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January 22
​Steven Bubes Joins Alliant’s West Coast Benefits Team

Orange County consultant has experience with employee benefit plans, HR information systems, talent management, and payroll systems

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to add top talent to its West Coast Employee Benefits team, hiring Steven Bubes as Vice President. The Orange County, CA-based benefits consultant will leverage his diverse background to deliver integrated employee benefits solutions that reduce healthcare costs, increase organizational efficiency, and strengthen the bottom line.

“Steven has the ability to provide innovative strategies that strengthen his clients’ organizational and financial foundation,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “His deep understanding of the Southern California market and comprehensive approach will provide additional strength to our benefits team on the West Coast.”

Bubes is highly regarded for his ability to form strategic partnerships with clients, helping them reduce spending and improve business outcomes through the transformation of their employee benefit plans, HR information systems, talent management, and payroll systems.

Prior to joining Alliant, Bubes was Senior Vice President with a full-service insurance and employee benefits consulting firm serving a diverse base of California clients. He also has extensive experience in the payroll industry working with two of the industry’s largest organizations.

Bubes earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He can be reached in the Newport Beach office of Alliant at (949) 527-9843 or at Steven.Bubes@alliant.com.

December 23
Energy & Marine Advisor Joins Alliant in Houston

​Alliant Insurance Services names Karey Vaught Executive Vice President

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has announced that Karey Vaught has joined Alliant as Executive Vice President, Managing Director. Vaught will provide insurance and risk advisory services to energy and marine clients across the United States.
“Karey brings with him an impressive track record and strong leadership skillset,” said John Ludwig, Co-COO, Alliant Specialty. “We will work closely, leading the efforts of the Energy & Marine team nationwide. I look forward to his contributions to the growth and management of Alliant Energy & Marine.”

Vaught joins Alliant with expertise in midstream, domestic E&P, and oilfield service companies. In addition to his focus on the energy and marine industry, Vaught will work alongside the 11 Alliant Specialty industry verticals. With nearly 25 years of experience, Vaught previously was a Managing Director at a global insurance brokerage firm.

Vaught holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Sam Houston State University. Vaught will be based in the Houston office of Alliant and can be reached at (713) 470-4349 or at Karey.Vaught@alliant.com.

December 19
​Alliant Stands Up to Cancer, Raising $75,000 to Support Mission Hospital’s Leonard Cancer Institute

Fundraising effort part of year-long effort to raise awareness and funding for the fight against all types of cancers

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Employees at Alliant’s Newport Beach, CA corporate headquarters joined forces to stand up to cancer and raise more than $75,000 in support of Mission Hospital. The funds generated from this effort will sponsor a wellness room at the hospital’s new Judi and Bill Leonard Institute for Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Wellness, the only comprehensive cancer center in South Orange County.

“Mission Hospital has long been a beacon of innovation and hope for our community, and we are proud to support its efforts in the fight against cancer,” said Diana Kiehl, Chief Administrative Officer of Alliant and head of the company’s Philanthropy Program. “Since everyone has a connection to cancer, it is a top priority for us to make every effort possible to promote innovation and care across our organization. This is central to #Alliant4Others, our call to infuse compassion and vital resources into all of the communities we call home.” 

The funding will support Leonard Cancer Institute’s mission of offering:

  • Personalized cancer care
  • Advanced multidisciplinary treatments
  • Innovative technology and diagnostics
  • Dedicated nurse navigators
  • Clinical trials
  • Integrative therapies and psychosocial programs

The fundraising efforts are a foundational component of #AlliantStandsUp, a year-long, organization-wide effort to raise awareness and funding for the fight against all types of cancers. Alliant tipped off this effort with its first-ever March Madness bracket challenge, which raised $21,000 for various cancer charities and initiatives. Alliant also actively supports fundraising and volunteer efforts by its employees with cancer-related charities and organizations nationwide and created a dedicated Employee Resource Group to provide support and services for employees dealing with cancer, either themselves or with a loved one.

December 16
Alliant Expands Texas Presence with Addition of Established Energy Broker TCOR Management

​Acquisition expands Alliant Energy & Marine talent base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has announced the acquisition of TCOR Management, a Texas-based risk management firm. The acquisition will expand the Alliant Energy & Marine talent base by 50 specialists and broaden the surety footprint across Texas.

“The TCOR core values are aligned with ours,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Together we will remain highly committed to selflessly serving our clients, team members, and communities, all while building a more powerful  presence in Texas.”

Founded in 1972, TCOR has offices in New Braunfels, Beeville, and Tyler, Texas. TCOR provides commercial insurance to the energy and construction industries as well as surety, loss control services, and employee benefits.

