Insurance Merger
Specialists PARTNERS

Nichols Cauley and Associates

Nichols Cauley and Associates (NCA) is proud to be a strategic partner with IMS. We are a full service financial services and consulting firm based in the Southeast. With more than 200 team members in 9 offices, the firm is ranked by the AICPA as one of the largest 300 accounting firms in the United States.

Our professional team includes professionals with designations including:

  • Certified Public Accountants
  • Certified Financial Planners TM
  • Certified Valuation Analysts
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • Certified Internal Auditor


Our goal is to help parties on either the buy or sell side of a transaction navigate the financial complexities of the Merger and Acquisition (M&A) process. Using a proven roadmap, the NCA team will work to ensure an efficient and predictable transaction. The initial step in our process requires an assessment of ownership’s business and personal goals (both short-term and long-term) and the strategic direction of the business.

These insights will provide the foundation for an M&A roadmap that will assist our client:

1. Find the right fit
2. Tell the right story
3. Facilitate the right agreement
4. Integrate the right way

By following this roadmap, we are able to assist target the best buyers or sellers in the marketplace. Once the best audience has been identified, we use multiple sources of communication and media to put the financial and operational strength of the organization on display, drawing from our experience to ensure the audience is both interested and is provided the information needed to make sound decisions.

This leads to an efficient and transparent process for both parties and creates a win-win environment to reach an agreement. We also assist with creating an effective integration strategy to efficiently blend people, operational systems and processes, management philosophies, and cultures into one cohesive business. 

Our professional are there every step to help ensure buyers and sellers alike minimize hassle and maximize value.
NCA’s M&A transaction support services include: 

  • Business Valuation Consulting
  • Financial due diligence (accounting, financial, operations, cash flow analysis, etc.)
  • Transaction structuring that helps maximizes the company’s growth, competitiveness, and profitability
  • Evaluation of operational and financial challenges
  • Advice on the structure of entities to achieve desired financial and tax outcomes
  • Introductions to investment bankers, private equity, and other financing specialists
  • Enterprise Risk identification and mitigation strategies
  • Post-transaction activities

Satisfied Customers Say It Best

Ladd Bratcher


Greg and Amanda Hicks have assembled a team of professionals with a turnkey process. They walk you through the complicated details of the purchase or sell of an agency. I have endorsed Insurance Merger Specialists , LLC for my network of agencies. I highly recommend you give them a call. |

Steve Kauger


My agency may not be the biggest, but when it came to selling, I was not sure how to handle it. Greg and Amanda made the process very simple for me. Their partner accountants helped me with getting my financials in order and helped with the allocation of assets for my tax benefit. I had spoken with another broker in the past, but when I spoke with Greg, I knew he was going to be able to help me. In fact, I still speak with him today and refer anyone I know to Insurance Merger Specialists.

Kauger Insurance 

John Smyre


From the very first inquiry for information on the asset to the finance and eventual closing, Greg and Amanda were there to assist and help facilitate a very complex transaction with confidence. This purchase has helped elevate our business model to the next level and has helped make future acquisitions possible.

We hope to use Insurance Merger Specialists services again in the future and highly recommend their services.

Jeff Hair

President & Commercial Producer

I'm not sure how anyone can buy or sell an agency without having people like Greg, Amanda and Jeff involved.

Buying or selling an agency of any size is very complex.  Greg and Amanda made the process as painless as possible.  Their in depth knowledge and experience of the insurance agency business model greatly helped both myself and the Seller. I won't do another deal without these guys.

Michael Glick


Beyond 5 star firm! I have worked with Greg and Amanda Hicks for the last 13 months during the sale of my business.

They are absolutely the best in the business! I highly recommend using this firm, if you are looking to sell your business.

Saundra K. Carney

President, Agent, and Owner Licensed in: NC, SC, GA, VA, TN, TX

Greg and Amanda Hicks, the owners of this company, are great folks to work with if you’re interested in merging your agency with another company...They all worked with me through the entire process. I really could not imagine any other company being better then these folks.

C. Merediethe (Mert) Adams Jr.


Greg and his team guide you through the difficult maze of selling your agency. I couldn’t be happier with the job they have done!

Adams Insurance Agency

Ron Parks


Greg and his team are true professionals in every way.  If you're a seller, you owe it to yourself to talk to them!!

Parks Insurance Group

Clark Farley


Many times people or services don't live up to the hype. Greg Hicks is an exception. I thought I knew what I was doing in selling my agency. I've been an agent for 46 years. I soon found out I know about selling insurance but I knew nothing about selling an agency. Without Greg, I would have been eaten alive. Don't even talk to anybody about selling till you talk to Greg.

Clark Farley Insurance Agency, Inc.

Jamie Santo

Agency Principal

From our initial conversations through the entire due diligence period, Greg was direct and truthful and set reasonable expectations about the process. I am grateful that I had IMS by my side as a business partner, the process was so smooth, efficient and profitable. Thank you again for all the guidance and support, Greg is a professional at how he approaches the entire process and I am thankful for working with him.

Santo Insurance

Gary Blaustein

Agent Broker

Insurance Merger Specialists clarified my vision for future growth of my Insurance Agency. Greg's team spent endless time with me to make the process fluid and transparent. The team at IMS is extremely professional, informed and insightful. Insurance Merger Specialists operates at a World Class Level and I would strongly recommend partnering with them.

Gary Blaustein Associates

Tony L. Johnson


Extremely professional dedicated and hard working folks who sincerely seek out the best fit and opportunity for your business. They have worked will [sic] with us and provided valuable counsel.

Tony L. Johnson Insurance Agency

Kelly Bonanni

Assistant Manager

Greg and his team are the best in the business!!! If you are thinking about selling your agency you need to call Insurance Merger Specialist. Greg and his team are professional, honest, hard working, and treat you like family. I would like to give a special thanks to Eryk for all his guidance and help with each step of the process. You guys are rock stars!!!

Mountain Pacific Insurance

Rod Walthers

Principal Agent/CEO

Simply put, Greg and his team are amazing! Over the years I've completed several small acquisitions on my own, however when it came time for selling my agency, it became a completely different ballgame. Through his team's efforts, we were able to restructure our expenses, and improve our overall financial performance. These efforts led to receiving much higher offers than if I would have would have tried to sell it myself.
Thanks again Greg, you're the BEST!

Mountain Pacific Insurance