United Benefit Advisors Adds Austin & Co., Inc. as Newest Partner Firm

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New York Agency Celebrating Over 160 Years of Service Joins Global Network of Independent Employee Advisory Firms

Everyone will benefit heavily from each other’s experience in the ever-changing landscape of insurance. - Les McPhearson, CEO of UBA

United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization, is pleased to welcome new Partner Firm Austin & Co., Inc. Headquartered in Albany, New York, Austin & Co., Inc. provides a personalized, consultative approach to insurance, employee benefits, HR consulting, benefits technology, and beyond. As an employee-owned company celebrating over 160 years of service, every employee of Austin & Co., Inc. has a vested interest in client retention and customer satisfaction – the cornerstones of their agency culture.

James Sidford, RHU, ChHC®, President of Austin & Co., Inc., says, “We are excited to be the newest UBA Partner Firm. This elite UBA partnership further enhances Austin & Co.’s market strength. More importantly, it directly benefits our clients with increased carrier leverage and improved access to leading national resources.”

In addition to providing insurance benefits to a wide range of clientele, Austin & Co., Inc. is proud of the reputation they have earned within the education community. They continuously strive to be their education clients’ go-to resource for their ever-changing insurance, employee benefits, HR and benefits technology needs. With established programs since 1974, Austin & Co., Inc. works with more than 200 education-related institutions. Their highly specialized service team evaluates each client individually and crafts customized programs for a comprehensive service solution. Additionally, they provide their education clients with access to a number of unique programs and services, including:

  • A New York Independent School-based consortium
  • Exclusive independent and charter school benchmarking
  • Carrier leverage and group buying power
  • A dedicated education service team

“Austin & Co.’s extensive and well-established programs within the education community bring a unique perspective to UBA's network of Partner Firms,” says UBA CEO Les McPhearson. “This aspect of their agency, combined with their longevity in the field, makes them a welcome addition to UBA and I know that everyone will benefit heavily from each other’s experience in the ever-changing landscape of insurance.”

As the newest Partner Firm of UBA, Austin & Co., Inc. joins a network of employee benefits advisory firms that serve employers of all sizes across the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a combined group, UBA’s annual employee benefit revenues rank it among the top five employee benefit advisory organizations in the U.S.

ABOUT Austin & Co., Inc.
Austin & Co., Inc. is an employee-owned business insurance and employee benefits broker/consultant. Since 1853, we have expanded our knowledge, innovative services, and relationships with leading partners in order to be our client’s go-to resource for business insurance, employee benefits, HR consulting, HR/benefits technology, and payroll. Austin & Co., Inc. works with employers every day to provide first-class customer service, manage risk, make life easier, and improve efficiency. Furthermore, Austin & Co., Inc. is the largest insurer and benefits consultant for New York Independent and Charter Schools. Our niche focus and expertise enables us to provide schools with diverse marketplace and services advantages not available elsewhere. For more information about Austin & Co., Inc. please visit http://www.austin-co.com or call 1-800-836-0736.

ABOUT United Benefit Advisors®
United Benefit Advisors® (UBA) is the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization with more than 200 offices throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. UBA empowers more than 2,000 Partners to both maintain their individuality and pool their expertise, insight, and market presence to provide best-in-class services and solutions. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from the shared wisdom of our Partners should visit http://www.UBAbenefits.com.

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