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June 21
​Veteran Underwriter Amy Souissi Joins Alliant Brokerage Team

Bay Area-based insurance expert to service real estate and public entity clients throughout the Western United States

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Veteran underwriter Amy Souissi is taking her experience managing some of the largest accounts in the West to the brokerage side of the business, joining Alliant as Vice President. The Bay Area-based Souissi will use her broad expertise in marketing, underwriting, and program development to service a diverse portfolio of real estate and public entity clients throughout the Western United States.

“As a highly successful and seasoned underwriter, Amy brings valuable inside knowledge to our brokerage team,” said Jeff Moench, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Specialty. “Throughout her career, she has worked with high-profile organizations and brokers and understands how to structure programs that deliver quantifiable, long-term results. Her unique perspective will provide a sound competitive advantage as we continue to grow our presence in both the real estate and public entity space.”

Souissi joins Alliant with more than 14 years of experience managing multi-million-dollar portfolios for large and middle market clients. Her broad arsenal of skills includes sound technical underwriting, marketing and negotiation, business development, and broker relations.

Prior to joining Alliant, Souissi was Senior Underwriter with one of the nation’s largest insurance carriers, where she managed a diverse book of business comprised of manufacturers, service providers, retailers, real estate companies, and large universities. Additionally, she played a key role in business development, identifying strategic growth opportunities for the portfolio through cross-selling, servicing, and renewals.

Souissi holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and organizational studies/sociology from the University of California, Davis. She has also completed extensive training and education in the areas of underwriting, international business, sales and marketing, workers’ compensation, environmental, and other essential areas of the business.

She can be reached in Alliant’s San Francisco office at (415) 403-1457 or at Amy.Souissi@alliant.com.

June 20
​Financial Expert Frank Arcara Joins Alliant in Pennsylvania

Longtime financial expert brings diverse background in retirement consulting and risk management

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant will tap the diverse skill set of financial expert Frank Arcara to service a growing portfolio of retirement plans, financial advisors, and high net worth individuals. As Vice President with the company’s Alliant Americas division, Arcara brings a diverse background that spans retirement consulting and risk management to the company’s King of Prussia, PA practice.

“Frank takes the concept of ‘full service’ to an entirely new level,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “His deep financial background and long track record of success in the insurance industry brings both breadth and sophistication to Alliant Americas and upholds our commitment to providing clients with a truly comprehensive solution.”

With more than 17 years of experience in finance and insurance, Arcara is highly regarded for his ability to identify core business objectives and deliver tailored insurance and financial services products. He has designed and deployed programs across all lines of business, including retirement, executive benefits, health and wellness, and property and casualty.

Prior to joining Alliant, Arcara was a partner with a large national insurance brokerage firm, where he oversaw business development, consulting, and client services for a multidisciplinary team of service experts. He also has extensive experience as a financial advisor and investment consultant.

Arcara holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Millersville University, where he also captained the school’s ice hockey team. He can be reached at (610) 635-3308 or at Frank.Arcara@alliant.com.

About Alliant Americas
Alliant Americas provides midsized businesses with targeted insurance, risk management, and consulting services. As a dedicated middle-market platform with offices throughout the United States, Alliant Americas delivers a range of products and services that are regionally focused and backed by the company’s deep reservoir of research, resources, and talent. By “Thinking Forward,” Alliant Americas deploys a total solution to its clients that goes beyond insurance to improve business outcomes.

June 07
​Alliant Acquires Western Carwash Insurance Program

Acquisition by Alliant Americas propels middle market division into the growing carwash sector

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services is positioned to become the insurance partner of choice for carwash businesses throughout the West with its acquisition of the Western Carwash Insurance Program. The transaction places the company’s Alliant Americas middle market division at the forefront of a strategic and growing industry vertical.

“Clients of all sizes are looking for an insurance partner that can deliver specialized solutions built around their industry’s unique risks and exposures,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Our acquisition of the Western Carwash Insurance Program demonstrates our continued dedication to serving businesses in the West and our long-proven commitment to being the specialty insurance leader.” 

