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September 19
​Brady Ayala Joins Alliant Employee Benefits

Oklahoma City-based benefits consultant strengthens regional presence with diverse background in benefits, human resources, and cost containment

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has added one of Oklahoma City’s most multifaceted benefits professionals to its growing Employee Benefits Group in Brady Ayala. As Senior Vice President, Ayala will service a growing portfolio of regional clients, deploying a full range of benefits consulting solutions focused on strengthening operations and reducing costs.

“Brady has built a strong reputation throughout the region for designing and delivering employee benefits solutions that touch all facets of his clients’ operations,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Employee Benefits Group. “Adding him to our team will play a key role in establishing a strong base for Alliant in Oklahoma as we continue to grow our presence both in the Southwest and nationally.”

Ayala is well versed across a broad array of disciplines spanning the worlds of employee benefits, human resources, and cost containment. Specializing in both fully-insured and self-funded plans, Ayala deploys his expertise in plan design, consumer-driven healthcare, and wellness to craft customized plans that provide optimum coverage at highly competitive rates.

Prior to joining Alliant, Ayala was an Employee Benefits Consultant with a global insurance and employee benefits firm serving a diverse portfolio of clients with both regional and national operations. He also has hands-on experience as a human resources professional within the energy industry and as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.

Ayala attended Oklahoma State University and sits on the Boards of Directors of the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management and the Oklahoma City Human Resources Society. He can be reached within the Oklahoma City office of Alliant at (405) 627-5583 or at Brady.Ayala@alliant.com.

September 18
​Alliant Launches Imperium Consulting Group

Risk advisory team to help clients manage economic recovery

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has launched Imperium Consulting Group, a specialized advisory business that works with clients to better manage commercial risks as well as resolve complex claims and disputes.

Employing a multi-disciplined approach with engineers, forensic schedulers, and accountants, Imperium has vast expertise in construction, government contracts, FEMA, and commercial contractual disputes. Imperium also provides insurance claims preparation services and recovery strategies related to property damage, business interruption, surety, subcontractor default, builders risk and delay-in-start-up.

“Imperium will provide our clients with an additional layer of strength for risk mitigation and claims management that stands apart in our industry,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “With access to specialists from a broad array disciplines, our clients will benefit immensely from having a seasoned expert to guide them through the claims process, no matter how complex the issue.”

Colin A. Daigle, a 25-year financial services industry veteran, joins Alliant to lead the new venture.

Daigle, having worked at two global professional services firms, brings extensive experience in contract and insurance claims, risk management and assessment, and overall project consulting. Before joining Alliant, he was on the management committee of a global financial services practice and the leader of its construction consulting division for 16 years.

Daigle holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from La Salle University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In addition to certifications in construction auditing, financial forensics, and information technology, he is also a Certified Public Accountant. He is based in Washington, D.C. and can be reached at Colin.Daigle@imperiumCG.com.

“Complementing Alliant Specialty’s risk management and insurance expertise, Colin brings a wealth of experience and insight that will help businesses measure and mitigate the economic impact of property loss and contract disputes,” said Peter Arkley, President, Alliant Specialty. “Increasing complexity and expense in claims are affecting all industries, and Imperium Consulting Group will bring a tremendous amount of value to the businesses we serve.”

September 06
​Alliant Acquires Harbor Group Consulting 

National leader in commercial real estate loan insurance advisory expands Alliant’s reach, capabilities

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has acquired Harbor Group Consulting, a national leader in insurance advisory for commercial real estate loans. Miami-based Harbor Group will join an already robust and growing real estate practice, adding powerful new resources and capabilities to Alliant’s expansive risk and insurance platform. 

“Harbor Group has an established history as the preferred insurance consulting partner for the world’s premier financial institutions,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “The firm’s global reach and aptitude for handling highly complex transactions will further expand our position as the nation’s preeminent insurance partner for real estate and transaction consulting.”

Founded in 1995, Harbor Group’s vast capabilities cover a broad range of financial transactions, including commercial real estate loans, mezzanine, and commercial mortgage backed securities. The 65-person Harbor Group team also has extensive expertise advising on mergers and acquisitions, business development company (BDC) investments, and various other corporate finance transactions.

“Ever since our first transaction, Harbor Group has been wholly committed to delivering cutting-edge products and services that address every aspect of our clients’ business, the transaction, and the deal process,” says Harbor Group President and CEO Michael S. Liebowitz. “Partnering with Alliant will enable us to further this commitment by expanding our capabilities, growing our team, and delivering powerful new resources for our growing base of global clients.”

To date, Harbor Group has advised on more than 100,000 transactions in 25 countries and has analyzed more than $1 trillion of real estate. Its diverse team includes an experienced cadre of lawyers, underwriters, claims analysts, and other credentialed risk management professionals working in concert to deliver a fully-coordinated solution that covers the full transaction lifecycle. As a result, Harbor Group represents more than 120 domestic and international financial institutions across multiple lines of business.

