A long-time GCG Financial L.L.C. executive is leading Alera Group Inc., an insurance distributor with private equity financing it can use to bring other insurance agencies, benefits firms and wealth management firms into its fold.
The Deerfield, Illinois-based company and 23 other firms have used backing from Genstar Capital L.L.C., a San Francisco-based private equity firm, to form Alera.
Alan Levitz, the chief executive officer of GCG Financial, which is also based in Deerfield, is now the CEO of Alera.
Alera has about 750 employees in 40 offices in 15 states. The firm is generating $158 million per year in revenue through relationships with about 20,000 per client, or about $8,000 per client.
The terms of the arrangement were not immediately available.
Alan Levitz is the son of Bob Levitz, who founded GCG in 1975 and is now the chairman emeritus of the GCG board. Alan Levitz has been working for the firm together with his brothers, Rick Levitz and David Levitz.