Our Story


GBS Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., is proud to be a part of Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG), one of the most respected insurance brokerages in the world with operations in 33 countries. AJG has expanded their business over the last 80 years by seeking out acquisition partners who share their culture and commitment to excellence, including the four agencies that ultimately became today’s GBS Insurance.

Originally known as Flynn Associates - founded by Mike Flynn, CLU - GBS became the first life insurance office acquired by AJG in 1998. GBS is headed by area president, Stan Matus and is located in Woodland Hills, California. Life Plans Unlimited of Fairfield, Connecticut has been led by Malcolm Sklar for over 30 years. Malcolm DeBay, CLU, ChFC is in charge of the East Hartford, Connecticut office, originally known as Life Plans of New England. Our Coral Springs, Florida office originally known as The Producers' Choice is led by Todd Sklar.

GBS Insurance, with over 50 employees nationwide, now functions as the main source of life insurance brokerage for the entire AJG organization, as well as providing wholesale brokerage to thousands of agents and financial advisors.


Former chairmen, Malcolm Sklar and Mike Flynn, were a driving force behind the creation and success of LifeMark Partners, one of the most influential life insurance marketing organizations in the country. With roots in the life insurance industry extending 40 years, LifeMark serves as a strategic alliance of insurance BGAs and carriers to support sharing intellectual capital, and brings the clout of 38 agencies acting as a single voice when dealing with carriers and legislators.


Arthur J. Gallagher started his agency over 90 years ago, and today is led by his grandson, Patrick Gallagher. Though AJG has grown to the fourth largest risk management firm in the world, it continues to exemplify a culture of family business values and client-centered service. As a part of our commitment to our clients, GBS remains dedicated to a personalized experience, but with the added advantage of being backed by the strength and resources of a global empire. AJG leads in the way in how we serve our customers, develop our employees and support our communities, as demonstrated by our recognition in these key areas:


"In my 40 years as a trusted financial advisor, I consider GBS as an extension of my team. Their service, expertise, and product suite differentiate them from the other BGAs in the industry and add significant value to my practice."

- Frank C., West Springfield, MA

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