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Georgia Insurance Agency Love, Douglas & Pope Merges With PointeNorth

ATLANTA, May 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PointeNorth Insurance Groupand Love, Douglas & Pope Inc. have joined forces.
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

ATLANTA, May 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- and Inc. have joined forces.

Effective June 1, the company will operate as PointeNorth Insurance Group. The merger is the third transaction of the year for PointeNorth and continues the insurance agency's growth strategy of seeking like-minded partners with complimentary offerings.

Along with 4,000-plus household and business clients, Love, Douglas & Pope brings additional locations in Alpharetta and Carrollton as well as its franchise program to the PointeNorth Insurance Group portfolio.  Operating in 47 states, the program targets many types of franchise systems, including fast-casual dining restaurants and dating services.  The program will continue under the Love, Douglas & Pope brand.

"With Love, Douglas & Pope's national franchise program, we now have a strong foothold in a new market," said PointeNorth CEO Bill Skeeles.  "We also continue to broaden our choice of brokerage and insurance carriers and acquire the talent necessary to effectively operate in an evolving marketplace."

Love, Douglas and Pope is in its 60th year of operation and is one of the oldest agencies in metro Atlanta.  In addition to a strong franchise practice, the agency enjoys solid name recognition with its personal, commercial, and life & health programs.

"Our combined talent and market presence make us a very formidable agency in Atlanta and the Southeast," said President Alan Pope.

Pope will serve as Vice President.  He joins PointeNorth with other Love, Douglas & Pope principal, Steve Hurst, and key talent, Keven Pope and Russell Finleyson, who will also serve as vice presidents.

"We share the philosophy of being trusted consultants to our clients," Hurst said. "We also share the philosophy that in order to do that, we must be locally owned.  We're keeping that local feel while at the same time creating a much stronger agency."

PointeNorth, already one of Georgia's largest locally-owned independent insurers, will now have more than 25,000 clients as well as offices in Atlanta, Decatur, Alpharetta, Carrollton and Peachtree City.

About PointeNorth Insurance Group

PointeNorth offers insurance and financial products to more than 25,000 households and businesses nationwide.  Founded in 2010 with the merger of TRC Stevenson and certain property and casualty assets of Merritt-McKenzie, PointeNorth is locally owned and has locations throughout Georgia.

The agency is listed in Atlanta Business Chronicle as a "Top 10 Property & Casualty" insurance brokerage by premium dollar value.  For more information, visit .

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