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May 14
Alliant continues expansion efforts with addition of insurance veteran Tim Ward

​Company seeking top-tier brokerage talent from around the nation


NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Tim Ward has joined the company as Assistant Vice President, Business Development. A 40-year insurance veteran, Ward will continue the company’s initiative to attract top brokerage talent from around the U.S. as part of its national expansion campaign.
 
“Alliant is expanding its reach across all facets of the business, and Tim will lead the charge to bring top producers to our talented brokerage team,” said Peter Carpenter, Chief Operating Officer of Alliant Insurance Services. “This will continue Alliant’s commitment to deploying the best talent in the business to service our clients.”
 
This initiative comes amid an historic period of expansion for Alliant. In addition to completing a number of acquisitions, the company has grown to encompass more than 70 offices throughout all major markets of the United States. Ward’s objective will be to contribute to this growth by attracting top-tier brokerage talent.
 
“As the specialty insurance leader, Alliant is the premier destination for producers with an established track record of success,” said Carpenter. “We are proud that Alliant employs a dynamic, entrepreneurial corporate culture where producers take full ownership in their clients’ success.”
 
Ward brings a broad array of insurance experience spanning sales, management, consulting, and acquisitions. Prior to joining Alliant, Ward built integrated absence management, return to work, and health and productivity programs for Fortune 500 companies with one of the nation’s largest providers of financial protection benefits. He has extensive experience growing sales departments for both regional and national insurance operations with an eye for attracting best-in-class brokerage talent.
 
Ward holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He will be based in the New York office of Alliant.
May 05
Alliant Insurance Services names Noreen Graham Senior Vice President
Skilled advisor adds captive expertise to Construction Services Group

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Noreen Graham has joined its Construction Services Group as Senior Vice President to provide insurance advice on alternative risk financing.

“Noreen’s wealth of experience and knowledge within the casualty marketplace makes her a highly valuable asset to our team,” said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director of Alliant Insurance Services. “The addition of Noreen to our team shows Alliant’s continued commitment to providing superior service and expertise to our clients.”

Graham joins Alliant with 23 years of insurance experience, primarily as a large account client executive, with a focus on the hospitality, real estate, manufacturing, and transportation industries. Her central focus with Alliant will be as a large account broker assisting clients in reducing their total cost of risk through risk financing and innovative program structures.

Prior to joining Alliant, Graham was Executive Vice President at a global brokerage firm where she was responsible for the production of national, complex casualty accounts. Prior to 2014 Graham served as Senior Managing Director of the Western Region for a national specialty brokerage firm where she was responsible for the region’s large accounts as well as the brokerage’s Woodland Hills, Calif. office.

Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nova Southeastern University and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) certification. She was recognized as a Power Broker® by Risk & Insurance Magazine in 2013.
Graham will be based in the Los Angeles office of Alliant.
May 04
Sarah Caron joins Alliant Insurance Services

Healthcare and legal industry expert to provide disability, life, and absence management consulting solutions to large corporate clients

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Sarah Caron has joined the company’s Sagewell Partners division as Director, Business Development. Caron will provide disability, life, and absence management consulting solutions to large corporate clients throughout the United States.

“Sarah’s ability to develop and maintain powerful relationships on the client and carrier side of the business will serve as an essential component in the expansion of Sagewell’s reach,” said David Osterhaus, Executive Vice President and Managing Director with Sagewell Partners. “She will provide sound counsel to our national portfolio of clients that bolster operational outcomes and reduce losses.”

Caron joins Sagewell Partners with more than 18 years of benefits experience. She brings targeted expertise servicing clients in the healthcare and legal industries, having delivered long-term solutions designed to address industry-specific needs. She also has extensive experience as a claims consultant.

Prior to joining Sagewell, Caron was a national account manager with a Fortune 500 financial services organization. In this role, she developed an extensive book of business through the development and implementation of targeted business plans to a diverse portfolio of clients.

Caron received her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Southern Maine. She will be based in the Alpharetta, Ga. office of Alliant.

April 16
Chad Schulz joins Alliant Insurance Services

​Employee benefits specialist brings expertise in large market healthcare, Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Chad Schulz has joined the company’s Employee Benefits Group as First Vice President, where he will focus on market development. The Seattle-based benefits specialist brings extensive experience in large market healthcare, Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) to Alliant’s growing Northwest practice.

“The landscape of healthcare delivery systems is rapidly changing,” said Steve DiPietro, Managing Director, Benefits – Northwest. “Chad will leverage his broad-based expertise and strong knowledge of the Northwest market to deliver leading-edge benefits solutions that help our clients adapt to this new reality.”

With more than 13 years of business development and consulting experience, Schulz has worked with a broad range of clients spanning entrepreneurial start-ups and not-for-profit organizations to Global 100 corporations. Prior to joining Alliant, Schulz was a Principal in the Seattle office of a global employee benefits consulting firm, where he served as Business Development Leader for Western Washington and Idaho.

