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Corporate History

Iroquois GroupThe Iroquois Group® began in 1977 when independent property and casualty agents in central New York saw the advantage of banding together to improve their position with, and access to, insurance carriers. “Independent agents faced many pressures and threats back then,” said Iroquois founder, Paul Branch (left), “just as they do now. We started Iroquois with the idea that independent agents could successfully join together, not just to survive but to thrive.”

Mr. Branch died in 2010, but his ideas and enthusiastic, thoughtful and caring brand of management continues today at his company.

The Iroquois Group is now composed of more than 2,250 independent Member Agents and more than 75 national, regional and specialty Carrier-Partners.

That growth has seen Iroquois expand from coast to coast, with members in most of the states in the continental U.S.

Because of the many regional differences in the insurance industry, Iroquois has formed eight regional subsidiary companies, each focusing on one geographic region of the country. Each region is run by a Managing Partner who knows the local marketplace, the insurance carriers operating there, and the challenges and opportunities facing local agencies. Regional Managers interact daily with Member Agencies and Carrier-Partners.

While Iroquois has grown in size and scope over the last three decades, its mission remains unchanged from when Paul Branch began the company. The mission is to build productive and profitable, long-term relationships between Iroquois’ Member Agents and Carrier-Partners, and by helping our members increase their revenue, profits and agency value - without giving up their independence.

How did the company get its name?
The company name was well chosen since the Iroquois Confederacy, or League of Five Nations, was one of the oldest democracies in the world. Scholars believe that as early as the twelfth century, five small Indian tribes in what is now New York State – the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca – formed an association or confederacy in an attempt to stop bloodshed between the tribes and to protect themselves from larger outside threats. The Iroquois League later influenced the Founding Fathers as they developed the U.S. Constitution. The founders of The Iroquois Group strongly believed that the purpose and strategy of the Iroquois League could be translated to independent agencies.

Iroquois 201

(2:27) - This video will give you more details about the Iroquois Group. It will also explain how an independent insurance agent can grow due to our marketing expertise and profit sharing.