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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.

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.

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