss.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Topics Mergers Georgia Human Resources South Carolina

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