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September 15
​Gregg Pizzi Joins Alliant, Bringing a 109-Year New Jersey Institution with Him

Former CEO of C.A. Rogers Group and Charles A. Rogers, Inc. joins company’s middle market division

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — New Jersey insurance veteran Gregg Pizzi has joined Alliant, bringing an enduring history of regional excellence with him to his position as Vice President. The former CEO of one of New Jersey’s most longstanding names in insurance brokerage will provide risk management and insurance solutions to a diverse portfolio of clients throughout the Northeast for the company’s Alliant Americas middle market division.

“Gregg’s longstanding expertise and broad industry reach will provide a strong foundation of continued growth for Alliant Americas in the Northeast,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “As we continue to expand our reach and influence in the middle market, Gregg will play a key role in increasing our presence throughout the region.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Pizzi was CEO of C.A. Rogers Group and Charles A. Rogers, Inc., firms that share a 109-year history of success within the Northeast region. C.A. Rogers Group is a full-service commercial insurance brokerage with an emphasis on transportation and logistics, while Charles A. Rogers, Inc. provides a broad range of personal and commercial insurance products and services to regional clients. Both firms will now operate under the Alliant banner.

Pizzi joins Alliant with a longstanding reputation for providing clients with a highly personalized approach to insurance, ranging from helping families purchase homeowners’ insurance to servicing large multinational corporations. His multifaceted experience spans a broad range of industries, including transportation and logistics, construction, manufacturing, real estate, and many others.

Pizzi holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Penn State University. He will be based in the Basking Ridge, NJ office of Alliant and can be reached at (973) 425-0487 or at Gregg.Pizzi@alliant.com.

September 14
​Crys Blankenship Joins Alliant Healthcare Solutions

25-year industry leader to service national portfolio of clients, focusing on large, complex organizations

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Crys Blankenship, one of the nation’s foremost healthcare insurance experts, is bringing her diverse expertise to Alliant Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare practice of Alliant Insurance Services. As Executive Vice President, Blankenship will provide insurance and risk management solutions to a nationwide portfolio of healthcare clients, with a specialized focus on large, complex organizations.

“Over more than 25 years in the industry, Crys Blankenship has established herself among the nation’s most successful healthcare producers through a vital combination of service, technical expertise, and creative problem solving,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “She will play an instrumental role in the ongoing growth of our healthcare practice, leveraging her experience working with some of the nation’s largest and most powerful organizations.”

Blankenship joins Alliant with a broad base of expertise that includes risk management, marketing, complex reinsurance transactions, carrier relations, and mergers and acquisitions. She has worked with clients across all areas of the healthcare industry, including hospitals, healthcare systems, physician groups, long-term care facilities, and outpatient facilities.

Prior to joining Alliant, Blankenship served as Managing Director with one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. In this position, she oversaw new business development, supported business retention efforts, and participated in the nationwide growth of the healthcare practice. Blankenship also has prior experience as National Healthcare Practice Leader with another global insurance brokerage firm.

Blankenship attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She can be reached in Alliant’s Houston office at (713) 470-4238 or at Crys.Blankenship@alliant.com.

September 08
​​​Alliant Continues Northwest Expansion, Acquires Farmin, Rothrock & Parrott

Acquisition of Spokane, WA-based insurance brokerage is Alliant’s fifth in the region since 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, CAAlliant Insurance Services has acquired Spokane, WA-based Farmin, Rothrock & Parrott (FRP) as part of its ongoing acquisition campaign in the Northwest. One of the region’s most established names in insurance brokerage, FRP brings more than 90 years of service and a strong local reputation to Alliant. This marks Alliant’s fifth acquisition in the Northwest since 2014 as the company continues to grow its Alliant Americas middle market division.
“Partnering with FRP expands our regional footprint and adds nearly a century of success to Alliant Americas,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “We continue to find outstanding opportunities for growth both in Spokane and throughout the greater Northwest, and remain focused on acquiring companies that have a proven history, entrepreneurial values, and unwavering dedication to servicing to local clients.”
FRP was founded in 1922 and provides a full spectrum of commercial and personal insurance solutions to clients in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The company is known throughout the region for its proactive service, strong carrier relationships, and ability to match clients across a range of industries with competitively priced, customized insurance coverage.
“The people and businesses of the Northwest have specialized needs dictated by our dynamic regional economy, and FRP is wholly dedicated to building strong and long-lasting relationships with these clients,” said John Richardson, President of FRP. “Joining Alliant will enable us to continue this 90-year commitment and add valuable resources and solutions that help us provide an even higher level of service to our clientele.”
Richardson, along with FRP’s entire management team and staff, will join Alliant and continue to service clients from its headquarters in Spokane. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
August 10
​Alliant Adds West Coast Benefits Strength, Hires Julie Beacock

Award-winning consultant expands Alliant’s employee benefits capabilities in public and private sectors

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has tapped the ingenuity and entrepreneurialism of Julie Beacock as it continues to expand its West Coast Employee Benefits team. As First Vice President within the company’s Newport Beach, CA office, Beacock will work with an extensive portfolio of public and private sector clients to deliver strategies that drive profitability and improve organizational performance.

