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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.

May 13
Alliant’s Future Shines Bright with Three Power Broker® Rising Stars

Risk & Insurance honorees recognized as emerging leaders in the insurance industry 

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Three Alliant Insurance Services team members are shining bright as the leaders of tomorrow. Sheneen Nicholson, Thomas Shashaty, and Tana Melville have been named Power Broker® Rising Stars by Risk & Insurance, a designation that recognizes young and emerging leaders who demonstrate outstanding creativity, service, and industry knowledge.

“Alliant continues to demonstrate that we are home to some of the best young leaders in the insurance industry,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “We remain dedicated to providing an environment that is both inviting and empowering for young professionals, and our three honorees embody this commitment with their excellence.”

Alliant’s 2019 Rising Stars are:

  • Sheneen Nicholson, Assistant Vice President, Alliant Americas
  • Thomas Shashaty, Account Executive, Alliant Specialty
  • Tana Melville, Account Executive, Alliant Americas

Rising Stars are winners and finalists in the Risk & Insurance Power Broker award competition, all of whom were under the age of 40 as of the publication date of February 25. Since the launch of this designation in 2014, more than 450 brokers have been recognized as Rising Stars.

May 03
​Alliant Break Out Award Winners Point to a Thriving Future

Jennifer Polignoni and Christopher Mowery receive the prestigious Business Insurance award recognizing the insurance industry’s rising stars

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — The future of the insurance industry is strong, and nowhere is this more apparent that at Alliant Insurance Services. Jennifer Polignoni and Christopher Mowery, two of the company’s rising stars, have received the prestigious Break Out Award from Business Insurance. The awards program recognizes 40 professionals in the commercial insurance and risk management sectors who have been in the industry for less than 15 years and have demonstrated outstanding aptitude and professionalism.

“Jennifer and Chris stand at the top of their field by combining leadership, innovation, and relationships to offer a level of service that is far beyond the industry standard,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “They are valuable members of the Alliant team and are positioned to lead the way to a thriving future both here at Alliant and in the greater field of property and casualty insurance.

Polignoni is a Spokane, WA-based powerhouse known for her ability to garner outstanding results with clients and carriers. As Unit Manager, she also plays a critical role in maintaining workflow, onboarding new staff, and facilitating the expansion of Alliant’s middle market platform.

Mowery is an Account Executive Lead based in the Chicago office of Alliant. The multifaceted P&C specialist uses a powerful combination of strategy, service, and old-fashioned work ethic to service a book of business that ranges from a multi-billion dollar global enterprise to a diverse array of local business.

Business Insurance’s Break Out Awards program honors 40 top professionals on track to be the next leaders in the risk management and property and casualty insurance field. Honorees from across the United States are recognized for their leadership and professional skills and span a wide array of disciplines within the insurance arena.

Break Out Award winners will be honored in June in a series of regional events in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Business Insurance will also publish a detailed feature of the winners in its June issue.

May 02
​Dana Scott Joins Alliant Employee Benefits in Austin

Seasoned benefits specialist to deploy diverse background in healthcare, employee benefits, and finance

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Multifaceted benefits consultant Dana Scott has joined the Employee Benefits Group of Alliant. The Austin, TX-based Scott joins on as Senior Vice President, bringing with him a diverse background that melds the worlds of healthcare, employee benefits, and finance.

“Dana has the far-reaching expertise and innovation that employers require in today’s competitive landscape,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “He is a powerful addition to our team in Austin and will provide high-value solutions to clients with operations in Texas and throughout the U.S.”

Scott has extensive experience providing tailored employee benefits solutions that help clients reduce costs, improve outcomes, and strengthen the bottom line. He has worked with clients in a broad array of industries on the core issues of cost containment, productivity, wellness, and long-term strategic planning.

Prior to joining Alliant, Scott was Austin Health & Benefits Market Leader with a multinational insurance and employee benefits consulting firm. He also has experience as a Finance Officer and Controller both within the benefits and media sectors.

Scott earned his bachelor’s degree from Simpson College and his MBA in finance and business from the University of Denver. He can be reached in the Austin office of Alliant at (737) 236-5149 or at Dana.Scott@alliant.com.

May 02
​Alliant Acquires North County Insurance

Acquisition of San Diego institution brings a legacy of service in commercial and personal insurance under the Alliant banner

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has acquired one of San Diego’s most historic names in insurance brokerage in North County Insurance. The Escondido, CA-based brokerage joins the Alliant family of companies with a 79-year legacy of service and strength in commercial and personal insurance, further strengthening Alliant’s presence in Southern California.

“North County Insurance’s celebrated history as a service leader in San Diego County melds seamlessly with Alliant’s dedication to relationships and echoes Alliant’s own historical roots in San Diego County,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “We will move in lock-step with the North County team as we further strengthen our service profile and expand our platform both here in Southern California and throughout the nation.”

Founded in 1940, North County Insurance provides a full array of commercial and personal insurance solutions backed by industry knowledge, powerful service, and longstanding carrier relationships. North County Insurance boasts a client base that reaches across Southern California and a history of strength in the nonprofit and commercial property sectors. In addition to its robust commercial insurance offerings, North County Insurance provides a range of personal insurance products.

“Joining the Alliant team provides immediate access to a powerful national platform, leading edge technologies, and a breadth of complementary products and services that will only strengthen our commitment to offering peerless service and results,” said Joseph Giamanco, President of North County Insurance. “As a result, our clients can expect the same level of personal service and dedication from our team, bolstered by the strength and sophistication of one of the nation’s leading names in insurance brokerage.”

