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2017

Sep 1, 2017
Sunstar announces the acquisition of the property and casualty agencies formerly owned by the Simmons Bank in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jackson, Tennessee and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Sep 1, 2017
Sunstar announces the completion of its senior credit facility with the PrivateBank of Chicago, Illinois.
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Aug 1, 2017
Sunstar Insurance Group is ranked as the 73rd largest property and casualty independent insurance agency in the United States based upon revenue size by the industry trade magazine, Insurance Journal.
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Jul 1, 2017
July 1, 2017 Sunstar announces the purchase of certain assets of the Warren Insurance Group in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Mar 1, 2017
The 2016 Masters Club was announced and their success was celebrated in Sea Island, Georgia.
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2016

Sep 1, 2016
Sunstar announces the acquisition of PJC Insurance Agency located in Springfield, Missouri. This agency is one of the largest transportation independent agencies in the Midwest offering products and services in 17 states.
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Aug 8, 2016
Sunstar Insurance Group is listed as one of the Top 100 independent insurance agencies for the first time. The company was ranked as the 98th largest insurance agency in the United States based upon revenue size by the industry trade magazine, Insurance Journal.
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Apr 22, 2016
On March 10, United Fire Group presented Sunstar with the Underwriting Agency of the Year Award.
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Mar 18, 2016
The 2015 Masters Club was announced and their success was celebrated in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Mar 1, 2016
Sunstar announces the acquisition of Hogan Insurance Group located in St. Louis, MO.
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2015

Nov 12, 2015
Sunstar announces the acquisition of certain assets of the Press Insurance Agency in Kansas City, Kansas.
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Nov 1, 2015
Sunstar announces the acquisition of the book of business handled by Richard Zimmerly from the St. Charles Insurance Agency in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Nov 1, 2015
Sunstar announces the acquisition of Sims Insurance Services located in Maize, KS.
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Aug 1, 2015
The trade magazine, Insurance Journal, released their annual ranking of America's largest independent insurance agencies. While Sunstar was ranked as the 106th largest agency, the editor of this magazine named Sunstar as a "Future Top 100 Agency" on her editorial page based upon the company's growth prospects.
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Jul 1, 2015
Sunstar announces that the company successfully closed on raising a new round of equity capital in the amount of $26,000,000. Leeds Novamark Capital, a prominent private equity firm, contributed $20,000,000 of this total amount and has indicated their ability to contribute an additional $20,000,000 in future capital investment.

Simultaneously, with this equity raise, Sunstar acquired the W.E.Walker-Lakenan agency of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This is a 100 year old agency that has a dominate market share in its trade area and an outstanding reputation for its professionalism and business integrity. This firm offers personal lines, commercial lines and employee benefits insurance to a diverse client base in the boot heel region of Missouri.
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Jun 8, 2015
Jack Henry and Beverly Wade join Sunstar of Memphis. Jack and Beverly come from J Henry and Company, specializing in construction and surety bonds, where Jack was CEO and Beverly President.
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Mar 13, 2015
Roy Reichold joins Sunstar's Lakenan agency in St. Louis as a Vice President and Sales Executive. Roy comes to Sunstar from USI where he was a producer in their St. Louis office.
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Feb 25, 2015
The 2014 Masters Club was announced and their success was celebrated in New Orleans.
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Jan 1, 2015
Ben Nelson joins Sunstar's Chapman-Sander agency in St. Louis as a Vice President and sales executive. Ben comes to Sunstar from Arthur J. Gallagher where he was a Vice President and sales executive in their St. Louis office.
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2014

