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March 15
​Minnesota’s Kenneth Cooksey Joins Alliant

Midwest insurance veteran brings creative approach and broad industry reach to growing Alliant Americas division

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Minnesota’s Kenneth Cooksey is bringing his creative risk solutions, broad industry reach, and deep Midwest insurance roots to Alliant. As First Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas division, Cooksey will design and deploy a range of risk management and property and casualty insurance solutions to clients in the Minneapolis market, and throughout the region.

“As we continue to grow our presence in the Midwest, Alliant Americas is focused on bringing on forward-thinking insurance professionals who can navigate the ever-changing risk climate facing America’s businesses,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “Ken is known throughout the region for his innovation, service, and tenacity in handling even the most complex of risks.”

Cooksey joins Alliant with experience servicing clients from a broad range of industries, including energy, entertainment, building materials, construction, manufacturing, distribution, and many more. Throughout his career, he has gained high accolades for his ability to insure large and complex risks through a range of creative solutions, such as large deductible plans, captives, and risk retention groups.

Prior to joining Alliant, Cooksey was Senior Vice President with a national insurance brokerage servicing a large and diverse portfolio of clients. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and holds Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations. Cooksey has also written and published various thought leadership articles in noted industry trade publications.

Cooksey will be housed in Alliant’s St. Louis Park, Minnesota office, where can be reached at (952) 697-3583 or at Ken.Cooksey@alliant.com.

March 13
​Alliant Acquires Burkhardt Consulting, LLC

Inland Northwest acquisition brings highly regarded North Idaho benefit management consultant onto the Alliant platform

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — The Inland Northwest continues to serve as fertile ground for expansion for Alliant, with the company acquiring Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s Burkhardt Consulting, LLC. One of the region’s preeminent employee benefit management consulting firms, Burkhardt Consulting brings a proven track record in cost management, plan administration, and strategic consulting to Alliant’s growing Employee Benefits Group.

“The Northwest, with its expanding economy, diverse business landscape, and vast pool of talent continues to serve as a cornerstone of our acquisition strategy,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Scott Burkhardt has been a fixture in the region and excels at providing businesses with a truly unsurpassed level of expertise and service.”

Founded in 2003, Burkhardt Consulting provides a full range of employee benefit consulting services. The company is focused on helping employers creatively manage their programs and costs through a high level of service and day-to-day plan administration.

“Since our inception, the fundamental promise of Burkhardt Consulting has been to take special care of our clients with a level of dedication and service that cannot be replicated,” said Scott Burkhardt, owner of Burkhardt Consulting. “Joining Alliant places us on a team with likeminded professionals and provides a range of tools and resources that will enable us to take this commitment even further.”

Burkhardt joins Alliant, with the firm continuing to service clients from its Coeur d’Alene office. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

March 09
​Alliant Build America Award Recipients Announced

Prestigious award recognizes the best construction projects of 2016

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) announced the winners of the 2017 Alliant Build America Awards.

The Alliant Build America Awards highlight the nation’s most significant construction projects. A panel of judges representing all areas of construction evaluates an impressive number of submissions every year, assessing each project’s complexity, use of innovative construction techniques, and client satisfaction, among other criteria. The awards, which were announced during the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.

“The Build America Award recipients inspire and propel the construction industry; building exceptional projects, shaping America’s future, and creating opportunity within our communities,” said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Insurance Services. “We congratulate this year’s recipients – including Alliant clients Skanska and dck worldwide – as well as all of the other nominees for their commitment to excellence.”

“These awards highlight the most challenging projects that construction firms are building today,” said Mark Knight, the association’s President and President of Knight Construction Services LLC in Aberdeen, SD. "Moreover, the awards showcase how construction firms are using skill, technology, and collaboration to successfully build some of the most complicated and complex projects."

Skanska USA Building, Inc. was awarded for the Boston University Law School Addition & Tower Renovation in the Building Renovation Over $100 Million category. Skanska completed the $134 million phased renovation and construction project on a fully occupied and active campus; scheduling most work during off-hours, weekends, and non-disruptive periods. The first phase included construction of a 90,000 square foot addition to the law tower, while the second phase included a full restoration of the existing 98,000 square foot, 20-story tower, all while preserving the original aesthetics of the vintage, 1960s building. As construction manager, Skanska formed an integrated team and a true partnership, cutting costs and delivering 12 months early.

Skanska was also awarded in the Construction Management New category for the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research – Cambridge Campus Expansion Project. The project involved constructing two new biomedical buildings, including 795,000 square feet of laboratory, office, retail, and below grade parking space. This is the largest project completed by Skanska’s Boston office and was the largest building construction project occurring in the greater Boston area at the time. The team achieved significant savings for the client by using a flat procurement approach to contract directly with subcontractors. In addition, Skanska’s multi-trade prefabrication approach allowed the team to further reduce project cost and save time. The project was completed over 42 months, on time and on budget.

In addition, dck worldwide was recognized with a Merit Award in the Building New Over $100 Million category for The Mall of San Juan in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a joint-venture project with Bird, LLC.

A full list of the Alliant Build America Award winners is available here and pictures of the winners are available here.

