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Gallagher acquires 2 firms

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ITASCA -- Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. recently acquired Argus Benefits in Atlanta, Ga., and Gardner & White Corp. headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind.

Terms of the two transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2001, Argus Benefits offers a wide range of employee benefit consultation and insurance brokerage services for their mid-size corporate clients throughout the southern United States. They specialize in health and welfare benefit plan strategy, design, implementation, and administration. Robert W. Taylor, Jr. and his associates will continue to operate in their Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida locations under the direction of David Ziegler, Eastern Region Executive Vice President of Gallagher's employee benefit consulting and brokerage operations.

"Over the years, Argus Benefits has developed an outstanding reputation for their ability to design and build solid benefit solutions. Their ability to customize plans to fit their clients' unique concerns and their focus on quality team service will fit well within our sales and service culture," said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. "Our newest colleagues will also help us expand our benefit footprint in Georgia and will be a great complement to our employee benefits operation in the Southeast. We are pleased to welcome Rob and his team to our growing Gallagher family of professionals."

Founded in 1965, Gardner & White provides employee benefit program consulting services and insurance brokerage services exclusively for their health care organization clients throughout the United States.  They specialize in retirement and group benefits strategic planning, plan design, risk assessment, employee communications and compliance. Shawn Bogenrief, James Mandel and their associates will continue to operate from their current locations in Indianapolis; Dublin, Ohio; and St. Paul, Minnesota under the direction of William Ziebell, North Central Region Executive Vice President of Gallagher's employee benefit consulting and brokerage operations.

"Gardner & White is well-known and well-respected in the industry for their health care experience and expertise. For almost 50 years, they have been focused in creating specialty products and quality services for their hospital clients, which will fit well within our niche practice group," said Gallagher. "Their geographic presence and health care specialization will be a significant addition to our employee benefits operation. We are extremely pleased to welcome Shawn, Jim and their colleagues to our growing Gallagher family of professionals."

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