Two Big Southern California Agencies Merge

August 1, 2011

Two independent insurance brokers announced today they are joining forces to become one of the largest insurance brokerages in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The August 1st agreement combines Northridge Insurance Agency (NIA) in the San Fernando Valley with the Scanlon Guerra Burke (SGB) operation in Woodland Hills. In addition NIA brings their office locations in Ventura and Thousand Oaks.

The two agencies combined will have over 70 employees and will offer all lines of insurance for both businesses and individuals.

SGB was started by Scanlon’s father in 1964 and has developed a niche serving the manufacturing and tool industry in Los Angeles County, the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County areas. In 2009, SGB became the master broker for the Household Industries Self-Insured Group, a single pool of self-insured retailers.

NIA was started in 1931 in the San Fernando Valley and expanded to three locations. Partners Stuart Lorch, Paul Newman, Paul Roth, Tom Leman and Steve Ruehlen purchased the company in June 2006. NIA offers all lines of personal insurance, business insurance, life and health insurance, and employee benefits.

Source: Gallagher 20/20 Consulting.

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