March 06
​In Jan Nowak, Alliant Adds Gulf Coast Strength to Growing Energy and Marine Group

Louisiana-based marine specialist to service growing regional client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has added one of the Gulf Coast’s leading marine insurance experts to its team, tapping Louisiana’s Jan Nowak as First Vice President. The arrival of Nowak signifies an ongoing push to expand the company’s Energy and Marine Group, both in the Southeast and nationwide.

“The Gulf Coast represents a significant growth area for Alliant, and having Jan on our team will provide clients with access to one of the region’s most experienced marine risk experts,” says Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “With marine exposures constantly shifting, we remain committed to providing strength and stability to our clients no matter what their business objective.”

Nowak joins Alliant with more than 37 years of insurance brokerage experience and extensive knowledge of marine-related exposures. Throughout her career, she has worked with vessel operators, shipyards, and various other connected industries.

Prior to joining Alliant, Nowak was Managing Director and Principal with a regional energy and marine insurance brokerage, where she oversaw business development, client service, marketing, auditing, and management. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Alliant’s Energy and Marine Group is in the midst of a remarkable phase of growth and expansion. In addition to its growth in the Gulf Coast, Alliant has also bolstered its marine practice through the addition of top-tier professionals in Portland and Houston, with an eye for continued growth nationwide. The group also made significant additions to both its Power and Utility and Renewable Energy divisions in the Northeast.

Nowak can be reached in Alliant’s New Orleans office at (504) 648-4236 or at Jan.Nowak@alliant.com.

February 27
​Alliant Brings Gulf Coast Marine Authority Tom Hood On Board

Leading marine risk expert joins Alliant amid continued regional growth

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant’s drive to bring some of the Gulf Coast’s leading marine experts on board continues, with the addition of Louisiana’s Tom Hood. As First Vice President, Hood will provide targeted insurance, risk management, and finance solutions to a growing portfolio of regional clients.

“As one of the Gulf Coast’s leading authorities on marine risks, Tom will provide an additional layer of strength to our growing Energy and Marine Group,” says Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “With marine exposures constantly shifting, we remain committed to providing strength and stability to our clients no matter what their business objective.”

A 28-year insurance veteran, Hood joins Alliant with experience servicing a broad array of energy and marine clients, including vessel owners and operators, shipyards, and oil and gas contractors. He also has expertise in identifying and mitigating a broad range of construction industry risks.

Prior to joining Alliant, Hood was Managing Director and Principal with a regional energy and marine insurance brokerage, where he oversaw business development, client service, marketing, auditing, and management. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s School of Risk Management, majoring in property and casualty insurance.

Alliant’s Energy and Marine Group is in the midst of a remarkable phase of growth and expansion. In addition to its growth in the Gulf Coast, Alliant has also bolstered its marine practice through the addition of top-tier professionals in Portland and Houston, with an eye for continued growth nationwide. The group also made significant additions to both its Power and Utility and Renewable Energy divisions in the Northeast.

Hood can be reached in Alliant’s New Orleans office at (504) 722-2000 or at Tom.Hood@alliant.com.

February 24
Alliant Welcomes New Power Brokers® to Growing List of Award Winners

Alliant producers recognized by Risk & Insurance for excellence in employee benefits, financial services, and real estate

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Three more Alliant producers have joined the company’s growing list of award-winning brokerage talent, earning the lauded Power Broker® designation from Risk & Insurance. The diverse pool of 2017 honorees includes experts in employee benefits, financial services, and real estate.

“The talent and innovation of our producers stands as the foundation of Alliant’s continued growth and success,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Our 2017 Power Broker honorees are true leaders in their field who have consistently stood for Alliant’s core values of entrepreneurialism, service, stability, and strength.”

Alliant’s 2017 Power Brokers are:

  • Courtney Touw, Executive Vice President, Employee Benefits, a solutions-driven benefits consultant who was recognized for several large, public sector programs that posted significant reductions in healthcare spending.
  • Craig Goesel, Senior Vice President, Alliant/Mesirow, a longtime financial sector specialist who uses creative strategies and strong relationships to navigate a wide range of complex coverage issues, including mergers and acquisitions.
  • Michael G. Feinberg, Executive Vice President, Real Estate, a Boston-based expert who was recognized not only for his broad-based and competitive industry solutions, but for leveraging his extensive carrier relationships to ensure real estate clients are protected when a loss occurs.

In addition to the 2017 honorees, three Alliant professionals were named as Power Broker finalists: Michael Menerey, Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits, Nancy Ayers, Senior Vice President, Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services, and Cara McGrath, Account Manager, Energy and Marine.

The Risk & Insurance Power Broker Awards are an annual selection of the most effective and influential commercial insurance brokers. The Power Broker designation is based on nominations by brokers and risk managers, and is judged based on the quality of the application and on references by risk managers in each industry sector. Hundreds of risk managers and risk executives are interviewed in the process of identifying and soliciting, evaluating, and judging the nominees.

January 30
​Alliant Insurance Services Names Griff Moody Senior Vice President

Skilled advisor adds expertise to Construction Services Group in Georgia

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Griff Moody has joined its Construction Services Group as Senior Vice President. Moody will provide insurance and surety risk advisory services to construction clients across the country. He will be based in the Alpharetta, GA office, servicing the greater Atlanta area.

