Chief Administrative Officer honored for shaping company policies and best practices amid strong growth and expansion
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services (www.alliant.com), the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that its Chief Administrative Officer, Diana Kiehl, has been named one of 2013’s Women to Watch by Business Insurance. Kiehl was honored for her role in creating innovative company policies and best practices to support Alliant’s significant growth and expansion.
“Diana has been a stalwart on the Alliant team since 1991, rising from her initial position as an associate producer to an influential member of our executive team,” said Tom Corbett, Alliant’s Chairman and CEO. “Her leadership and innovation are a testament to Alliant’s time-honored commitment to professionalism, entrepreneurialism, and service.”
As Chief Administrative Officer, Kiehl is responsible for broadening Alliant’s sales and service best practices across all of the organization’s specialty groups and practices. Kiehl oversees all aspects of Alliant’s administration, including human resources, marketing and corporate communications, and risk management.
“Diana has been instrumental in laying a sound administrative foundation for Alliant as we reach new industries and broaden our service profile,” said Corbett. “She is the true embodiment of the Alliant way and an inspiration to a dynamic and growing number of female business leaders in our industry.”
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 the publication according to various criteria, including recent professional achievements, influence on the marketplace, and contributions in the advancement of women in business. The honorees were announced at the December 3 Women to Watch Leadership Workshop and Awards Luncheon in New York.
Kiehl joins a growing community of Women to Watch honorees from Alliant, including 2012 honorees Reshma Dalia, Senior Vice President of Operations and Finance for Alliant’s Construction Services Group, and Mandy McNeil, Senior Vice President and Director of Alliant-owned consulting firm Moore-McNeil.
Aquisition will create one of the nation’s most experienced and trusted teams of risk and insurance professionals in the energy and marine industries
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. (www.alliant.com), the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced its acquisition of EnRisk Services, Inc., (www.enriskservices.com), a Fort Worth-based firm that specializes in insurance and risk management for the energy industry. The acquisition will create one of the nation’s most experienced and trusted teams in the energy and marine industries.
Snce 1976, EnRisk has grown to become one of the leading U.S. firms specializing in meeting the insurance and risk management needs of the energy industry. Serving a large client base nationwide, the firm has offices in Houston and Denver in addition to its headquarters in Fort Worth.
EnRisk CEO John B. Ludwig will join Alliant as Executive Vice President and Managing Director with the firm’s Energy and Marine Group, which will combine leadership teams and risk professionals from both companies. Ludwig, who joined EnRisk in 2004, has more than 28 years of experience in the energy and insurance industries, and his leadership is credited with establishing a team at EnRisk that has more than quadrupled revenue while expanding the firm with offices in Houston and Denver.
“The acquisition of EnRisk, which is highly respected as one of the most progressive, professional, and technically competent insurance agencies in the energy industry, is a major win for our company,” stated Tom Corbett, Alliant Chairman and CEO. “The services offered by EnRisk are very complementary to those provided by Alliant, and we are excited to be joining forces.”
Greg Zimmer, Alliant President and CFO, noted, “Alliant and EnRisk share many strategic and operational philosophies, including a commitment to a true team-based client service platform. The similarity of our respective approaches to serving clients and building business will enable us to create a high-performing team that will continue to meet and exceed the needs of both Alliant and EnRisk clients.”
“We are pleased to have the EnRisk team join Alliant,” said Benjamin Wilcox, Executive Vice President and Director of Alliant’s Energy and Marine Group. “The two practices complement one another, and the combined teams will lead to significant growth potential for Alliant.”
According to Ludwig, EnRisk’s acquisition by a brokerage firm with an established national platform and powerful market presence like Alliant represented a tremendous opportunity for his team.
“This is an exciting and strategic move that aligns the shared visions of EnRisk and Alliant to build a national practice that will emerge as the clear leader in the industry,” he said. “The move enables us to take full advantage of the well-established nationwide presence of Alliant, which includes an existing specialty in the energy and marine industries. Alliant is a dynamic, streamlined organization with tremendous depth of experience, extensive market relationships, and reputation for exceptional client service. Most significantly, it is committed to strategies that will enable us to provide even better and more robust insurance solutions to current EnRisk clients.”
Ludwig went on to emphasize, “Although the EnRisk brand will change, our team and values will not. Our current clients can be assured that the same professionals they have worked with at EnRisk will continue to service their accounts.”