Dec 1, 2014
Len Kline joins the Sunstar Executive Committee and serves as Chairman in the Bovard Insurance Agency of Kansas City, Missouri.
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Sep 1, 2014
Worth Morgan joins Sunstar Insurance of Memphis as a sales executive.
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Aug 15, 2014
Sunstar announces the launch of its corporate website at sunstarinsurancegroup.com. This corporate website is integrated with all Sunstar agency websites and provides a client self service portal as well as an online quoting capability for personal lines insurance products.
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Jun 2, 2014
Sunstar announces that the conversion of its technology platform has been successfully completed by this initiative's transition team led by Gail Boland and Cindy Stephens. All Sunstar agencies will now operate on a common information management and financial reporting system which is the Applied TAMOnline.
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May 1, 2014
Sunstar announces the closing of the acquisition of the Lakenan Insurance agency located in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, a suburb of Metropolitan St. Louis. The agency also maintains sales offices in Farmington, Festus and St. Louis, Missouri. The firm was founded in 1938 and is the largest insurance agency in that region. Lee Lottes, Greg Lottes and Vickie Winkler will continue in their current roles as the agency's management team.
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May 1, 2014
Dan Mahurin joins Sunstar's Bovard Insurance agency in Kansas City as a Vice President and sales executive. Dan comes to Sunstar from Federated Insurance where he was a District Marketing Manager and sales executive in their Kansas City office.
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Mar 24, 2014
Tyler Simpson joins Sunstar Insurance Group as an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Tyler comes from UMB Bank in Kansas City where he was Chief Financial Officer of its insurance subsidiary. At Sunstar, he will be responsible for the corporate functions of finance, tax and accounting while maintaining his office in both Memphis and Kansas City.
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2013

Nov 1, 2013
Sunstar announces the closing of the acquisition of the Bovard Insurance Group in Kansas City, Missouri. This agency was founded in 2007 and specializes in handling the commercial insurance needs of corporate clients in that market. John Bovard, Clay Miller, Cindy Stephens and Terry Hart will continue in their current roles as the management team of this agency.
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Sep 15, 2013
Sunstar announces the closing and funding of its second round of equity capital which will be used to further the company's acquisition strategy. The investors in this round include key employees, founders equity round participants and new individual shareholders.
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Aug 1, 2013
Sunstar announces that it has relocated the corporate headquarters and its Memphis insurance agency to permanent office space in Suite 245, 530 Oak Court Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38117.
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Mar 1, 2013
Gail Boland joins Sunstar Insurance Group as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Gail comes to Sunstar from Regions Insurance Group where she was a Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. At Sunstar, she will be responsible for the corporate functions of human resources, real estate and technology and located in the Memphis headquarters.
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Feb 20, 2013
Sunstar announces that it has completed a partnership agreement with First Insurance Funding for that company to become the exclusive provider of premium finance funding to all Sunstar affiliated agencies.
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Feb 18, 2013
Hal Boyd joins Sunstar as President and Chief Executive Officer of its start up Memphis agency, Sunstar Insurance of Memphis. He brings with him his client service team and clientele from the Pitts Boyd agency in Memphis where he had been a Vice President and sales executive.
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Jan 31, 2013
Chris Rogers joins Sunstar's Chapman-Sander agency in St. Louis as a Vice President and sales executive. Chris comes to Sunstar from Federated Insurance where he was a marketing representative in their St. Louis office.
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2012

Dec 1, 2012
Sunstar announces the closing of the acquisition of the First Delta Insurance agency in West Helena, Arkansas. The firm was founded in 1961 and serves clients throughout the Mississippi delta with its expertise in the agriculture industry. Henry Jordan will continue in his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of that agency.
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Sep 1, 2012
Sunstar announces the closing of the acquisition of the Chapman-Sander Insurance agency in St. Louis, Missouri which was purchased from the UMB Financial Corp. This agency was started in 1934 and has a long standing reputation of prominence in the St. Louis insurance market. Ron Burlison, Ryan Burlison and Jason Duncan will serve as the agency's newly appointed management team.
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Jul 15, 2012
Sunstar announces the election of the members of its Corporate Board of Directors who are:

David L. (Casey) Bowlin - Chairman
James M. Smith - Secretary
David L. Bowlin, Jr. - Tax Matters Partner
Katherine B. Bowlin
Ronald C. Burlison
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Jul 1, 2012
David L. "Casey" Bowlin announces the formation of the Sunstar Insurance Group, LLC and the concurrent closing and funding of the company's founders round of equity capital. Bowlin will also serve as the firm's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with his office in Memphis. The founders round of equity capital was provided by key employees and outside individual investors. Sunstar Insurance Group is a financial holding company that seeks to acquire majority equity ownership positions in independent insurance agencies that are located in the southeastern and midwestern states and which would be compatible with the firm's entrepreneurial sales culture and partnership management philosophy.
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