“Alliant is committed to expanding our expertise and providing superior client services,” said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Insurance Services. “Griff has an extensive network of industry contacts and strong relationships with all of the major bonding and insurance companies. He is a tremendous addition to our rapidly growing construction practice.”

Moody has over 30 years of risk management experience as an established risk advisor for construction clients, as well as extensive experience in underwriting, management, and brokering of some of the largest and most complex surety and insurance programs.

Prior to joining Alliant, Moody was a Managing Director at a global broker and had responsibility for surety, contractor default insurance, and practice programs for property and casualty lines, as well as controlled insurance programs.

Moody holds a bachelor’s degree in risk management from the University of Georgia and is a member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). He can be reached in the Alpharetta, GA office of Alliant at (678) 287-5026 or at Griff.Moody@alliant.com.

January 26
​Transactional Risk Expert Wade Beacham Signs on with Alliant

Addition of leading private equity and transactional risk consultant fuels Alliant’s continued expansion in the Southeast region

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Wade Beacham has signed on to bring his industry-leading private equity and transactional risk expertise to Alliant. Serving as Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas division, the Georgia-based Beacham will facilitate Alliant’s continued regional expansion while servicing a diverse base of clients.

“With experience spanning more than 150 transactions, Wade offers a high-powered combination of proven results and broad expertise,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “The addition of Wade to our growing Southeast team illustrates our commitment to offering U.S. companies a compelling value proposition for enabling private equity transactions.”

In addition to his widespread expertise with transactional risks, Beacham, has more than 16 years of experience originating and managing client relationships across a range of other industries, including manufacturing, energy, technology, real estate, aviation services, and public entities.

Prior to joining Alliant, Beacham was Vice President with one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. He also has extensive experience with oil and gas risks, serving clients in the energy sector for more than seven years.

Beacham holds a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He can be reached in the Alpharetta, GA office of Alliant at (678) 366-4485 or at Wade.Beacham@alliant.com.
 
January 25
​Amid Southeast Growth, Ted Young Joins Alliant

Noted technology, media, and communications expert strengthens Alliant’s continued expansion in the region

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Ted Young, one of the insurance industry’s leading experts in technology, media, and communications, has joined Alliant as Senior Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas middle market division. The Georgia-based Young will facilitate Alliant’s continued expansion throughout the Southeast while servicing a diverse base of clients.

“Alliant Americas is continuing to expand its reach and influence throughout Georgia and the greater Southeast by offering a powerful combination of industry expertise and value-added resources,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “Ted, with his strong background in technology/media risks and broad industry experience, typifies this commitment and will offer clients throughout the region knowledge and expertise that is truly peerless.”

Young is highly regarded for his ability to pinpoint industry-specific risks and deliver targeted insurance and risk consulting services. In addition to his strength in technology, media, and communications, Young has more than two decades of experience originating and managing client relationships across a range of other industries, including publishing, manufacturing, aviation services, higher education, and public entities.

Prior to joining Alliant, Young was Senior Vice President and Southeast Communications, Media, and Technology Practice Leader with one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. He also has experience on the client side of the business as a corporate risk manager.

Young holds a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He can be reached in the Alpharetta, GA office of Alliant at (678) 287-5003 or at Ted.Young@alliant.com.

January 04
​​Dimitrios Parikos Joins Alliant Energy and Marine Group

Renewable energy specialist to provide risk management and insurance solutions to global client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA —Dimitrios Parikos, one of renewable energy’s most sought-after risk specialists, has joined Alliant as First Vice President within its Energy and Marine Group. The New York-based Parikos joins Alliant’s growing renewable energy team to provide cutting-edge insurance, risk management, and finance solutions to a global client base.

“As the field of renewable energy continues to grow in scope and prominence, we are bringing some of the sector’s leading risk authorities to our Energy and Marine Group,” says Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. ”Dimitrios combines a global perspective with valuable finance expertise that will enable us to offer a comprehensive arsenal of services to our expanding renewable energy client base.”
 
arikos has broad experience spanning all facets of the renewable energy space, including solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, biomass, battery storage, hydroelectric, and geothermal. He also has expertise in renewable energy finance, having worked with developers and insurers to deliver creative solutions that make power projects more bankable.  arikos has broad experience spanning all facets of the renewable energy space, including solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, biomass, battery storage, hydroelectric, and geothermal. He also has expertise in renewable energy finance, having worked with developers and insurers to deliver creative solutions that make power projects more bankable.

Prior to joining Alliant, Parikos served as Renewable Energy Practice Leader for one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. There, he was responsible for driving growth, servicing a diverse portfolio of clients, and providing innovative skills and expertise to companies constructing and operating renewable energy projects across the world.

A sought-after adviser and expert speaker, Parikos was named a 2015 “Power Broker” by Risk & Insurance in the Alternative Energy category. He holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.

Parikos can be reached in the New York office of Alliant at (212) 895-2930 or at Dimitrios.Parikos@alliant.com.

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