“Much like Alliant, TCOR’s success lies in our entrepreneurial, highly focused, and team-oriented culture. Our vision is, and always will be, based in superior servicing,” said Rick Dudney, Managing Partner of TCOR. “Joining forces with Alliant provides powerful access to resources and people who will help us continue on this mission.”

Dudney, along with the entire TCOR team, will join the Alliant Energy & Marine group and continue serving clients from its Texas office locations. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

December 12
Chris Chang Dumortier Named a Business Insurance Woman to Watch

Alliant executive recognized for significant achievements in real estate and hospitality

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Chris Chang Dumortier, Executive Vice President with Alliant Insurance Services, has been named one of 2019’s Women to Watch by Business Insurance. An established real estate and hospitality broker, Chang was honored for her vast industry expertise, masterful contract negotiations, and development of risk mitigation strategies in a niche practice.

“Chris’ talent and expertise truly set her apart in the real estate and hospitality sector,” said Peter Arkley, President, Alliant Specialty. “Her ability to perfect the art and nuance of negotiations, combined with her commitment to achieving excellent results for her clients, makes her an innovative broker and a standout leader.”

Chang leads a team of hospitality specialists charged with expanding the Alliant brand across the country. A native of Taiwan, Chang has strong cultural ties throughout Asia and a tremendous influence in the world of hotel franchisees. Chang is a graduate of the National Taiwan University and earned her master’s degree in public policy from The University of California, Los Angeles. She is fluent in Taiwanese, Mandarin, French, and English.

Chang joins a growing contingency of Women to Watch honorees at Alliant that includes Kelley Bernal, Reshma Dalia, Donna Hodges, Diana Kiehl, Brenna Melvin, and Susanne Murray.

Profiles of the 2019 Women to Watch appear in the December edition of Business Insurance. The New York Women to Watch Awards and Leadership Conference takes place Dec. 11-12 at the Grand Hyatt New York.

Business Insurance’s Women to Watch program spotlights women who have demonstrated outstanding work in commercial insurance, reinsurance, risk management, employee benefits, and related fields. Winners are selected by a panel of senior editors at the publication according to various criteria, including recent professional achievements, influence on the marketplace, and contributions in the advancement of women in business.

December 10
​Alliant Adds Los Angeles-Based Jennifer Blair to West Coast Benefits Team

Blair joins Alliant with diverse background in employee benefits, human resources, HR tech, and payroll

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has added Los Angeles-based Jennifer Blair to its West Coast Employee Benefits team. The experienced consultant will service a diverse array of organizations across the region, offering innovative solutions engineered to attract top talent, reduce operating costs, and strengthen the bottom line.

“In a highly competitive market, Jennifer has a well-earned reputation for offering products and solutions that are not only innovative and forward-thinking, but have a significant impact on cost containment and talent recruitment,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Her arrival further expands the reach and service profile of our West Coast operation.”

Blair joins Alliant with a multifaceted background that includes employee benefits, human resources, HR tech, and payroll. She deploys this unique perspective to partner with employers and deliver customized, cost-effective plans that help them stay ahead of the curve and emerge as the destination of choice for talent. Prior to joining Alliant, Blair was Vice President with a Southern California-based insurance and employee benefits consulting firm. She also has extensive corporate experience within the payroll sector.

Blair earned her bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Iberian studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds an HRCI certification and is the current Chair of the Los Angeles chapter of the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA). She can be reached in the Los Angeles office of Alliant at (213) 270-0979 or at Jennifer.M.Blair@alliant.com.

December 03
​Alliant Continues to Grow Inland Northwest Presence, Acquires Buck & Affiliates

Longtime Spokane insurance institution adds regional knowledge, broad reach, and long-term relationships to Alliant’s regional operation

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Longtime Spokane, WA insurance institution Buck & Affiliates has joined Alliant. With four decades of success in commercial and personal insurance, Buck & Affiliates adds an additional layer of regional knowledge and operational strength to Alliant as the firm continues to expand its presence in the Inland Northwest.

“The Buck & Affiliates name has long been synonymous with outstanding personal service and deep market knowledge, attributes that meld seamlessly with the Alliant way of doing business,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “We remain highly committed to building a powerful regional service center in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, and Buck & Affiliates will play a key role in our ongoing growth and expansion.”

Founded in 1982, Buck & Affiliates provides a diverse suite of insurance solutions with a strong regional focus and customized approach. In addition to servicing commercial clients across a broad range of industries, Buck & Affiliates has built out a large presence in the health and fitness industry with a national portfolio of gyms and fitness studios. The firm also provides extensive risk management services to augment its insurance offerings.

