Dick Eichhorn, Founder
Breckenridge Insurance Services was originally founded as International Placement Services, Inc. (IPSI) in 1981 by Richard Eichhorn, CPCU, ARM. As a regional wholesale insurance brokerage located in St. Louis, Missouri, IPSI built a solid reputation for providing competitive commercial insurance solutions to retail agents across a variety of industries. Richard continued to build the team and trusted partnerships with top underwriters and carriers to best serve clients’ needs as it grew.
In 2010, IPSI was acquired by Breckenridge Insurance Group led by Tracey Carragher, CEO and rebranded Breckenridge Insurance Services. This allowed the company to strategically invest and accelerate its growth in terms of skilled brokers, geographic presence, carrier partnerships and product offerings to best serve diverse clients nationwide. Dick continues to serve as a senior advisor to the team and in 2012, Dick’s son and longtime IPSI broker Michael Eichhorn, CPCU, became president of the company to carry forth the vision of his father. Mike has since become EVP, Strategic Development of Breckenridge Insurance Group and Robert Matamoros, EVP then took the reins of the division.
In August of 2016, Pete Feeney, CIC joined the team as President, having more than eighteen years of brokerage expertise, last as SVP and a successful area office manager for Swett & Crawford. Breckenridge Insurance Services now has offices in St. Louis, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Fresno and Irvine, California; Portland, Maine; Irving, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Breckenridge Insurance Services brokers are expert analysts, risk-managers and negotiators supported by a team of dedicated professionals who know the insurance business. With nearly 100 carrier partnerships—some spanning decades—our access to underwriters globally and as part of Breckenridge Insurance Group is unparalleled. With rich industry knowledge across a broad spectrum of insureds, we deliver timely and competitive coverage for standard and difficult to place needs.
For every opportunity, we work diligently to earn our clients’ business. We collaborate with our industry peers to deliver solutions that will create long-term success. Our independence allows us to pursue new channels to address unmet needs and emerging trends. Beyond a quote, we counsel our clients throughout the process to ensure the right product is placed for each unique insureds’ situation and we are readily available for ongoing guidance after the bind.
The values for which the company was founded remain true today. Simply put, we place integrity above all else. Our team is driven, creative and passionate yet not going to take undue shortcuts when an insureds’ property, business or personal or employees’ well-being is at stake. We know our retail agents work equally hard to develop relationships within the community and we consider it a privilege to offer quality and reliable insurance to support their needs.
At Breckenridge Insurance Services we value our clients large and small and the trust they place in our expertise. We work hard to continuously update and proactively address insureds needs and provide exceptional service always. Look to us to be a partner and an ally in your business success. We won’t let you down.