EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (“EPIC”) announced today that it has acquired The National Benefit Corp (“TNBC”). The acquisition further expands EPIC’s geographic footprint in the Midwest across its life insurance, executive benefits, and financial advisory distribution businesses under the Vanbridge Life and Executive Benefits umbrella. The transaction continues to broaden the reach of EPIC’s current life and executive benefits practice and provides TNBC with an expanded and complementary portfolio of products and resources to facilitate growth and enhance client service.
Founded in 1977, TNBC is a full-service insurance marketing organization and a trusted insurance and annuity partner for advisors across the country. TNBC offers advisors a diverse line of financial products including life, long term care and disability income insurance along with a specialization in annuity solutions. The current leadership team of TNBC, including President John Gilbert, will remain intact upon joining the EPIC organization. Gilbert also serves as chair of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA).
“Over the last 45 years, TNBC has become a leader in delivering personal relationships and independent life and annuity solutions to our incredible customers. Through this new partnership with EPIC and Vanbridge, we are very excited to be able to offer a more robust suite of solutions and best in class expertise to enhance our long-standing customer relationships,” said Gilbert.
“I am fortunate to have known John Gilbert and Tom Kirke for the last decade and am very excited to welcome the team at TNBC into our collaborative organization,” said Tom Bellig, EPIC Life and Executive Benefits and managing principal of Vanbridge. “TNBC has cultivated a great reputation of performance within their specialty and this acquisition is an excellent opportunity for us to build on that success and drive growth–together,“ concluded Mitchell K. Smith, EPIC Life and Executive Benefits and managing principal of Vanbridge.