Agency History

INSURICA Southwest has a long history here in Arizona and throughout the Southwest.  Beginning operations in 1989 as Minard-Ames Insurance Group, the agency set out to create an organization built on honesty, integrity and accountability to their customers.  In 2001 we took on an incredible partner called INSURICA and became known as Minard-Ames/INSURICA.   To maintain the local recognition of a name that promises a team who is local and committed to doing what’s right for their customers, on January 1, 2020, we became INSURICA Southwest.

As INSURICA Southwest, we maintain local ownership and decision-making power.  As one of 30 agencies across the country making up INSURICA, we have access to the resources, expertise and financial strength that INSURICA provides.

Areas of Specialization

In addition to offering general insurance, INSURICA Southwest has unrivaled expertise in construction and its ancillary construction industries such as equipment dealers, materials handlers, real estate developers, CPA firms and law firms specializing in the field.  Noted areas of specialization:

  • Builder’s Risk

  • Contractor’s Equipment

  • Cyber Liability

  • Employment Practices Liability

  • General Liability, OCIP’s, CCIP’s and Project Specific liability policies

  • Group Health Insurance

  • Pollution Liability

  • Professional Liability

  • Risk Management

  • Surety Bonds

  • Umbrella and Excess Liability

  • Worker’s Compensation and Experience Modification Analysis

What Makes Us Unique

This is where most companies would talk about their uncompromising professionalism, honesty, integrity, expertise and attention to detail.  While all of that is true for us, what really makes us unique is our people and our culture.  Not only is that true for INSURICA Southwest, it is also true of our parent company, INSURICA.  As an organization, we are comprised of dedicated, passionate and caring individuals who take their responsibility to their customers very seriously.   That is our culture and always will be.

Local Ownership Team

  • Blake Johnson

  • Mike Specht

  • Andrew Atkinson

  • Eric Pach

Agency Honors

  • Ranked the #1 Insurance Broker in Arizona for 5 years and in the top 5 since 1999

  • Named Best Practices Agency since 2001 – until 2008, the only broker in Arizona with this honor

  • One AFSB Designation holder received the Distinguished Graduate Award

Other Facts

• 28 colleagues – over 400 combined years in the insurance business
• Licensed in 38 states

Association Memberships

Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) Surety Association
Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA)
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
• Arizona Chapter Associated General Contractors of America (AzAGC)
Associated Minority Contractors of America (AMCA)
National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America – Arizona (ACCA-AZ)
Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE)
Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of AZ – IIAB-AZ and Greater Phoenix
• Construction Industry Alliance of Arizona

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