2005 | Press Release

Dec 29, 2005 – Hub International Acquires Employee Benefit Specialists

Hub International Acquires Employee Benefit Specialists
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 29, 2005–Hub International Limited
(NYSE:HBG – News; TSX:HBG – News) today announced the acquisition of the assets
of Employee Benefit Specialists, Inc. (EBS), a leading employee benefits brokerage
serving the state of Colorado. The acquired business, based in Denver, will become part
of Hub International Southwest (HUB Southwest), and integrated with HUB Southwest’s
Colorado employee benefits practice.
“This acquisition expands the depth and breadth of our employee benefits practice
throughout the state and brings a talented collection of sales leaders into the HUB
organization,” said Roger Forystek, president of HUB Southwest.
Employee Benefit Specialists is recognized as a leading provider of employee benefits
coverage to businesses throughout Colorado, generating approximately $2.2 million in
revenue in 2004. Alan Curtis, PhD, previously EBS chief executive officer, will lead the
benefits practice of HUB Southwest in Colorado and will join Hub International’s best
practices group for employee benefits.
“By joining Hub International, we are increasing both market access for our clients and
career opportunities for our employees,” Curtis said. “We look forward to working with
our new colleagues and building an unparalleled employee benefits organization for
Colorado businesses.”
Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Hub International Limited is a leading North American
insurance brokerage that provides a broad array of property and casualty, life and health,
employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services through
offices located in the United States and Canada.
Mystic Capital Advisors Group, LLC provided transaction advisory services to Hub
International.

For more information on Mystic Capital, please contact Kevin P. Donoghue at 212-251-
0972 or visit www.mysticcapital.com
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