“In today’s competitive healthcare climate, clients are looking to partner with consultants who understand their business and can deliver solutions that improve performance across all facets of the organization,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Julie’s extensive experience and constant drive to innovate affirms our commitment to delivering modern and transformative solutions to clients across all disciplines.”

Beacock is an award-winning employee benefits consultant with more than 20 years of industry experience. She joins Alliant with a broad arsenal of skills and competencies, including mergers and acquisitions, analytics, population health management, complex funding agreements, and organizational leadership.

Prior to joining Alliant, Beacock was Senior Vice President and National Growth Leader with a top U.S. insurance brokerage firm, where she played an integral role in growing the company’s newly developed national employee benefits practice. In this position, she was instrumental in driving sales and developing strategies to increase market share within various key verticals.

Beacock holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Bakersfield. Active on numerous boards of directors, Julie is the former the Vice Chair with Family Health Centers of San Diego and current Vice President for the Orange County Compensation and Benefits Association.
She can be reached at (949) 242-6299 or at Julie.Beacock@alliant.com.

August 03
​Alliant Continues Western Momentum with Addition of Doug Fyfe

30-year P&C pro brings broad reach and proven market clout to growing Alliant Americas division

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to add top-tier property and casualty talent to its Western Region brokerage team, hiring 30-year veteran Doug Fyfe as First Vice President of its Alliant Americas division. A regional leader with a history of success throughout California and Arizona, Fyfe will provide a range of high-impact risk management and insurance solutions to a diverse portfolio of clients throughout the region.

“As Alliant Americas continues to expand its influence in the West, Doug offers a powerful combination of broad industry reach and proven market clout,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “His deep knowledge of insurance markets and client-centric approach to the business have enabled him to cultivate effective, longstanding client relationships throughout the region.”

Fyfe joins Alliant within its Thousand Oaks, CA office with experience servicing clients in a broad range of industries and disciplines, including public entity, technology, healthcare, construction, real estate, and many others.

Prior to joining Alliant, Fyfe was Regional Vice President within the insurance division of a large, publicly traded professional services company operating out of its Phoenix office. He also has extensive experience servicing the Los Angeles market as Managing Co-Owner with a large national insurance brokerage firm.

Fyfe holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and a law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law. He can be reached at (805) 777-4786 or at Doug.Fyfe@alliant.com.

July 28
​Alliant Adds 50 Years of New York Know-How, Hires Charles Weisblum

Veteran insurance professional to serve growing base of Northeast clients for Alliant Americas division

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has added 50 years of New York know-how to its property and casualty brokerage team, hiring veteran insurance professional Charles (Chuck) Weisblum. As First Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas division in New York, Weisblum will deliver customized risk management and insurance strategies to a growing base of clients throughout the Northeast.

“Over a long and illustrious career, Chuck has become one of New York’s property and casualty insurance authorities,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “As Alliant Americas continues to expand its footprint throughout the Northeast, Chuck will provide a solid foundation of local knowledge and industry expertise.”

Weisblum joins Alliant with expertise that spans a broad range of industries and insurance disciplines accumulated during his career as a consultant, broker, and senior executive. Weisblum is highly regarded for his one-of-a-kind, consultative approach to servicing middle-market clients.

Prior to joining Alliant, Weisblum served as a property and casualty insurance consultant, providing due diligence and strategic guidance to real estate owners, developers, and lenders. He has previously served as Executive Vice President with one of the nation’s largest insurance brokerage firms.

A graduate of New York University, Weisblum will be based in Alliant’s Midtown Manhattan office and can be reached at (212) 603-0235 or at Chuck.Weisblum@alliant.com.

July 26
​Alliant Southern Expansion Rolls on with Addition of Mark Laman

30-year Georgia consultant to provide benefits and risk management expertise to middle-market clients

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — With the Southeast market demonstrating continued strength, Alliant has responded by adding expert consultant Mark Laman to its growing roster of top-tier talent. As First Vice President within the company’s Employee Benefits Group, the Alpharetta, GA-based Laman will work with middle-market clients throughout the region to deliver targeted employee benefits strategies that cut healthcare costs, increase productivity, and reduce losses.

Laman joins an employee benefits team in the midst of rapid expansion, as Alliant continues to add industry-leading benefits consultants in Georgia, Florida, and the Southeast region at large.

“For more than 30 years, Mark has received high accolades for his ability to combine innovative employee benefits strategies with his one-of-a-kind risk management approach,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “He will play a key role in our growth as we expand both our geographical reach and middle-market services.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Laman was Executive Vice President with a national financial services and insurance brokerage firm, where he serviced a large portfolio of healthcare and middle-market self-insured clients. A full-service professional, Laman engages in all phases of the client relationship, providing a total solution that leverages the combined strength of employee benefits, insurance, and risk management.

Laman holds a bachelor’s degree from Hope College. He can be reached at (687) 867-6100 or at Mark.Laman@alliant.com.

