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Heffernan Insurance Brokers Acquires Pilot Employee Benefits LLC, Expanding its Employee Benefits offerings in the Tri-State Area

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Heffernan Insurance Brokers, one of the largest full-service, independent insurance brokerage firms in the United States, acquires Pilot Employee Benefits. The firm has purchased the assets of Pilot Employee Benefits of Melville, NY effective October 20, 2014. The Pilot leadership personnel, consisting of Managing Senior Vice President Joshua Senders, and Managing Senior Vice President Benjamin Senders, will oversee Heffernan's newest office, located in Long Island.

Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Pilot has developed benefits programs and solutions for a wide variety of companies and thousands of employees.  They are led by the Senders family, Mark, Josh and Ben, who have built a successful platform, upon which Heffernan plans to expand in the coming years. Pilot will be joining forces with Heffernan's New York City office, integrating employee benefits solutions alongside its current property and casualty insurance efforts.

"Josh, Ben and their team's breadth of experience in the Benefits industry will enhance and support our growing operations in the Tri-State area," said Mike Heffernan, President and CEO of Heffernan Insurance Brokers. "We see great success in combining our existing P&C and Benefits expertise in New York with the sales and service capabilities of the Senders and their team."

Joshua Senders, Managing Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits, added, "The combination of Pilot with Heffernan will allow Pilot's existing clients to benefit from what Heffernan has built nationwide and we look forward to offering our clients even more by leveraging Heffernan's benefits technology resources."

About Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Heffernan Insurance Brokers, formed in 1988, is one of the largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the United States. Heffernan provides insurance and financial services products to a range of businesses and individuals. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., Heffernan has offices in San Francisco, Petaluma, Menlo Park, Los Angeles and Orange County, CA; Portland, OR; St. Louis, MO and New York, NY.

Employee-owned, Heffernan Insurance Brokers was named the Top Mid-Sized Broker in the United States to Work for in 2009 by Business Insurance Magazine. The firm has been among the Top Greater Bay Area Philanthropists since 2003, donating more than 10 percent of profits to charity in 2013.

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