Since 1994, the Western Carwash Insurance Program has been the region’s premier insurance solution for carwash owners and operators. As the exclusive insurance program of the Western Carwash Association (WCA), the program offers the industry’s most competitive rates and comprehensive coverage for property and casualty and workers’ compensation insurance.

The program is led by Sam Furno, a former carwash operator and longtime industry specialist. It is managed by seasoned risk professionals with a proven history of delivering insurance and risk management solutions designed around the unique exposures of the carwash business. According to Furno, Alliant’s national platform and vast resources will expand the program’s reach and service profile.

“As one of the nation’s largest and most entrepreneurial insurance brokerage firms, Alliant adds a solid foundation of strength to our program,” said Furno. “For more than two decades, our clients have looked to us as the industry’s insurance partner of choice. As part of the Alliant team, we will further strengthen this position and expand our reach to an even larger community of carwash owners and operators.”

Furno, along with program’s entire management team and staff, will join Alliant and continue to service clients from its Sacramento offices. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Alliant Americas
Alliant Americas provides midsized businesses with targeted insurance, risk management, and consulting services. As a dedicated middle-market platform with offices throughout the United States, Alliant Americas delivers a range of products and services that are regionally focused and backed by the company’s deep reservoir of research, resources, and talent. By “Thinking Forward,” Alliant Americas deploys a total solution to its clients that goes beyond insurance to improve business outcomes.

June 02
​Alliant Increases Southeast Presence, Adds Four Benefits Pros

Brett Ausherman, Rob Ruinen, Patrick Estes, and Tony Burchett bring a wealth of expertise to Alpharetta, Georgia practice

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has made a major statement in the Southeast, adding four talented new producers to its Alpharetta, Georgia Employee Benefits team. With the addition of Brett Ausherman, Rob Ruinen, Patrick Estes, and Tony Burchett, Alliant Employee Benefits has expanded its product offerings and reach as it serves a growing portfolio of clients throughout the region.

“As the Southeast continues to experience widespread growth across various sectors, we are committed to providing the diverse organizations in the area with proven and innovative benefits solutions that help them grow and thrive,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “The addition of these four benefits veterans enables us to offer a higher level of service and broader reach that clients can rely on for years to come.”

Together, the four producers add extensive depth to Alliant’s Southeast operations, each bringing a wealth of business development and benefits consulting experience among mid-to-large-sized professional services firms.

First Vice President Brett Ausherman joins Alliant with more than 20 years of experience in the benefits world, helping clients maximize profitability through benefits cost management, human resources administration, employer communication, and high-level strategic planning. Prior to joining Alliant, Ausherman was Area Senior Vice President and Practice Leader within the Atlanta office of a major national brokerage firm. There, he serviced a diverse portfolio of middle market clients and engaged in business development activities. Ausherman also has extensive experience on the carrier side of the business. He can be reached at (770) 325-6670 or at Brett.Ausherman@alliant.com.

For more than 20 years, First Vice President Rob Ruinen has built a sound reputation for maximizing his clients’ output and profitability by delivering solutions that support both the strategic vision of the organization and the tactical activities that challenge today’s human resource executives. Prior to joining Alliant, Ruinen was Area Senior Vice President within the Atlanta office of a major national brokerage firm, where he developed customized employee benefits cost management and program solutions and engaged in business development activities. Ruinen also has extensive experience in the financial services industry. He can be reached at (770) 325-6677 or at Rob.Ruinen@alliant.com.

Vice President Patrick Estes has four decades of experience in business development, sales management, and insurance consulting, having worked with some of the nation’s largest financial services and insurance brokerage firms. Prior to joining Alliant, Estes was Vice President and a member of a global insurance brokerage, where he delivered a range of risk management and insurance solutions to clients with a focus on the private equity industry. In this position, he provided sound consulting and thought leadership that helped his clients increase revenue, boost profitability, and grow market share. He can be reached at (770) 325-6679 or at Patrick.Estes@alliant.com.