July 25
​Alliant Expands Florida Benefits Team, Adds Jim Powell

Southeast employee benefits veteran to focus on cost reduction and productivity

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to grow its employee benefits presence in the Florida market with the addition of veteran consultant Jim Powell. As First Vice President with the company’s Employee Benefits Group, the Tampa, FL-based Powell will partner with clients throughout the Southeast to design and implement leading-edge employee benefits strategies that reduce healthcare costs, while increasing companywide productivity and efficiency.

“With more than 30 years of benefits experience, Jim has used his creativity, vision, and negotiation skills to help businesses navigate an increasingly complex healthcare landscape,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “His innovative approach to benefits consulting has played a direct role in building a healthier workforce and a healthier bottom line, and will serve a growing list of clients in Florida and throughout the Southeast.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Powell was Senior Vice President within the Tampa, FL office of a global, full-service insurance brokerage and consulting firm. There, he designed and executed long-term benefits strategies for a diverse portfolio of clients, including organizations in the private, educational, and government sectors.

Powell holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Montana. He can be reached at (813) 892-1859 or at Jim.Powell@alliant.com.

July 13
​Mesirow Insurance Services to Join Alliant

Mesirow Insurance Services and Alliant Insurance Services combine to create powerful Midwest presence

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, is joining forces with Chicago-based Mesirow Insurance Services (MIS). A division of Mesirow Financial, MIS is one of the Midwest’s leading independent insurance agencies, bringing a diverse client base, extensive suite of resources, and proven team of professionals under the Alliant banner.

MIS will join Alliant Americas, Alliant’s dedicated middle-market platform. Together, the firms will create one of the largest and most diverse insurance brokerage and consulting operations in the Midwest.

“Alliant is committed to expanding Alliant Americas’ presence in the Midwest by partnering with proven regional leaders that share our values of service and entrepreneurialism,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “MIS’ high-performance production and service teams and longstanding reputation for success exemplify the Alliant standard. This partnership will create a center of excellence for insurance, employee benefits, and risk management throughout the Midwest.” 

MIS will continue to operate under its existing organizational structure, with the MIS leadership team and division employees joining Alliant. In addition, MIS will continue to operate satellite offices in Illinois and Denver.

“Our new agreement with Alliant is an incredible opportunity that immediately launches our insurance division onto a national platform, with the same team of architects that built our brand and success. We are increasing our ability to provide clients a broader geographic reach with specialized expertise and capabilities,” said Richard Price, Chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial. “Alliant shares our strategic vision for excellence in middle-market client service, and puts its focus on having an exceptional team of experts operating within an entrepreneurial environment.”

Founded in 1972, MIS is a full-service insurance brokerage and consultant specializing in property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, life and disability, private client insurance, and structured settlements. The company’s far-reaching and diverse client list includes large publicly traded companies, middle-market businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public entities, and high-net-worth individuals.

Mesirow Financial is an 80-year-old independent, employee-owned financial services firm. The company will continue to focus the firm’s strategic direction on growing and adding capabilities to its existing Investment Management and Capital Markets and Investment Banking divisions.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Mesirow Insurance Services
Mesirow Insurance Services (MIS) is a division of Mesirow Financial established in 1972. It employs approximately 350 people and serves a diverse, regional client base. MIS is a full-service insurance brokerage and consultant specializing in property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, life and disability, private client insurance, and structured settlements.

About Mesirow Financial
Mesirow Financial is an independent, employee-owned firm founded in 1937. As specialists in investment, risk management and advisory services, we are committed to helping our institutional, corporate and individual clients achieve their objectives. Our professionals are inspired by an entrepreneurial desire to develop tailored solutions that deliver measurable results. To learn more, please visit mesirowfinancial.com.

July 12
Beltway Insurance Veteran Barry Peters Joins Alliant

​Longtime risk expert to service growing client base, launch national affinity programs

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Barry Peters, one of the Beltway’s most established middle market insurance experts, is bringing his diverse skill set to Alliant. As Executive Vice President with the company’s Alliant Americas division, Peters will design and deploy insurance and risk management solutions to a growing client base and spearhead the development of national affinity programs for associations and franchise groups.

“Barry’s multifaceted expertise will play an essential role in the ongoing expansion of Alliant Americas,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “In addition to helping us expand our regional footprint and service profile, he will broaden our reach through the establishment of innovative new affinity programs.”

A 30-year insurance industry veteran, Peters’ background spans underwriting as a Lloyd’s cover holder, risk management, property and casualty insurance, and employee benefits consulting. Throughout his career, he has worked with a breadth of clients that includes multinational corporations, regional companies, associations, franchise groups, and various other organizations.

Prior to joining Alliant, Peters was President within the Washington, DC office of a national insurance brokerage firm, where he delivered property and casualty and employee benefits solutions to a national client base. He began his career working with the largest fine arts broker/underwriter in the U.S.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Peters will be based in the Bethesda, MD office of Alliant. He can be reached at (301) 263-6630 or Barry.Peters@alliant.com.

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