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Ovation Joins Forces With OneDigital

ATLANTA –  Sept. 18, 2013 – Ovation Benefits, one of the country’s top independent employee benefits firms, has been acquired by OneDigital (www.onedigital.com), the nation's largest and most technologically advanced employee benefits-only agency. Ovation, headquartered in Farmington, Conn., is the first office in the state to operate under the banner of OneDigital (DBA), a growing division of OneDigital which has 20 offices across the U.S. Managing Principals Bill Carew and Brian Driscoll, along with their 45-member staff, aligned with DBA to provide clients expanded offerings and greater support.

“OneDigital’s experience as an industry innovator complements our capabilities in the mid to large market segments,” says Bill Carew. “We are stronger collectively, and this partnership amplifies our ability to deliver the services and support our customers and their employees will need to succeed in the emerging healthcare marketplace.”

DBA combines the commitment of experienced, local market advisors with the sophisticated technology and innovative resources of a respected national company. Employers receive access to a broader variety of carriers, dynamic tools and a private exchange.

“Bringing Ovation into the DBA network marks our largest acquisition to date and represents an inflexion point in the growth of OneDigital,” explains Mike Sullivan, executive vice president of DBA and chief marketing officer of OneDigital. “Bill Carew and Brian Driscoll, along with their talented team of benefits professionals, add a sophisticated middle market capability to OneDigital and exemplify our focus on organic growth and strategic partnerships. This new alliance will reshape the employee benefits landscape in Connecticut and strengthen our marketplace position throughout New England.”

“We are well aligned with OneDigital, and our shared employee benefits-only focus was a key factor in our decision to join forces,” says Brian Driscoll. “In addition, OneDigital’s leadership in the private insurance exchange arena and launch of the OneDigital Marketplace creates huge opportunities for brokers and clients alike. The company is at the forefront of helping employers to control costs and support employees’ efforts to assume greater financial responsibility for health insurance as the nation moves toward a consumer-driven system.”

Karelia Health, a workforce health improvement subsidiary of Ovation, will continue to be an independent company and is not included in the OneDigital acquisition.

About Ovation Benefits

Ovation Benefits (www.onedigital.com), established in 2002, is one of the largest independent benefit brokers in the nation, representing more than 300 employers and 140,000 individuals in 43 states. Ovation's clients include small business, middle market and Fortune 1000 employer groups and more than 40 cities, towns and boards of education.

About OneDigital

OneDigital (www.onedigital.com) is the largest, most technologically advanced employee benefits-only agency in the U.S. Distinguished by its focus on innovation and education, the company creates greater value for employers and inspires individuals to become more engaged health care consumers. Its largest division, OneDigital (www.onedigital.com), is a national network of experienced, local market experts who deliver expanded offerings to businesses and organizations. OneDigital is a subsidiary of Fidelity National Financial (NYSE: FNF).

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