York Risk Services Group Acquires Bickmore

PARSIPPANY, N.J., (May 5, 2014) – York Risk Services Group (York), a premier national provider of risk management, claims management, and managed care services, today announced its acquisition of Sacramento-based Bickmore.

Bickmore operates one of the nation’s largest independent risk management, pool management and actuarial consulting firms. With clients in 36 states, Bickmore has a particular focus on public entities, such as municipalities, counties, and special districts, as well as municipal risk pools in California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, New York and Alaska. Bickmore also has a strong private sector presence, with clients in health care, construction, education and real estate. More than 40% of Bickmore’s employees are certified professionals in employment law, safety, human resources, business strategy, actuarial and finance.

York Pooling, a division of York, provides risk and claims management services to public entity pools across the United States. “Bringing together Bickmore and York Pooling creates the premier pool management company in the nation. The combination of breadth of services and know-how means we can bring to our customers unparalleled expertise and the most comprehensive, integrated solutions available,” said Francis Fey, Co-President of York Pooling.

“Both companies share a client-oriented culture and commitment to deliver exceptional service with specialized expertise,” commented Rick Taketa, President and CEO of York. “York has a rich history and commitment to public entities and pools.” Taketa added. “This combination further demonstrates that commitment and enhances our ability to provide an unparalleled suite of risk management and insurance solutions to our customers, whether they are public entities, pools or private companies.”

“We are pleased and excited to be joining the York family of companies,” said Gregory Trout, Chief Executive Officer of Bickmore. “This is a great opportunity for our associates and customers, as we continue to develop innovative risk management programs for our clients and create new growth opportunities.”


About York Risk Services Group

York Risk Services Group Inc. is a premier provider of risk management, claims handling, specialized loss adjusting, managed care, pool administration, loss control and other insurance services nationwide. York provides risk management and managed care solutions to a variety of strategic partners, including insurance carriers, self insureds, brokers, wholesalers, MGAs, programs, risk pools and public entities. York delivers customized claims solutions for all lines of business, including property, liability, products liability, ocean and inland marine, environmental, transportation and logistics, construction and workers’ compensation. York is based in Parsippany, New Jersey and will have over 3,800 employees nationwide following this acquisition.
Visit us on the web at www.yorkrsg.com.

About Bickmore

Bickmore is the nation’s largest independent, employee‐owned risk management and actuarial consulting firm. The firm manages group self-insurance programs and association group programs and consults with public and private entities in 36 states. With over 110 employees, Bickmore’s professional staff includes credentialed insurance and safety professionals, experienced pool managers, certified public accountants, attorneys, credentialed actuaries, and certified workers' compensation specialists. Bickmore’s main office is in Sacramento, California, with additional offices in Orange, Oakland, Dana Point, and El Dorado Hills, California; in Ashland and Portland, Oregon; and in Providence, Rhode Island. Visit www.bickmore.net for more information.

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Anne W. Ellis
Assistant Vice President, Marketing