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February 03
Alliant Acquires Aviation Insurance Pioneer John F. Throne & Co.

Seattle-based agency is one of the largest and most influential forces in commercial aviation insurance brokerage

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has acquired aviation insurance pioneer John F. Throne & Co. The Seattle-based company is one of the nation’s largest independently-owned aviation insurance agencies, with a rich history and multi-generational leadership.

“We are fortunate to have one of the most influential firms in the aviation industry join us in a lead role,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “In an ever-changing market climate, John F. Throne & Co. has continued to adapt and innovate, and its reputation for service and expertise echoes our company’s core values.”

With roots dating back to the field of aviation’s infancy, John F. Throne & Co. provides a broad range of insurance and risk management solutions to commercial aviation companies throughout the United States. Over 65 years in the business, the agency has built an unrivaled reputation for delivering meticulously crafted insurance programs from the soundest of markets.

“Alliant has a proven history of performance in insurance brokerage,” said Michael Throne, President and CEO of John F. Throne & Co. “This partnership will solidify our legacy of service to the aviation industry, adding valuable tools and resources to our arsenal.”

The agency was founded by John F. Throne, a pioneer in aviation insurance. After establishing the region’s first aviation insurance underwriting operation in the 1940s, Throne would found the company bearing his name in 1951. Under his son Michael’s leadership since 1984, John F. Throne & Co. remains one of the aviation industry’s most disciplined and service-oriented insurance partners.

John F. Throne & Co.’s leadership, client services, and business development teams will remain in place. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

February 02
​Alliant Insurance Services Names Michael Heffernan Executive Vice President

Skilled advisor adds expertise to Construction Services Group in San Jose

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Michael Heffernan has joined its Construction Services Group as Executive Vice President. Heffernan will have responsibility for the Alliant construction operations in San Jose, CA.

“Mike has an established history of providing complex risk solutions for construction clients; his hands-on approach in the client development, service, and management process, combined with his knowledge of the construction market, makes Mike an excellent addition to our team,” said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director of Alliant Insurance Services. “Mike joining our firm further solidifies Alliant’s position as the premier specialty broker in the nation.”

Heffernan has over 25 years of risk management experience as an established risk advisory partner for construction and real estate clients, as well as extensive experience with the development and implementation of wrap-up programs for both owners and general contractors. Heffernan will manage all risk advisory activities associated with key accounts.

Prior to joining Alliant, Heffernan was an Executive Vice President at a global retail broker and was tasked with managing their Northern California region, along with broader responsibilities in the western states and national operations.

Heffernan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and earned an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Heffernan also holds numerous professional designations and has been recognized as a Power Broker by Risk & Insurance magazine on multiple occasions.

Heffernan will be based in the San Jose office of Alliant.

February 01
Alliant Employee Benefits adds West Coast Expertise with Steve Kessler

Orange County-based benefits consultant brings innovative approach focused on cost reduction, productivity enhancement, and risk mitigation to Alliant

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has added innovative new expertise to its growing Employee Benefits Group with Steve Kessler. As First Vice President, the Orange County, CA-based benefits consultant will partner with clients throughout the Western Region to design and implement leading-edge employee benefits strategies. He will focus on the delivery of plans that reduce healthcare costs, increase productivity, and mitigate risk.

“Over more than 20 years in the industry, Steve has used his creativity and innovation to help businesses navigate an increasingly complex healthcare landscape,” said Mark Conway, Senior Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Benefits – West. “His multifaceted benefits solutions have played a direct role in helping clients build a healthier workforce and a healthier bottom line.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Kessler was Senior Vice President within the Orange County office of a national, full-service insurance brokerage. There, he designed and executed long-term benefits strategies for a diverse portfolio of clients, with a focus on large, private sector organizations.

Kessler holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He will be based in the Newport Beach, CA office of Alliant and can be reached at (949) 260-5097 or Steve.Kessler@alliant.com.

January 19
Alliant Expands Health Informatics and Health & Productivity Consulting Practices with Addition of Kryz Novotnaj

Novotnaj to support clients in all phases of wellness program development
and execution

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Kryz Novotnaj has joined its Employee Benefits Group as Vice President, National Director of Health Informatics. The decorated benefits expert, Advance Practice Registered Nurse, and Ph.D. candidate will lead the expansion of Alliant’s Health Informatics and Health & Productivity Consulting practices as both analytics and wellness continue to take center stage in benefits planning.

“At Alliant, we believe the implementation of sound, statistically-backed wellness strategies is essential to building a stronger, more productive workforce,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Kryz will work with our clients to help them gain a competitive advantage through tailored, multi-year health improvement strategies driven by health informatics.”