“Buck & Affiliates has built its reputation on understanding our clients’ business, assessing their unique risks, and investing in their long-term viability,” said Gary Buck, President and CEO of Buck & Affiliates. “Joining forces with Alliant provides powerful access to the resources, people, and ideas necessary to take this commitment to a new level and to offer a truly unparalleled service experience to our clients.”

Buck, along with the entire Buck & Affiliates team, will join Alliant and continue serving clients from its Spokane headquarters. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

November 25
Alliant’s Larry McMahon Named 2019 “Good Scout of the Year”

Executive Vice President honored by San Diego-Imperial Council of the Boy Scouts of America

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services is proud to announce that Executive Vice President Larry McMahon has been named 2019 “Good Scout of the Year” by the Boy Scouts of America, San Diego-Imperial Council. The award is presented annually to an industry leader that has made a significant impact in both business and the greater community.

“To be recognized as the Good Scout of the Year is a great honor. So many outstanding individuals have received this award, and I am humbled to be acknowledged alongside them,” said McMahon.

McMahon was honored at the organization’s 14th Annual Boy Scouts Construction and Building Industry Lunch-O-Ree at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, CA. More than 440 people attended the event, which raised over $1.5 million to support the Boy Scouts of America.

McMahon has been in the surety industry for more than 30 years, providing surety and construction management advice to clients nationwide. He served as the President of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) and was on the Executive Committee of the Engineering and General Contractors Association (EGCA) of San Diego and helped merge them into the Associated General Contractors of San Diego (AGCSD). McMahon is also an active member of both the NASBP and the AGCSD.

November 20
​Denver’s Corey Dunn Joins Alliant’s Employee Benefits Group

Consultant has multifaceted background in employee benefits, cost containment, human resources

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Denver’s Corey Dunn has joined Alliant’s Employee Benefits Group, offering the team a multifaceted background that spans employee benefits, cost containment, human resources, and general consulting. As Assistant Vice President, Dunn will work with a broad range of organizations, delivering high-impact benefits solutions that reduce healthcare costs, facilitate talent retention, and increase overall performance.

“Corey is a multitalented player who will offer a broad-based perspective to our team in Denver,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “He is well attuned to the changing needs of modern businesses and has been highly successful in delivering innovative and impactful benefits solutions.”

Dunn is highly regarded for his ability to design and deploy customized programs built around his clients’ unique business strategies. His proactive service model is predicated upon prediction and prevention, providing a built-in advantage in an environment of increasing healthcare costs.

Prior to joining Alliant, Dunn was an Employee Benefits Consultant with a national insurance and employee benefits consulting firm. He also has experience as a Human Capital Consultant, advising the C-suite on employee benefits, human resources, compliance, and talent retention. Dunn holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Oregon University and is an active volunteer in his community with Judi’s House and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.

Dunn can be reached in the Greenwood Village office of Alliant at (303) 645-4709 or at Corey.Dunn@alliant.com.

November 14
​Alliant’s World Food Derby Yields Bountiful Harvest of Contributions in Support of World Food Day

National initiative generates more than $72,000 in combined cash and food donations

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Hundreds of Alliant employees from across the nation joined together to take a bite out of world hunger this past October in the first-ever World Food Derby. The companywide event, which centered upon World Food Day on October 16, saw employees take part in a broad range of volunteer and fundraising efforts to fight hunger on both a local and global level.

“The ongoing fight against world hunger is one of the cornerstones of Alliant’s philanthropic efforts, and World Food Day has always been a can’t-miss date on our calendar,” said Diana Kiehl, Chief Administrative Officer of Alliant and head of the company’s Philanthropy Program. “This October, we had the privilege of witnessing the power of people joining together in the name of service to turn this important day into an inspiring, month-long giving event. This typifies the spirit of #Alliant4Others, our company’s commitment to making a difference in business, community, and the world at large.”

The initiative, which was supported by employees across Alliant offices nationwide, yielded a bountiful harvest of contributions and produced the following results:

  • More than $72,000 in combined cash and food donations
  • Nearly 1,400 total volunteer hours completed or pledged for 2019
  • Hundreds of employees, along with friends and family, actively engaged in the event
  • More than 50 organizations were served

In providing each office and employee an opportunity to give back in their own unique way, the World Food Derby encompassed a broad array of activities, with employees holding food drives, serving at food banks, volunteering at shelters, and donating funds to food-based and other worthy organizations all to advance the global push for #ZeroHunger.

This marks the 11th year Alliant has participated in World Food Day. Plans are already underway to top these results in 2020.

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