Columbus, Ohio – Branch Insurance (Branch), the insurance company that pioneered bundling home and car insurance online, has announced plans to expand its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, creating 150 new jobs. Hiring for technology, software development, sales, operations, legal and finance positions has already begun as the company kicks off its rapid nationwide expansion.
“We are thrilled to grow our headquarters in Columbus, which continues to provide us with top-notch talent,” said Branch Co-Founder & CEO Steve Lekas. “We chose to locate Branch in Columbus for its alignment with our mission to make insurance not only less expensive, but also good. The support of Ohio and its community is an important ingredient to our success and proof we made the right decision to locate here.”
Branch is investing in the Columbus Region to better serve the $370 billion U.S. home and car insurance market. This significant workforce expansion supports Branch’s rapid growth, enabling it to reach more customers across the country.
“Companies like Branch prove that there is space for disruption, innovation and major scalability in the Columbus Region’s established insurance industry,” said City of Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “We look forward to Branch’s continued investment in our Region’s highly talented workforce as they further expand their services nationally.”
Branch is on a mission to restore insurance to its original intent: a force for communal good. By streamlining the insurance-buying process to take only seconds, Branch has made it quicker, easier and more affordable than ever to get insurance, helping more people become insured and be better protected. The innovative startup leverages the power of community to create meaningfully less expensive insurance, giving its clients the tools they need to continually lower their own prices, as well as helping the uninsured and underinsured through its nonprofit SafetyNest. Aligned with its deep commitment to community, this latest investment in the Columbus Region further affirms Branch is an insurance company that truly puts community first.
“Branch is increasing the availability and affordability of insurance nationwide with talent and technology from Ohio,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. “With its headquarters expansion in the Columbus Region, Branch brings 150 new jobs and economic opportunity from an innovative, home-grown insurance company.”
Finance and insurance comprise the top private sector by economic output in the Columbus Region, and a variety of high growth companies have positioned the Region as a fintech and insurtech hub. Across multiple industries, 17 Fortune 1000 companies are joined by some of the world’s most recognizable brands and fast-growing disruptors in choosing the Columbus Region for their headquarters. Columbus is in Franklin County, which is home to an estimated 1,310,300 residents.
About Branch Insurance
Branch Insurance utilizes innovative technology to make bundling home and auto insurance online quicker and easier than ever before. By tapping into the power of community, Branch is on a mission to make insurance more accessible and affordable for everyone. Branch was founded in 2017 by insurance veteran Steve Lekas and tech entrepreneur Joe Emison, and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Branch is underwritten by the Branch Insurance Exchange and General Security National Insurance Company (GSNIC) and backed by SCOR SE, all A-rated insurance entities. To learn more, visit ourbranch.com
About the City of Columbus, Ohio
The City of Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States with a population of 879,170 residents. The Columbus economy is balanced with a combination of education, technology, government, research, insurance and health care entities as major employers within the City. Columbus is gaining nationwide recognition for its booming downtown, historic neighborhoods, arts and sporting districts, open attitude and a noticeably affordable quality of life. Learn more about the City of Columbus at columbus.gov/development/Economic-Development.
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
About One Columbus As the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, One Columbus’ mission is to lead a comprehensive regional growth strategy that develops and attracts the world’s most competitive companies, grows a highly adaptive workforce, prepares our communities for the future, and inspires corporate, academic and public innovation throughout the Columbus Region. One Columbus expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the One Columbus team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at ColumbusRegion.com.
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