15 People on the Move

AmWINS, NJM Insurance, Baldwin Risk Partners and PerSE all add talent in this week's edition of People on the Move.
By: | March 24, 2019

NJM Insurance Names Malone as CFO

Chris Malone, CFO, NJM Insurance

Following an extensive national search, NJM Insurance Group, a property and casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, has named Chris Malone as chief financial officer. Malone joins NJM with more than 25 years of financial and leadership expertise. In this role, he will oversee the company’s financial and actuarial departments.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to our team,” said Mitch Livingston, NJM president & CEO.

“His background, training and experience in finance, along with his passion for strategic planning and product management, make him a perfect fit at a time when we are expanding both geographically and by product line. Most importantly, we are confident in his ability to begin making important contributions toward our continuing mission of providing value-based insurance solutions to present and future policyholders with the highest levels of service, integrity, and financial stewardship.”

“I can’t imagine a more exciting time to join NJM,” said Malone. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to help lead the expansion of a company with such a rich history and tradition of service. I’m excited to do my part to bring NJM’s unique value proposition to an expanding policyholder base.”

Baldwin Risk Partners Adds Dan Galbraith as Chief Operating Officer

Baldwin Risk Partners (BRP), a Tampa-headquartered insurance distribution and consulting holding company, announced the appointment of Dan Galbraith as chief operating officer.

Galbraith Joing BRP with more than 15 years’ experience in operational and sales across multiple business lines. He comes to BRP from Stericycle, where he served as senior vice president of sales for their North America Compliance Services Businesses; his responsibilities included health care compliance services, environmental waste services and their expert/recall business.

Galbraith started his career at Cintas Corporation, where he held progressing operations and sales leadership roles across their business lines.

“Dan’s experience in building world-class sales organizations will be instrumental as we continue to build a national insurance brokerage and consulting platform,” explains Trevor Baldwin, BRP president.

“At BRP, our growth and success are driven by our Powered by People approach and stakeholder-first mindset. Dan’s enthusiasm for developing leaders and building teams is a natural fit for our culture and growth strategy.”

As COO, Galbraith will be responsible for the operational excellence across BRP. He said, “BRP is at a very exciting time in its history. I feel incredibly honored to join the BRP family and the ranks of such talented colleagues who are fueling the industry innovation with their deep expertise and passion for delivering an exceptional client experience.”

Four Execs Join PERse in Miami

PERSe (Power.Energy.Risk) announced strategic developments with key hires and the opening of a new office in Miami, Fla.

PERse acts as a managing general underwriter specializing in property and casualty insurance products for energy and power production facilities with a specialized focus on renewable energy. The company can be accessed through retail and wholesale brokers in the renewable space, as well as those with traditional energy or property/casualty backgrounds.

PERse is part of the RSG Underwriting Managers group of companies and is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. with offices in New York; Calgary, Canada; London; and now Miami, Fla. The Miami office is primarily responsible for the underwriting of Renewable energy projects in Latin America and will be utilizing PERse’s ROW (Rest of World) Facility in their underwriting offering.

Leading the team in Miami is Marco Broccolo, who joined PERse effective February 1, 2019. Joining Marco is Kent Gallego, underwriter, who has transferred to Miami from Newport Beach.

Broccolo, leading the new Miami office, comes to PERse with 17 years of experience in underwriting, risk assessment, engineering and business development. Most recently, he was property chief underwriter and executive director for property facultative underwriting and portfolio management for Redbridge Reinsurance Managers, as well as an executive manager of a Latin American property binder.

Prior to 2014, Broccolo was with Assicurazioni Generali, serving as the director of their loss prevention department and senior underwriter for Latin America, and then as the director of commercial engineering in the U.S.

Jeff Richards recently joined PERse as a senior underwriter and will underwrite all forms of renewable energy projects. Richards will also lead PERse’s bio-fuels and bio-mass underwriting facility in the U.S. and is looking to expand PERse’s entire bio product offering.

Richards works closely with Adam Goddard, PERse’s underwriter in the London office, and has been working in specialty lines underwriting and loss control management since the 1980s, most recently serving as senior vice president and senior underwriter for GCube Insurance Services.

Gary Fleming has also joined PERse to head up the engineering and loss control division and work in PERse’s technical services division.

Fleming is involved in all renewable energy sources and has a particularly strong background and experience with both battery storage projects and offshore wind energy projects, two growth areas for PERse. Previously, Fleming was a senior account engineer for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty and a founding member of the Allianz Expert Teams for Renewable Power Generation.

James Hayes Joins Guidepost Solutions

Guidepost Solutions, a compliance, investigations, and security consulting firm added James T. Hayes, Jr. to the Guidepost Solutions team as vice president of the Sports & Entertainment practice. Hayes will be responsible for leading the practice and strengthening relationships with existing and past clients including the NFL, NBA, San Francisco 49ers, Notre Dame, Atlanta Braves, Dallas Cowboys, University of Phoenix Stadium, the NCAA and others.

