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PIA National Names Burns & Wilcox 2017 Managing General Agency of the Year

WASHINGTON (September 26, 2017) —The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) has named Burns & Wilcox as the recipient of its 2017 Managing General Agency (MGA) of the Year Award. The presentation was made on September 15, 2017 at a gala ceremony held in conjunction with PIA’s Board of Directors meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Burns & Wilcox—a flagship of H.W. Kaufman Group—is a leading global wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager and has been a pillar of the insurance community for many years,” said PIA National Secretary and Assistant Treasurer Dennis Kuhnke, in presenting the award. “Burns & Wilcox serves retail brokers and agents of all sizes—and with no retail operations, it never competes against brokers and agents. Importantly, Burns & Wilcox is a privately-owned company that does not have to answer to Wall Street or private equity firms.”

“Its standards of service, speed, depth of market relationships, and outstanding talent are unsurpassed in the specialty insurance sector,” Kuhnke said.

The PIA National MGA of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement in furthering the interests of agents, a commitment to the agency system, and successful efforts to create a better business environment for professional insurance agents.

“For nearly 50 years, Burns & Wilcox has consistently grown year-over-year based on a strategic mindset that relationships and service are the most important elements of insurance,” said Alan Jay Kaufman, Chairman, President, and CEO, Burns & Wilcox, a subsidiary of H.W. Kaufman Group. “The excellent service standards, expertise, competitive drive, and leadership of each member of our team is invigorating, and it is a point of pride to have these talents recognized by The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents.”

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About Burns & Wilcox and H.W. Kaufman Group

Burns & Wilcox is the industry’s leading wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager internationally recognized for its expertise in commercial and professional liability, property, marine and personal insurance.

Burns & Wilcox is a member of H.W. Kaufman Group, which has over 60 offices across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and employs more than 2,000 professionals. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Metro Detroit, H.W. Kaufman Financial Group also includes: Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Burns & Wilcox Canada, Burns & Wilcox Re, Atain Insurance Companies, Afirm, Global Excess Partners, R.B. Jones, Royal Premium, Minuteman Adjusters, and London-based, Chesterfield Insurance Brokers, Lochain Patrick, and Cranbrook Underwriting. More information can be found at or