The Hilb Group LLC has acquired West Coast Insurance of Tampa, which will continue to operate at its current location under the leadership of George Lackey, president and previous owner.

"We're very excited to have George, and his team, join our company,” said Robert J. Hilb, president and CEO of Hilb Group. “The reputation they have built with their clients and within the community is a perfect fit in to the overall Hilb Group team."

The sale, which is effective March 1, is Hilb’s second acquisition in 2015. West Coast insurance has focused on serving commercial and personal lines accounts in Florida and developed a national insurance practice focused on supporting the marine industry.

"We are very excited about this next chapter in the history of our agency,” said Lackey said. “We know this was the right fit for our agency, our employees and especially our customers. We're excited to be able to expand our services and products to our clients."

The Hilb Group was founded in 2009 by Robert H. Hilb, the former founder, CEO and chairman of Hilb, Rogal and Hobbs (HRH), and Robert J. Hilb, a former corporate VP of HRH. The Hilb Group seeks to grow through acquisitions in the middle-market insurance brokerage space, and is headquartered in Richmond, with 22 offices in Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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