Weed Ross, one of the fastest-growing, locally owned insurance agencies in Western New York is announcing the acquisition of the James F. Collins Agency, effective June 30th, 2021.
The James F. Collins Agency has been a proud insurance provider for East Aurora and its surrounding area since 1985, serving more than 1800 families and 520 business concerns. Jim Collins will retire as the agency president, though he will remain as Emeritus Agent to ensure a smooth transition and continue to foster the tradition upheld by the James F. Collins Agency. Weed Ross will also keep the same great staff, location, and customer service with which East Aurora has become so familiar.
Founded in 1957, Weed Ross continues to grow at a rapid pace, and now brings over 40 insurance companies together. This merger with the James F. Collins Agency in East Aurora makes the fifth location for Weed Ross, and the sixth agency acquisition in just the past two years.
“The James F. Collins Agency has worked closely with the people and businesses of Western New York for a long time. They have established themselves as part of the community. We are excited to merge with this well-respected practice and maintain their legacy and work ethic,” said Weed Ross president, Sean D. Cornelius.
With over 20 years of experience in insurance claims, sales, and management, Cornelius has served as president since 2016, helping Weed Ross to become recognized as one of the largest locally owned insurance agencies in 2021 by Buffalo Business First. Additionally, vice president Joe Palumbo is an integral component to the executive leadership team, as he provides an extensive background in insurance analytics and automation, with a focus in technology and customer service.