Cook Maran acquires Mintz, Girgan & Brightly; leading New York-New Jersey brokers join forces, backed by Prime Risk Partners

By January 3, 2017News

Mintz, Girgan & Brightly brings experienced team, 90-year New Jersey history to Cook Maran & Associates as Prime Risk Partners’ Northeast presence expands


(January 4, 2017) East Hampton, NY and Rochelle Park, NJCook Maran & Associates (“Cook Maran”), one of New York and New Jersey’s largest insurance brokers, will acquire Mintz, Girgan & Brightly Inc. (“MGB”), a leading privately-owned New Jersey agency since 1925.  The MGB team joins Cook Maran’s five offices and 160+ insurance professionals serving business and individual clients across Long Island, New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut, expanding regional resources and expertise backed by the national platform of Prime Risk Partners (“PRP”).

“MGB is a thriving agency because Bill Brightly and his team have earned the confidence of their clients, hired and developed great people and made a strong civic commitment to Northern New Jersey,” said Len Scioscia, Chairman and CEO of Cook Maran. “We do business the same way, so this philosophy of building long-term relationships by offering superior service and unparalleled expertise in the tri-state region won’t change.”

“This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic regional and national organization that reflects the same values that made us successful,” agreed Brightly, who has served as president of MGB for nearly thirty years.  “While our clients will continue to work with the account managers they know and trust, being part of a larger organization will afford them additional resources such as enhanced claims services, broader market access and greater bargaining power with carriers.”

Cook Maran is the PRP New York metropolitan area platform. Cook Maran’s acquisition of MGB closed on Tuesday, January 3rd.  The firm will continue to do business as Mintz, Girgan & Brightly for the near term.  MGB’s executive and account staff – averaging more than twenty years of experience – will continue in their current roles.

Cook Maran’s strong performance and pending MGB partnership further affirm PRP’s strategy of expansion through thoughtful acquisitions. In addition to Cook Maran, it acquired Indianapolis-based ONI Risk Partners as a primary Midwestern platform in 2016.  PRP is among the industry’s fastest-growing firms, leaping from 86th to 50th on the Business Insurance ‘Top 100 Business Brokers’ ranking (2015 to 2016), and making a solid debut at 28th on Insurance Journal’s 2016 list of Top 100 Property/Casualty Agencies and 23rd on its list of Top 50 Personal Lines Agencies.

“We’re very pleased with our trajectory, and remain focused on sustained success through a strong national platform,” said Bret Quigley, Chairman and CEO of Prime Risk Partners.  “That doesn’t always mean making more deals, but choosing the right partners – leading regional operators that are eager to expand and find new partners like MGB.

“Cook Maran, ONI and MGB share a proven track record of growth, a stellar reputation in the marketplace and strong connections across the communities they serve,” Quigley added.  “Our aim is to accelerate the formula that’s made them successful.”


About Cook Maran

Cook Maran, which traces its roots to 1946, has over 160 employees in 5 offices in New York and New Jersey.  Its focus on being a trusted advisor to its business and individual clients has allowed it to enjoy outstanding growth, and it is now one of the leading independent insurance agencies in the New York metro area.  For more information, please visit

About MGB Insurance

Founded in 1925, Mintz Girgan & Brightly (MGB) is one of the leading privately owned insurance brokers in New Jersey. The firm’s success relies on an experienced team of professionals, trusted advisory service to clients and long-standing connections to a broad array of insurance carriers.  MGB is a place where the best clients can be matched with the best carriers; for more information, please visit