About Us

 

DAC is a P&C subsidiary of iA Financial Group (TSE: IAG), and primarily serves the automotive and consumer goods industries. We are domiciled in Ohio, and are licensed to write insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We have two main office locations: Columbus, Ohio and Dallas, Texas. Our primary business strategy is to write first dollar and aggregate excess-of-loss contractual liability policies for administrator obligors that sell, service, and pay claims for extended service contracts sold on vehicles or consumer goods.

What We Bring to the Table

  • Financial backing of iA Financial Group ($164 billion+ in assets)
  • Management team of industry professionals
  • Reinsurance structures and expertise
  • Competitive pricing and flexibility
  • Risk management and product development support
  • Regulatory acumen and assistance
  • Compliance expertise and member of key industry association groups
  • Competitive pricing and flexibility
  • Licensed obligor solutions where administrator lacks approval
  • Filing services available for licensing and form filings

Our Financial Size

 

Since April 2014, DAC has been an A.M. Best Financial Size Category VII company. Previously, DAC was a Category VI company. Category VII is the designation for companies with total policyholder surplus between $50 million and $100 million. DAC surpassed $50 million in capital and policyholder surplus at the end of 2013.

Our A.M. Best Rating

On February 19, 2018, A.M. Best affirmed our Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-“ with positive implications. A positive outlook was assigned to the ratings due to the potential future benefits from DAC being added to the Industrial Alliance Financial Group (Industrial Alliance, iA) family. The acquisition of DAC by iA was completed on January 23, 2018. A.M. Best expects DAC to recognize long-term benefits through Industrial Alliance’s years of industry knowledge and expertise, additional capital support, expanded market opportunities and reduced expenses via shared back-office resources. Founded in 1899, the A.M. Best Company is the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source.

For more information, please visit the A.M. Best website.

Consistent Profitability and Growth

Please note that these are the most current available figures as of February 2018:

Our History

 

DAC enjoys a heritage that spans over 83 remarkable years. The company’s history began in 1935 with the creation of Mahoning Insurance Company, which was arguably the very first pure captive insurance company ever created. In 1980, Mahoning was purchased by Dealers Alliance Corporation, which changed Mahoning’s name to Dealers Assurance Company. In 2004, Dealers Alliance was acquired by DAC Financial Holdings, Inc. Announced in September 2017 and completed in January 2018, the company was acquired by iA Financial Group of Canada.

Our Leadership

 

Kristen Gruber | PRESIDENT

With a well-deserved reputation for professionalism and high ethical standards, Kristen has worked in the insurance arena for over 25 years, much of it focused on the F&I industry. She is a highly sought-after speaker, and considered by many to be one of the leaders of our industry. Prior to joining DAC, Kristen spent 13 years with Great American Insurance Company, and subsequently held key administrative roles, impacting both sales and profitability. Throughout her career, she has focused on developing insurance solutions for agents, dealers, and OEMs. Today, Kristen and her management team work to provide DAC’s clients with the exceptional regulatory, compliance, and analytical support they need to grow their business. Kristen completed her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and earned a business degree from St. Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana, and an MBA from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. When not working, she is known to spend time curled up with a good book and her two hound dogs. She splits her time between Cincinnati, Columbus and Dallas.

Kirk Borchardt | EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL COUNSEL

Kirk is a leading expert on the regulatory, tax, and corporate structural aspects of the service contract and ancillary products industries. He began his 34-year career in 1981 as an attorney in the Chicago offices of Lord, Bissell and Brook, rising to the level of partner and managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Through his representation of many prominent industry participants, Kirk gained a reputation as a knowledgeable and “out of the box” thinker in addressing common legal and financial issues confronting the industry. Kirk was an original member of the NAIC Service Contracts Act Working Group, whose efforts spawned the adoption of the Service Contracts Model Act, a necessary progenitor to the proliferation of the administrator-obligor corporate structure. Recognizing the potential economic deficiencies of the first administrator-obligor companies, Kirk promoted the adoption of insurance company tax treatment for service contracts providers, which he successfully achieved for his client through the issuance of Technical Advice Memorandum 9601001 by the IRS in 1996.

Linda Toy | CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Linda has more than 25 years of experience in Life, Property and Casualty Insurance accounting, including an extensive background in reinsurance. Prior to joining DAC, Linda held various leadership positions at the Associates Insurance Group, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and TIG Insurance. Linda has also served on the Financial Issues Committee for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, a trade association for the P&C industry. She has a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. Linda and her husband Greg have been married for 20 years, and reside in the Dallas area with their son, Sean. They have one Golden Retriever and two Yorkshire Terriers they love to spoil, enjoy camping, boating and traveling, and are big fans of the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Contact Us

 

If you have any questions, or wish to learn more about DAC, please contact us today.

Statutory Office:

240 N. Fifth St.,
Suite 350
Columbus, OH 43215

Administrative Office:

15920 Addison Road,
Addison, TX 75001

Toll-Free: 800-282-8913

General Questions:
 LearnMore@DealersAssurance.com

Underwriting Your Products:
Sales@DealersAssurance.com

Website:
www.dealersassurance.com

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