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Northwest Savings Bank to acquire the Bert Insurance Group

January 2, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Northwest Savings Bank has signed a definitive agreement to acquire The Bert Company, doing business as The Bert Insurance Group, an employee benefits and property and casualty insurance firm.

The Bert Insurance Group specializes in commercial and personal insurance planning as well as retirement benefit plans. The Bert Insurance Group serves all of northwestern Pennsylvania from its location in Erie, Pa. The company has an extensive list of manufacturing, nonprofit, education, municipality, service industry, construction and professional clients.

"The Bert Insurance Group brings another dimension to our financial services group, and we believe that strong synergies exist for the cross sale of insurance, investment, trust, retail and business deposit and lending products and services," Executive Vice President of Northwest Gregory C. LaRocca said. "Their corporate mission and values are very similar to ours, and they emphasize customer relationships over transactions, just like Northwest. We also believe that the strong management team at The Bert Insurance Group gives us the opportunity to expand their services throughout the Northwest footprint."

The Bert Insurance Group will operate as a subsidiary of Northwest Savings Bank. The former owner, Douglas H. Bert, will remain with the company and assume corporate management responsibilities as President of Northwest's insurance operations. According to Bert, Northwest Savings Bank's mission, vision and values align well with those of their firm.

"We are honored to affiliate with Northwest Savings Bank," he said. "We look forward to introducing new services to our valued clients and to expanding the scope of Northwest Savings' services to include property and casualty insurance."

The Bert Insurance Group was co-founded in 1994 by J. Boyd Bert, Jr., and his son Doug Bert with a focus on estate liquidity needs and employee benefit planning. Its consultative sales approach along with its strong focus on relationship management has allowed the company to achieve strong revenue growth over the years. In 2002 it acquired the Renshaw Agency and, in 2004, the Best Agency, each specializing in property and casualty insurance.

Headquartered in Erie, Pa., The Bert Insurance Group operates from 3645 West Lake Road.

Founded in 1896, Northwest Savings Bank currently holds assets of $8 billion and operates 166 community-banking locations in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Maryland. Northwest Savings Bank is a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of retail and business banking products as well as investment management, brokerage and trust services.



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