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August 15
Alliant Opens Baton Rouge Office, Hires Two Regional Insurance Leaders

In Steve Gaffney and Scott McLaughlin, Alliant adds two of the Bayou State’s leading property and casualty experts

NEWPORT BEACH, CA —Alliant is bringing its regional expertise in insurance and risk management to Louisiana’s capital city with the opening of its new Baton Rouge office. The office will provide a new strategic location for the company’s Alliant Americas middle market division and will be manned by two of the Bayou State’s leading property and casualty insurance experts: Steve Gaffney and Scott McLaughlin.

“Baton Rouge, with its diverse economy and central location, represents fertile ground for the middle market,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “The addition of Steve and Scott will enable us to expand our service platform and product offerings to clients in both Louisiana and across the Southeast.”

Gaffney and McLaughlin have an extensive track record of success in the region, which they will employ to provide targeted risk management and insurance solutions to a broad range of clients with both domestic and international operations.

Gaffney joins Alliant as Senior Vice President with more than 35 years of experience, and is regarded for his ability to deliver highly strategic risk and insurance solutions that improve business outcomes. The Southeastern Louisiana University graduate previously served as Senior Vice President with a regional insurance brokerage firm, specializing in high-risk property and casualty accounts. He can be reached at (225) 252-8787 or at Steve.Gaffney@alliant.com.

Joining on as Vice President, McLaughlin is a Duke University alum and 23-year insurance veteran specializing in the design and deployment of technical, heavy casualty insurance solutions with an emphasis on construction, environmental, and marine exposures. Prior to joining Alliant, he was Vice President with a regional insurance brokerage firm, serving clients across a broad spectrum of industries. McLaughlin can be reached at (225) 445-4233 or at Scott.McLaughlin@alliant.com.

August 08
​Brian Scrocca Joins Alliant to Expand Northeast Client Base

New York-based producer joins Alliant Americas division as regional growth continues

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Brian Scrocca, one of New York’s most dynamic young producers, has joined Alliant amid continued regional expansion. As Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas middle market division, Scrocca will provide a range of risk management and insurance solutions to a growing base of clients throughout the Northeast region.

“New York continues to serve as a growth epicenter for Alliant Americas,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “Brian’s broad industry reach, strong client relationships, and highly intellectual approach to addressing risk will serve as a key driver of this continued expansion.”

Over more than a decade in the insurance business, Scrocca has gained high praise for his ability to design and deploy sophisticated insurance and risk management solutions that address complex business challenges. A trusted client advisor, Scrocca is known for reaching beyond the traditional placement of insurance products and delivering solutions that reduce operating costs and strengthen his clients’ bottom line. He has experience servicing clients with domestic and global operations.

Prior to joining Alliant, Scrocca was Partner and Vice President of Commercial Insurance with a regional, full-service insurance brokerage firm. There, he serviced a diverse portfolio of clients spanning the construction, real estate, technology, retail, manufacturing, chemical, and food industries.

Scrocca holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Wagner College and is a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Jersey. He can be reached in the New York office of Alliant at (212) 603-0108 or at Brian.Scrocca@alliant.com.

August 01
Jason VanderYacht adds West Coast Strength to Alliant Energy and Marine

​Los Angeles-based marine expert brings specialty expertise in cargo insurance, surety solutions

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Marine insurance expert Jason VanderYacht has joined Alliant Insurance Services as Vice President within its Energy and Marine Group. The Los Angeles-based VanderYacht adds additional West Coast strength to Alliant’s growing Energy and Marine team, with expertise covering a broad range of marine risks for clients with operations across the globe.

“Jason has a strong command of the shifting risks in global trade, and has a sterling track record delivering modern, innovative solutions to his clients,” said John Ludwig, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Specialty Group. “Jason’s arrival makes a strong statement in the Los Angeles market for our group as we continue to add top-tier marine expertise on both coasts.”