He holds an MBA in finance from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in political science from DePauw University.

He will be based in the Seattle office of Alliant.

April 15
Federal Aviation Administration names Alliant Insurance Services Broker of Record

​Alliant Construction Services Group to manage the Federal Contract Tower Insurance Program

Newport Beach, CA - Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, announced its Construction Services Group has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to manage aviation brokerage services for the Federal Contract Tower (FCT). The FAA FCT currently oversees 252 air traffic control towers, including six National Guard sites, throughout the United States.

“We are excited to work with the FAA, the 252 FCT facilities, their program vendors, and contractors to ensure the FCT program is effectively and thoroughly designed,” said Regina Carter, Senior Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services. “Our team is well equipped to handle the complex program and provide a comprehensive risk management program for the FCT.”
 
Alliant is to design, broker, and implement the control tower liability insurance and risk management program on behalf of the FCT. Alliant will support the FCT and work with Kim Curry, Manager, Contract Operations Group, Air Traffic Services (ATS) and FCT to deliver program and risk management services.
 
All inquiries about the FCT Tower Insurance Program are to be directed to Regina Carter at Regina.Carter@alliant.com or (415) 990-0169.
April 06
​Alliant Insurance Services names Rick Shamis Senior Vice President

Skilled risk advisor adds recognized insurance leadership to Construction Services Group


NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Rick Shamis has joined its Construction Services Group as Senior Vice President. Shamis is widely considered one of the industry’s most talented and highly regarded construction risk advisors.
 
“Rick’s ability to partner successfully with clients to craft one-of-a-kind risk programs highlights Alliant’s commitment to hiring top talent from across the country,” commented Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Insurance Services.
 
Shamis will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of construction risk management products and services to clients and prospects throughout the United States. He will provide “state of the art” risk advice to Alliant’s contractor clients, including coverage enhancements and innovative insurance program design.
 
Shamis brings 30 years of experience in property and casualty marketing, servicing, and troubleshooting for both national and international construction firms. He works closely with risk management and finance departments to ensure projects are completed safely and on time. He is a frequent speaker at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference and received the International Risk Management Institute’s (IRMI) “Words of Wisdom” Award for his academic leadership in the advancement of insurance education. Shamis received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northern State University and holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.
 
Joining Shamis at Alliant as First Vice President is Kathleen Semler, who has 30 years of experience in property and casualty marketing, account servicing, claims advocacy, and complex project placement for national and foreign-based construction firms. She will be responsible for managing accounts, servicing and delivering coverage enhancements, and delivering unique program design structures.
 
Shamis and Semler will be based in the Chicago office of Alliant.
April 03
Alliant continues Inland Northwest expansion campaign with acquisition of North Idaho Insurance

​National insurance brokerage closes third strategic transaction within the region in seven months


NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has acquired North Idaho Insurance, a regional insurance agency providing personal lines, commercial lines, and employee benefits products and services to clients throughout the Inland Northwest. This marks Alliant’s third strategic transaction within the region in seven months.

“Alliant is dedicated to establishing a leadership position in the Inland Northwest,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “North Idaho Insurance, with its proven track record of success and strong regional perspective, affirms our commitment to being the insurance partner of choice for clients in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho as we continue our proactive expansion campaign.”
 
Founded in 1978, North Idaho Insurance is among the larger independent agencies in the region. The Standpoint, Idaho firm provides a full spectrum of personal and commercial insurance solutions, with key coverages including workers’ compensation, general liability, commercial property, inland marine, public entity, and others. North Idaho Insurance also offers health and life insurance plans for both individuals and businesses.

North Idaho Insurance will operate as part of Alliant Americas, which was launched in January 2014 to expand the company’s presence in the middle market through strategic acquisitions and investments. Alliant Americas provides midsized businesses with targeted insurance products and services through a dedicated national platform.

“North Idaho Insurance is a regional insurance leader committed to addressing the unique risks and exposures faced by rural clients,” said Sean McConlogue, President, Alliant Americas. “As we continue to expand our footprint in the Inland Northwest, we are looking to partner with firms like North Idaho Insurance, which share our vision for excellence in local service.”

North Idaho Insurance is headed by Managing Agent Mike Mahoney, who will join Alliant as Vice President.

“This partnership will enable us to maintain our targeted focus on serving the local community, while benefiting from the power and strength of Alliant’s national platform.” said Mahoney. “This provides us with the expanded resources and strength to offer a level of service and sophistication never before seen in rural communities.”

This transaction continues Alliant’s ongoing expansion campaign within the Inland Northwest Region. In September 2014, Alliant acquired Moloney O’Neill, a diversified insurance brokerage firm providing property and casualty, employee benefits, and life products and services from its offices in Spokane, Wash. and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

North Idaho Insurance will continue to operate under its current name and brand. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
April 02
Alliant announces winners of 2015 Build America Awards

​Prestigious award recognizes the top construction projects in the country

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) announced the winners of the 2015 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 San Juan, Puerto Rico, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.

