Farmington Hills, Michigan (June 6, 2017) – H.W. Kaufman Financial Group, Michigan’s largest insurance company according to the 2017 Crain’s Detroit Business list, announced today that it has acquired Grand Rapids, MI-based Chlystek & White Services (CWS), Inc. – a regional insurance premium audit services company. CWS will become part of Afirm, Kaufman’s leading international provider of Premium Audits, Loss Control, and Risk Services. Afirm is based in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Each of CWS’s 158 employees will be retained by Afirm, including principal shareholder Mark de Waal, who will act as Vice President of Sales; he will be based in Grand Rapids.
“Michigan is home to H.W. Kaufman Financial Group, and there is no better place to invest time, talent, and resources than in our own state,” said Alan Jay Kaufman, Chairman, President and CEO, H.W. Kaufman Financial Group, parent company of Afirm. “Chlystek & White has a reputation for developing key talent and a positive workplace culture. Those core values align perfectly with our organization.”
“Afirm continues to lead our industry through their world class client service, and we are proud to play a key role in the journey,” said de Waal. “The strength of Afirm will allow all our clients to experience significant enhancements and improvements in speed, service, support, coverage territory, and additional services to better serve their insured.”
CWS, Inc. has served the premium audit needs of commercial lines insurance providers since 1988 with roots to 1968.