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January 31
Alliant Honored with Excellence in Marketing Award

​NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. is honored to have been recognized by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) San Diego Chapter, the nation’s largest construction trade association, with the “Excellence in Marketing Award.”

The award is presented to the company that best exemplifies the promotion of the values of AGC Members both internally and externally to the community at large or potential clients during the previous year.

Alliant accepted the award on January 15, 2018, during the AGC, San Diego Annual Installation Dinner where Larry McMahon, Executive Vice President, Alliant, was also reappointed to the board. McMahon has been an active AGC member and has served on the board three terms of 3 years in the past 18 years. The AGC is dedicated to improving the construction industry by employing the finest skills, promoting the latest technology, and advocating building the best quality projects for public and private owners.

Alliant has been a long-time supporter of the AGC community and is proud to partner with AGC national and state chapters.
 
A full list of the AGC San Diego Annual Award winners is available here and pictures of the winners are available here.

January 25
​Alliant Adds New Talent in the East, Hires Steve Reisler

New Jersey-based commercial insurance veteran brings diverse middle market experience

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to expand its presence on the East Coast, bringing on New Jersey middle market specialist Steve Reisler. As Vice President, Reisler will provide targeted risk management and insurance solutions to a growing and diverse portfolio of clients throughout the region.

“Steve has a multifaceted background and a proven track record for finding innovative solutions to a broad range of risks,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “He understands the unique market dynamics that affect the region’s businesses and will serve as a significant asset to clients across a broad range of industries and disciplines.”

As part of the Alliant team, Reisler will leverage the company’s strong presence in the real estate market to provide enhanced risk management solutions to condominium association clients. He will also tap into Alliant’s industry-leading workplace safety and claims management resources for workers’ compensation.

Reisler has more than 20 years of property and casualty insurance brokerage experience servicing clients throughout New Jersey and New York. Prior to joining Alliant, Reisler was Vice President with a regional insurance brokerage firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Lynchburg College.

Reisler will be based in the Fair Haven, NJ office of Alliant within the company’s Alliant Americas division. He can be reached at (732) 784-9781 or at Steven.Reisler@alliant.com.

January 23
​Jennifer Groszek Joins Alliant’s ProQuest Division

Longtime attorney and claims specialist to service national portfolio of law firm clients

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Longtime attorney and claims specialist Jennifer Groszek has joined the ProQuest division of Alliant as Vice President, Claims Advocate Lead, where she will provide risk management, consulting, and claims management and resolution services to a broad array of clients across the U.S. The Chicago-based Groszek joins Alliant with extensive expertise advising in complex claims for clients ranging from large, multinational corporations to regional and community operations.

“As ProQuest continues to expand its reach, our clients require the expertise of a claims advocate who knows the law firm space and can manage even the most complex of claims,” said Craig Howser, Executive Vice President, ProQuest. “Jennifer is a seasoned veteran who understands how to successfully analyze and resolve claims in today’s high-risk business climate.” 

Groszek has more than 15 years of experience as an attorney, claims specialist, and business consultant. Her background in both the public and private sectors has enabled her to develop broad-based expertise that she employs to ensure clients’ claims are resolved swiftly and accurately.

Prior to joining ProQuest, Groszek was a Claims Consultant and Attorney managing high-exposure D&O and E&O liability claims for a broad range of clients. Groszek, who began her career as an Assistant State’s Attorney, also has extensive experience with toxic tort and environmental law. 

Groszek holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. She is an active member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC), where she has received numerous awards for her service and professional Groszek holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. She is an active member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC), where she has received numerous awards for her service and professional accomplishments.

January 22
​Arrival of Joe Cafferelli Continues Talent Boom in the West for Alliant

Phoenix-based commercial insurance veteran brings diverse industry experience and sound regional expertise

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to add top talent out West, with the arrival of 20-year commercial insurance veteran Joe Cafferelli as Executive Vice President. The Phoenix-based Cafferelli will provide targeted insurance and risk management solutions to clients throughout the region and facilitate Alliant’s continued growth in the greater Phoenix area.

“Phoenix continues to emerge as a key part of our Western expansion, as its diverse economy and strong economic fundamentals represent a significant growth opportunity for Alliant,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “Joe is one of the region’s leading producers and brings a broad expertise to our team that will be essential to our success here.”

Cafferelli joins Alliant with extensive experience designing and deploying property and casualty insurance solutions to clients in a broad array of industries and disciplines. He is regarded for his ability to deliver high-value strategic solutions that protect both his clients and their executive teams from fast-evolving risks and exposures.

Prior to joining Alliant, Cafferelli was Managing Director with a global insurance brokerage firm. He also has extensive experience in finance and underwriting. He holds an MBA in finance from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. 

