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Friday, August 2, 2013


CHICAGO– August 2, 2013 - Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading global insurance brokerage, announced today that its subsidiary Hub International Northwest (Hub Northwest) has acquired the assets of The Unity Group, Inc. (Unity), a Bellingham, Washington-based full-service insurance brokerage firm. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. In connection with this acquisition, Barry Hanson, currently President of The Unity Group, will be joining Hub Northwest as an Executive Vice President leading Bellingham Operations and becoming a member of Hub Northwest Executive Team, reporting to Andy Prill, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hub Northwest.
Founded in 1929, Unity is one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the state of Washington. They serve the insurance needs of a well-diversified and loyal client base including businesses and individuals throughout the Bellingham area and Puget Sound region. They offer a wide array of products and services, with specialties in large group employee benefit programs, real estate (including condominiums and property management firms) and education (school districts).

“We are pleased to welcome the Unity employees to Hub,” stated Andy Prill, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hub Northwest. “The addition of this talented group to Hub Northwest will further strengthen our capabilities, making us one of the largest brokerage operations across Washington.”

“Hub and Unity share a common vision that is customer-centric,” said Barry Hanson, President, Unity. “With the addition of Hub’s value-added services, our team of professionals will be able to provide our clients with the many offerings of a top global brokerage firm.

Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Hub International Limited is a leading global insurance brokerage that provides property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services through offices located in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Brazil.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013


With the cost of healthcare skyrocketing, employers are faced with evaluating their employee benefits packages on a regular basis. If your organization has over 50 employees and has ever wondered how the benefits package you offer your employees measures up to other Western Washington companies, The Unity Group is offering an opportunity for you to find out at no cost.

The Unity Group is partnering with a national actuarial firm to conduct the 2013 Washington Health Benefits Benchmarking Survey. By participating in this survey you will receive customized benchmarking – a comparison of your unique plan(s) to others in your industry, of similar size, and all from Northwest Washington. With this data, you can assess your ability to attract and retain your most valuable asset, employees. All information remains private and confidential.

Click here for more information about this survey and a link to begin.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Mark your calendars!  This year we will be hosting our first Safetypalooza!  We will be bringing together local non-profits to educate our community on safety-related topics with fun as #1.  There will be free food, prizes, and local entertainment! We look forward to seeing you there.

When: June 22 from 10am-2pm 
Where: Bellingham Flea Market (Corner of N Forest & Ellis)
More information to come!

Monday, February 25, 2013


Amanda from our Marketing Dept. lives UNITED and stylish! Be sure to show your support at the Whatcom County United Way Awards Banquet on March 14th!  More information here.
Congratulations to all the nominees:
Gold Standard Award
Partner Agency that went above and beyond during the campaign
American Red Cross Mt. Baker Chapter
Opportunity Council
Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic
Chairman's Award
Extraordinary year-round partnership with United Way
Ferndale School Disrict
Whatcom Educational Credit Union
Campaign Champion
Volunteer(s) who put in tremendous amount of effort and advocacy in the Campaign
Pat Polluck & Ria Bordian- BP Cherry Point
Ray Perry- Heath- Techna
Sara Wilson- CFD
Joseph & Anne McClain Award
Outstanding success in this year's campaign
Heath Techna
Mills Electric
PowerTek Electric
Company Achievement Award
Steady and multiyear long excellent and overall Corporate support
Bellingham Cold Storage
Samson Rope
Spirit of United Way
Campaign that embodies the "spirit" of United Way- Going above and beyond,
Whatcom County Government

Thank you to everyone who helped make 2012 another successful year!

Friday, February 1, 2013


Patti Rowlson, owner of PR Consulting Services joins The Unity Group’s Monthly Brew workshop series line-up on April 10th to share some of her favorite tips for ensuring networking success.

Face-to-face networking can be an important marketing tool by providing opportunities to develop mutually beneficial relationships and turn casual “connections” into valuable advocates...yet it’s reported that 80% of professionals are just not comfortable with networking!

It is free to attend this and any of the other Monthly Brew workshops which will also feature Telling Your Business Story on March 12, Protecting Your Business from Cyber Threats on May 14, and Time Management on June 13.

These workshops are held on the second week of every month from 8am until 9am at 110 Unity Street, Bellingham. 

For more information on upcoming workshop topics and instructions on how to register, please visit

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Since October 2011, The Unity Group has offered free monthly workshops to local businesses entitled Monthly Brew.  Guest speakers are invited into Unity’s training center to educate business leaders on a variety of topics to help with sustainability, efficiency, productivity and profitability.

Topics include marketing, bookkeeping, HR, tax planning, and Social Media.  All topics are taught in a comfortable, non-sales atmosphere.  Monthly Brew workshops are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 8am until 9am at 110 Unity Street, Bellingham.  There is no cost to attend but registration is required.
The next workshop is titled HR 101 for Small Businesses and will be taught by Patricia Dye of HR Consulting NW, LLC.  Patricia has over 20 years of experience in human resources in multiple industries.

For more information on upcoming workshop topics and instructions on how to register, please visit

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


The Unity Group is pleased to announce in lieu of corporate gifts they have chosen to make a $5,000 donation to the Bellingham Food Bank’s – Food Bank Fresh program.  Unity was a founding sponsor of this program last year and with its success is happy to continue supporting the program.  Their founding contribution resulted in the production of 8,000 pounds of food to the food bank throughout 2012.   “We are hopeful this contribution will provide over 10,000 visitors per month to the food bank with fresh, locally grown, organic produce throughout 2013,” says Barry Hanson, President of The Unity Group. 

For more information about the Food Bank Fresh program, please visit the Bellingham Food Bank’s web site at