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Sean Connors Joins Lockton in Benefits Capacity
Sean Connors, a human resources specialist, joined Lockton’s Chicago office, the company announced.
“I partner with clients to first understand their business and then develop employee benefits solutions that help them meet their human capital goals while balancing costs,” Connors said. “Every business faces unique challenges related to their benefits programs. My background consulting with clients on human resource issues allows me to tailor programs that address these challenges and increase employee engagement.”
Prior to joining Lockton, Connors spent time at USI Insurance Services and Group Services. In these roles, he partnered with his clients to design employee benefits strategies that helped them achieve their business objectives.
“Sean brings more than 20 years of insurance experience which includes owning his own agency,” said Tom Schaffler, chief executive officer of Lockton’s Midwest operation, which includes Chicago. “Our clients will benefit from Sean’s in-depth knowledge of the industry and his benefits consulting background. He will partner with businesses to design employee benefits programs that address their unique needs.”
RT Specialty Adds Account Manager
Daniel Wilhelm has been named an account manager in RT Specialty’s National Environmental and Construction Professional Liability Practice. He is responsible for supporting new business and marketing efforts as well as coordinating the renewal process for clients from solicitation to quoting and binding.
“Daniel’s diversified risk management background aligns perfectly with our products and services,” says John Heft, MS, CRIS, Senior Vice President – National Environmental and Construction Professional Liability Practice. “This includes a decade spent servicing wide-ranging commercial property accounts across multiple industries. Our expertise lies in the unrivaled understanding of the numerous coverage options available within the environmental risk management and environmental casualty marketplace. The experience and dedication of professionals like Daniel is fundamental to helping agents and brokers nationwide emerge from this complex arena with the optimal solutions for their commercial customers.”
Wilhelm previously held managerial positions within the insurance, investment and banking industries. In addition to working with JPMorgan Chase, he served as a commercial lines account manager with the Anderson Insurance Agency, direct manager for State Farm Insurance and district team leader and financial advisor for the McAdam Financial Group.
A resident of Medford, N.J., Wilhelm holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Caldwell University as well as Certified Insurance Services Representative (CISR) and Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) designations.
Limelight Health Picks up Peter Espinosa
Limelight Health, a provider of cloud-based enterprise software solutions for the employee benefits industry, today announced a new addition to the company. Peter Espinosa joins Limelight Health as Vice President of Enterprise Sales and Alliances.
“There are a lot of places and other companies where Pete could be spending his time,” said Jason T. Andrew, CEO & Co-Founder of Limelight Health. “We are absolutely thrilled that he would choose to dedicate his time, energy, and successful track record helping Limelight continue to scale. Pete’s experience will be instrumental as we continue to help shape digital transformation for the employee benefits carrier market.”
Espinosa brings more than 30 years of experience leading enterprise global sales initiatives at IBM, Vignette, Retek, Guidewire Software and CSC (DXC), creating high-performance teams that achieved outstanding sales results and strong growth. In his new role, he will be responsible for running all enterprise sales and alliance relationships. This experience with a variety of industry and application solutions, as well as with companies of various sizes, positions Espinosa to deliver the leadership needed to achieve marketplace success for Limelight Health.
“I love the Limelight Health team,” said Espinosa. “I am impressed by the quality of their solution, the space they are in, and the early momentum they have achieved. I feel honored to be on board and look forward to jumping in and contributing.”
Espinosa holds a B.A. in Speech Communications and Political Science from Luther College and has enjoyed several courses from the Harvard Business School and Corporate Executive Board. Pete and his wife and family live in Edina, MN and are the Founders and Owners of award-winning Pulpit Rock Brewing in Decorah, IA.
Dean Hildebrandt Joins Assurex Global as EVP
Assurex Global announced that Dean Hildebrandt will be joining its management team as an executive vice president on March 12, 2019. Dean will have an instrumental role in the future of Assurex Global and strengthening the 107-firm Partnership as the organization embarks upon key initiatives from its recent strategic planning process.
Dean is currently president and CEO of Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting (ABRC), a subsidiary of Associated Banc-Corp, and will remain in his current position through February 2019. He has led ABRC to No. 46 on the Business Insurance 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business (July 2018). Dean has a breadth of experience across the independent agent and broker industry. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and an MBA (Finance) and Doctor of Education (Organization Development) from the University of St. Thomas.
“Dean Hildebrandt brings significant experience to our management team and to the future of our 65 year-old Partnership, comprised of the best and most recognized independently owned agents and brokers across the industry,” Assurex Global Chairman Andy Sloan said.
Mike Levins will Head US Broker Relations for Hiscox
Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, today announced the appointment of Mike Levins as Head of US Broker Relations. With more than 25 years of experience across the insurance industry, Levins, who joined Hiscox in 2013, will play a key role in implementing national broker strategies. He will be based in Chicago and will report to Bob Gadaleta, Hiscox USA’s Head of Field.
“Mike’s extensive experience in underwriting, business development, sales and production will be instrumental to our continued success in growing our capabilities and offerings,” said Gadaleta. “Mike is a well-respected leader who will continue to grow our relationships with brokers throughout the US.”
In his new role, Levins will be responsible for developing, managing and coordinating relationships with national brokers, and he will work with the regional business leaders and underwriters to develop local and regional broker relationships and strategies. He also will oversee all national broker and marketing events.
Prior to his appointment, Levins was Senior Vice President and Midwest Regional Executive for Hiscox USA. Previously, he served as Vice President of Sales for CNA Insurance. Levins received a Bachelor of Science in marketing and finance from Marquette University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Benedictine University.