VanderYacht joins Alliant with expertise covering a broad array of marine risks and a specialty in cargo insurance and surety solutions. He has experience servicing clients across all areas of global trade, including customs brokers, transportation intermediaries, importers, and exporters.

Prior to joining Alliant, VanderYacht was an Account Executive with a specialty insurance brokerage firm providing underwriting and insurance solutions for the international trade and transportation industries.

VanderYacht holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pepperdine University and is a regular contributor to various transportation industry publications. He can be reached in the Los Angeles office of Alliant at (213) 270-0157 or at Jason.VanderYacht@alliant.com

About Alliant Energy and Marine
The Energy and Marine Group of Alliant provides risk management and insurance solutions custom-designed to meet the ever-changing risks facing energy and marine companies. Comprised of dedicated industry experts, the Energy and Marine Group uses its vast resources and technical expertise to deliver specialized products and services to companies that operate across the furthest reaches of the globe. Key areas of focus include energy and power; private equity and M&A; construction; and international operations.

July 13
​Alliant Honors 2017 Class of Elite Women

Kamy Vacca and Ashley De Paola recognized among the insurance industry’s leading women by Insurance Business America

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Two Alliant women have earned the prestigious honor of being named Elite Women by Insurance Business America. Executive risk expert Kamy Vacca and middle market real estate specialist Ashley De Paola were recognized by the publication as two of the insurance industry’s leading women, joining a powerful group of top female leaders in insurance brokerage.

“At Alliant, we take tremendous pride in employing enterprising women who set the highest standards for excellence in insurance brokerage,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Kamy and Ashley exemplify these high standards and represent both the present and future of leadership of our industry.”

Kamy Vacca is Senior Vice President and Sales Consultant within the Executive Risk Group of Alliant, where she serves as a team leader and oversees an extensive book of business. Over three decades, Vacca has emerged as a leader in executive risk through a commitment to mentorship, program optimization, and service.

Ashley De Paola is Assistant Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas division, where she specializes in the real estate industry. A young and emerging leader within the division, De Paola is highly regarded by her clients and colleagues for her in-depth policy analysis and ability to secure optimum coverage for even the most complex exposures.

Both hailing from New York, Vacca and De Paola were recognized for excellence across a wide range of criteria, including leadership, innovation, quantifiable results, and community service. They join women from across the U.S. who have emerged as elite performers in their field.

July 12
​Jennifer Varanese Joins Alliant Employee Benefits

Ohio-based benefits consultant to play key role in expansion of Midwest benefits platform

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Veteran benefits consultant and proven change agent Jennifer Varanese is joining Alliant as the company looks to further expand its Midwest employee benefits platform. As Vice President within the company’s Employee Benefits Group, the Columbus, OH-based Varanese will use her diverse background in cost containment, financial analysis, funding alternatives, plan design, and wellness to expand the company’s presence throughout the region.

“Jennifer has emerged as one of Ohio’s most multi-talented and results-driven benefits professionals,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “As part of our team, she will provide powerful insights and transformative ideas that add a new dimension of service to our growing client base.”

Varanese joins Alliant with extensive experience across all facets of employee benefits. She also holds licenses in life, health, annuities, and property and casualty insurance and is highly regarded for her leadership and complex problem-solving skills.

Prior to joining Alliant, Varanese was Executive Vice President with one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. There, she spearheaded the restructuring of the company’s Human Capital Practice in Columbus, doubling its annual growth for three consecutive years. Varanese also oversaw an extensive portfolio of large-to-midsized clients hailing from the retail, nonprofit, healthcare, legal, and manufacturing industries.

Varanese holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Franklin University and was honored by Columbus Business First in its annual 40 Under 40 awards program. She can be reached at (614) 937-2839 or at Jennifer.Varanese@alliant.com.

