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October 16
​Sal Morana, RPh, PhD, Joins Alliant to Expand Pharmacy Practice

Morana brings nearly 25 years of broad pharmacy practice and industry experience to Alliant

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Employee Benefits, a division of Alliant Insurance Services, is adding veteran pharmacy industry expert, Sal Morana, RPh, PhD, to its expanding Pharmacy Consulting Practice. As Senior Vice President and Pharmacy Practice Lead – Hospitals & Health Systems, Morana brings nearly 25 years of broad pharmacy practice and industry experience to Alliant.

“Sal’s extensive experience in health system pharmacy administration and strategic pharmacy consulting is an asset for our growing pharmacy practice. The value he will provide drives a new level of the Alliant experience in delivering the insights our clients need to push change in their pharmacy benefit plans,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits.

Prior to joining Alliant, Morana was a senior consultant in the national pharmacy practice of a global advisory and brokerage firm. He had also held leadership positions across various health system pharmacy divisions that directed the strategic improvement of pharmacy services.

Morana holds a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from Dartmouth Medical School and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy. He received certification in Executive Leadership for Healthcare Professionals from Cornell University and in Principles and Practices in Pain Medicine from Harvard Medical School. Morana is licensed to practice pharmacy in four states and is actively involved with a number of pharmacy organizations. He is also a former adjunct faculty member and assistant professor for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as a co-author of eight industry research papers and numerous case studies.

Morana is currently an affiliated member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access (SNHPA); the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP); and the 340B Coalition. He can be reached at (678) 287-5032 or at Sal.Morana@alliant.com.

October 10
​Aviation and Aerospace Leader Wayne Wignes Joins Alliant

Chicago-based Wignes brings four decades of innovation to growing aviation practice

NEWPORT BEACH, CA —Wayne Wignes, one of the nation’s most influential aviation and aerospace insurance leaders, has joined Alliant, bringing four decades of experience spanning a broad swath of disciplines to the company’s aviation practice. As Senior Vice President, the Chicago-based Wignes will provide targeted risk management and insurance solutions to a national portfolio of clients as Alliant continues to expand its reach within the industry.

“Alliant is dedicated to providing aviation and aerospace expertise that is best-in-class and driven by deep industry knowledge,” said Michael Throne, Executive Vice President within Alliant’s aviation practice. “The addition of Wayne Wignes adds a vital element of strength, experience, and innovation to our practice and positions us for continued expansion into new industry sectors.”

Wignes joins Alliant with an extensive background in aviation and aerospace risks that includes the design and deployment of strategic risk management and insurance solutions covering aircraft products manufacturers, government contractors, large rotor wing operators, and large fixed-wing operators. He also has extensive experience handling the highly complex claims process associated with the industry.

Prior to joining Alliant, Wignes was Vice Chairman within the aerospace division of a global risk and insurance agency. His extensive brokerage experience includes positions with three of the world’s largest insurance agencies, where he has worked with major and national commercial airlines, regional airlines, charter airlines, and cargo operations.

Wignes holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota. He can be reached in the Chicago office of Alliant at (312) 546-5608 or at Wayne.Wignes@alliant.com.

October 03
Alliant’s Jay Laschinger Named to 2017 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisers

Prestigious list recognizes top financial advisers specializing in defined contribution (DC) plans

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Retirement Consulting, a division of Alliant Insurance Services, has announced that Senior Vice President Jay Laschinger has been named to the 2017 edition of the Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisers. The list recognizes the top financial advisers who specialize in serving defined contribution (DC) retirement plans.

“For the second consecutive year, Jay has been recognized among the nation’s elite retirement professionals,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “His continued success in this highly competitive arena is a testament to his exceptional service, market knowledge, and innovation—standards that are in lock-step with the Alliant commitment.”

This is the third annual FT 401 list, produced independently by the Financial Times in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides business intelligence on asset management.

Financial advisers from across the U.S. applied for consideration, having met a set minimum of requirements. The applicants were then graded on seven criteria: DC assets under management (AUM); DC AUM growth rate; specialization in DC plans; years of experience; advanced industry credentials; compliance record; and DC plan participation rate. There are no fees or other considerations required of advisers who apply for the FT 401.

The final FT 401 represents an impressive cohort of elite advisers: the “average” adviser in this year’s FT 401 has 19 years of experience advising DC plans and manages $1.6 billion in DC plan assets. The FT 401 advisers hail from 38 states and Washington, D.C., and DC plans on average account for 74% of their total assets under management.

The FT 401 is one in a series of rankings of top advisers developed by the FT in partnership with Ignites Research, including the FT 300 (independent RIA firms) and the FT 400 (broker-dealer advisers).

September 26
​Arrival of Phil Bean Signals Northeast Growth for Alliant Americas

Boston-based commercial insurance veteran to service growing portfolio of middle market clients amid significant regional expansion

NEWPORT BEACH, CA —The Boston office of Alliant is adding one of the region’s foremost middle market insurance experts to its growing roster of insurance leaders in Phil Bean. As Senior Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas division, Bean will provide targeted risk management and insurance solutions to clients throughout the Northeast as Alliant continues to bolster its presence in this key strategic region.

