Scottsdale Insurance Company (dba Nationwide E&S/Specialty) insures the riskier parts of life, business, and everything. The property/casualty insurer specializes in excess and surplus insurance lines (E&S) -- insurance coverage for higher-risk individuals and businesses including alarm contractors, bars, exterminators, and tree trimmers. The company also offers such niche products as pet insurance, professional liability, and products for public entities (cities and counties). E&S providers are not allowed to advertise directly to consumers, so Nationwide E&S/Specialty relies upon wholesale general agents, program managers, and brokers to sell its products through local agents. Founded in 1982, the company is a subsidiary of Nationwide Mutual Insurance.
Nationwide E&S/Specialty is the lead entity of Nationwide's Scottsdale Insurance group of companies, which also includes National Casualty, Scottsdale Indemnity, and Scottsdale Surplus Lines Insurance.
The company also owns a majority stake in Nationwide Pet (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), which offers medical insurance policies for cats, dogs, and other pets throughout the US. Sister company Western Heritage Insurance is another underwriter of E&S policies.
Nationwide E&S/Specialty offers policies in all 50 US states and Washington, DC.
Nationwide E&S/Specialty is part of Nationwide Mutual's property/casualty insurance segment, which accounted for more than two-thirds of Nationwide's 2016 revenue of $26.6 billion.
Parent company Nationwide rebranded Scottsdale Insurance to the Nationwide E&S/Specialty moniker in early 2016 as part of its move to push all of its operations to the Nationwide name. The company sees the Nationwide brand as a powerful advantage, which it is utilizing to fuel growth as one of the top E&S policy providers in the US.
Nationwide E&S/Specialty was founded as Scottsdale Insurance Company in 1982 by Nationwide Mutual.
Other Nationwide units that operate in the property/casualty space include Nationwide Insurance, ALLIED Group, Nationwide Agribusiness, Harleysville Group, and Titan Insurance. Nationwide also offers life insurance and retirement products through its Nationwide Financial Services division.