SOURCE: Holmes Murphy & Associates

Holmes Murphy & Associates

March 02, 2015 10:30 ET

Holmes Murphy & Associates Acquires Willis Office Serving Fraternal Community

DES MOINES, IA--(Marketwired - March 02, 2015) - Holmes Murphy & Associates has acquired the Omaha, Nebraska-based operations of Willis of Minnesota, Inc. (d/b/a Willis of Nebraska). The transaction, which closed effective February 28, 2015, includes one retail insurance brokerage office which services the risk management and insurance services needs of college-based student organizations primarily consisting of Greek letter organizations. The office sold in connection with the transaction places various lines of insurance coverages for these organizations, including general liability, property, Directors' & Officers', crime & fidelity, and member accident protection insurance. 

The office, which will report to Daniel T. Keough, chairman and CEO of Holmes Murphy, designs property and casualty insurance programs to insure the operations of college-based student organizations, honor societies, leadership councils and alumni associations.

The acquisition reflects Holmes Murphy's aggressive business growth strategy and further strengthens the firm's depth in the property and casualty space, according to Keough. The office will remain in Omaha while continuing to serve its fraternal community niche nationwide. 

"This team of insurance professionals has been serving the college based community for nearly 25 years," said Keough. "The addition of their deep expertise to Holmes Murphy's roster will enable us to expand our risk management offerings and solutions in entirely new directions."

"Since our office was founded in 1991 as Kirklin & Company, it has had a passion for innovation, entrepreneurialism and a client service centric focus," stated Ned Kirklin, Executive Vice President. "We believe by joining Holmes Murphy we are becoming part of a likeminded employee-owned organization that will benefit our long standing clients."

"Holmes Murphy & Associates has had a long standing presence in the Omaha market, and we welcome this team of individuals who fit nicely into the fiber of our company and culture," stated Keough.

About Holmes Murphy & Associates

Founded in 1932, Holmes Murphy & Associates, an independent insurance brokerage, is ranked 26 among America's top 100 brokers. Holmes Murphy has offices in Des Moines, Davenport and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Dallas, Texas; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Madison, Wis.; Peoria, Ill.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. Holmes Murphy serves business and industry leaders throughout the Midwest and across the nation in the areas of property casualty insurance, employee benefits, captive insurance, risk management and loss control. For more information, call 800-247-7756 or visit Follow Holmes Murphy on @holmesmurphyins or visit us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Willis

Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker. With roots dating to 1828, Willis operates today on every continent with more than 18,000 employees in over 400 offices. Willis offers its clients superior expertise, teamwork, innovation and market-leading products and professional services in risk management and transfer. Our experts rank among the world's leading authorities on analytics, modeling and mitigation strategies at the intersection of global commerce and extreme events. Find more information at our website,, our leadership journal, Resilience, or our up-to-the-minute blog on breaking news, WillisWire. Across geographies, industries and specialisms, Willis provides its local and multinational clients with resilience for a risky world.

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