Austin & Co. Joins Alera Group, Inc.

Austin & Co. Joins Alera Group, Inc.

Deerfield, IL (July 11, 2019) – Austin & Co., Inc., (Austin & Co.), announced that they have joined Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, effective July 1, 2019. The acquisition enhances Austin & Co.’s employee benefits and property & casualty expertise, giving them further resources to serve the local community. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Alera Group was formed in early 2017 and is made up of more than 70 independent benefit and insurance companies focused on employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management. Alera Group is one of the nation’s foremost independent insurance agencies and privately-held employee benefits firms. The company’s corporate office is located in Deerfield, IL, with member firms and locations throughout the United States. 

 “Joining Alera Group is a thrilling opportunity for our firm as we continuously strive to serve our clients with the industry’s leading solutions and expertise,” said James Sidford, President of Austin & Co. “The collaborative culture of Alera Group will allow us to continue to exceed our clients’ expectations, while growing and strengthening the deep relationships we have in our local community.” 

“As part of Alera Group, we’re more equipped than ever before to design expert solutions to meet employee benefits and property and casualty needs,” said Michael Brooks, Executive Vice President of Austin & Co. “We anticipate powerful national synergy with our sister firms across the country, allowing us to provide measurable results for our clients throughout the area.”

All Austin & Co. employees will continue operating out of the firm’s existing locations under the name Austin & Co., an Alera Group Company, LLC.
“Austin & Co. is an exciting addition to Alera Group.  The management team has a great deal of experience and expertise and will be welcome partners within our collaborative culture,” said Alan Levitz, CEO of Alera Group. “Their local reputation as an outstanding firm immediately adds to our presence in the northeast and brings additional regional and national capabilities, elevating the Alera Group client experience.” 

Austin & Co. has served clients throughout the Northeast for more than 165 years. Their service offerings include employee benefits, commercial and business insurance, and HR consulting services. To learn more about Austin & Co., visit their website at


About Alera GroupBased in Deerfield, IL, Alera Group’s over 1,700 employees serve thousands of clients nationally in employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management. Alera Group is the 15th largest privately held firm in the country. For more information, visit or follow Alera Group on Twitter: @AleraGroupUS.

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