Seattle-based business insurance and investment company, Kibble & Prentice, has signed an agreement to join RiskProNet International's network of over 20 major independent brokers across the US and Canada.

The move signals Kibble & Prentice’s future growth intentions, as the company will have the opportunity to maximize on RiskProNet’s combined operations that span more than 300 cities in 110 countries.

Each partner is an equal owner in the RiskProNet association, which gives its members the geographic diversity and shared knowledge base to serve clients with national, international or highly specialized exposures to risk. Combined written premiums in 2004 were more than $6.5 billion.

With offices in Seattle and Bellevue, Kibble & Prentice currently offers commercial insurance, employee benefits, executive benefits, business succession planning and retirement planning to a range of clients around the Northwest US.

As one of the largest regional brokerage firms in the Northwest, we are independent and are committed to staying that way, said Mark Vaughn, vice president of operations for Kibble & Prentice’s property and casualty division.

We see affiliation with RiskProNet and its network of regional agencies with similar goals as a way to accomplish that objective, while expanding the services we can provide to our clients, Mr Vaughn added.