July 12
Alliant Acquires Boynton & Boynton, Growing Northeast Presence

​Alliant expands Northeast footprint, acquiring one of the region’s largest private insurance agencies

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services continues to expand its footprint within the Northeast Region, acquiring Fair Haven, New Jersey-based Boynton & Boynton Insurance Professionals. As one of the region’s largest private insurance agencies, Boynton & Boynton adds a vast arsenal of personal and commercial insurance solutions to the company’s growing Alliant Americas division.

“Boynton & Boynton will provide a solid foundation of strength for our growing Northeast client base,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “The company’s long history of personal service and diverse offerings will further enhance our service platform and set the stage for continued growth throughout the region.”

Founded in 1929, Boynton & Boynton provides a full spectrum of commercial and personal insurance solutions to clients in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. With more than 80 professionals and a client base spanning a broad range of industries, Boynton & Boynton is highly regarded throughout the region for a potent mix of personal service and regional knowledge. The company’s extensive offerings include personal insurance, commercial insurance, professional liability, and employee benefits.

Boynton & Boynton will operate as part of Alliant Americas, which provides the middle market with regionally focused insurance products and services through a dedicated platform. The continued expansion of the division has provided Alliant with the flexibility to partner with regional insurance agencies spanning a breadth of sizes and specialties, united by a shared commitment to service and entrepreneurialism.

“For nearly 90 years, we have held fast to our commitment of offering our clients a truly global perspective that addresses the entirety of their risk management and employee benefits needs,” said Jay Lynch, President of Boynton & Boynton. “Joining forces with Alliant will provide access to valuable resources that enable us to build upon this commitment and expand our impact through new ideas and solutions.”

Lynch, along with the entire Boynton & Boynton management team and staff, will join Alliant and continue to service clients from its offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

July 05
​Alliant Taps Martin Hill as Employee Benefits Sees Growth in the East

New Vice President will deploy diverse arsenal of skills and experience amid continued regional growth

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has secured the broad skillset of Martin Hill as it continues to expand the presence of its Employee Benefits Group throughout the Eastern United States. As Vice President, the Pennsylvania-based Hill will leverage his multifaceted background in strategic planning, relationship management, financial analysis, underwriting, and marketing to deploy targeted employee benefits solutions to a growing portfolio of regional clients.

“Martin is a multidimensional player with a proven track record of creating accelerated and sustainable growth,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Over more than 20 years in the business, he has gained a solid understanding of the shifting benefits needs of businesses throughout the region and will deliver high-performance solutions that stand the test of time.”

Hill joins Alliant with a proven track record for delivering multifaceted solutions that drive revenue growth, increase market penetration, and cultivate strong client relationships. Prior to joining Alliant, Hill was AVP/Consultant with the Employee Benefits division of a Pennsylvania-based insurance brokerage firm, where he played an active role in growing the firm’s presence throughout the state. He also has experience as Vice President, Employee Benefits with one of the nation’s largest insurance brokerage firms, in addition to various positions on the carrier side of the business.

Hill holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a Global Benefits Management Certification from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. He can be reached at (610) 635-3314 or at Martin.Hill@alliant.com.

June 29
A​rrival of Kevin Kenny Signals Eastern Expansion for Alliant Americas

New Executive Vice President and Managing Director brings longstanding reputation for growth-oriented solutions and partnerships

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has added one of the East’s foremost growth experts to its Alliant Americas division with the addition of Kevin T. Kenny. Highly regarded for his ability to build innovative, growth-driven insurance platforms, the New York-based Executive Vice President and Managing Director will play an integral role in expanding the middle market division’s reach throughout the Eastern United States.

“Kevin is known throughout the East for his ability to facilitate exceptional growth through talent acquisition, new partnerships, and strategic acquisitions,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “As Alliant Americas continues to expand its geographical footprint and diversify its offerings, Kevin will be a tremendous asset to our growth.”

Kenny joins Alliant with more than 30 years of experience in insurance brokerage and consulting. His expertise spans a breadth of solutions, including property and casualty insurance, risk management, international business, and employee benefits.