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Focus on implementing best-in-class technology solutions has led to improved customer service and increased revenue
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. (www.alliant.com
), the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that it was recently selected to the prestigious InformationWeek 500 list, an annual ranking of U.S. companies that employ the most innovative use of information technology in their businesses. This year marks the company’s first appearance on the InformationWeek 500.
Alliant is among some 40 companies in the insurance industry to be named to the list and was recognized for its innovation in platform integration. Completed in 2012, the multi-year platform integration strategy was designed and implemented to replace a number of outdated systems with best-in-class technology solutions, leading to greater operational efficiencies, added value for clients, and increased sales of insurance products and services.
“We now have an environment of 24/7 customer service, a complete view of client information, and enhanced collaboration and tools for our clients and employees,” said Ilene Anders, Chief Information Officer of Alliant, who spearheaded the project. “Our integrated technology platform has become a differentiator for Alliant, allowing us to improve our internal servicing and create customized, client-facing technology solutions rooted in this platform. As a result, we have seen a measurable impact on revenue.”
Clients of Alliant will benefit from the company’s investment in technology through a number of means, including on demand visibility and access to insurance documents, a direct connection to service teams, and improved communication channels. Added Anders: “Not only does Alliant now have a centralized, global view of each client, but our producers and service teams can engage even more efficiently with our clients to meet their insurance, risk, and employee benefits needs.”
Rob Preston, Editor-In-Chief of InformationWeek, said the theme of this year’s InformationWeek 500 is digital business. “It’s a movement—rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking, and other customer‐focused technologies—that is turning companies and industries on their ear. Every enterprise is now a digital business—or needs to become one fast. The organizations in our ranking are leading the way.”
InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology.
As an exclusive Service Network Provider, Alliant will provide custom-designed health and benefits insurance programs
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Following the recent selection of Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. (www.alliant.com) by the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) as its exclusive Network Service Provider to support compliance by member companies with national healthcare reform, Alliant will hit the ground running by presenting a free 60-minute webinar on September 17 for ITA members on how to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Alliant, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, was chosen by the ITA to develop and partner in building the ITA Advantage (www.illinoistechinsurance.com), a special program to help members understand the insurance exchange buying process and provide them with information to make educated decisions related to health and employee benefits insurance.
According to ITA CEO and President Fred Hoch, Alliant was selected because of its experience in the technology industry and its ability to deliver employee benefits products and services for companies of all sizes.
“We wanted a partner that understands technology companies and one that had the size, resources, and technological capabilities to design a full range of comprehensive products and services,” Hoch explained. “With the rapidly changing healthcare and benefits marketplace, we needed a broker that also could define a custom-built program for ITA members and provide the services that will help our members better understand the complexities of national healthcare reform. Our partnership with Alliant meets all of these criteria.”
Gene Smith, Senior Vice President of Alliant Employee Benefits, commented: “The ITA Advantage plan will provide a comprehensive suite of consulting and client resources to design and service an array of employer plans for any needs or cost objectives. Alliant will work with ITA members to craft a strategy that engages their employees through use of a digital exchange and with industry-based insight on benchmarking and program analytics for Illinois-based technology companies.”
“Before the reform dates, Alliant will assess ITA member options while helping to guarantee that program outcomes are on target,” noted Kevin Overbey, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Our objective is to help members make the adjustments required in today’s constantly changing business landscape. The ITA Advantage will offer members a deep menu of resources, choice designed plans, communications, compliance, administration, and advocacy services.”
Titled “Healthcare Reform: The Impact for the Illinois Technology-Based Employee,” the September 17 webinar will cover a full range of healthcare reform subjects, including employer requirements, employer risks and pitfalls, what’s coming in 2014 and beyond, and looking ahead. Scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Central time, the webinar can be accessed by association members through ITA’s web site.
New service offers employers quick and simple solution to connect their
non-benefits eligible employees to state marketplaces and Medicaid
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Employee Benefits (www.alliantbenefits.com
), a division of Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. (www.alliant.com
), the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced the availability of its newest service, IndividualCHOICE, to help employees comply with the federally mandated individual health coverage requirement.
IndividualCHOICE by Alliant Employee Benefits is a concierge service for employers interested in providing their non-benefits eligible employees, or dependents that are not covered, the opportunity to learn about and enroll in health coverage through their state marketplaces, Medicaid, or other individual coverage.
