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July 10
Three Alliant Women Named Top Women in Benefit Advising
Catherine Borbone, Amy Fossum, and Brandy Oglesby receive one of the Employee Benefits industry’s top honors 

Three Alliant women have risen to the top of the employee benefits field, earning the lauded Top Women in Benefit Advising designation from Employee Benefit Adviser. Hailing from across the nation, Alliant’s Top Women were among 20 professionals who, according to the publication, “exemplify the best the employee benefits advisory space has to offer.”

Alliant’s 2019 Top Women honorees are:
  • Catherine Borbone, Executive Vice President (Alpharetta, GA)
  • Amy Fossum, Senior Vice President (Seattle, WA)
  • Brandy Oglesby, Senior Vice President (Austin, TX)
“Catherine, Amy, and Brandy exemplify Alliant’s high standard of excellence in the employee benefits space and have proven time and again they are exceptional leaders both inside and outside of the office,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “In a profession that is defined by outstanding service, our three Top Women and are truly second to none.”

Employee Benefit Adviser Top Women are recognized for their leadership and excellence on a personal and professional level. Honorees come from markets throughout the U.S. from agencies with a range of sizes and specialties.
July 10
​Alliant Boosts Healthcare Team

Ross Downing named Senior Vice President

Alliant Insurance Services has announced that Ross Downing has joined the firm as Senior Vice President, Alliant Healthcare. Based in Alliant’s Boston office, Downing will provide innovative and strategic risk management solutions for healthcare clients.

“Ross’ extensive industry expertise and depth of experience within the healthcare sector will serve as a significant asset to our clients,” said Todd Hagemeier, Managing Director, Alliant Healthcare. “He joins us with a proven track record of designing and delivering customized insurance solutions that provide extraordinary value to healthcare organizations.”

With 16 years of experience, Downing is regarded for his ability to collaborate closely with clients and respond with highly specialized insurance solutions that minimize risk. Prior to joining Alliant, Downing was a Senior Vice President at a national brokerage firm.

Downing holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Bentley University. He can be reached at (508) 954-5360 or at Ross.Downing@alliant.com.​​​

July 08
Alliant Acquires Degginger McIntosh & Associates
Acquisition of Washington State firm powers Alliant’s Pacific Northwest expansion

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has acquired Degginger McIntosh & Associates. The Washington State insurance brokerage firm brings a 56-year legacy of excellence in insurance, risk management, and employee benefits to Alliant’s growing Pacific Northwest operations. In addition to enhancing Alliant’s comprehensive property and casualty footprint, the acquisition stands in direct strategic alignment with the firm’s regional employee benefits capabilities.

“Degginger McIntosh has a long and proven track record of service, strength, and innovation,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “The firm’s dynamic leadership, strong reputation among carriers, and unparalleled local knowledge will power our continued expansion in the Pacific Northwest while complementing Alliant’s distinct regional capabilities and service offerings.”

Founded in 1963, Degginger McIntosh provides a broad array of commercial and personal insurance solutions from its offices in Seattle and Bellingham, WA. In addition to its core focus on property and casualty insurance, Degginger McIntosh also offers a breadth of employee benefits and financial services solutions, providing clients with a fully integrated suite of products and services. Highly regarded for its broad industry reach and deep product knowledge, Degginger McIntosh serves a diverse array of clients both in its own backyard and throughout the United States.

“Service has been the Degginger McIntosh promise since our founding, as we endeavor to provide our clients with solutions that are customized to their needs and focused on controlling insurance costs,” said the firm’s president, Keith Degginger. “Alliant, with its national platform, deep pool of resources, and long history of entrepreneurial thinking, will further this promise and enable us to offer our clients an even more robust service profile.”

The agreement with Degginger McIntosh is part of an active regional acquisition campaign. Since 2014, Alliant has completed a large number of strategic acquisitions in the greater Northwest in both property and casualty and employee benefits.

Keith Degginger, along with fellow principal Ken McIntosh and the entire Degginger McIntosh team, will join Alliant and continue serving clients nationwide from its Washington offices. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
July 01
Alliant Honors 2019 Elite Women
Nancy Arky, Estela Lusky, and Jennifer Mendenhall are Insurance Business America Elite Women honorees

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Three Alliant team members have earned the prestigious honor of being named Elite Women by Insurance Business America. Nancy Arky, Estela Lusky, and Jennifer Mendenhall join a growing number of Alliant women who have earned this distinction based on their service, results, and dedication to advancing women in insurance.

