Two Northern California agencies have announced the formation ofa new insurance agency cluster that will provide a new outlet forindependent agents seeking additional markets for theircustomers.

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Los Gatos, Calif.-based INB Insurance Services Corporation andGarland-Sturges & Quirk Insurance Services Inc., based in SanJose, Calif., said the operation is called INB-GSQ InsuranceServices Inc.

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The aim of INB-GSQ is to provide insurance services locally,nationally and internationally by sharing markets, marketingefforts and expertise.

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"Sharing markets and best practices will make our agencies moreprofitable and more effective in assisting our clients in thecommunity," said Chuck Andrist, president for INB-GSQ, in astatement.

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"This alliance will benefit our clients and our agencies, whichis a win-win situation for everyone," added Tom Quick, vicepresident for INB-GSQ. "It will also enable us to write more newbusiness and increase our overall profitability."

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INB was founded in 1988 and offers a wide range of insuranceservices, specializing in commercial insurance coverage but alsooffering other services including group health programs, life,personal automobile and homeowners insurance.

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Garland-Sturges & Quirk began operations in 1955, offeringinsurance services locally, nationally and internationally.

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By e-mail, Mr. Andrist said the combined premium volume of thetwo agencies is $18 million, with 18 employees. The cluster iscapable of handling all lines of business. Discussion formembership is available now, he said.

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Additional information is available by contacting Mr. Andrist at(408) 395-7900, or [email protected]. The fax numberis (408) 395-3711.

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The agencies Web addresses are www.inb-ins.com andwww.gsq.com.

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