SOURCE: Superior Access Insurance Services, Inc.

Superior Access Insurance Services, Inc.

September 22, 2010 17:01 ET

Superior Access Names Crawford as CEO

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - September 22, 2010) -  Superior Access Insurance Services, Inc., a leading online wholesaler of insurance products and services, announced that its Board of Directors has named Thomas W. Crawford as Chief Executive Officer. Crawford assumed his CEO responsibilities effective September 14, 2010. Thomas W. Crawford will continue in his capacity as Chairman of the Board at Superior Access while serving as its CEO.

Crawford has more than 45 years of leading insurance companies through growth strategies. Most recently, he served as founder and president at Crawford Corporate Coaching where he has coached senior executives across the business landscape.

Tom is known as a problem solver and a builder of success in companies. He has had major impact at Allstate, CNA, and Prudential, where he served as President, CEO and Chairman of their Property and Casualty Company. He also served as President of Prudential's U.S. Distribution organization. In 1984, Tom built Southern Heritage Insurance Company from the ground up, which was bought by GEICO in 1991. Southern Heritage Insurance Company was owned primarily by independent insurance agents in 13 states. Crawford was quoted as saying, "I believe that independent agents are some of the best business people in the country."

Crawford has served on numerous insurance industry professional association boards, as well as, company boards as either director or chair for the property and casualty and life insurance sectors. Tom dedicates much of his efforts to further education. He's served on the advisory board of many educational institutions and has given commencement addresses at three major universities. In 2007, he received the prestigious Turknett Leadership Award which is based on character and integrity in leadership at the CEO level.

"There has never been a better opportunity to develop our partnerships with agents and carriers, and to strengthen the core business of Superior Access. As a national wholesaler platform, we'll take this opportunity to leverage our national reach, our technological advantages, and more than anything, take the opportunity to enhance our relationship with our network of independent agents across America," Crawford remarked.

"The board is thrilled to have Tom step into the CEO role to help marshal the national wholesale unit through the next level in growth," said Lawrence Lenihan of First Mark Venture Capital, Superior Access' private equity parent company.

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