Prior to joining Alliant, Kenny was Head of Insurance Brokerage and Consulting with a national financial services and insurance brokerage firm. There, he led a $750 million brokerage business comprised of more than 4,500 team members, fostering significant growth through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Kenny also has prior experience as President of a New Jersey-based insurance brokerage firm overseeing brokerage, MGA, and sales and marketing services to a diverse portfolio of clients.

Kenny holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and completed an executive leadership program in corporate finance and business strategy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He also holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) designation. Kenny can be reached in the New York office of Alliant at (212) 603-0233 or at Kevin.Kenny@alliant.com.

June 27
​Community Association Underwriters of America Expands Coverage, Products with Munich Re, US Partnership

Longtime community association insurance specialist will offer coverage enhancements and two new products

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Community Association Underwriters of America (CAU), a managing general agency and division of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services, has formed a new partnership with Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (Munich Re, US) through its Specialty Markets Division. In July, Munich Re, US-affiliated carriers will insure CAU’s existing business and offer the national client base of the longtime community association insurance specialist several coverage enhancements and new general liability and coastal products.

“America’s community associations and the retail brokerage community have relied on CAU to provide high-value coverage options and industry-focused service for nearly three decades,” said CAU President Lori Long. “Joining forces with Munich Re, US enables us to offer an even higher level of strength and sophistication for this growing market.


The policy enhancements to the current portfolio of risks build upon CAU’s longstanding reputation for offering some of the most customized insurance solutions available to America’s community associations and include:

  • Expanded coverage definitions for various buildings, structures, and personal property
  • Increased coverage limits across multiple exposures, including natural outdoor property, demolition costs, increased cost of construction, debris removal, and property removal
  • Simplified valuations for streamlined servicing
  • Additional computer virus coverage
  • Optional deductible credit endorsement and deductible allowance endorsement for cost savings in the event of certain losses

In addition, CAU is unveiling two new products: Liability Plus, a broad-based liability policy custom-designed for community associations, and Coastal Advantage, a package policy built to protect community associations with coastal exposures. This expands CAU’s geographical footprint and bolsters its already strong cadre of coverage options.

Policies will be issued using A+ A.M. Best-rated primary insurance companies affiliated with Munich Re, US.

Acquired by Alliant in 2015, CAU is the nation’s largest community association insurance and risk management specialist, serving thousands of residential and corporate associations nationwide.

About Community Association Underwriters of America
Community Association Underwriters of America (CAU) is a managing general agency and national leader in community association insurance and risk management. Founded in 1989, CAU services community associations, residential and office condominiums, cooperative apartments, and homeowners associations. CAU is based in Newtown, PA and offers property, casualty, fidelity, D&O, general liability, and ancillary products to a nationwide client base.

June 22
​Reshma Dalia Tapped for Alliant’s Specialty Group

Alliant Insurance Services names Chief Financial Officer, Alliant Specialty Group

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has announced the promotion of Reshma Dalia to Chief Financial Officer, Alliant Specialty Group. In this role, Dalia will work with the management team on operational, financial, and strategic growth initiatives for Alliant Specialty Group. The recently formed Alliant Specialty Group includes nine industry verticals: Public Entity, Real Estate, Aviation, Financial Services, Energy and Marine, Healthcare, Agriculture, Construction, and Environmental.‎

“Reshma served as an integral member of the Construction Services Group’s Leadership Committee and has been an important factor in our growth over the past five years,” said Peter Arkley, President, Alliant Specialty Group. “By utilizing her expertise and know-how within Alliant Specialty Group, we are poised for a very successful future.”

In her previous role as Senior Vice President, Operations and Finance for the Construction Services Group, Dalia’s efforts helped to grow the operation from four offices with 100 employees in 2011 to 25 offices with 475 employees in 2016.

Dalia earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Emory University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In 2012, she was recognized by Business Insurance, a leading national insurance industry publication, as a “Woman to Watch.”

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