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Applied Underwriters Shines, Garners Top Honors in 2021 Insurance Business America 5-Star Carrier Awards

‘A’ rated national insurer wins or places in all eleven categories, as ranked by producers

Omaha, Nebraska -- July 26, 2021 -- Applied Underwriters carried off top honors in all eleven categories in a Special Report published by Insurance Business America Magazine (IBA). Agents across the nation were asked to vote their views, giving carriers a rating on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) in these important categories: Competitive Rates, Underwriting Expertise, Overall Service Level, Product Innovation, Range of Products, Product Training and Marketing Support, Quick Quotes, Broker Communication, Claims Processing, Online Platforms and Services, and Appetite for Niche and Emerging Risks. Carriers that received an average score of 4.00 or higher were named to the 5-Star level for that particular category. Only two of the 27 nominated carriers received scores of 4.00 or higher in all eleven categories. They were Applied Underwriters and Safeco.

According to IBA, as part of the survey now in its eighth year, agents and brokers were asked to name the top three aspects they consider most important when working with a carrier “partner.” Overwhelmingly, agents and brokers named competitive rates as their top priority, followed by underwriting expertise and overall service levels, i.e. the ease of doing business with a carrier, the ability to receive quick quotes, and the provision of streamlined services.

Mr. Steve Menzies, Chairman of Applied Underwriters, credited the Company’s dedicated, skilled and forward looking staff for the wins: “We are fortunate, as are our agents and brokers and their insureds, to have a team of professionals fast at work to deliver the products and services that each sector needs to be effective and to have the security that goes with working together as ‘partners’ in a structure that unifies the best and brightest for the benefit, ultimately, of the insured. Our staff is geared to that objective and meets its goals consistently.”

He added, explaining: “What is particularly gratifying is that nearly 500 agents and brokers participated in the survey, of whom better than 60% have more than 20 years in the business and nearly 70% work in enterprises reporting more than $10MM in annual revenues, so they hold seasoned opinions, built over years and based upon serious monies at stake. We are proud of these accords and of the categories in which we are clear leaders.”

The full report may be found here.

For further information contact:
Ryan Gerding, Public Relations, at +1 (913) 602-8531 or at

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Applied Underwriters® is a global risk services firm that helps businesses and people manage uncertainty through its business services, insurance and reinsurance solutions. As a company, Applied Underwriters has been distinguished by its innovative approaches to client care and by its strong financial strength. Applied Underwriters operates widely throughout the US, UK, EU and Middle East. Its operational headquarters is located in Omaha, Nebraska.

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