The entire Harbor Group management team and staff will join Alliant and continue to service clients from its Miami headquarters. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

August 02
​Alliant’s Southeast Growth Push Continues with Addition of Josh Segars

Georgia benefits veteran to service growing regional client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to add top talent to its team in the Southeast, bringing on Georgia benefits veteran Josh Segars. As Senior Vice President within the company’s Employee Benefits Group, Segars will design and deploy customized employee benefits programs for Alliant’s growing regional client base.

“The Southeast remains a key growth area for Alliant, and we are dedicated to providing the region’s diverse businesses with best-in-class benefits solutions,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Employee Benefits Group. “Josh’s strong local knowledge and varied skill set will serve as a valuable asset for our Southeast benefits team and the businesses that comprise this dynamic region.”

Segars joins Alliant with a proven reputation for delivering customized employee benefits solutions that reduce healthcare spending and strengthen enterprise-wide performance. Throughout his 22-year benefits career, he has helped his clients lower medical costs through a multi-tiered approach that promotes wellness and increases efficiencies in the delivery of healthcare services.

Prior to joining Alliant, Segars was Senior Vice President with a national insurance and employee benefits consulting firm where he serviced a diverse base of clients with regional and national operations.

Segars studied economics at the University of Georgia. He can be reached within the Alpharetta, GA office of Alliant at (678) 287-5015 or at Josh.Segars@alliant.com.

August 01
Andrew Oram Brings Diverse Employee Benefits Expertise to Alliant

San Diego benefits specialist joins Alliant’s Employee Benefits Group

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — San Diego benefits specialist Andrew Oram has joined the Employee Benefits Group of Alliant as Vice President. As Alliant continues to expand its West Coast benefits presence, Oram will deliver solutions that help clients reduce healthcare spending, increase productivity, and enhance overall profitability.

“Andrew has the innovation and flexibility needed to service clients in California’s diverse economy,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Employee Benefits Group. “His experience servicing both the public and private sectors will serve as a key advantage as we grow our client base across the West Coast.”

Oram joins Alliant with a far-reaching expertise that spans cost reduction strategies, fully-insured group benefit plans, self-insured benefit plans, pharmacy benefit management renegotiation, trusts, and employee engagement. Prior to joining Alliant, he was a Benefits Consultant with a national insurance brokerage and risk management firm. There, he designed and delivered customized benefits and group healthcare insurance solutions for manufacturers, schools, and a range of midsized companies.

Oram attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of California, San Diego and has held various leadership positions as a board member of the San Diego Society of Human Resource Management.

Oram can be reached within the San Diego office of Alliant at (619) 849-4740 or at Andrew.Oram@alliant.com.

July 31
​Arrival of Brett Morris Continues Alliant’s New Orleans Talent Boom

Employee benefits specialist to focus on cost savings, performance optimization

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to add top-tier employee benefits talent to its New Orleans office with the addition of Brett Morris. As Senior Vice President within the company’s Employee Benefits Group, Morris will work with a broad range of clients to offer value-laden strategies that maximize cost savings and boost performance.

“We continue to see tremendous growth potential in New Orleans and are focused on bringing some of the region’s most innovative talent to our team,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Employee Benefits Group. “With his local knowledge and deep carrier relationships, Brett will provide tremendous value to our clients in the region.”

A longtime innovator in the field of employee benefits, Morris is highly regarded for his ability to find the ideal market for his clients based on each company’s unique risk tolerance. With experience providing both fully-insured and self-insured options, Morris has a proven track record of delivering high-value programs uniquely crafted to strengthen his clients’ business and support long-term growth.

Prior to joining Alliant, Morris was Senior Vice President with a large regional insurance and employee benefits firm servicing clients with both regional and national operations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Morris can be reached within Alliant’s New Orleans office at (504) 312-4928 or at Brett.Morris@alliant.com.

July 20
​Bill Noonan Joins Alliant

Brings an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in construction

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has named Bill Noonan Managing Director, Construction Services Group. He will focus on building client risk strategies and will also spearhead awareness of Alliant’s diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the construction and insurance industries.

“As a former risk manager and currently as an insurance broker, Bill provides a very unique perspective to our clients,” said Peter Arkley, President, Alliant Specialty. “He is very well respected within the general contractor and the construction insurance industries. In addition, Bill has received well-deserved recognition for his commitment to championing diversity and inclusion. Bill will highlight Alliant’s efforts in creating an emphasis on the benefits of a more diverse work force.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Noonan was the U.S. leader of construction for a global insurance brokerage firm. His experience includes serving as Risk Manager for Structure Tone, an Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 20 General Contractor. Prior to this, Noonan was a Regional Director of Risk Management for Turner, an ENR top five contractor. 