“These extraordinary projects represent the best of our industry and demonstrate how contractors continue to inspire us with their craft and skill,” said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Insurance Services.  “We congratulate this year’s winners – including Alliant clients Clark Construction and Skanska USA Building Inc. – as well as all of the other nominees for their commitment to excellence.  These world-class projects are a source of pride for their local communities and bring jobs to the region, and we are honored to be associated with the Build America Awards.”

“These projects demonstrate the qualities that have made the construction industry great: hard work, ingenuity, and world-class skill,” said Stephen S. Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer of the Associated General Contractors of America. “Contractors like these are not only building exceptional projects; they’re building a better, more prosperous America.”

Clark Construction’s Los Angeles Hall of Justice was one of the most significant construction projects of 2014, receiving the award for Best Building Renovation between $11 million to $199 million. Originally constructed in 1925, the Hall of Justice in Downtown Los Angeles was damaged by a 1994 earthquake and, for nearly 20 years, sat practically dormant and unsound for continued occupation. Clark Construction Group began work to rebuild the structure that included a complete structural retrofit, intricate historic restoration, and complete tenant improvement, as well as a new 1,000-car parking structure for building occupants. To accommodate a modern office building environment, the 11th and 13th floors of the building were removed to allow for double-height spaces, harnessing natural light. Clark delivered a modern, LEED Gold certified facility that maintained the building’s historic elements on schedule and within budget.

Skanska USA Building Inc. received the Best Building Renovation Over $200 million award for its work on the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Mass. The expansion and renovation of the Harvard Fogg Museum, located on the Harvard University Campus, was both complex and historically significant. Work involved the selective demolition of the 1927 historic structure, including all mechanical, engineering, and plumbing systems and the removal of five separate additions, while historic façades, travertine stonework, and columns replicating a 15th century Italian piazza were all protected in place. The team at Skanska not only restored the original façade and courtyard, but constructed a 130,000-square-foot new addition. In addition to increasing the gallery space, providing multiple upgrades and several building code updates, the project and its end result stayed true to the museum’s original mission to remain a teaching museum and allow unrestricted access to the artwork on display. The four-year project was completed on schedule and on budget.

The first annual Alliant Build America Scholarship Program was also announced at the conference. The scholarship is given to students seeking degrees in construction management, construction science and management, or construction engineering. Each year, up to 20 students will be awarded the Alliant Scholarship.

A full list of the Alliant Build America Award winners is available here and pictures of the winners are available here.
March 26
Surety expert Nick Paget joins Moloney O’Neill

​Paget to work with commercial contractors throughout the Northwest region


NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that surety veteran Nick Paget has joined the company’s Moloney O’Neill division as First Vice President. In this position, he will work with commercial contractors throughout the Northwest region to meet their surety bonding needs.
 
“Nick is one of the Northwest’s foremost surety experts,” said Dan Romain, Executive Vice President, Moloney O’Neill. “As a vital member of the Moloney O’Neill team, he will work to design and develop programs that provide our clients access to the diverse market and long-established relationships Alliant enjoys with a range of major surety companies.”
 
Paget has nearly two decades of experience in the surety bond industry and brings a breadth of strategic alliances in the banking and construction industries that add significant value to servicing clients. Prior to joining Alliant, he was Vice President for surety with a regional firm providing insurance bonds, financial services, and employee benefits to clients throughout the Western United States.
 
Paget is an active member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP).
 
He will be based in the Spokane, Wash. office of Alliant.​
March 18
Alliant Insurance Services and the Associated General Contractors of America announce the Alliant Build America Scholarship

​Scholarship to benefit students pursuing construction degrees


NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) have announced the formation of the Alliant Build America Scholarship. The scholarship, announced at the AGC annual convention, is for students seeking undergraduate and advanced degrees in construction management, construction science and management, or construction engineering. The scholarship is available to students at any stage of their construction education.
 
“We are focused on encouraging as many students as possible to pursue an education in construction science and construction project management,” said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Insurance Services. “It is our goal to provide scholarships for 10 to 20 students each year. Helping to infuse new talent with an education in construction engineering and management into construction firms around the country is a part of our commitment to the contracting community.”
 
The private, direct scholarship is designed to make a significant difference for students planning a career in the construction industry. Applicants for the Alliant Build America Scholarship are required to complete an online application (scholarship.agc.org) and an in-person interview with a local AGC contractor. The online application process starts on April 1, 2015 with a deadline of November 2, 2015.
 
The AGC Education and Research Foundation reviews candidates’ applications for the Alliant Build America Scholarship and selects the scholarship recipients. In support of returning members of the military, veterans of the United States armed forces receive special consideration.
 
Stephen Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer of AGC of America remarked, “Many previous recipients of AGC Foundation scholarships are playing a significant role in construction firms around the country. By enhancing its partnership with AGC, Alliant is investing in the future of construction in America.”
 
About the AGC
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 26,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC website at www.agc.org.
 
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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