World Insurance Associates LLC Merges with Professional Insurance Associates, Inc. (PIA) of Carlstadt, NJ

TINTON FALLS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#acquisitionslt;/agt;–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,

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 (WIA) is an independent insurance agency
headquartered in Tinton Falls, NJ. It offers personal and business
insurance in 50 states. The company specializes in transportation,
hospitality, self-storage facilities, construction (surety),
manufacturers, and law firms. WIA 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. WIA began
business in 2012, has completed 41 acquisitions, and serves its
customers from 27 offices. 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. WIA 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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