The ECHL announced on Thursday that Fairly Group will continue to serve as the official commercial insurance provider of the ECHL for the 2017-18 season for the League and its 27 member teams.
“The Fairly Group is one of the ECHL’s longest standing partners and has been paramount in the success of the League for the past 15 years,” said Ryan Crelin, Chief Operating Officer of the ECHL. “We look forward to continuing this relationship in our 30th Anniversary Season and benefiting from their expertise in risk management throughout the sports industry.”
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 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana on Jan. 15, 2018.
“Fairly Group values our long-term relationship with the ECHL and is proud of both the tenure of the relationship and the cost savings obtained within the ECHL’s insurance and risk management programs during this time,” said Alex Fairly, President of The Fairly Group. “We look forward to many more years of working together.”
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 21 states and one Canadian province for its 30th season in 2017-18. There have been 625 players who have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including two who have made their debut in the 2017-18 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 27 of the 31 NHL teams in 2017-18, marking the 21st consecutive season that the league had 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.