“Jim is a valuable addition to the Guidepost Solutions team. His background and experience with complex security operations and federal law enforcement significantly bolsters our Sports & Entertainment practice,” said CEO of Guidepost Solutions, Julie Myers Wood.

Hayes’ background is in law enforcement and executive management. He previously served as the special agent in charge for U.S. immigration and customs enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York office, where he was responsible for the management of HSI’s largest investigative field office. There, he led numerous high-profile criminal investigations resulting in the prosecution of sensitive, complex criminal investigations targeting terrorism, money laundering, racketeering, child exploitation, narcotics trafficking, human smuggling and trafficking, and intellectual property violations.

He also led Homeland Security’s efforts to work with sports leagues, franchises and entertainment companies to safeguard their intellectual property rights, protect their brands and enhance security management.

Most recently, he was responsible for the development, implementation and execution of financial crimes compliance programs at First Data Corporation, including leadership of anti-money laundering investigations programs. Hayes began his career as a United States border patrol in Del Rio, Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Park University.

Frank Mancini Joins Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services

Bruce Cochrane, CEO of Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services, LLC announced today that Francis A. Mancini, Esq., former president and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA), has partnered with Renaissance Alliance, working on new business development and promoting the Renaissance Alliance brand in New England and nationally.

Of the partnership, Cochrane stated, “We are beyond excited that Frank Mancini will be working with the Renaissance Alliance team. As a longtime, respected leader of MAIA, Frank brings a lifetime of experience in the independent insurance agent community to bolster our growth plans.”

Cochrane added Mancini’s  knowledge of the insurance agency landscape across the country, particularly in New England, will bring valuable expertise to the Renaissance Alliance team.

“Frank’s reputation as a proven, dependable industry leader will add to the value we provide to our current and prospective member agencies, as well as to our insurance company partners.”

In June 2018, Long Arc Capital, LP made a substantial investment in Renaissance Alliance to enable growth both within the organization’s current New England footprint and to build the Alliance into a national platform. Mancini will work with Renaissance Alliance leadership and business development teams to identify agencies fitting the membership profile and introduce these agencies to the Renaissance Alliance family.

Mancini will also assist Renaissance Alliance as it expands to new territories, tapping into his background as an Independent Insurance Agent association executive.

AmWINS Adds Talent in Illinois, Utah and Elsewhere

AmWINS Specialty Logistics Underwriters (ASLU), a managing general agency specializing in the logistics and cargo industry, reported that Herman Cruz joined the company as a senior vice president.

In addition to his role as an underwriter, Cruz will serve as head of retailer relationships, in which role he will develop and cultivate relationships with retailers of all sizes across the United States. He is located in Chicago.

Andrea Dickinson, Tennessee co-branch leader, AmWINS

Cruz brings more than 30 years of industry experience and expertise in ocean marine, inland marine and overall transportation-associated risks. Prior to joining ASLU, he served as the Midwest region head of marine for Allianz and senior vice president/marine hub leader for Marsh & McLennan Companies.

AmWINS Access, a nationwide binding platform for small property and casualty business that targets accounts less than $10,000 in premium, announced it has also added three execs to its personal lines team and one additional to its commercial P&C binding team.

Scott Sauter joins AmWINS Access from Canopius, where he most recently managed a portfolio of personal lines programs. Sauter has 14 years of E&S personal lines experience with both MGAs and carriers, including Burns & Wilcox, All Risks, AIG and QBE. He is based out of the AmWINS Access office in Downers Grove, IL.

Debbie Anderson has more than 28 years of experience in the insurance industry. She began her career with Great American Insurance in 1991 before moving to Colonial General as a personal lines underwriter and marketing representative. Anderson is located in Salt Lake City, UT.

Jeremy Bright joins AmWINS Access from Johnson & Johnson Insurance, Inc., where he specialized in providing insurance solutions for high net worth clients. Bright, who has more than eight years of E&S and admitted personal lines experience, is based in Athens, GA.

Mike Ramirez joins AmWINS Access from RMS Hospitality Group. Ramirez began his insurance career at CRC and previously worked on a brokerage team at AmWINS and held underwriting positions at Colony, Endurance, and IIC. He is located in Camp Hill, PA.

Finally, AmWINS Brokerage announced two new moves as well:

Josh Ammons has succeeded Doug Sanders as branch leader of AmWINS Brokerage of the Carolinas in Charlotte, N.C. Sanders led the Charlotte office for 14 years and will continue to be an important figure in both the office and AmWINS as a whole.

 Andrea Dickinson has succeeded Bill Markin as co-branch leader of AmWINS Brokerage of Tennessee. As a Casualty broker focused on Transportation, Andrea has been an integral part of AmWINS for over 14 years. She will now lead the Franklin, TN branch alongside Sandy Foster.

The R&I Editorial Team can be reached at [email protected].

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