Noonan is a highly sought-after speaker in the construction industry and received a Words of Wisdom (WOW) Award from the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). This past year, he assisted the Associated General Contractors (AGC) with creating scholarships for diverse construction management and engineering students.

Noonan is based in the Alpharetta, GA office of Alliant and can be reached at William.Noonan@alliant.com.

July 20
​Brent Hartman Joins Alliant Specialty

Construction and real estate specialist joins Alliant

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has named Brent Hartman Managing Director of its Construction Services Group. In this role, he will continue as a client advocate for construction and real estate clients.

“Brent’s wealth of experience and knowledge within the marketplace makes him a highly valuable asset and a great addition to our team,” said Peter Arkley, President, Alliant Specialty. “The addition of Brent to our specialty practice shows Alliant’s continued commitment to providing superior service, innovative solutions, and expertise to our clients nationwide.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Hartman was an Executive Vice President in the construction and real estate division for a large global insurance broker. There, he focused on controlled insurance programs and corporate property and casualty lines of coverage for Engineering News-Record (ENR) contractors, national real estate clients, and Fortune 500 corporations. Before this position, Hartman was a Senior Vice President and Team Leader for their Atlanta construction and real estate practice. Hartman joins Alliant with over 22 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Hartman is a graduate of the University of Georgia, receiving a degree in risk management, and he holds property and casualty licenses in various states. He is based in the Alpharetta, GA office of Alliant and can be reached at Brent.Hartman@alliant.com.

July 20
​Alliant Specialty Adds Danielle Maxey in Georgia

Alpharetta, GA-based specialist joins Alliant’s growing Southeast team

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that Danielle Maxey has joined its Construction Services Group as Account Executive. In this role, she will continue to service clients operating in the construction and real estate industries. 

“Danielle is a passionate client advocate who is committed to providing extraordinary service,” said Peter Arkley, President, Alliant Specialty. “She has a strong network of contractors, real estate contacts, and insurance company relationships that will help Alliant expand in the Southeast.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Maxey was an Assistant Vice President–Account Executive and Client Service Team Leader in the construction and real estate division for a large global insurance broker. There, she dedicated her career to being an integrated risk management advisor and an extension of her clients’ risk management team. Before her broker role, Maxey worked as an underwriter, focusing on casualty lines for trade and artisan subcontractors. Maxey joins Alliant with 13 years of insurance experience with various lines of coverage.

Maxey is a graduate of Georgia State University, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English. She holds a property and casualty (P&C) license in all 50 states. She is an active member in the community, volunteering with special needs individuals and veterans. She is based in the Alpharetta, GA office of Alliant and can be reached at Danielle.Maxey@alliant.com.

July 10
​Alliant Honors 2018 Elite Women

Honorees Francesca D’Angelo, Lori Long, Kristen Handel, and Amy Steinback showcase Alliant’s national reach and diverse offerings

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has once again made a strong showing in Insurance Business America’s Elite Women Awards, with Francesca D’Angelo, Lori Long, Kristen Handel, and Amy Steinback joining this prestigious list of leading women. The four Alliant honorees hail from across the U.S. and have diverse expertise in underwriting and property and casualty insurance.

“Service, specialization, and innovation are at the forefront of everything we do at Alliant, and our 2018 Elite Women live by these principles,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Francesca, Lori, Kristen, and Amy are not only elite service providers, but they are emblematic of Alliant’s broad reach and diverse product offerings.”

Senior Vice President and Underwriting Manager Francesca D’Angelo manages a large and diverse book of business with Alliant’s Preferred Concepts division. As an underwriter and administrator for multiple programs offering P&C solutions for real estate and hospitality risks, D’Angelo has built and maintains strong relationships with carrier partners.

As President of Alliant’s Community Association Underwriters (CAU) division, Lori Long leads a $190 million enterprise that serves more than 12,000 community associations nationwide. Over 35 years in the business, she has earned high marks for her market-based innovation and collaborative leadership.

Kristen Handel is Vice President with Alliant and is the creator and steward of the company’s Pest Management Insurance Program. Starting from ground zero, Handel grew the program to eclipse $1 million in premium in its first year of operation on the momentum of its broad coverage and ability to offer clients specialized assistance on workers’ compensation and auto claims.

Amy Steinback manages a robust book of business consisting of real estate, non-for-profit, and professional services clients as Vice President with Alliant/Mesirow. Proactive, visionary, and technically sound, Steinback has gained a hard-earned reputation for guiding her clients through difficult, sometimes catastrophic, situations.

Alliant’s 2018 honorees join women from across the U.S. who have emerged as elite performers in their field, including the company’s 2017 winners Kamy Vacca and Ashley De Paola. 

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