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Big I Best Practices Agencies of the Year Announced – Two Leavitt Group Affiliates Recognized

Van Nostran Young Coutts of North Canton, Ohio, and Farmer Woods Group of Phoenix, Arizona, both Leavitt Group affiliates, are part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the United States who participated in a “Best Practices” study group.

Each year since 1993, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big I) and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, work together to identify the top performers amongst insurance agencies across the country. This year, two Leavitt Group agencies were included in this recognition.

More than 2,600 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 282 agencies across 46 states and the District of Columbia qualified as Best Practices Agencies. To be considered, all agencies submit extensive financial and operational data for review. These firms represent the highest performers based on their growth and operational excellence.

“We’re so proud of Van Nostran Young Coutts and Farmer Woods Group to be a part of this honor and recognition. The agency co-owners and their staff worked hard to achieve this and we’re excited for them to represent Leavitt Group among the awardees for 2022,” shared Heather Pierce, Communications Director for Leavitt Group.

To view a complete list of the 2022 recipients of the Big I Best Practices Agencies, visit

To learn more about who Van Nostran Young Coutts is, visit

To learn more about who Farmer Woods Group is, visit

About Leavitt Group and its affiliate agencies:

Leavitt Group is one of the largest privately-held insurance brokerages in the nation with over 200 locations across 27 states. Leavitt Group agencies have the unique flexibility of local owners and provide a consultative approach to commercial insurance, employee benefits, and personal insurance. With over 70 years in the insurance industry, Leavitt Group brings national strength and local trust to the communities and clients they serve. For more information about Leavitt Group, visit

About The Big I:

Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing more than 25,000 agency locations united under the Trusted Choice brand. Trusted Choice independent agents offer consumers all types of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans, and retirement products—from a variety of insurance companies.

About Reagan Consulting:

Reagan Consulting is a financial and management consulting firm specializing in services to the insurance distribution system. Clients include the leading brokers, agents, and bank-insurance programs in the United States.  They provide thought leadership to the banking and insurance industries through perennial research, seminars, and other industry forums.

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