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May 13
Michael Cusack Named EVP, Alliant Specialty

Promotion includes oversight for all specialty verticals

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has announced that Michael Cusack has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Alliant Specialty. In this role, Cusack will be responsible for the operational, financial and strategic growth initiatives for all of Alliant’s 13 specialty groups. Cusack takes over the role from Peter Arkley, who was recently promoted to the newly created position of President of Alliant Retail Property & Casualty.

“Mike’s impressive track record with our construction business and the success he has had as Co-COO of Specialty make him the ideal candidate to take over as head of our Specialty practice,” said Peter Arkley, President, Alliant Retail Property & Casualty. “In addition, Mike’s experience and extensive market relationships will support our teams on strategic new business and existing client engagements.”

Cusack joined Alliant in 2011 from a global insurance brokerage firm where he served as Managing Director and Executive Committee Member. He played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the Alliant Construction business, building what is now the largest construction operation in the country. In 2017, Cusack was promoted to Co-COO of Alliant Specialty, where he oversaw operations for 13 specialty industries.

Cusack holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College. Additionally, he is on the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Preparatory School and the ACE Mentor Program. Cusack can be reached at (617) 535-7272 or mcusack@alliant.com.

May 11
​Missouri’s Hunter Johnson Joins Alliant Insurance Services

Johnson has focused experience in workers’ compensation, alternative risk financing, and complex risk placement

IRVINE, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has hired Hunter Johnson as Vice President, growing its presence in the Midwest region. Based in Springfield, Missouri, Johnson will deploy his broad expertise in workers’ compensation, alternative risk financing, and complex risk placement to design and deploy cutting-edge insurance products and solutions to clients across the region.

“Hunter’s extensive background working with complex risks across a range of industries makes him a valuable addition to our team as we continue to expand our presence in the Midwest,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “He has the distinctive ability to address industry-specific risks and exposures, while delivering a client-first approach to service.”

Johnson is a passionate insurance professional who provides exceptional service and creates tailored insurance solutions that offer comprehensive coverage and long-term protection for his clients. Previously, Johnson was a Commercial Insurance Consultant with a mid-sized insurance brokerage firm offering employee benefits, human resources, workers’ compensation, and property and casualty solutions. He also has extensive experience working on the carrier side of the business.

Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Drury University. He is active in his church and community, serving as a board member of Springfield Little Theatre and as a committee member with the Ozarks Chapter CFMA and Springfield Area Human Resources Association.

Johnson can be reached at (417) 379-4812 or at Hunter.Johnson@alliant.com.

May 09
​Jackie Reinberg Joins Alliant Insurance Services’ Absence, Disability, and Life Team

National benefits consultant brings more than 40 years of experience spanning employee absence, disability, life, and productivity management

IRVINE, CA — Alliant Insurance Services continues to add top talent to its growing Absence, Disability, and Life (ADL) team, hiring Jackie Reinberg as Senior Vice President. The Wayne, Pennsylvania-based benefits consultant will design and deploy tailored solutions that enhance productivity and improve business outcomes for clients across the U.S., further expanding Alliant’s presence in the ADL market.

“As one of the nation’s leading consultants in the ADL space, Jackie brings a nationally recognized brand of expertise that will further strengthen our team,” said Kevin Overbey, President, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Her proven combination of innovation, strategy, and technical prowess combined with her depth of experience working with large employers will provide our clients with a powerful platform for operational excellence and long-term stability.”

Reinberg joins Alliant with more than 40 years of experience providing employers with strategic and technical expertise across the full spectrum of employee absence, disability, life, and productivity management. Her diverse expertise spans the fields of disability and life claims management, product development for integrated products, vocational rehabilitation programs, and catastrophic case management. Reinberg has worked with clients across a breadth of industries, including many Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Alliant, Reinberg was the North American Leader for Absence Management, Disability & Life with a global insurance and consulting firm. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, and political science from Clark University.

Reinberg can be reached at (856) 340-2460 or at Jackie.Reinberg@abcsys.com.

May 04
​Alliant Insurance Services Named One of Insurance Business America’s Fast Brokerages

Awards program showcases the nation’s most successful brokerages based on growth

IRVINE, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has been named one of Insurance Business America’s Fast Brokerages. The inaugural awards program features the nation’s top performing insurance brokerage firms based on growth.

“Alliant is in the midst of an exceptional growth phase driven by industry-leading organic growth, attracting top industry talent, and a select number of strategically key acquisitions,” said Greg Zimmer, President, Alliant. “This has enabled us to build a dynamic culture of collaboration and innovation, while giving us the flexibility to adapt to changing market dynamics.”

