Regional Partnership Welcomes New Investors
It’s fitting that the corporate headquarters of Brotherhood Mutual is located in Fort Wayne, the “City of Churches.” Whether it’s through offering innovative property or liability coverage, commercial auto and worker’s comp, providing risk management guidance or helping to navigate today’s complex legal issues, Brotherhood Mutual has a desire to help ministries thrive.
Founded in 1917, Brotherhood Mutual is a national property and casualty insurance company that serves more than 60,000 ministries in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Brotherhood Mutual has 485 employees and works with 476 independent agents in 111 agencies nationwide. As a specialty insurer, Brotherhood Mutual serves Christian churches, schools, colleges, camps and related ministries.
In 2018, more than 12,000 customers were able to rebuild damaged or destroyed buildings, replace stolen property, pay medical bills, defend against lawsuits and much more after experiencing losses during the year.
In addition to offering insurance designed for ministry, Brotherhood Mutual also insure mission travelers, extending service around the globe. And MinstryWorks by Brotherhood Mutual is America’s largest payroll processing and payroll tax filing service for Christian ministries.
For the company, calling Northeast Indiana “home” has been a blessing for more than a century. This not only has been the right place for Brotherhood Mutual’s corporate headquarters, but Northeast Indiana has the right talent. With millennials accounting for 137 of 485 employees, it’s more important than ever that Brotherhood Mutual continue to draw and retain young people to the area, and that Northeast Indiana’s infrastructure continues to be one that allows businesses to thrive.
Brotherhood Mutual is excited to be among the corporate leaders collaborating throughout the region to keep the business climate strong and to invigorate community development.
Cyclone Social is an independent, full-service, creatively driven social media marketing agency that creates and cultivates strong relationships between great companies and their customers. Cyclone Social partners with brands to maximize business objectives with award-winning creative production, digital strategy, influencer marketing, paid media and social media campaigns.
Some clients Cyclone Social works with and have worked with include: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Orthopedics Northeast, Eddie Merlot's, Ace Hardware, Subway, Travel Leaders, Indy Eleven, IUPUI and so many more!
Cyclone Social decided to participate in the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership because they believe in the community and its growth. Cyclone Social invested in two downtown properties in 2017 in order to be part of the development in downtown Fort Wayne and have brought 25 jobs downtown.
As the business grows within the community, Cyclone Social wants to be part of the change in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana as a whole. Cyclone Social believes that a relationship with the Regional Partnership is a great way to be involved in this community growth.
Hylant is a large privately held insurance/risk management brokerage firm with significant capabilities in Commercial Property Casualty, Employee Benefits and Personal Lines areas. Hylant has 16 locations throughout the Midwest and southeast United States. Hylant is known for dynamic and innovative thought as well as community leadership with best-in-class service and industry expertise. Hylant’s core values are Honesty, Respect, Hard Work, Empathy and Family. Hylant joined the Regional Partnership to contribute to helping the community and business environment grow successfully.
New York Life Insurance Company
New York Life takes pride in building the successful futures of families and businesses by implementing a variety of financial tools and strategies that best fit the needs of their clients. New York Life joined the Regional Partnership’s investor board to play a part in making Northeast Indiana a region with a community that is proud to grow the local economy. New York Life hopes to work collaboratively with the Regional Partnership to become a nationally recognized region that both residents and newcomers are proud to say they live and work.
Ruoff Home Mortgage
Ruoff Home Mortgage specializes in providing residential mortgages to individuals throughout the country. Ruoff has traditional retail locations in over 50 cities and towns in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida, as well as, a purely digital channel through the Consumer Direct division. In the digital space, Ruoff has a proprietary app called Loan Butler that allows customers and prospects to engage with Ruoff and track the progress of their loan digitally.
In 2018, Ruoff originated about $1.9 billion in mortgages (over 12,000 customers). Ruoff was the largest originator of purchase transactions (excludes refinancing) in Indiana, and in the three-state region of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
Ruoff was founded in 1984 by Dave Ruoff. Mark Music and his wife Sarah purchased the business from Dave in 2007 when it employed 18 people. Today, Ruoff Home Mortgage and its affiliates employ over 600 people.
Joining the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC) was about beginning to get involved as a leader in general economic development. Ruoff has been very focused on economic development, focusing on the growth of personnel and providing customers with the products they need. Investment in the ROC is a way for Ruoff to engage in more economic development work in the region.
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