Kevin Overbey, Senior Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Alliant Employee Benefits, said, “Our clients are actively looking for ways to assist their non-benefit eligible employees find the best solution for them and their dependents, while ensuring they can take advantage of any subsidies or other financial assistance for which they qualify. IndividualCHOICE removes the burden on employers to answer the deluge of employee questions during the enrollment period, now and in future years.”
IndividualCHOICE is available to employers in all 50 states and offers employees state-specific guidance using licensed health insurance counselors to provide personalized support as they evaluate their coverage options. It also includes employee-focused communication materials and the ability to purchase ancillary products and customized reporting.
More information about IndividualCHOICE is available on the Alliant Employee Benefits web site
A former attorney, Arain combines client-side knowledge about law firm risks with extensive insurance brokerage expertise
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. (www.alliant.com
), the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Adnan Arain has joined its ProQuest division as a broker and Vice President in its Chicago office. ProQuest specializes in providing insurance brokerage solutions to law firms.
Arain joins Alliant following six years as a broker in the Chicago office of a major insurance brokerage firm, where he was Assistant Vice President/Senior Broker Specialist in the professional liability practice. While there, he served as primary contact for numerous large law firms, brokering lawyers professional liability, employment practices liability, management liability, and cyber liability.
Before entering the brokerage business, Arain was an associate attorney with the Chicago law firm of Alholm, Monahan, Klauke, Hay & Oldenburg, where he specialized in defending attorneys in malpractice cases. He also has practiced in other areas of law, including medical malpractice defense, general liability insurance defense, and toxic tort litigation.
“Not only does Adnan Arain bring to ProQuest an impressive resume in meeting the professional liability insurance needs of large law firms, but he also provides extensive client-side knowledge about the unique risks faced by the legal services profession,” stated Peter Vexter, Executive Vice President at ProQuest. “This combination of expertise provides Adnan with a unique perspective and credibility in both assessing the professional liability needs of clients and designing solutions that will be most effective in meeting those needs. In addition, his knowledge, experience, and established market relationships will be a tremendous asset in expanding our presence in the law firm marketplace.”
Arain holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. He received the Fulbright Scholarship in 1996.
), a division of Alliant, provides a complete range of insurance placement and risk management services designed to meet the unique needs of law firms. It currently serves more than 300 law firms, ranging from local and regional firms to national and international practices, many of which are represented in the AmLaw 200.
Tomko will focus on developing contractor relationships across the nation, with special emphasis on the Western United States
NEWPORT BEACH, CA. — Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. (www.alliant.com), the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Tim Tomko has joined the Construction Services Group as Senior Vice President. He will be based in the Los Angeles office of Alliant.
Tomko will work with the established Alliant surety leaders—Richard Ferrucci, Mike Cusack, Michael Parizino, Russ Canterbury, Larry McMahon, and Sandy Albrecht—on developing general contractor relationships across the country, with special emphasis on the Western United States. He will be responsible for delivering unique strategies in surety underwriting and continuing to build the Alliant network of surety market relationships.
“Tim Tomko and his surety underwriting capabilities are very well respected nationwide by general contractors, surety providers, and brokers,” said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant. “His ability to understand complex surety arrangements and translate them into workable surety solutions is what makes Tim such a valuable member of the team.”
Alliant clients and colleagues have worked together with Tomko for over two decades. Prior to joining Alliant, Tomko was employed for over a decade as the Pacific Southwest Regional Bond Manager at Liberty Mutual Surety. He began his surety career at Reliance Surety Company in 1990 and subsequently worked for AIG in various positions for the next ten years.
Tomko holds a degree in finance from the University of Arizona.
Carpenter joined Alliant through the acquisition of ClearPoint, a company he co-founded and led as CEO
NEWPORT BEACH, CA. — Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. (www.alliant.com), the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Peter Carpenter, currently Managing Director, Employee Benefits–Northeast, has been named the company’s Chief Operating Officer and will assume that position September 1.
In his new role, Carpenter will be responsible for managing all day-to-day aspects of Alliant’s operations and will direct its leveraged hire strategy, which is dedicated to attracting the industry’s best and highest performing sales professionals.
Carpenter joined Alliant in 2008 when it acquired ClearPoint, a Seattle-based employee benefits consulting firm that he co-founded and where he served as CEO. He will succeed current Alliant COO Jerry Hall, a 25-year veteran of the firm who has served in that position since 1996. Hall is retiring from Alliant to focus on nonprofit service for populations with special needs, including wounded military veterans and their families.
