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TINTON FALLS, NJ, April 16, 2019–World Insurance Associates LLC, a fast-growing independent insurance agency headquartered in Tinton Falls, NJ, merged with Professional Insurance Associates, Inc. (PIA) of Carlstadt, New Jersey on March 1, 2019.

Professional Insurance Associates has been meeting the insurance needs of both commercial and personal lines clients, as well as public entities, for over 60 years. In addition to benefits and financial services, the company also specializes in providing its contractor clients with a full range of contract surety bonding services. With “Professionalism You Can Count On,” the team of insurance, bond, and financial specialists at PIA work diligently to provide the most comprehensive protection plans at the least expensive cost.

PIA President, James V. Gardella, and his team will continue to support their clients from the same location in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

“Professional Insurance Associates adds 32 employees, a great location, and a marquee book of business to the World Insurance Associates organization,” said Rich Eknoian, CEO and co-founder of World Insurance Associates LLC. “That is an extraordinary result for us, and we are delighted to welcome the entire PIA team.”

James V. Gardella stated, “We’re thrilled to partner with World Insurance Associates, knowing they will provide continuity for our business while allowing us the autonomy to manage our client relationships. As a service-oriented agency where our customers come first, this is extremely important to us.”

World Insurance Associates LLC is an independent insurance agency headquartered in Tinton Falls, NJ. It offers extensive, cost-effective personal and business insurance solutions in 50 states. The company specializes in transportation, hospitality, self-storage facilities, construction (surety), manufactures, nonprofits, and law firms. World Insurance Associates also provides group benefits and property and casualty insurance to companies of all sizes in a variety of industries in addition to insurance services for individuals, focusing on coastal properties and high net worth clients. World Insurance Associates began business in 2012, has completed 41 acquisitions, and serves its customers from 27 offices in NJ, PA, NY, CT, RI, ME, OH, FL, and Washington DC. The company is ranked #15 on the 2018 NJBIZ 50 Fastest Growing Companies in NJ and #6 in New Jersey's Top Insurance Brokerages, also by NJBIZ. World Insurance Associates made the 2018 Inc. 5000 list at #1680, has been named a Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agency by Insurance Journal, and is a Business Insurance 2018 Best Place to Work.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Rich Eknoian at 732-523-2106 or email


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