Novotnaj and his team will support clients in all phases of wellness program development and execution, with a focus on employing data to drive both benefits and wellness plan design. Services will cover plan development and vendor selection, through to the design and implementation of on-site or near-site health clinics.

Prior to joining Alliant, Novotnaj was a Regional Vice President in Health Informatics and Wellness with a Bay Area employee benefits consultant, where he employed clinical methodology to help employers better understand their population health/illness burden.

In addition to his applied work experience, Novotnaj brings extensive academic and post graduate credentials. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science in healthcare management and a master’s degree in public health; he is a Registered Nurse, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, a Certified Wellness Specialist, and a Certified Corporate Nutrition Professional; he is also pursuing his dual doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Public Health and Nursing Practice.

Novotnaj will be based in the Walnut Creek, CA office of Alliant.

January 13
Arrival of Darwin Hostelley Lifts Alliant Aviation Practice

​Aviation industry lifer to provide risk management, insurance solutions to
national client portfolio

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced longtime aviation industry specialist Darwin Hostelley has joined the company as First Vice President. The Denver-based Hostelley’s hiring marks the expansion of Alliant’s national aviation practice as the company looks to bolster its aviation risk management and insurance offerings.

“Darwin, with his proactive approach to service and strong grasp of the industry’s unique risk climate, is highly regarded for his ability to design and deliver creative solutions for aviation clients in both the private and public sectors,” said Daniel Howell, Senior Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Public Entity Group. “His long industry tenure and passion for aviation will be instrumental to the growth and expansion of our practice.”

The certified pilot and son of two airline professionals arrives at Alliant with experience serving a broad array of middle market aviation clients, ranging from high-profile operations to under-the-radar upstarts. His clients have included rotor-wing and fixed-wing fleet operations, aerospace manufacturing, airport services, and many others.

Prior to joining Alliant, Hostelley was Senior Vice President with a global insurance brokerage, where he serviced an extensive book of aviation business. Hostelley brings a diverse skill set that encompasses coverage review and analysis, client relations, coordination of placement, and service team support.

Hostelley completed his education at Chaminade University of Honolulu and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He can be reached in the Greenwood Village, CO office of Alliant at (303) 534-5881 or Darwin.Hostelley@alliant.com.

January 07
Alliant Enhances Renewable Energy Practice with Addition of Bob Gary

North Carolina- based renewables expert to oversee business development, program design

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that renewable energy expert Bob Gary has joined its Energy and Marine Group as Senior Vice President. Known throughout the industry for building best-in-class renewable energy insurance programs, Gary will oversee business development and program design for a national portfolio of clients.

“Bob is one of the energy industry’s foremost innovators, developing products and programs that mitigate risk in an industry that is fast evolving,” said John Ludwig, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Alliant’s Energy and Marine Group. “His arrival builds on our team’s broad-based energy expertise and expands our capabilities in the growing renewable energy segment.”

The North Carolina-based Gary joins Alliant with more than 18 years of experience and is well-known for his ability to build customized programs from the ground up. His innovative approach to the renewables market earned him the lauded “Power Broker” designation by Risk and Insurance for 2015.

Prior to joining Alliant, Gary was Vice President with a global insurance agency leading a Renewables and Real Estate team, where he employed innovative risk transfer vehicles to de-risk transactions. Among his foremost accomplishments was the delivery of several specialty coverages designed to enhance the financing of solar facilities.

Gary is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He served 13 years in both the Active Duty Army and National Guard positions, holding various command and staff jobs. He can be reached in the Charlotte office of Alliant at (980) 265-2403 or Robert.Gary@alliant.com.

December 21
​Alliant Warms up South Florida Practice, Adds Jason Behnke

Middle market specialist brings expertise in risk management, property and casualty insurance, and employee benefits to Miami Beach office

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Jason Behnke has joined its Alliant Americas division as Vice President. Long entrenched in the South Florida business community, the Miami Beach-based Behnke will work closely with midsized businesses throughout the region to deliver comprehensive programs encompassing risk management, property and casualty insurance, and employee benefits.

“Jason brings an intimate knowledge of the unique dynamics affecting local businesses and works closely with his clients to provide ideas and solutions that strengthen their organization from top to bottom,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “His regional know-how and broad expertise will further expand Alliant’s capabilities within South Florida as we continue to grow our practice.”

Behnke joins Alliant with more than 15 years of experience in insurance brokerage and a targeted expertise within the construction, manufacturing, and transportation industries. Prior to joining Alliant, he was Vice President with a global insurance brokerage, where he oversaw business development and program design for a diverse portfolio of clients. Previously, he held a management position with Behnke & Associates, a family-owned regional insurance agency based in Hollywood, FL.

