8 People on the Move

MTI America appoints a chief strategy officer, Risk Strategies promotes two employees to executive vice presidents; all of this and more in this edition of People on the Move.
By: | February 4, 2020

Acentria Insurance Announces Executive Promotions and a New Chairman of the Board

Kevin Mason, co-founder and chief executive officer, Acentria

Mary Lawless, president, Acentria

Kendall McEachern, co-founder & chairman of the board, Acentria

Acentria Insurance, an independent insurer serving the southeastern United States, has announced executive leadership promotions.

Effective immediately, Kendall McEachern, co-founder of Acentria Insurance, will serve as chairman of the Board of Directors.

McEachern co-founded Acentria Insurance in 2010 and has over 35 years of experience in insurance.

What started with 25 team members has grown into an expansive agency with 600 employees. As chairman, McEachern be involved with Acentria’s further growth and expansion by overseeing mergers and acquisitions.

Kevin Mason, co-founder of Acentria Insurance, will serve as chief executive officer.

Previously serving as president, Mason has 30 years of industry experience. As a nationally recognized top producer and agent, Mason is committed to continuing the level of customer service for the agency’s clients along with fostering the positive corporate culture for its team members that has allowed Acentria to be named as an Employer of Choice and Top Insurance Workplace.

Mary Lawless has been promoted to president, while continuing to serve in her existing role as chief operations officer.

She has held multiple senior management positions. In her new role, she will further insurance solutions to help strengthen market presence and customer relationships. Lawless also has over three decades of experience.

“Both Kevin and Mary have played an integral role in Acentria’s success,” said McEachern, chairman for Acentria Insurance.

“These promotions are not only well-deserved, but they represent a further evolution of our management structure by promoting from within, all while offering our team members and industry leaders an opportunity to further their personal and professional development.”

Graham Company Names Mike McIntire Chief Technology Officer

Graham Company,  the insurance and employee benefits broker, named Mike McIntire as the company’s chief technology officer.

The hire aligns with the company’s recent initiatives to emphasize its commitment to innovation.

McIntire will lead the development of new strategies and support continued growth.

Most recently, McIntire served as as director of CIO Advisory at MorganFranklin consulting.

“With the insurance industry at a crossroads in its pursuit of technological advancements, Graham Company has a unique opportunity to pioneer the brokerage community into new and promising territory,” said McIntire.

“Through our shared passion for advancement, the potential is limitless for what we can accomplish together.”

MTI America Appoints Matthew Landon as Chief Strategy Officer

Matthew Landon, chief strategy officer, MTI America

MTI America, a deliverer of post-injury and return to work medical services, has appointed Matthew Landon as chief strategy officer.

Landon will advise the president and chief executive officer in developing market strategy and managing corporate operation.

“We are delighted Matthew has joined the MTI executive team. Our employees are our most valued asset. I’m confident that Matthew’s superb leadership skills combined with his extensive workers’ compensation/insurance industry background will allow us to further improve our level of service to the injured workers we serve, while adeptly handling the growing needs of our clients,” said Janet Kus, president.

Landon has 20 years of experience in the workers’ compensation industry delivering cost-containment solutions. He most recently served as senior director of product and portfolio of the medical claims management division at Bunch & Associates.

“MTI’s concierge approach to delivering ancillary medical services is unique in our industry … and their investments in their technology and their employees show they are true to their mission and set them apart as people who care,” Landon commented.

Risk Strategies’ Tracy Hoffman and Matt Smith to Both Serve as EVP’s

Risk Strategies, an insurance brokerage and risk management firm, announced that Tracy Hoffman and Matthew Smith have been promoted to executive vice presidents of its National Health Care Practice.

“Tracy and Matt have been incredible assets to Risk Strategies for years,” said Bob Dubraski, chief growth officer and National Health Care Practice leader.

“In moving them into these pivotal roles, we’re confident that they will leverage their combined experience into new and exciting growth opportunities for Risk Strategies and our health care practice.”

Hoffman will work with managing director Riggs Stephenson to further the company’s market position and create innovative strategies. She has over 25 years of industry experience.

“I’ve been privileged to be a part of Risk Strategies’ ongoing growth and success,” said Hoffman. “The depth and breadth of our team is exceptional, and I am excited to support them with innovative new solutions and strategies for our health care clients.”

Smith will work closely with Tony Plampton, also a managing director, to grow the company’s life, accident and health reinsurance business.

Smith has been working in the insurance and reinsurance industry for more than 20 years, focusing in the disability, accident and health markets as well as life insurance.

“I look forward to continuing to work with our reinsurance team and in this new role, build upon the impressive foundation that has been established by the team over many years,” said Smith.

Newfront Insurance Welcomes a New Chief Sales Officer

Garth Hamilton, chief sales officer, Newfront Insurance

Garth Hamilton has joined Newfront Insurance as its newest chief sales officer. He will develop client solutions and help further the company’s growth.

Hamilton joins from HUB, where he served as chief sales officer and property/casualty market leader. At HUB, he furthered major growth in the Pacific Northwest region.

“Newfront is creating an industry-leading program for maximizing broker performance,” said Hamilton.

“People want to work here because they know they can win.”

“We were struck by Garth’s track record, leadership, and vision. Having been a producer himself, he knows how to build a book of business and what it means to take care of clients,” said Spike Lipkin, chief executive officer and co-founder at Newfront.

“Garth will play an essential role in solidifying Newfront as the best place for producers to grow and provide outstanding service to clients through our innovative service model.”

As a former insurance producer and agency principal with expertise in wholesale real estate, Hamilton‘s experience will be a key factor in his success. &

Emily Spennato is a former staff writer with Risk & Insurance.

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