New Acquisition Brings More Than 100 Years of Experience to Alera Group

DEERFIELD, IL — Alera Group, a leading national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Barnes Insurance & Financial Services (BIAFS).

BIAFS is a performance-based, proactive, best practice benefit with two locations in northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, this independent firm is one of the largest insurance agencies in the panhandle. BIAFS brings Alera Group more than 100 years of experience and team members with diverse insurance backgrounds. 

The company’s mission is to embody the phrase “dedicated to you,” exhibited through their highly personalized client approach. Their principal lines of business include health, dental, life disability, supplemental policies and financial services.

“We are excited to welcome Barnes Insurance & Financial Services to Alera Group,” said Alan Levitz, CEO of Alera Group. “Dennis Barnes and his team are a terrific addition to Alera Group both culturally as they share our focus on collaboration, and geographically helping us expand our presence in the southeast.”

Alera Group was formed in early 2017 and is one of the nation’s foremost independent insurance agencies and privately-held employee benefits firms. For more information on partnering with Alera Group, visit Partnership Opportunities at


About Alera Group
Based in Deerfield, IL, Alera Group’s over 1,000 employees serve thousands of clients nationally in employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management. Alera Group is the 15th largest independent insurance agency and the 7th largest independent employee benefits firm in the country. For more information, visit or follow Alera Group on Twitter: @AleraGroupUS

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