“Alliant is home to some of our industry’s most entrepreneurial and service-oriented women,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Our 2019 honorees showcase the depth, diversity, and outstanding results that define Alliant and are true standard-bearers for excellence in risk and insurance.”
  • Nancy Arky, First Vice President, has played a key role in instituting a sound underwriting structure to position Alliant’s Tribal First division for continued growth and leadership as Native America’s leading insurance platform while expanding its reach to new categories of clients and partners.
  • Estela Lusky, Vice President, plays critical roles in business development, client service, and internal systems management for Alliant on the West Coast. She has played a key part in establishing core internal practices and procedures that have spurred revenue growth and has been a valued partner for multinational clients
  • Jennifer Mendenhall, Assistant Vice President, plays a central role in Alliant’s carrier relations efforts within the Northwest Region for Alliant. Her contributions have strengthened the company’s carrier relationships and deepened its access to markets. She has also played an instrumental role in career advancement for young and emerging professionals.
Alliant’s 2019 honorees join women from across the U.S. who have emerged as elite performers in their field, including prior winners Kamy Vacca, Ashley De Paola, Francesca D’Angelo, Lori Long, Kristen Handel, and Amy Steinback.
July 01
Kurt Rataski Joins Alliant
New Jersey property casualty expert joins Alliant’s Northeast team with a diverse background in sales, finance, consulting, and risk management 

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Kurt Rataski has joined Alliant’s Northeast team as Senior Vice President. The New Jersey property and casualty expert has a diverse background in sales, finance, and consulting and will deliver a full range of risk and insurance solutions to clients with operations in the Garden State and across the globe.

“Kurt is a true multi-tool player who will add a vast array of skills and experience to our Northeast P&C team,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “His clients have long benefited from his ability to pinpoint industry-specific risks and deliver comprehensive solutions that position them for sustainable success.”

Rataski is OSHA 10 certified and has worked with companies from a range of industries, delivering his unique mix of vision, integrity, and service to address even the most complex of risks. He also has extensive experience performing supply chain analysis.

Prior to joining Alliant, Rataski was Regional Executive Risk Strategist with a global insurance and risk consulting firm. There, he worked with midsized clients up to Fortune 1000 corporations in the design and delivery of strategic risk and insurance solutions.

Rataski holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He sits on the Advisory Board for Monmouth University’s Institute of Insurance and Risk Management and also runs an executive women’s group. He can be reached in the Fair Haven, New Jersey office of Alliant at (732) 588-1196 or at Kurt.Rataski@alliant.com​.
June 26
​Catastrophe Modeling Expert Jonathan Lee Joins Alliant

San Diego professional brings proven background in modeling, analytics, and portfolio management to Alliant’s underwriting division

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Jonathan Lee has joined Alliant, bringing with him a proven background in data, analytics, and portfolio management to the firm’s underwriting division. As Vice President, Catastrophe Modeling and Business Analytics, Lee will oversee the catastrophe management function for Alliant Underwriting Solutions, including portfolio management, modeling and business data analysis, process improvement, and reporting. Lee’s role further amplifies Alliant’s commitment to developing and maintaining strong carrier partnerships, while delivering quality risk selection backed by accurate and complete data analysis.

“Jon’s unique background in catastrophe modeling will serve as a tremendous asset to us as we continue to expand our reach and capabilities within this key segment,” said Sean McConlogue, President, Alliant Underwriting Solutions. “He will provide insightful and actionable analysis to our underwriters across a broad range of program portfolios.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Lee was Vice President and Modeling Manager with a large, Southern California-based catastrophe underwriting manager. In this role, Lee managed the reporting for dozens of domestic and international contracts, with an emphasis on earthquake, wind, and all other perils business.  He also worked directly with the underwriting team on all key portfolio movements and statistics while also providing ongoing education for the catastrophe modeling team.

Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in management science from the University of California, San Diego. He can be reached in the San Diego (Kearny Mesa) office of Alliant at (858) 505-4049 or at Jonathan.Lee@alliant.com.

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June 11
​Alliant Insurance Services Names Eric Smith Vice President

Life sciences talent joins growing Alliant Healthcare practice

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has announced that Eric Smith has joined the firm as Vice President, Alliant Healthcare. Based in the Austin, TX office of Alliant, Smith will provide insurance and risk advisory services to life science clients across the United States.