“Peter Carpenter brings many years of leadership experience to this essential role, including founding and serving as CEO of ClearPoint and most recently serving as Managing Director of our benefits operations in the Northeast region,” stated Tom Corbett, Alliant Chairman and CEO. “He will continue to operate out of our New York office, which adds national balance to our executive leadership team.
“As someone who has earned a well-deserved reputation as an innovative thinker and strategist whose ideas translate to the real world marketplace, Peter is a great example of Alliant’s continued ability to recruit top people from within the company who will become the future leadership of Alliant,” Corbett said.
With more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, with a primary focus on employee benefits, Carpenter has built an industrywide reputation for developing and implementing creative solutions for large multi-location employers with complex benefits needs, as well as driving business expansion.
“I am honored and excited about the opportunity to help lead Alliant into a future that offers such tremendous promise for our company,” Carpenter commented. “Alliant has proven itself to be a highly respected and innovative industry leader that enjoys long-standing relationships with a growing portfolio of clients in diverse specialty industries. We are well-positioned to capitalize on our established business model that places intellectual capital and strategic decision-making at the client service level, resulting in the highest level of response for our customers. My goal is to partner with the other members of the executive team to refine that business model to provide even better service that meets today’s tightened client budgets.”
Prior to founding ClearPoint, Carpenter served as vice president of sales and marketing for a large regional insurance brokerage firm and as a group representative and manager for Sun Life Insurance Company.
Carpenter earned his bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, ME, where he majored in government and Spanish.
Located in Alliant’s Jackson, MS, office, Painter will focus on driving business for the Construction Services Group in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services (www.alliant.com), the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Billy Painter has joined the company’s Construction Services Group as Senior Vice President and Regional Director. He will be based in Alliant’s Jackson, MS, office.
Painter will be responsible for business development and delivering innovative risk management advice to contractors, developers and project owners throughout the Southeast, including Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Using his surety and construction expertise, Painter will leverage his vast experience and accounting background to assist construction firms in increasing margins and maintaining surety credit and capacity levels.
“Adding Billy to the Alliant Construction Services Group is another strategic step in the realization of our expansion plans. The construction expertise Billy brings to the table is very complementary to our existing core of surety and risk advisors,” commented Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant. “His dedication to educating the public and young people about construction is exciting and education is critical to our ongoing commitment to our industry.”
Prior to joining Alliant, Painter led the construction practice of a regional firm located in Mississippi and has experience working as a CPA. Painter is a member of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation. He is a graduate of the Millsaps College Else School of Management where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration.
As Managing Director of Alliant Healthcare Solutions, Hagemeier will oversee group’s strategic direction
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services (www.alliant.com), the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Senior Vice President Todd Hagemeier has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Alliant Healthcare Solutions, the firm’s national healthcare practice, and will oversee the strategic direction of the group’s sales and service teams that operate from offices throughout the country.
Hagemeier, who joined Alliant in 2006, has been responsible for healthcare business development and overseeing client service and marketing needs for property and casualty risk primarily in the Dallas market.
He will remain in the Dallas office while leading Alliant Healthcare Solutions’ highly experienced executive team, which consists of Philip Reischman, Freddie Nutt, and Janet Hale, each of whom will continue to serve as Executive Vice President and Managing Director and are located in the firm’s Houston office.
In announcing Hagemeier’s promotion, Tom Corbett, Alliant Chairman and CEO, said, “During his seven years with Alliant, Todd has proven himself to be a dynamic leader who has been highly successful in expanding the presence of our healthcare practice in the highly competitive Dallas market. His demonstrated leadership qualities, strategic thinking, and business development success are an ideal fit with the extensive market knowledge and program development expertise of Phil Reischman, Freddie Nutt, and Janet Hale, who all have been instrumental in establishing and building Alliant’s national healthcare platform.”
Jeff Moench, Senior Managing Director of Alliant’s Specialty Group, commented, “With Todd primarily focusing on the overall strategic direction of Alliant Healthcare Solutions, Phil, Freddie, and Janet will be freed to concentrate on driving business and overseeing the development of risk management solutions for major healthcare clients. Together, this executive leadership team offers a combination of healthcare industry knowledge, leadership experience, and innovative thinking that is unmatched in the industry.”
Hagemeier’s entire 20-year career has been dedicated exclusively to working with healthcare providers. Prior to joining Alliant, he held various sales, service, marketing, and management responsibilities for the healthcare practices of international insurance brokerage firms.
Hagemeier holds an MBA degree from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Maryville University in Chesterfield, MO. He also holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.