AmWINS is one of the largest and most diversified wholesale insurance distribution firms in the United States handling premium placements in excess of $3.4 billion dollars annually. AmWINS distributes specialty insurance products through over 11,500 retail agents providing them with access to property and casualty, group life and health, and program administration services. In addition, AmWINS has strong relationships with over 800 insurance markets uniquely positioning our company to support the objectives of our carrier partners as well as our retail customers. Based in Charlotte, NC, the company operates through approximately 45 offices across the United States.
Parthenon partnered with AmWINS in late 2005 and immediately began to help us grow our company by providing resources and thought leadership on acquisitions as well as capital markets. As an example, in 2007, Parthenon helped us complete one of our largest acquisitions as a company (American Equity Underwriters) and also helped us refinance our bank debt at very favorable terms.
Parthenon is a valued resource for management and has actively helped us build a stronger company for our customers, employees and all shareholders. We are very pleased to have Parthenon as our partner and appreciate the continuing relationship.