Alliant has more than 9,000 employees across the U.S. The company closed 2021 at more than $3 billion in revenue and $26 billion in premium. After closing 15 acquisitions totaling roughly $600 million in revenue in 2021, five new companies have already joined Alliant this year.

Central to Alliant’s continued growth is its focus on service, innovation, and independence.

“Alliant’s success is built on a strong foundation of entrepreneurialism, service, and innovation,” said Zimmer. “We operate with a flat management structure and provide our people with the independence, resources, and relationships necessary to deliver an unparalleled level of service to our clients.”

Insurance Business America selected its 2022 Fast Brokerages honorees based on a range of factors, including revenue growth, headcount growth, and services. The list includes some of America’s most agile and dynamic firms across a range of sizes and markets.

April 25
​Alliant Insurance Services’ Harrison Burka and Taylor Forst Win Business Insurance Break Out Awards

Burka and Forst honored among the insurance industry’s top young professionals

IRVINE, CA — Harrison Burka and Taylor Forst of Alliant Insurance Services have won the prestigious Break Out Award from Business Insurance. The award recognizes up-and-coming insurance professionals who have exemplified outstanding knowledge, client-first service, and leadership.

“Harrison and Taylor have led the way with a combination of entrepreneurial thinking and results-driven solutions,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Alliant is proud to be home to some of the industry’s top young talent, and this recognition reflects our organization’s drive to innovate and lead.”

Burka, who is based in Orange County, California, is responsible for building predictive models and utilizing artificial intelligence to improve performance among various Alliant subsidiaries. He and his team built an algorithm tool for underwriting that led to higher underwriting profitability and increased carrier confidence.

Operating out of Alliant’s Charlotte, North Carolina office, Forst works with complex public entity accounts that include pools, state government, local government, and education. He has particularly focused on catastrophe-driven, complex property programs that necessitate shared and layered solutions from carriers around the globe.

The Break Out Awards by Business Insurance recognize 40 emerging young professionals across the United States. These professionals are the next generation of risk management and commercial insurance leaders. The winners are selected for their knowledge across a range of industries, leadership skills, and ability to provide high-value, original solutions for their clients.

Break Out Award winners will be recognized at events in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York in June and highlighted in Break Out Award winners will be recognized at events in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York in June and highlighted in Business Insurance’s June issue.

April 13
​Alliant Insurance Services Grows Its Pennsylvania Team, Hires Mike Hiller

Longtime P&C expert has broad experience spanning underwriting, brokerage, and senior management

IRVINE, CA — Alliant Insurance Services continues to expand its presence in Pennsylvania, hiring Mike Hiller as Senior Vice President. Hiller joins Alliant with more than 30 years of experience spanning the fields of underwriting, brokerage, and senior management.

“Mike has consistently demonstrated strong leadership and innovative thinking; qualities that will play a critical role in the continued growth of our brokerage team,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “His ability to see all sides of the business and respond with tailored solutions creates a significant competitive advantage for his clients and broker partners.”

In his new role with Alliant, Hiller will deploy his multifaceted background to service a diverse regional client base throughout the United States. Central to his responsibilities will be assuming a leadership role on Alliant’s 123ocp.com platform, a secure online solution that allows brokers across the U.S. to quote and bind a range of contractor-focused insurance policies.

Prior to joining Alliant, Hiller was Senior Managing Director with a global insurance brokerage and consulting firm. He also has experience as a Multi-Line Primary Insurance Underwriter and Direct Facultative Casualty Reinsurance Underwriter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Temple University.

Hiller can be reached at (609) 313-1321 or at Mike.Hiller@alliant.com.

April 12
​Jeremy Mahoney Joins Alliant Insurance Services in Dallas

Longtime consultant brings strategic focus to Alliant’s Employee Benefits Group in Texas amid continued growth

IRVINE, CA — Longtime employee benefits consultant Jeremy Mahoney has joined Alliant Insurance Services as Vice President within its Employee Benefits Group, where he will employ his strategic focus to support the wide-ranging needs of clients and their employees. The Dallas-based Mahoney joins Alliant amid continued growth in Texas and across its national employee benefits platform.

“As our clients’ needs continue to change and evolve, we are dedicated to employing top talent that will go beyond the traditional consulting model and bring a modern, holistic approach to the benefits process,” said Kevin Overbey, President, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Jeremy has the ability to partner with his clients to achieve sound, quantifiable results that add value and promote long-term growth.”

