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October 20
​Alex Littlejohn Named a Business Insurance 2021 Woman to Watch

Alliant Specialty executive recognized for significant achievements in insurance brokerage

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alex Littlejohn, Managing Director, Alliant Specialty Broking, has been named a 2021 Woman to Watch by Business Insurance. An established insurance professional, Littlejohn was honored for her ability to provide complex risk solutions and strategize on large-scale insurance placements, in addition to her devotion to the industry and its need for advancement of women.

“Alex’s talent and leadership truly sets her apart from her peers,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Her ability to solve complex risks, coupled with her exceptional leadership and vision, sets an inspiring example of success at Alliant and in the greater insurance industry.”

Business Insurance started the program in 2006 to recognize women leaders doing outstanding work in risk management and commercial insurance. Business Insurance readers nominated candidates for Women to Watch, and a panel of Business Insurance editors selected the honorees based on those nominations. Nominations are evaluated on four criteria: recent professional accomplishments, expertise, leadership and future career prospects. Littlejohn was selected as one of 30 honorees.

A true trailblazer, Littlejohn’s impressive career paved the way for many women in the industry. Littlejohn was named a Managing Director at a global brokerage at the young age of 33. In the mid 90s she became the first woman to lead a region for property broking. Afterwards, she was promoted to lead the continental European market for property and excess markets in Switzerland. Additionally, Littlejohn was the first female member of the Global Broking executive committee.

In her current role, Littlejohn works with Alliant Specialty leadership and clients to solve complex client problems, strategize on large-scale insurance placements, sales and trading partner utilization and brokers multi-faceted placements.

October 13
​San Diego’s John Hill Joins Alliant

Longtime property and casualty insurance veteran to serve diverse client base in Southern California

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — ​San Diego’s John Hill Joins AlliantAlliant continues to add top talent to its growing team in Southern California, hiring John Hill as Senior Vice President. Based in San Diego, CA, Hill will design and deploy a range of property and casualty insurance solutions for a diverse base of clients throughout the region.

“John is highly skilled at designing tailored solutions that deliver results, reduce costs, and provide long-term protection for his clients,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “His extensive experience in the insurance industry further strengthens our Alliant team and enhances the exceptional service we offer our clients.”

Hill is an industry veteran with 30 years of experience designing tailored insurance solutions for clients across a range of industries and sizes. He is highly regarded for his ability to facilitate the transfer of risk, deliver strategic solutions that meet his clients’ needs, and reduce costs while enhancing programs.

Prior to joining Alliant, Hill was a Commercial Insurance Broker with a national insurance brokerage firm offering insurance, risk management, and employee benefits solutions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University.

Hill can be reached at (619) 742-3771 or at

October 11
​Alliant Launches New Diversity Initiative Focused on Black Insurance Professionals

Partnership joins Alliant with Southern University and A&M College and the Louisiana Department of Insurance

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has launched a bold diversity initiative focused on accelerating the growth of Black professionals in the insurance industry. Alliant, in collaboration with Southern University and A&M College and the Louisiana Department of Insurance, will launch the Marino Casem Scholarship Fund, develop a first-of-its-kind degree program, and provide a robust internship program.

“In service of building a more diverse, more dynamic insurance industry, we are dedicated to providing crucial resources and opportunities for up-and-coming professionals of color,” said Lilian Vanvieldt, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer with Alliant. “This effort represents the future of our industry.”

The initiative will take a broad-based approach to galvanize a more diverse workforce in the insurance industry through the following goals:

  • The establishment of the Marino Casem Scholarship Fund with the Southern University Foundation in honor of the late Marino Casem, “The Godfather” of Black college football and member of the College Football Hall of Fame as an Athletic Director. The formal launch of the Fund will be held at Southern University at the Valdry Center for Philanthropy, 598 Harding Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA on Friday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m.
  • A Risk Management and Insurance degree program at Southern University, which will build upon the Louisiana Department of Insurance’s Risk Management and Insurance concentration program in SU’s College of Business. This will be the first such program at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
  • A robust internship program, where Alliant will provide an in-depth career experience over three summers and pay a starting wage of $20 per hour and $2,000 per month for room and board. 