Vice President Tony Burchett has extensive experience partnering with clients throughout the Southeast to deliver innovative programs and solutions that maximize the value of their investment and deliver a quantifiable bottom-line benefit. Prior to joining Alliant, Burchett was Southeast Practice Leader for a subsidiary of one of the nation’s largest insurance brokerage firms, where he specialized in servicing the private equity space. He also has experience in sales management and financial services. He can be reached at (678) 287 5039 or at Tony.Burchett@alliant.com.

About Alliant Employee Benefits
Alliant Employee Benefits delivers value-laden benefits programs tailored to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s organizations. With a presence in every major U.S. market, we work intimately with our clients to assess their needs, take a pulse of the marketplace, and deliver customized plans and consulting services. Our broad arsenal of capabilities includes employee engagement, plan negotiation, benefits administration, analytics, health and wellness, compliance, and all other aspects of benefits planning and administration.

May 24
Nate Stortzum Joins Alliant's ProQuest Division

Lawyers professional liability specialist to service diverse portfolio of law firm clients

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - Lawyers professional liability specialist Nate Stortzum has joined the ProQuest division of Alliant​ as Vice President, where he will service a diverse portfolio of law firm clients. The Chicago-based Stortzum will employ his proven legal expertise to design and develop comprehensive insurance and risk management solutions for clients, while facilitating ProQuest's continued expansion.

"Nate leverages his vast knowledge of the law firm space with a sound technical expertise to provide clients with insurance and risk management solutions that are truly best in class," said Sean McConlogue, President of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services (ASIS). "He will play an integral role in growing ProQuest's national reach and reputation as the premier insurance partner for the legal community."

In addition to employing his expertise in ProQuest's foundational legal insurance products, Stortzum will also facilitate the growth of various newer offerings, including reps and warranties coverage and data breach security coverage.

Prior to joining ProQuest, Stortzum was Midwest Regional Manager for the IronPro division of Ironshore. There, he was charged with professional liability operations for the Midwest and co-managing Ironshore's lawyers professional liability book nationally. He also worked with Lloyd's of London brokers on U.S. and non-U.S. business

Stortzum holds a bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College and an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He is a member of the Midwest Insurance Committee for City of Hope and a member of the Midwest board of directors for the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).

About ProQuest

ProQuest, a division of Alliant Insurance Services, provides tailored risk solutions to meet the unique needs of law firms throughout the United States. As a premier insurance partner to the legal community, ProQuest's team of professionals offers keen insights into the legal profession and the special challenges confronting law firms today, providing creative and successful solutions in the face of the volatile economic and insurance market cycles.

About Alliant Specialty Insurance Services (ASIS)

Alliant Specialty Insurance Services (ASIS) combines sound underwriting, superior claims management, and powerful distribution to deliver a range of industry-specific wholesale insurance solutions. ASIS employs a broker-centric approach to the business, offering a full range of insurance and risk management products and services backed by enhanced carrier relationships. ASIS programs are designed to position broker partners and their clients for optimum success.​

May 18
Alliant Americas Steps up Claims Management Consulting, Adds Jennifer Umbright

​20-year claims consultant to provide broad-based claims management expertise to Northern California clientele

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - Veteran claims management consultant Jennifer Umbright is bringing her potent blend of claims advocacy, risk management, and education to the Sacramento office of Alliant. As a Workers' Compensation Claims Advocate within the company's Alliant Americas division, Umbright will advise a diverse portfolio of middle market clients throughout Northern California.

"Alliant Americas is wholly dedicated to providing localized expertise that helps middle market clients navigate the increasingly complex claims landscape," said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. "Jennifer brings an added layer of strength and sophistication to our claims team, bolstered by more than 20 years in the Northern California market."

Umbright's far-reaching claims experience spans the management of self-insured claims, captives, and guaranteed cost policies. Throughout her career, Umbright has helped clients from a broad array of industries in various stages of the claims process, serving as a trusted liaison among insurance carriers and third-party administrators. She has also played an important educational role, providing consultative expertise that helps organizations avoid claims situations before they occur.