“Phil’s strength in a breadth of industries, combined with his keen eye for growth, will be a tremendous asset to Alliant Americas as we continue to expand our footprint here in the Northeast,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “He brings a strong command of local market fundamentals, and is highly adept at working with clients to help them protect their business and their bottom line.”

Bean is known throughout the industry for his ability to deliver sound, measurable results that reduce clients’ total cost of risk and human capital. The 23-year commercial insurance veteran joins Alliant with experience handling risks in a broad array of industries, including life sciences, technology, food and beverage, agribusiness, manufacturing, and distribution.

Prior to joining Alliant, Bean was Senior Vice President within the Boston office of a large, national insurance brokerage firm, where he focused on new business development and the strategic delivery of services and solutions to a diverse portfolio of clients.

Bean holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delaware and holds health, life, and property and casualty insurance licenses in several states. He can be reached in the Boston office of Alliant at (617) 535-7268 or at Phil.Bean@alliant.com.

August 28
​Arrival of Billy Bray Signals Texas-Sized Growth for Alliant Americas

Houston-based property and casualty specialist to focus on cost reduction, risk mitigation strategies for broad portfolio of regional clients

NEWPORT BEACH, CA —Alliant has added one of Texas’ top young property and casualty specialists to its growing roster of insurance leaders in Billy Bray. As Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas division, the Houston-based Bray will provide targeted risk management and insurance solutions to a breadth of clients as Alliant increases its foothold in the region.

“In an era of rising costs, Billy has distinguished himself as a leader in deploying solutions that reduce expenditures and position large-to-midsized businesses for steady, long-term growth,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “Billy’s blend of strategy, tenacity, and vision will play a vital role in our continued expansion both in Texas and nationwide.”

Bray joins Alliant with a proven track record of developing targeted solutions that help clients from a broad range of industries reduce costs and mitigate the ever-changing landscape of risk in the modern business climate.

Prior to joining Alliant, Bray was Vice President with a national insurance and financial services firm. In this role, he worked with clients to develop strategies focused on risk transfer, self-insurance, coinsurance, cost reduction, and overall risk mitigation.

Bray attended Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. He has been honored as one of America’s top young brokers, receiving a 40 Under 40 award from Business Insurance and a Power Broker “Rising Star” designation from Risk & Insurance. Bray can be reached in Alliant’s Houston office at (832) 370-8357 or at Billy.Bray@alliant.com.

August 15
Alliant Opens Baton Rouge Office, Hires Two Regional Insurance Leaders

In Steve Gaffney and Scott McLaughlin, Alliant adds two of the Bayou State’s leading property and casualty experts

NEWPORT BEACH, CA —Alliant is bringing its regional expertise in insurance and risk management to Louisiana’s capital city with the opening of its new Baton Rouge office. The office will provide a new strategic location for the company’s Alliant Americas middle market division and will be manned by two of the Bayou State’s leading property and casualty insurance experts: Steve Gaffney and Scott McLaughlin.

“Baton Rouge, with its diverse economy and central location, represents fertile ground for the middle market,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “The addition of Steve and Scott will enable us to expand our service platform and product offerings to clients in both Louisiana and across the Southeast.”

Gaffney and McLaughlin have an extensive track record of success in the region, which they will employ to provide targeted risk management and insurance solutions to a broad range of clients with both domestic and international operations.

Gaffney joins Alliant as Senior Vice President with more than 35 years of experience, and is regarded for his ability to deliver highly strategic risk and insurance solutions that improve business outcomes. The Southeastern Louisiana University graduate previously served as Senior Vice President with a regional insurance brokerage firm, specializing in high-risk property and casualty accounts. He can be reached at (225) 252-8787 or at Steve.Gaffney@alliant.com.

Joining on as Vice President, McLaughlin is a Duke University alum and 23-year insurance veteran specializing in the design and deployment of technical, heavy casualty insurance solutions with an emphasis on construction, environmental, and marine exposures. Prior to joining Alliant, he was Vice President with a regional insurance brokerage firm, serving clients across a broad spectrum of industries. McLaughlin can be reached at (225) 445-4233 or at Scott.McLaughlin@alliant.com.

August 08
​Brian Scrocca Joins Alliant to Expand Northeast Client Base

New York-based producer joins Alliant Americas division as regional growth continues

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Brian Scrocca, one of New York’s most dynamic young producers, has joined Alliant amid continued regional expansion. As Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas middle market division, Scrocca will provide a range of risk management and insurance solutions to a growing base of clients throughout the Northeast region.

“New York continues to serve as a growth epicenter for Alliant Americas,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “Brian’s broad industry reach, strong client relationships, and highly intellectual approach to addressing risk will serve as a key driver of this continued expansion.”

Over more than a decade in the insurance business, Scrocca has gained high praise for his ability to design and deploy sophisticated insurance and risk management solutions that address complex business challenges. A trusted client advisor, Scrocca is known for reaching beyond the traditional placement of insurance products and delivering solutions that reduce operating costs and strengthen his clients’ bottom line. He has experience servicing clients with domestic and global operations.