Additional information on the initiative is available by contacting Mike Tucker at (225) 349-7015 or at

October 05
Veteran Tax Lawyer Joins Alliant Insurance Services

Harry Ballan named Senior Transaction Risk Consultant

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has announced that veteran tax lawyer Harry Ballan, former Partner at Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP, has joined the company as Senior Transaction Risk Consultant, Mergers & Acquisitions. Ballan will specialize in providing transactional risk solutions to private equity firms, corporate clients and alternative asset investors, and will help clients around the globe insure their most challenging transactional risks.

“We are thrilled to welcome Harry to Alliant,” said Dan Schoenberg, Executive Vice President, Alliant Mergers & Acquisitions. “Harry is among the world’s most respected tax lawyers. We could not be more pleased that he has chosen to join us to share his unique insights and specialized expertise. His impressive global experience in mergers and acquisitions, asset management, tax controversy and international legal issues will greatly enhance our market-leading position in transactional insurance and tax controversy insurance offerings.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Ballan served as a tax partner and senior counsel at Davis Polk where he advised clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, private fund formation and transactions and tax controversy. In addition, he has been an acclaimed professor in NYU’s prestigious LL.M. program, a successful law school dean, and senior director of a private foundation. He has also served on numerous corporate boards.

Ballan earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University and a law degree from Columbia Law School.

Based in New York, Ballan can be reached at (646) 530-2875 or

September 27
Brian Shaw Joins Alliant in Atlanta

​Seasoned benefits consultant joins Alliant’s growing Absence, Disability, and Life team

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to add top talent to its Absence, Disability, and Life team, hiring Brian Shaw as First Vice President. The Atlanta-based benefits consultant joins Alliant’s Employee Benefits Group​ and will serve a diverse base of clients throughout the Southeast region. 

“Brian brings a potent combination of analytics and problem solving to deliver innovative solutions to his clients that improve operations and strengthen the bottom line,” said Kevin Overbey, President, Alliant Employee Benefits. “His breadth of expertise and extensive experience within the Southeast region will add additional strength to our growing Absence, Disability, and Life team.”

Shaw has extensive experience designing and enhancing the efficiency of life, disability, and absence management programs for large employers. He is highly regarded for his analytical skills and ability to solve complex problems. Shaw is an industry veteran with a background in underwriting and experience in finance, risk management, customer relationship management, and training and mentoring.

Previously, Shaw was Director-Absence, Disability Management and Life with a global financial services advisory firm and broker. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and business administration from The University of Georgia and a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University-Goizueta Business School.

Shaw can be reached at (470) 630-6020 or at​.​

September 23
Chicagoland Employee Benefits Consultant Matt Malkin Joins Alliant

Malkin joins Alliant with deep expertise in medical insurance, analytics, consulting, and point solutions

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Experienced benefits consultant Matt Malkin has joined Alliant as Senior Vice President, adding his unique skill set to the company’s Employee Benefits Group within its Vertus Benefits Consulting division. Based in the Chicagoland area, Malkin will provide a range of employee benefits solutions that provide long-term sustainability and growth for clients across the region.

“Matt joins our team with extensive expertise within the benefits sector and a diverse background serving a wide array of industries throughout the Midwest region,” said Kevin Overbey, President, Alliant Employee Benefits. “His ability to meld strategic planning with sound, quantifiable results further strengthens our Employee Benefits Group and makes him a valuable asset to the growth of our team.”

Malkin has significant experience creating innovative employee benefits solutions that improve employee well-being and reduce client costs. He is highly regarded for his expertise with group medical insurance, analytics, consulting, and point solutions. He is a leader in the industry and joins Alliant with extensive experience managing teams that serve a wide array of clients of various industries and sizes.

Previously, Malkin was Senior Director with a global broker, advisory, and underwriting firm. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and management information systems from Ohio University and his MBA in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst-Isenberg School of Management.

Malkin will be working with Alliant’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director Mike Malouf in the Midwest region and can be reached at (330) 701-7230 or at

September 22
Houston’s Ivan Soto Joins Alliant

Property and casualty insurance expert to serve growing regional client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA —Alliant continues to expand its reach in Texas, hiring Ivan Soto as Assistant Vice President. Based in Houston, Soto will serve a diverse client base and create tailored insurance solutions that address a breadth of industry risks and exposures.

“Ivan is highly successful in building strong, long-term client relationships and proactively addressing their unique needs across a range of variables,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “His diverse background and broad industry reach will make him a tremendous asset to our team in Texas and the clients we serve across the region.”

