Vermont Business Magazine The Richards Group is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to merge with IPG Employee Benefits, based in Keene, NH. The two firms have long been leaders in employee benefits consulting across the twin state region, and the merger further strengthens their collective offering to clients.
“We’re delighted to have Walter Rohr, John Round and their team join The Richards Group. IPG has an excellent team, strong client relationships and a terrific reputation”, said Drew Richards, Vice President of The Richards Group. “We’ve had clients in Keene for years and have had considerable growth in Cheshire County over the past decade. We’re thrilled to be part of the vibrant community in Keene and joining with IPG certainly deepens the commitment we’ve already made to the area.”
“We (IPG) are excited to be combining with another family-owned and locally-based organization that values integrity, respect, and hard work”, added John Round, President of IPG. “There is a natural fit between the two companies as we will immediately benefit from the resources and talent they have built in Vermont and they from our expertise and the personnel we have developed here in New Hampshire. Truly, our clients and the communities we will both continue to serve are the biggest winners in this merger.”
“Many of you likely know IPG by reputation and as an admired and respected competitor in the Employee Benefits space”, commented Tom Scull, Vice President of The Richards Group. “In combination with our existing Employee Benefits operations, this creates one of the most impressive and formidable Benefits organizations in Vermont, New Hampshire and frankly, beyond.”
The Richards Group will move their local employee benefits and insurance staff to IPG’s Washington Street offices, as they continue to hire in Keene. IPG will begin operating under The Richards Group name right away.
The Richards Group, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vermont, has provided local Insurance, Retirement Plan and Employee Benefits solutions to clients throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts since 1867. The firm has over 140 employees in 12 locations and was named one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont” in each of the past 4 years by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The Richards Group has expanded services to include Safety, Wellness and Human Resources consulting. For more information about the firm and its capabilities, please visit www.therichardsgrp.com.