Prior to joining Alliant, Scrocca was Partner and Vice President of Commercial Insurance with a regional, full-service insurance brokerage firm. There, he serviced a diverse portfolio of clients spanning the construction, real estate, technology, retail, manufacturing, chemical, and food industries.

Scrocca holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Wagner College and is a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Jersey. He can be reached in the New York office of Alliant at (212) 603-0108 or at Brian.Scrocca@alliant.com.

August 01
Jason VanderYacht adds West Coast Strength to Alliant Energy and Marine

​Los Angeles-based marine expert brings specialty expertise in cargo insurance, surety solutions

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Marine insurance expert Jason VanderYacht has joined Alliant Insurance Services as Vice President within its Energy and Marine Group. The Los Angeles-based VanderYacht adds additional West Coast strength to Alliant’s growing Energy and Marine team, with expertise covering a broad range of marine risks for clients with operations across the globe.

“Jason has a strong command of the shifting risks in global trade, and has a sterling track record delivering modern, innovative solutions to his clients,” said John Ludwig, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Specialty Group. “Jason’s arrival makes a strong statement in the Los Angeles market for our group as we continue to add top-tier marine expertise on both coasts.”

VanderYacht joins Alliant with expertise covering a broad array of marine risks and a specialty in cargo insurance and surety solutions. He has experience servicing clients across all areas of global trade, including customs brokers, transportation intermediaries, importers, and exporters.

Prior to joining Alliant, VanderYacht was an Account Executive with a specialty insurance brokerage firm providing underwriting and insurance solutions for the international trade and transportation industries.

VanderYacht holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pepperdine University and is a regular contributor to various transportation industry publications. He can be reached in the Los Angeles office of Alliant at (213) 270-0157 or at Jason.VanderYacht@alliant.com

About Alliant Energy and Marine
The Energy and Marine Group of Alliant provides risk management and insurance solutions custom-designed to meet the ever-changing risks facing energy and marine companies. Comprised of dedicated industry experts, the Energy and Marine Group uses its vast resources and technical expertise to deliver specialized products and services to companies that operate across the furthest reaches of the globe. Key areas of focus include energy and power; private equity and M&A; construction; and international operations.

July 13
​Alliant Honors 2017 Class of Elite Women

Kamy Vacca and Ashley De Paola recognized among the insurance industry’s leading women by Insurance Business America

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Two Alliant women have earned the prestigious honor of being named Elite Women by Insurance Business America. Executive risk expert Kamy Vacca and middle market real estate specialist Ashley De Paola were recognized by the publication as two of the insurance industry’s leading women, joining a powerful group of top female leaders in insurance brokerage.

“At Alliant, we take tremendous pride in employing enterprising women who set the highest standards for excellence in insurance brokerage,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Kamy and Ashley exemplify these high standards and represent both the present and future of leadership of our industry.”

Kamy Vacca is Senior Vice President and Sales Consultant within the Executive Risk Group of Alliant, where she serves as a team leader and oversees an extensive book of business. Over three decades, Vacca has emerged as a leader in executive risk through a commitment to mentorship, program optimization, and service.

Ashley De Paola is Assistant Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas division, where she specializes in the real estate industry. A young and emerging leader within the division, De Paola is highly regarded by her clients and colleagues for her in-depth policy analysis and ability to secure optimum coverage for even the most complex exposures.

Both hailing from New York, Vacca and De Paola were recognized for excellence across a wide range of criteria, including leadership, innovation, quantifiable results, and community service. They join women from across the U.S. who have emerged as elite performers in their field.

July 12
​Jennifer Varanese Joins Alliant Employee Benefits

Ohio-based benefits consultant to play key role in expansion of Midwest benefits platform

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Veteran benefits consultant and proven change agent Jennifer Varanese is joining Alliant as the company looks to further expand its Midwest employee benefits platform. As Vice President within the company’s Employee Benefits Group, the Columbus, OH-based Varanese will use her diverse background in cost containment, financial analysis, funding alternatives, plan design, and wellness to expand the company’s presence throughout the region.

“Jennifer has emerged as one of Ohio’s most multi-talented and results-driven benefits professionals,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “As part of our team, she will provide powerful insights and transformative ideas that add a new dimension of service to our growing client base.”

Varanese joins Alliant with extensive experience across all facets of employee benefits. She also holds licenses in life, health, annuities, and property and casualty insurance and is highly regarded for her leadership and complex problem-solving skills.

Prior to joining Alliant, Varanese was Executive Vice President with one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. There, she spearheaded the restructuring of the company’s Human Capital Practice in Columbus, doubling its annual growth for three consecutive years. Varanese also oversaw an extensive portfolio of large-to-midsized clients hailing from the retail, nonprofit, healthcare, legal, and manufacturing industries.

Varanese holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Franklin University and was honored by Columbus Business First in its annual 40 Under 40 awards program. She can be reached at (614) 937-2839 or at Jennifer.Varanese@alliant.com.

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