Digital Insurance, a employee benefits agency, has established a strong local market presence in New England and upstate New York through a merger with The Benefit Group of New England (BGNE), based in the greater Burlington.

Digital Insurance said that the regional firm’s owners and all staff members will continue operating the company.

Founded in 1990, BGNE is a group insurance agency and employee benefit consulting firm serving over 300 New England and Northern New York employers.

BGNE registered an annual growth rate of 23% over the last decade.

Digital Insurance president and CEO Adam Bruckman said the new relationship with BGNE is part of his company’s continuing growth strategy to partner with leading agencies throughout the US that have strong community roots.

"Digital gains experienced leaders with regional insights and relationships that cannot be easily replicated. At the same time, BGNE acquires resources and tools to help them prosper and better meet employer needs, particularly during this era of health care reform," Bruckman said.

BGNE partner Bob Gaydos said the relationship with Digital also provides the firm with an optimal platform for continued growth.

"We’ve been expanding into new municipalities in Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York, and this accelerates our plans to open a new office in Fort Myers, Fla," Gaydos said.