Partnership – Kapnick + Ufer
In 2009 Ufer & Co. joined forces with Kapnick Insurance Group, a family-owned agency headquartered in Adrian, Michigan with offices in Ann Arbor and Southfield.
The union gave Ufer added capacity to support customers’ insurance programs by drawing on Kapnick’s comprehensive risk management and employee benefits resources. “Our alliance with Kapnick has made custom insurance solutions even more accessible to our clients,” said David Ufer. “We have leveraged their strong carrier relationships and in-house expertise to offer our clients more options while still delivering Ufer’s trademark personal service and community involvement.”
“This partnership marks an unparalleled opportunity for two successful Michigan based organizations to unify with a singular intent on being the premier agency within the Ann Arbor Community and throughout Southeastern Michigan,” said Jim Kapnick, president of Kapnick Insurance Group. “Combining the two entities creates one of the largest privately held insurance agencies in the United States, headquartered here in the “Great State of Meeechigan!” added Tom Ufer, playing on the famous “Uferism” used by their father, Bob Ufer
The partnership has enhanced Ufer’s offerings to clients including:
- Access to additional insurance markets
- Enhanced technology capabilities including online client access
- Additional resources such as safety & loss control and health management services
In 2011 Kapnick Insurance Group opened their doors to a newly renovated office building in Ann Arbor.
July 18, 2011, Kapnick Insurance Group and Ufer & Co. Insurance took their partnership to the next level when they consolidate their individual Ann Arbor offices by moving into the newly renovated office building on Briarwood Circle Drive, adjacent to the Briarwood Mall. In August, 2010, Kapnick purchased the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery – and since work has been progressing to renovate the interior to accommodate both the Kapnick Insurance Group Office on Victors Way, and the Ufer & Co. office on Stadium Blvd. into this facility that will allow them to operate under one roof.
The company has officially named the new facility the “Ufer Building” in honor of Ufer & Co. founder Bob Ufer, who most will remember for his illustrious career as the University of Michigan football announcer from 1945 to 1981. The Ufer team, who have been providing the residents and businesses of Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw County insurance and unsurpassed client service for over 60 years, will now be operating under the auspices of Kapnick Insurance Group.
While the two companies evolve by combining their operations under one roof with one logo – little else will change. “The Ufer team isn’t going anywhere, just to a new location under a new logo. Both the Kapnick and the Ufer teams have built their reputations by exceeding the expectations of their clients and will continue to do so as we move into our new facility,” stated Jim Kapnick. Added Tom Ufer, “our success has been in great part due to the quality and integrity of the client service we provide and the staff we have employed. We have developed a client-business partnership based on trust and commitment, along with a strong commitment to the community allowing us to develop successful business partnerships, and the Kapnick philosophy corresponds with ours. We feel this coming together of location and logo will only strengthen our ability to best serve our clients. We are building a stronger organization from the best of two.”