Soto is highly regarded for analyzing core business objectives and delivering strategic insurance solutions that drive results for his clients. He has extensive experience providing solutions for clients with complex goals across a range of industries and sizes. Soto joins Alliant with proven expertise in creating risk management and capital efficient insurance programs.

Prior to joining Alliant, Soto was a Property & Casualty Risk Consultant with a national insurance brokerage and consulting firm. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication and media studies from Sam Houston State University.

Soto can be reached at (832) 623-4887 or at

September 22
Taylor Hargrave Joins Alliant, Adding Expertise to Texas Team

​Dallas-based insurance professional to provide property and casualty insurance solutions to diverse client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to add top talent to its team in Texas, hiring Taylor Hargrave as Vice President. Based in Dallas, Hargrave will design and implement innovative property and casualty insurance programs for a diverse regional client base.

“Taylor has extensive experience delivering insurance programs and solutions that are custom designed to address industry-specific risks and exposures,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “He has a deep understanding of the needs of businesses throughout the region and a broad skill set that will serve as an invaluable asset to our client base.”

Hargrave is highly regarded for creating custom insurance solutions for companies across a range of sizes and disciplines. He joins Alliant with a comprehensive background in property and casualty insurance, including executive and professional liability, risk management, claims management, and loss control services.

Prior to joining Alliant, Hargrave was an Advisor with an insurance agency offering property and casualty, employee benefits, personal insurance, and various other solutions. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and attended the New England Conservatory of Music for his graduate studies.
Hargrave can be reached at (214) 998-9882 or at

September 10
​Alliant Retirement Consulting Named to PLANADVISER’s 2021 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers List

Alliant Retirement Consulting makes top retirement consultants list with more than $5 billion in retirement plan assets under advisement

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Retirement Consulting, a division of Alliant Insurance Services, has been named to the PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list for the third consecutive year. The division is recognized as one of the top advisers in the nation with at least $5 billion in retirement plan assets under advisement and 200 or more retirement plans under advisement.

“The Alliant Retirement Consulting team consists of retirement specialists who are veterans in the industry and have extensive experience navigating the continuous pace of change within the investment market,” said Kevin Overbey, President, Alliant Employee Benefits. “It is this powerful combination of unique market expertise and unparalleled service that makes Alliant Retirement Consulting one of the nation’s leading advisers.”

Alliant Retirement Consulting provides strategic advisory services to clients across the nation. It is an independent consultant and retirement plan partner and focuses on helping its clients with complex investment decisions and protecting them against potential risks.

The PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list recognizes quantitative standouts in retirement planning. Honorees are judged according to the number of assets under advisement (AUA), or number of retirement plan clients, as well as the actual dollar value of assets under advisement. PLANADVISER is one of the most trusted sources for information among retirement benefits decision makers throughout the nation.

September 09
​Alliant Continues Support of AGC Education and Research Foundation

The Alliant Build America Scholarship benefits students pursuing construction degrees

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services announces its continued financial support of The AGC Education and Research Foundation. Alliant’s pledge of $100,000 will fund undergraduate and graduate-level scholarships for students enrolled in ABET or ACCE accredited construction management or construction-related engineering programs.

“We are dedicated to inspiring students of all backgrounds to pursue an education in engineering and construction management,” said Michael Cusack, Managing Director and Co-COO, Alliant Specialty. “Alliant’s commitment to the construction industry is unmatched in the broker community, and we are proud to be a catalyst that supports the education of the next generation of leaders in the industry.”

The private, direct scholarship is designed to make a significant difference for students planning a career in the construction industry and can be awarded at any stage of a student’s education journey. Applicants for the scholarship are required to complete an online application and participate in an interview with a local AGC contractor.

Alliant’s industry support also includes involvement in the ACE (Architecture Construction Engineering) Mentor Program, where Michael Cusack is an active board member. The ACE Mentor Program is an award-winning afterschool program designed to introduce high school students to rewarding careers in the architecture, construction and engineering industry, including skilled trades.

About the AGC Education and Research Foundation
The AGC Education and Research Foundation (AGCERF) was founded in 1968 by visionary leaders within the AGC of America whose commitment to education and professionalism inspired them to create a scholarship and scholarly research arm of the association. The Foundation has awarded close to 4,000 scholarships totaling $10 million since 1970.

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