Prior to joining Alliant, Umbright was a Claims Management Consultant with ESM Solutions, Inc. providing claims management, while proactively educating clients in the critical areas of claims and disability management, accident investigation, litigation strategies, return-to-work, and strategic planning to reduce workers' compensation experience modifications (X-Mods). She also has more than a decade of experience with Travelers Insurance focusing on AOE/COE investigation, subrogation, and litigation management.

Umbright holds her Workers' Compensation Claims Administration designation from Insurance Education Associates and is in the process of obtaining her Workers' Compensation Claims Professional designation.

About Alliant Americas​

Alliant Americas provides midsized businesses with targeted insurance, risk management, and consulting services. As a dedicated middle-market platform with offices throughout the United States, Alliant Americas delivers a range of products and services that are regionally focused and backed by the company's deep reservoir of research, resources, and talent. By "Thinking Forward," Alliant Americas deploys a total solution to its clients that goes beyond insurance to improve business outcomes.

May 05
​Alliant Opens New Orleans Office, Hires Christian Chauvin and Noah Hardie

New office and top talent expand Alliant’s presence within the Gulf Coast Region

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has expanded its presence in the Gulf Coast region with the opening of its New Orleans office. The office will be manned by Christian Chauvin and Noah Hardie, who have joined the company’s Alliant Americas division to provide insurance and risk management solutions to clients in a range of industries and disciplines.

“The addition of Christian and Noah provides a unique opportunity for us to expand both our regional influence and service offerings,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “As an organization dedicated to specialization and local expertise, their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience, both in New Orleans and internationally, will be a tremendous asset to our clients.”

Chauvin joins Alliant as First Vice President with experience serving a broad array of industries, including marine, oil and gas, financial services, real estate, private equity, construction, and many others. Prior to joining Alliant, Chauvin was a Vice President with a full-service regional insurance brokerage firm, where he produced and managed some of the agency’s largest and most high-profile clients.

Chauvin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. A former Southeastern Conference football standout, Chauvin played for both the Tennessee Volunteers as well as the Louisiana State University Tigers, where he earned Freshman All-SEC honors. He can be reached at (504) 908-9077 or at Christian.Chauvin@alliant.com.

Hardie is a former FBI officer and U.S. diplomat with a breadth of experience in the public and private sectors who will also serve as First Vice President. Prior to joining Alliant, Hardie was a Lead Task Force Officer with the FBI, serving as a State Department Representative to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and acting as a liaison among numerous government agencies. The former U.S. Air Force Captain also has experience as a Chief Financial Officer in the construction industry.

Hardie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an advanced certificate in international maritime law from the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. He can be reached at (504) 250-2444 or at Noah.Hardie@alliant.com.

About Alliant Americas
Alliant Americas provides midsized businesses with targeted insurance, risk management, and consulting services. As a dedicated middle-market platform with offices throughout the United States, Alliant Americas delivers a range of products and services that are regionally focused and backed by the company’s deep reservoir of research, resources, and talent. By “Thinking Forward,” Alliant Americas deploys a total solution to its clients that goes beyond insurance to improve business outcomes.

May 03
Boston Real Estate Expert Michael Feinberg Joins Alliant

Feinberg to focus on expanding company’s Northeast presence in real estate and various other key verticals

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Michael G. Feinberg has joined the Real Estate Group of Alliant Insurance Services as Executive Vice President, where he will deploy his broad industry expertise to deliver sophisticated risk management and insurance solutions to clients throughout the region. The Boston-based Feinberg will play an integral role in the expansion of Alliant’s presence in his home city and throughout the greater Northeast, servicing clients in real estate and a range of other industries.

