Seasoned corporate counsel brings 25 years of robust legal and transactional experience to support company’s rapid growth with independent insurance agencies
HARRISBURG, Pa. (November 11, 2021) – Keystone Agency Partners, a fast-growing independent insurance agency partnership platform, has named Brian Hermes as the company’s Chief Legal Officer. In this role, Mr. Hermes will lead the legal and human resources functions and advise the Board and management team on complex legal, regulatory and governance matters.
Mr. Hermes joins Keystone Agency Partners with 25 years of legal and transactional experience working in both law firm and corporate settings. His experience includes M&A, carve-outs and divestitures, strategic alliances, corporate governance, corporate lending, commercial contracting, real estate, intellectual property and all aspects of employment and independent contractor laws.
“We are pleased to have Brian join our world-class team as the complexities of our business model continue to expand the number of independent insurance agencies on our platform,” said Jeff Turner, Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Agency Partners. “Brian brings a unique skillset to Keystone Agency Partners. His expertise in transactions — combined with his experience as an outsourced general counsel and his entrepreneurial spirit — will be invaluable across the entire spectrum of our business, from closing transactions to providing legal support to our partners.”
Prior to joining Keystone Agency Partners, Mr. Hermes gained 16 years of general counsel experience, throughout which he started his own law firm serving as outsourced GC to multiple small and mid-sized organizations — including private equity-sponsored portfolio companies and insurance brokers — and spent several years in-house as General Counsel of a multi-national direct sales corporation. A graduate of the Baylor University School of Law, Mr. Hermes began his career at the law firm of Bell Nunnally & Martin.
“Joining Keystone Agency Partners strikes me to my core,” said Hermes. “My father was an entrepreneur who built a strong business but did not have the necessary resources to scale or transition it. I wish a firm like Keystone Agency Partners had existed to provide him the capital support, resources and collaboration we provide to our partners. Not only am I thrilled to be joining a company that goes beyond traditional economic structures and partnership models to achieve sustainable success and market leadership, but I am personally driven to help entrepreneurs like my father achieve profitable growth through our support.”
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About Keystone Agency Partners
Keystone Agency Partners is a fast-growing independent insurance agency partnership platform which provides strategic, technology, financial and operational support to reignite an entrepreneurial spirit and support profitable growth within their platform agencies. Keystone Agency Partners was founded in 2020 in partnership with Keystone Insurers Group, Inc. and affiliates of Bain Capital, LP. For more information please visit: www.keystoneagencypartners.com.