Argo Insurance, a member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII), announced today it will offer a landscape and arborist program through its Commercial Programs unit in partnership with First Capital - Arrowhead Wholesale Insurance Services (FC-AWIS). The program, specifically tailored to the needs of landscape and arborist contractors, will offer coverage for property, crime, inland marine, commercial auto and excess risks.

Argo Insurance Commercial Programs, led by Vice President Jackie Bourret, provides specialized commercial niche programs customized to meet the specific insurance needs of targeted business segments. Its distribution network includes experienced program administrators with proven track records.

“Partnering with First Capital - AWIS gives us an opportunity to add a new class of business to our portfolio,” said Ms. Bourret. “We also gain a trusted, experienced and well-respected business partner with a strong broker network serving businesses in the Western U.S. We look forward to working with First Capital- AWIS to expand its landscape and arborist contracting business.”

First Capital - AWIS has provided property and casualty insurance products for its distribution network in California since 2006 and opted to select Argo Insurance for its program specialty focus and capability to expand marketing efforts to Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Utah for landscape and arborist contractors.

“I look forward to our partnership through Argo Insurance’s Commercial Programs unit,” added FC-AWIS Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kilkenny. “With its program-centric business philosophy, discipline and the strength of its parent company, Argo Group, we’re able to offer our program on a broader scale.”

FC-AWIS will continue to underwrite, rate and issue policies for the landscape and arborist program from its headquarters in San Diego, Calif. Argo Insurance will oversee auditing and compliance for the program and policies, which will be issued by Argonaut Insurance Company.


Argo Insurance is a member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII, an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. Argo Group offers a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of businesses in four primary segments: Excess & Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Argo Group's insurance subsidiaries are A. M. Best-rated 'A' (Excellent) (third highest rating out of 16 rating classifications) with a stable outlook, and Argo's U.S. insurance subsidiaries are Standard and Poor's-rated 'A-' (Strong) with a stable outlook. More information on Argo Group and its subsidiaries is available at


First Capital- AWIS was founded in 2006 to utilize extensive underwriting experience and high service standards to afford its producers with unique products in an ever-competitive marketplace. FC-AWIS brings together quality insurance carriers and their distinguished strategic partners. Information on FC-AWIS is available at For information on access to the landscape and arborist program, please e-mail


This press release contains certain statements that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally and also may differ materially from actual future experience involving any one or more of such statements. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see Argo Group's filings with the SEC. The inclusion of a forward-looking statement herein should not be regarded as a representation by Argo Group that Argo Group's objectives will be achieved. Argo Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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