“Michael will play a key strategic role in the continued regional expansion of our real estate practice,” said Michael Heid, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Alliant’s Real Estate Group. “His diverse experience in brokerage and underwriting adds an additional layer of strength to our vast arsenal of advantaged products and services.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Michael was Executive Vice President and a member of the national real estate practice of a global insurance brokerage. In this position, he provided sound consulting and thought leadership on the delivery of the firm’s insurance and risk management broker services, while managing a robust national portfolio of real estate clients across multiple sectors. He also has prior experience as an underwriter with large carriers.

In addition to real estate, Michael will continue to service clients of various sizes in a range of industries, including technology, private equity/venture capital, and manufacturing/distribution.

Feinberg holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University.

He can be reached in Alliant’s Boston office at (617) 535-7240 or at Michael.Feinberg@alliant.com.

April 18
​Fine Art Insurance Specialist Sarah Johnson Court Joins Alliant

Award-winning producer adds distinguished insurance and risk management expertise to Alliant collection

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Fine art specialist Sarah Johnson Court is bringing her distinguished collection of risk management and insurance expertise to Alliant Insurance Services. As Vice President, the award-winning producer will service a diverse portfolio of high-net-worth clients the world over, while playing a key role in expanding Alliant’s reach within the fine art sector.

“Sarah is a dynamic insurance professional who operates with an inside perspective on the fine art sector, gained through years of study, travel, and hands-on experience,” said Jeff Moench, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Specialty. “Sarah has achieved remarkable results by focusing on her clients’ unique needs and providing high-end products and services that match their sophisticated requirements.”

Johnson Court, who received “40 Under 40” honors from Business Insurance and the lauded “Power Broker®” designation from Risk & Insurance, is highly regarded for handling the far-reaching and complex risks associated with fine art collections. Additionally, she has experience working with high-net-worth individuals, celebrities, and athletes to insure homes, yachts, wine collections, private planes, and other high-value items. The Miami-based Johnson Court also offers consulting and expertise in life insurance, kidnap and ransom, event cancelation, and other related solutions.

Prior to joining Alliant, Johnson Court was Director of the Global Fine Art Practice of an international insurance brokerage firm advising on corporate and private collections all over the world. She also spent six years in London working with some of the world’s top private and commercial collections, where she was a Lloyd’s of London Broker.

Johnson Court is a well-traveled student of the arts, earning her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her master’s degree in art history from Richmond, The American International University in London. She is also active in ArtTable, a national organization dedicated to advancing women’s professional leadership in the visual arts.

Johnson Court can be reached in Alliant’s Miami office at (786) 810-5642 or at Sarah.JohnsonCourt@alliant.com.

April 13
​Alliant Retirement Consulting Named to PLANADVISER’s Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers List

Alliant division continues growth powered by tailored services and quantitative results

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Retirement Consulting, a division of Alliant Insurance Services, has joined some of the industry’s leading retirement advisers and teams on the prestigious PLANADVISER Top 100 list. Alliant Retirement Consulting was recognized among teams with more than $5 billion and 250 retirement plans under advisement.

“Achieving success in today’s competitive retirement market requires a tailored approach to planning based on a careful evaluation of each client’s challenges, opportunities, and long-term goals,” said John Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Alliant Retirement Consulting. “We have reached this important milestone by combining a highly focused approach to service with sound financial performance that stands the test of time.”

Central to Alliant Retirement Consulting’s continued growth and success is its consistent adherence to industry best practices. The team recently received ASPPA Retirement Plan Service Provider Certification by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence for the third consecutive year, one of the industry’s most sought-after designations.

“This certification confirms that Alliant operates according to the highest standards of excellence within the retirement industry, a key factor in earning the continued business and trust of our clients,” said Cunningham.

The PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list recognizes quantitative standouts in retirement planning. Honorees are judged according to an established set of standards based on total assets and number of plans under advisement. PLANADVISER Magazine is among the most trusted sources for information among retirement benefits decision makers throughout the U.S.

John A. Cunningham is an Investment Advisor registered representative offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks, LLC Member FINRA/SIPC. Some investment advisory services offered through Vicus Capital, Inc., a federally registered investment advisor. Alliant, Vicus Capital, and Cetera Advisor Networks are separate non-affiliated entities.


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