September 2018

New Name, Same People: What’s new (and what isn’t) at McGriff Insurance Services

Author: Barry Kaufman

Their Bluffton and Hilton Head Island offices remain the same, save for a fresh banner stretched across the stucco out front bearing the name McGriff Insurance Services. The insurance experts inside offer the same knowledge and experience that clients have come to know and trust. At McGriff Insurance Services, formerly BB&T Insurance Services, it’s everything else that’s changed.

“Being associated with the McGriff name is a big deal,” said agency executive Steve Stauffer. “Our new name comes from our affiliate, ‘McGriff, Seibels & Williams,’ one of the most well-respected names in the insurance industry. Add to that our recent purchase of Regions Bank’s Insurance operations, and we now enjoy much more leverage in the marketplace.”

For their clients, this means the firm enjoys even greater resources in providing employee benefits, commercial insurance, high net worth personal lines and much more. What had already been one of the area’s largest insurance brokers is now exponentially larger with the introduction of markets accessed by BB&T and Regions and by the prestige of the McGriff name, which dates back to 1886.

But no matter how large it gets, it still comes down to the people right here in the Lowcountry bringing these resources to bear. Beside Stauffer and his 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, clients will enjoy a continued relationship that dates back to the agency’s local founding back in 1957.

“This new name and new brand represent a greater opportunity, and the purchase of Regions Insurance Services expanded our footprint nationally, so we’re bigger than we’ve ever been,” Stauffer said. “But our clients will still be working with our local associates just as they always have. Our local presence here in the community has and always will come first.”

McGriff Insurance Services has two locations in the Lowcountry: 8 Lafayette Place, Suite 101 on Hilton Head Island, and 7 Arley Way, Suite 300 in Bluffton. For more information, call (843) 815-0522.

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