The ECHL announced on Friday that The Fairly Group will once again serve as the official commercial insurance provider of the ECHL for the 2018-2019 Season for the League and its 27 Member Teams.
“As we enter into year 31 of the ECHL, this Season also represents the fact that The Fairly Group has been a part of our League for over half of our existence,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “The Fairly Group’s expertise in insurance and risk management has helped the League grow into what it has become today, and we appreciate their partnership, guidance, and support as we prepare for the 2018-19 Season.”
The partnership agreement highlights Fairly Group at all ECHL regular season and playoff games, as well as at the League’s signature events hosted throughout the season, including the 2019 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic in Toledo on Jan. 21, 2019.
“The Fairly Group is proud to be a long term partner of the ECHL and we look forward to many more years of working together,” said Alex Fairly, President of The Fairly Group.
The Fairly Group has represented the ECHL for 16 years in securing insurance related products and risk management education.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 20 states and two Canadian provinces for its 31st season in 2018-19. There have been 641 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 18 who made their NHL debuts in the 2017-18 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 31 NHL teams in 2018-19, marking the 22nd consecutive season that the league has affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
About Fairly Group
The Fairly Group is the premier insurance broker in the sports and entertainment industry, advising clients in over 100 countries across the world in several business segments, including Corporate Risk, Human Capital and Benefits, Insurance, and a broad array of Risk Consulting specialties.
The company began one hundred years ago as the Ordway Saunders Agency in Amarillo, Texas. Since then, they have gone through several iterations of ownership and eventually became a part of Willis Towers Watson, one of the world's largest publicly-traded insurance and risk management companies. On February 1, 2016, the group formerly known as the Amarillo office of Willis Towers Watson, was acquired by Alex Fairly and became the Fairly Group. Through the transition, the operations and team members remained completely intact. A century after the founding of Ordway Saunders, the Fairly Group became a private practice once again, continuing to serve clients throughout the world. Fairly Group continues to partner with Willis Towers Watson, as WTW retains a substantial interest in the Fairly Group. This partnership allows Fairly Group to have access to the vast resources associated with one of the world’s largest risk management platforms. Additionally, the new structure has allowed the FG team to make substantial and immediate investments in expertise (people) and resources (technology).
The Fairly Group continues to work with the same clients as when they were a part of Willis Towers Watson, but they have also expanded into new areas of innovative growth and development in the insurance industry. The company works in a vast assortment of industries, including major and minor league sports, entertainment, agriculture, transportation, and construction.