Cafferelli will be based in the Phoenix office of Alliant within the company’s Alliant Americas division. He can be reached at (602) 707-1892 or at Joe.Cafferelli@alliant.com.

December 12
Alliant Continues Eastern U.S. Growth Campaign, Adds Devin E. Blazier

New Jersey-based industry veteran to service diverse portfolio of regional clients

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant’s ongoing growth campaign in the Eastern U.S. continues with the addition of Senior Vice President Devin E. Blazier. The New Jersey-based industry veteran joins the company’s Alliant Americas division with extensive technical expertise in professional liability, group captives, workers’ compensation, loss control, and complex inland marine programs.

“The addition of Devin to Alliant Americas will infuse our team with a powerful combination of technical acumen and high-caliber service,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “He will play an integral role in growing our presence in a wide range of industry segments and provide formidable product knowledge to our growing team in the Eastern region.”

Blazier joins Alliant with deep experience providing risk and insurance services to clients across a breadth of industries, including not-for-profit, higher education, retail, engineering, manufacturing, transportation, and healthcare. With 28 years of industry experience, Blazier is highly regarded for his ability to combine energy, innovation, and service to deliver products and services that strengthen his clients’ bottom line.

Prior to joining Alliant, Blazier was Senior Vice President within the New Jersey office of a national insurance and financial services organization, where he serviced a large regional client portfolio as a relationship manager and primary point of contact.

Blazier holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Rutgers University and has earned Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations. He can be reached in the Morristown, NJ office of Alliant at (862) 308-4917 or at Devin.Blazier@alliant.com.

December 07
​Alliant’s Brenna Melvin Named one of 2017’s Women to Watch by Business Insurance

Senior Vice President honored for leadership, innovation in the energy sector

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Brenna Melvin, Senior Vice President within Alliant’s Energy and Marine Group, has been honored as one of 2017’s Women to Watch by Business Insurance. A longtime energy veteran and independent power specialist, Melvin was honored for her vast industry expertise and high-impact leadership as the division continues to post remarkable growth within the sector.

“Brenna has set herself apart in the energy sector for her ability to look at her clients’ total risk picture and deliver an innovative solution that not only protects their assets, but strengthens their bottom line,” said John Ludwig, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Energy and Marine Group. “Brenna is an innovator, a mentor, and an industry expert who brings tremendous leadership to both Alliant and the insurance industry at large.”

Melvin leads the service and marketing efforts for the power generation division of Alliant’s Energy and Marine Group. She specializes in crafting builder’s risk and operational property programs for clients with power facilities throughout the world, including solar, wind, hydroelectric, combined-cycle, cogeneration, duel fuel, and coal-fired projects.

With more than 26 years of industry experience and 19 in the independent power sector, Melvin is highly regarded for combining operational review, contract review, risk mitigation, and insurance strategies to deliver a holistic and comprehensive approach to energy risk. Since joining Alliant in late 2016, Melvin has overseen the development of a range of best practices within the group that have already generated more than 25 percent revenue growth, and climbing.

Melvin joins a growing contingency of Women to Watch honorees at Alliant that includes Donna Hodges, Diana Kiehl, Reshma Dalia, and Susanne Murray.
Business Insurance’s Women to Watch program spotlights 25 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

November 30
​Charlie Long Joins Alliant Energy and Marine Group

Longtime renewable energy authority will provide targeted insurance and risk management solutions to a growing and diverse client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Charlie Long, one of the renewable energy sector’s leading insurance and risk management authorities, has joined the Energy and Marine Group of Alliant, where he will provide targeted solutions to a growing international client base. As Vice President, the Boston-based Long brings 27 years of experience to one of the nation’s most robust and multifaceted energy and marine insurance practices.

“Charlie is highly regarded across the energy space for delivering high-impact risk and insurance programs that align with clients’ business objectives and create remarkable value,” said John Ludwig, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Energy and Marine Group. “In leveraging the deep team of experts and vast resources of Alliant, Charlie will provide an exemplary level of service and expertise to an increasingly diverse client base.”

Long joins Alliant with a proven track record for designing and delivering solutions to clients across all facets of the renewable energy and clean technology sectors, including wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas, and ocean power. Specializing in complex risk management, Long has a strong skill set that includes contract review and recommendations, loss control, and program design. He was named a 2017 Power Broker by Risk and Insurance in renewable energy. 

Prior to joining Alliant, Long was Area Senior Vice President with a global insurance brokerage firm, where he serviced a diverse client base ranging from start-ups to large public companies.

Long can be reached in the Boston office of Alliant at (617) 535-7270 or at Charlie.Long@alliant.com.