A former All-American collegiate baseball athlete, Behnke holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami’s Barry University. He can be reached in the Miami Beach office of Alliant at (786) 542-2782 or Jason.Behnke@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.

November 17
Alliant names Daniel McCaffrey Managing Director of Northeast employee benefits practice

New York-based benefits expert to oversee revenue growth, strategic direction of growing practice

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has named Daniel McCaffrey Managing Director, Employee Benefits – Northeast. A well-known benefits professional in the New York area, McCaffrey will oversee revenue growth and manage the strategic direction of Alliant’s growing Northeast employee benefits practice.

“Employee Benefits – Northeast has been a significant success story for Alliant,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “A vital combination of new acquisitions and organic growth has led to regional expansion on the strength of innovative new strategies for client technologies and voluntary benefits. Daniel has the relationships, experience, and ideas to lead this key part of our business down a continued path of success.”

McCaffrey joins Alliant with a 20-year history of building strong client relationships, developing talent, and driving revenue in an array of business environments.

Prior to joining Alliant, McCaffrey was Director of Sales with Aetna in New York, where he managed one of the company’s top-performing sales teams. He also directed financial planning, forecasting, marketing, recruiting, and the launch of innovative new insurance products. He has prior experience in business development and client service with Cigna and Oxford Healthplans.

“Daniel’s unique perspective from working with some of the nation’s leading carriers will enable him to bring new relationships and perspectives to Alliant Employee Benefits,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “His expertise will be essential to Alliant continuing its leadership in serving our diverse client base within the Northeast Region.”

McCaffrey holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dallas and a master’s degree in liberal studies from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. 

November 06
Alliant names Steve Sampiere Chief Information Officer
35-year technology veteran to lead initiatives on innovation, security, and facilities amid continued organizational growth

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has named Steve Sampiere as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO). The 35-year technology veteran will direct a breadth of initiatives focusing on innovation, security, and facilities as the company expands its national reach and product offerings.
“Over the years, Steve has added significant value to Alliant as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), building a strong IT team and retooling our technology platform to support stellar growth,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “With technology playing an increasingly vital role in our company, Steve’s strong technical background and deep understanding of our organization will serve him well in this expanded role.”
In his new role, Sampiere will focus on furthering the company’s technology strategy and bolstering its security posture, while overseeing client-facing technology initiatives and facilities management.
As Alliant’s CTO, Sampiere played a central role in transforming the company’s technology infrastructure amid significant organizational growth. His leadership led to integrated systems, enhanced data security, and standardized best practices across Alliant’s national network. This resulted in increased organization-wide efficiencies and the unification of many disparate systems and platforms.
Prior to joining Alliant, Sampiere developed a diverse skill set working for firms inside and outside the realm of technology, including IBM, Callaway Golf, Intuit, and Peregrine Semiconductor.
Sampiere takes the reins of CIO from Ilene Anders, who assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer in September 2015. Sampiere will continue to work closely with Anders on a wide range of corporate technology initiatives.
“In my years working alongside Steve, he demonstrated the ability to meld cutting-edge thinking with practical and efficiency-driven solutions,” said Anders. “His contributions will be instrumental in solidifying our position as one of the insurance industry’s most innovative companies.” 
Alliant is the nation’s 12th-largest insurance brokerage and continues to expand its footprint through ongoing acquisitions and organic growth. The company was recently named to the prestigious InformationWeek Elite 100 list recognizing America’s top business technology innovators on the strength of its client portals and mobile technologies.
October 13
Alliant Construction Services Group adds talent in Bay Area

David Alvarado joins Alliant as Senior Vice President

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has announced a mutually beneficial transition of certain books of business from EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants to Alliant Insurance Services, including the customers of David Alvarado. David joins Alliant along with his team and will be based out of Alliant’s San Francisco office.

“The Construction Services Group is thrilled to have David and his team join Alliant in our San Francisco office,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant Insurance Services. “As the Bay Area construction industry continues to see significant growth, David’s team will be an invaluable asset for us.”

John Hahn, Co-founder and CEO of EPIC said, “I am pleased we were able to complete a transaction that was a win-win outcome for all parties including the customers related to the transaction. I would like to thank Dave and his team for their years of service and we wish them the very best at Alliant.”

Prior to joining Alliant, David was a Managing Principal of EPIC’s Construction and Real Estate Practice, the President of Pacific Coast Subcontractors Insurance Group and a founding Partner in HMSA Insurance Services. David has been involved in risk management consulting and brokering insurance placements for the past 30 years. He is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley.

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