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TINTON FALLS, NJ, November 23, 2020- World Insurance Associates LLC (WIA), a Top 100 insurance brokerage majority owned by Charlesbank Capital Partners (“Charlesbank”), announced today that it has appointed Tom Ealy to its board of directors. 

Mr. Ealy is a highly accomplished leader and operating executive with uncommon business acumen gained over 35 years leading large risk-taking and market-making insurance organizations.  Most recently he served as the President & CEO of Ameriprise Auto & Home, turning the insurer around before selling it in 2019.  Prior to that, Mr. Ealy served as President of Allstate’s independent agency carrier, Encompass Insurance; Chief Operating Officer of Willis Towers Watson North America; and Midwest regional executive for USI. 

I’m thrilled to join the World Insurance team just as its growth is accelerating.  With our differentiated operating model and Charlesbank’s strong backing, we’re poised to become a top national broker in the coming years,” said Mr. Ealy. 

WIA is at an exciting point in the firm’s history,” states Rich Eknoian, CEO and Co-Founder of WIA. “With our recent investment from Charlesbank coupled with our firm-wide mission of achieving growth by providing industry-leading solutions to our clients, WIA has been able to drive growth both organically and through acquisition. Having Tom Ealy join our board to provide insight will be invaluable as we navigate this period of growth. Tom brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge in the insurance industry, and we are excited to have him as part of our team. 

World Insurance Associates LLC is headquartered in Tinton Falls, NJ, and is a nationally ranked, full-service insurance brokerage providing world-class asset and lifestyle protection with insurance, risk management, and benefit consulting services for individuals and businesses. Since its founding in 2012, WIA has completed 81 acquisitions and serves its customers from 73 offices in 15 states and Washington, D.C. WIA has been named one of The Most Successful Companies in America by Inc. 5000, is a Top 100 P/C Agency by Insurance Journal and Business Insurance, and a five-time honoree by NJBIZ Fast 50.


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732-380-0900 Ext. 736  


Mergers & Acquisitions Contact: 

Bradley UngerSenior Vice President, Business Development 



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