Oswald Companies, an Ohio-based independent and employee-owned risk management and insurance brokerage firm, has opened a new office in Akron.

The new office in Akron will be led by Paul Catania, who most recently led middle market group benefits sales and service for the Cleveland-based brokerage for the past four years. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Oswald Companies chairman and CEO Marc Byrnes said that he is proud of the company’s history of service to the communities in and around Akron and Canton and excited for the opportunity to expand commitment to these communities.

In addition to Akron and Cleveland, Oswald also serves communities and clients from Ohio offices in Columbus and Middleburg Heights, as well as from offices in Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, and Minnesota.