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Industry Veteran Joseph A. Valenza Launches Virtue Risk Partners, LLC. A New Underwriting Agency, and Teams Up With Scottsdale Insurance Company to Offer Commercial Package and Environmental Products


Joseph A. Valenza, a 20-year veteran with underwriting, consulting and risk management experience, is pleased to announce the formation of his new company, Virtue Risk Partners, a managing general underwriter, and the formation of a new relationship with Scottsdale Insurance Company. Scottsdale is rated A+ (Superior), FSC XV by A.M. Best, owned by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (Nationwide). Under its agreement with Scottsdale, Virtue Risk Partners will serve as a program administrator with $15MM in underwriting capacity.

Virtue Risk Partners will offer commercial package products, including Commercial General Liability, Professional, Excess, Environmental, Commercial Auto, and Storage Tank Compliance coverages. Virtue Risk Partners will target consultants, engineers, contractors and environmental risks at scheduled properties and operate through wholesale agents across the country, serving insureds in all 50 states on a surplus lines basis.

“We are very excited to be doing business with someone with the qualifications that Virtue Risk Partners brings to the relationship,” said John Goodloe, Senior Vice President, Brokerage at Scottsdale Insurance Company. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, and Scottsdale is looking forward to offering these product lines.”

“Virtue could not be more thrilled to launch our underwriting platform with such a marquee brand name like Scottsdale behind us. We are just as eager to build a qualified team of underwriting and risk management professionals to collaborate and develop custom risk solutions with our business partners, to protect commercial and industrial clients from the evolving risks among us,” said Joseph A. Valenza, President of Virtue Risk Partners.

About Virtue Risk
Virtue Risk Partners, LLC, is a New York domiciled company launched in April, 2014 as a provider of custom commercial underwriting solutions with recognized underwriting and risk management experience and a proven track record of operating excellence.

About Scottsdale Insurance Company
A wholly owned subsidiary of Nationwide® Mutual Insurance Company, Scottsdale Insurance Company® (www.scottsdaleins.com) benefits from the backing of one of the largest insurance and financial service providers in the United States, an A.M. Best Rating of A+ (Superior), FSC XV and a Standard & Poor’s “A” rating. As part of an industry leader with financial strength and stability, Scottsdale Insurance Company provides its customers with exceptional experiences.

The original press release date: May 14, 2014. New York, NY.