Today, a majority of surety bonds
are purchased by principals through surety bond producers, also referred to as surety bond agents. This does not only pertain to contract bonds
, but all other surety bonds to include the numerous commercial bonds
available, as well as court bonds
. Surety bond producers serve as middlemen between those in need of bonds, and the deep-pocketed surety bond and insurance companies. Top bond agents are knowledgeable about the surety bond industry, and the industries in which they provide bond service, such as the construction industry. Many work as part of bond agencies that focus on suretyship, but can also be a part of certain insurance agencies that have surety departments. The best, most professional surety bond producers have well-established relationships with multiple surety bond companies. This allows the agents to help find their customers (principals) the surety company that is the best fit for their particular needs.
When it comes to the construction business, surety bond producers not only help contractors obtain their required surety bonds, but they also can provide additional business advice, technical expertise, and managerial consulting. A good surety bond producer can become part of a contractor’s support network, providing invaluable bonding advice for the short and long term.