Mahoney is a seasoned veteran in the field of employee benefits, highly regarded for forming partnerships with his clients and responding with customized, strategic solutions that safeguard their workforce and set the stage for long-term financial performance. His high level of engagement and ability to serve as a trusted consultant sets him apart as a top performer in his field.

Prior to joining Alliant, Mahoney was Vice President, Employee Benefits with a national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management advisor. He is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, a former Army Ranger, and a former member of the U.S. Army National Guard.

Mahoney can be reached at (214) 226-6966 or at Jeremy.Mahoney@alliant.com.

April 11
​Art LeGar Joins Alliant Insurance Services’ Employee Benefits Group

Baltimore-based consultant’s arrival strengthens Alliant’s presence in the large employer marketplace

IRVINE, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has hired Art LeGar as Vice President within its Employee Benefits Group, further solidifying its strength in the large employer marketplace. Based in Baltimore, LeGar will focus on assisting employers in the large market across a range of industries and addressing their employee benefits challenges.

“Art excels at navigating large, complex organizations and works closely with his clients to deliver benefits strategies and solutions that allow employers to be flexible and growth-oriented,” said Kevin Overbey, President, Alliant Employee Benefits. “He will also play an important role in Alliant’s continued regional expansion, giving us a greater presence in the Baltimore and greater Maryland/DC markets.”

LeGar joins Alliant with a 25-year track record of success in client service and relationship management and has a diverse background that spans management, human capital consulting, technology, outsourcing, and sales management. He is highly regarded for being a strong leader with a history and reputation for delivering consistent performance in growing businesses and meeting key financial milestones, client satisfaction, and establishing a strong market presence.

Prior to joining Alliant, LeGar was a Senior Director who managed key client relationships with a global insurance brokerage and consulting firm. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Susquehanna University.

LeGar can be reached at (410) 707-7879 or at Art.LeGar@alliant.com.

April 07
​Alliant Retirement Consulting Named Top DC Advisor for Multi-Office Firms for the Second Consecutive Year

Alliant Retirement Consulting joins the National Association of Plan Advisors’ list of top DC advisors, exceeding $15 billion in assets under advisement in 2021

IRVINE, CA — The National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) has named Alliant Retirement Consulting a Top DC Advisor for Multi-Office Firms. Alliant Retirement Consulting, a division of Alliant Insurance Services, finished 2021 with more than $15 billion in assets under advisement, earning a position among the top deferred contribution (DC) advisors in the nation for the second consecutive year.

“Our Alliant Retirement Consulting team continues to exceed expectations in the DC space with exceptional service, advice, and retirement solutions for a national base of clients,” said Kevin Overbey, President, Alliant Employee Benefits. “The team provides the utmost care and consistency when advising on its clients’ assets in a fast-evolving market climate.”

Alliant Retirement Consulting delivers customized retirement plans and consulting through a full-service team and tailored service model. It has a broad range of clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. The division is listed as a top-rated team according to FT 401 (Financial Times) and Plan Sponsor publications. Alliant Retirement Consulting helps clients prepare for retirement by creating and building wealth and providing protection against a range of risks.

NAPA presents the Top DC Advisor for Multi-Office Firms award to firms that provide exceptional retirement planning advice and help their clients build more financially secure retirements. Alliant Retirement Consulting was recognized among teams with at least $1 billion in assets under advisement and more than one office or physical location.

March 31
​Alliant Insurance Services Raises More than $210,000 to Support Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine

Employees come together to support Ukrainian citizens and refugees in crisis

IRVINE, CA — Alliant Insurance Services and its employees across the U.S. joined forces to raise more than $210,000 to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. This fundraising effort was a direct response to the current crisis occurring in Ukraine, and donations will be used to provide life-giving necessities like food, water, shelter, and first aid to support Ukrainian citizens and refugees.

“I’m proud of our employees, who have risen up in such a short amount of time to support our Ukrainian friends in a time of crisis,” said Diana Kiehl, Chief Administrative Officer of Alliant and head of the company’s philanthropy program. “Alliant is committed to helping those in need across the globe, and our employees exemplified their spirit of generosity and made a significant impact with their donation efforts.”

In response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, Alliant partnered with the American Red Cross and UNICEF to solicit donations. Employees responded, raising more than $110,000 with Alliant stepping in on a $100,000 match. The match program also covered additional organizations providing humanitarian support and vital resources to Ukraine.

Alliant supports the efforts of employees through corporate giving and matching gift programs across a wide range of causes. Alliant also encourages employees to engage in community volunteer work through mentoring, leading, serving, and lending a hand to local and global communities as a part of its national #Alliant4Others philanthropy initiative.

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