“Life sciences is a significant growth area for Alliant, and we are committed to expanding our expertise, specifically within medical devices, pharma, and biotech,” said Todd Hagemeier, Managing Director, Alliant Healthcare. “Eric’s strong background within this technical space makes him a tremendous addition to our rapidly expanding specialty practice.”

Smith has more than 12 years of risk management experience as an established risk advisor for life sciences, education, and power generation. Prior to joining Alliant, Smith was a Senior Vice President at a global insurance brokerage firm where he was responsible for client development and acquisition.

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in human sciences from Florida State University. He can be reached at (210) 865-5327 or Eric.Smith@alliant.com. 

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June 03
​New York’s William Rich Joins Alliant

Longtime property and casualty expert joins on as Senior Vice President with expertise handling complex risks across a range of industries

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — New York-based property and casualty insurance expert William “Bill” Rich has joined Alliant as Senior Vice President. The longtime industry veteran brings experience on both the brokerage and carrier side of the business to Alliant’s growing team in the Northeast. He will provide a full range of commercial insurance solutions to clients across a breadth of industries and sizes.

“Bill adds a combination of strong technical acumen and global reach to our New York team,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “His far-reaching expertise and depth of relationships will play a powerful role in the ongoing growth and expansion of our Northeast operations.”

Rich joins Alliant with more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. He is highly regarded for his ability to develop targeted solutions for complex risks in a wide array of industries. He has experience working with regional, national, and global corporations.

Prior to joining Alliant, Rich was Area Vice President with a global insurance brokerage firm where he delivered property, casualty, and management liability solutions to clients while addressing certain benefits needs. He also has extensive experience as Global Senior Vice President and Global Relationship Manager with a large multinational insurance carrier.

Rich holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He can be reached in the New York office of Alliant at (212) 504-5904 or at Bill.Rich@alliant.com.

May 30
​Healthcare Advisor Jamie Costigan Joins Alliant

Senior Vice President will provide innovative and strategic risk management solutions for healthcare clients across the U.S.

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has announced that Jamie Costigan has joined the firm as Senior Vice President. Costigan will provide innovative and strategic risk management solutions for healthcare clients across the U.S.

“Jamie’s wealth of experience and knowledge within the healthcare marketplace makes her a highly valuable asset to our team,” said Todd Hagemeier, Managing Director, Alliant Healthcare. “She joins us with a proven track record of designing and delivering customized insurance solutions that provide extraordinary value to organizations.”

Costigan joins Alliant with a deep institutional knowledge of the healthcare industry, working with a broad range of providers, physician groups, and other healthcare entities. In addition to her strong commercial property and casualty background, Costigan also has experience designing and delivering customized employee benefits programs for healthcare clients.

Prior to joining Alliant, Costigan was Senior Vice President with a national, full service insurance and risk management brokerage firm. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University and holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations.

Costigan will be based in the Miami office of Alliant and can be reached at (786) 714-1638 or at Jamie.Costigan@alliant.com.

May 14
​Arrival of Chard Richard Signifies Continued Southeast Growth for Alliant

Employee Benefits Group adds Baton Rouge benefits leader as Managing Director

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Longtime Baton Rouge employee benefits leader Chard Richard has joined Alliant as Executive Vice President and Managing Director. Richard will play a key strategic role in the expansion of Alliant’s Employee Benefits Group both in the Bayou State and the greater Southeast Region.

“The Southeast, with its strong economic fundamentals and continued demographic growth, remains a fertile ground for the expansion of our benefits footprint,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Chard has a strong command of the region and understands specifically what its diverse range of employers need from their benefits team.”

A veteran of the employee benefits industry, Richard has an extensive track record of success as a visionary strategist and seasoned producer with experience servicing a range of mid-to-large-sized clients.

Richard joins Alliant with more than 30 years of experience within the Baton Rouge employee benefits community. Prior to joining Alliant, he was Area President, Gulf States with a national employee benefits and consulting firm where he built the firm’s regional employee benefits practice from scratch into a $35 million operation.

Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration from Louisiana State University. He can be reached in the Baton Rouge office of Alliant at (225) 236-9670 or at Chard.Richard@alliant.com.

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