Gallagher Broker Brandon Cole Recognized as a 2019 Nonprofit Power Broker
Brandon Cole, National Director, Gallagher
Community Arts Resources (CARS), has a niche business which produces large-scale cultural events, including the 100th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The event required two venues — the Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl — and eight miles of closed streets to accommodate 1,800 different performances and more than 100,000 attendees, said Tamara O’Connor, vice president.
“It was the most complicated event to insure, but Brandon was able to arrange a meeting with the underwriters to explain it, and we were able to insure all parties involved — solving a major dilemma for us,” O’Connor said.
Hollywood Property Owners Alliance also has a fairly unique organization: managing the business improvement district in Hollywood, California, said Lorin Lappin, finance manager.
“We developed a walking tour that had some issues with the carriers, but Brandon took the time to understand what it was all about and was able to get us the insurance program we needed,” Lappin said.
Laura Nelson, CFO of 211 LA County, said that Cole has a broad base of knowledge and she’s confident that he would never give her team an insurance quote on a policy without thoroughly investigating the market.
“Brandon has a very comprehensive understanding of the market — he knows what each entity is looking for, the hot buttons they are sensitive to, how to approach them and how to get the best coverage,” Nelson said.
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