November 28
​Tribal First Acquires American Indian Health Services

Acquisition pairs Alliant’s Tribal First division with one of Indian Country’s leading providers of healthcare services solutions

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Tribal First, a division of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services, has acquired American Indian Health Services (AIHS). The acquisition pairs Tribal First, the nation’s largest tribal insurance brokerage, with one of Indian Country’s leading providers of healthcare services and financing tools.

“Access to quality, affordable healthcare continues to play a significant role in Tribal First’s mission as we expand our reach and service profile,” said Sean McConlogue, President of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services. “AIHS is an organization that has consistently improved the lives of Native Americans nationwide by reducing healthcare costs and developing strategies that have a significant positive impact on the community.”

Founded in 2005, AIHS is an American Indian-owned organization dedicated to promoting tribal sovereignty to obtain best-in-class healthcare products and services. The AIHS team is comprised of dedicated specialists with experience identifying and addressing the distinct healthcare needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and related enterprises. This includes expertise in Indian health law, healthcare design, provider networks, and tribal and federal Indian Health Service (IHS) programs.

AIHS will provide additional strength and expertise to Tribal First’s Tribal Care program, a dedicated healthcare solution that coordinates with the IHS to deliver cost-effective healthcare coverage for tribes nationwide. Tribal First provides insurance, risk management, and employee benefits consulting services to more than 400 tribal nations throughout the United States and is a specialized program of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services, Alliant’s growing MGA and program administrator.

“Our mission at AIHS is simple: to improve the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native people through the timely access to appropriate healthcare,” said Brendan McKenna, President of AIHS. “Tribal First, with its reach and scale, will enable us to further this mission through the deployment of high-caliber people and products that directly address the needs of tribes and their respective communities.”

McKenna and the AIHS team will join Alliant and continue to service clients from its Sammamish, WA location. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.     

November 14
​Financial Institutions Expert Paul Grassi Joins Alliant

Grassi to provide insurance and risk management solutions to clients spanning all facets of the financial sectoall facets of the financial sector

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Longtime financial institutions specialist Paul Grassi has joined Alliant, adding extensive industry expertise to the company’s Alliant Americas division. As Senior Vice President, Grassi will provide a full range of insurance and risk management solutions to clients spanning all facets of the financial sector. Grassi will focus on firms throughout the Eastern United States, operating out of Orlando and New York.

“The risks facing financial institutions are fast-evolving and demand the expertise of an industry specialist who understands the fluid nature of the business,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “Paul joins us having earned the trust of some of the nation’s most powerful firms and will provide strong institutional strength to our professional liability practice.”

Grassi joins Alliant with three decades of hard-won financial sector experience. Over his multifaceted career, he has serviced a diverse client base that includes hedge funds, FoHFs, mutuals, venture capital & private equity firms, and their portfolios with both on-shore and off-shore operations.

Prior to joining Alliant, Grassi was Senior Vice President and Sales Executive Leader in the Tampa office of one of the nation’s largest insurance and financial services firms. As a practice leader, Grassi managed a range of client relationships, provided strategic insurance and risk management services, and created synergies between the organization’s insurance and finance arms to grow revenue and expand reach.

Grassi earned his CPA from the State of New Jersey, an MBA in finance from the University of South Florida, and his BS in accounting and finance from St. John’s University. He can be reached at (407) 992-6604 or at Paul.Grassi@alliant.com.

November 13
​Anthony Tamburro Joins Alliant Public Entity Group

New York-based public entity veteran brings experience, value to the Eastern Region

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — The Public Entity Group of Alliant has added more than 25 years of proven expertise in the Eastern United States with the arrival of Anthony (Tony) Tamburro. As Vice President, the New York-based Tamburro will provide targeted risk management and insurance solutions to a broad range of public entities and not-for-profit organizations throughout the region.

“Tony’s ability to add considerable value to the client relationship will be a significant asset to our Public Entity team,” said Daniel Howell, Senior Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Public Entity Group. “He is highly regarded for employing an educational approach to the insurance process that helps his clients safeguard their organization and secure long-term operational success.”

Tamburro joins Alliant with extensive experience pinpointing the unique challenges faced by America’s public entities and responding via the development and implementation of both traditional and alternative risk management programs built around specific client needs.

Prior to joining Alliant, Tamburro was Sales Executive with a New Jersey-based insurance brokerage firm, serving a diverse portfolio of public entity clients. He also has senior-level sales experience with national insurance brokerage firms.

Tamburro holds a bachelor’s degree in business from State University of New York College at Brockport, as well as the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations. He can be reached in Alliant’s New York office at (212) 603-0378 or at Tony.Tamburro@alliant.com.

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