Giamanco and the North County Insurance team will join Alliant and continue to service clients from its Escondido offices. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

April 23
​Billy Crocker Joins Alliant’s Austin Team

Property and casualty insurance specialist to combine strategy, service, and relationships to serve growing Southwest client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Austin’s Billy Crocker has joined Alliant, where he will deploy a potent combination of strategy, service, and relationships to a growing client base throughout Texas and the greater Southwest. The seasoned property and casualty insurance specialist will serve as Vice President.

“Texas is an epicenter for continued growth within our middle market practice, and Billy has demonstrated a strong command of the region and its unique market dynamics,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “His deep familiarity with the Austin market and strong focus on building long-term relationships will serve as a tremendous asset to our team and our diverse base of clients.”

Crocker joins Alliant with an extensive track record of results in the property and casualty insurance arena. He is highly regarded by clients for his ability to provide comprehensive insurance and risk management solutions that bolster the physical and financial strength of the organization.

Prior to joining Alliant, Crocker was Vice President with one of Texas’ largest independent insurance brokerage firms. Crocker earned his bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas, Austin and has served on the boards of numerous Austin-area nonprofits including the American Red Cross and Austin Gives.

He can be reached in the Austin office of Alliant at (737) 236-5150 or at William.Crocker@alliant.com.

April 17
​Albany’s Justin Riccio Joins Alliant

Property and casualty veteran brings diverse experience, regional expertise to growing Northeast team

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Justin Riccio has joined Alliant, adding his diverse skill set, regional expertise, and strong track record of results to the company’s growing Northeast team. As Senior Vice President, the Albany, NY-based Riccio will provide targeted insurance and risk management solutions to a broad range of clients.

“Justin will play a key role in expanding our reach and capabilities both within the state of New York and throughout the Northeast region,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “His strong risk management background and broad industry reach will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

Riccio joins Alliant with nearly two decades of experience in claims, underwriting, brokerage, risk management, and consulting. He has served clients across a breadth of industries and disciplines, including both public and private sector organizations.

Prior to joining Alliant, Riccio was Senior Vice President with a multinational insurance and consulting firm delivering insurance and risk management solutions customized to help clients reduce overall insurance costs and strengthen their bottom line.

Riccio holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delaware. He can be reached in the Albany office of Alliant at (518) 362-1565 or at Justin.Riccio@alliant.com.

April 16
Pat Walsh Brings Global Perspective to Alliant’s Northeast Team

New York risk management veteran brings vast experience placing complex structured programs

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Pat Walsh is bringing his global reach and longstanding risk management expertise to Alliant. As Executive Vice President, the White Plains, NY-based industry veteran will service a diverse and growing portfolio of clients that includes regional, national, and international corporations.

“For more than three decades, Pat Walsh has been directly associated with excellence in service and technical execution,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “He brings a global perspective to our organization and a long, proven history of results.”

Walsh is highly regarded among clients from a breadth of industries for building and placing complex structured programs. He has a concentration in global property and casualty programs and is a three-time recipient of the Risk & Insurance Power Broker® designation.

Prior to joining Alliant, Walsh was Senior Vice President with a multinational insurance and consulting firm providing risk management and insurance programs designed to address all aspects of his clients’ operations.

Walsh holds a bachelor’s degree in management and finance from Indiana University. He can be reached in the White Plains office of Alliant at (847) 922-3811 or at Pat.Walsh@alliant.com.

April 10
​Chicago’s Gregg Aleman Joins Alliant Employee Benefits

Longtime benefits consultant brings innovation, public sector expertise to Alliant’s benefits team

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Gregg Aleman has joined Alliant as First Vice President within its Employee Benefits Group. The longtime Chicago consultant will leverage his innovative approach and extensive public sector experience to provide added strength to Alliant’s benefits team.

“Gregg has extensive experience delivering programs that provide clients with access to powerful benefits solutions that meet the diverse needs of their employees, while maximizing efficiencies and strengthening the bottom line,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “He will add a unique perspective to our team as we continue to expand our reach.”

Aleman joins Alliant with a depth of expertise designing and delivering highly strategic employee benefits programs and solutions. This includes more than 25 years of experience working with public sector clients and building large-scale municipal employee benefits cooperatives in multiple states.

Prior to joining Alliant, Aleman was Principal with a Chicagoland insurance and employee benefits consultant. He also has longstanding experience as an Area Senior Vice President within the Chicago office of a global employee benefits and insurance brokerage firm.

Aleman earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. He can be reached in the Chicago office of Alliant at (312) 414-3962 or at Gregg.Aleman@alliant.com

March 27
​Frank Rossi Joins Alliant

New York-based Rossi to deploy expertise in finance, insurance, and risk management to diverse client base
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Francis “Frank” Rossi has joined Alliant as Vice President. The New York-based property and casualty insurance expert will deploy his extensive expertise in finance, insurance, and risk management to a diverse portfolio of clients.
“As a longtime veteran in the insurance world, Frank brings a unique perspective to our New York team,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “His depth of insurance expertise and acute financial acumen will enable him to provide targeted risk and insurance solutions to clients with regional, national, and global operations.”
Prior to joining Alliant, Rossi was the Founder, President, and CEO of Rossi Capital Partners, a New York-based finance company. There, Rossi acquired and built strategic alliances with a broad array of income-producing private and public companies.
Prior to founding Rossi Capital Partners, he served as President of Insurance Brokerage with one of the world’s leading and largest private equity firms based in New York. Rossi also has experience working with some of the largest global investment banking firms, insurance agencies, and carriers over his more than 30-year career.
Rossi earned his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University.
He can be reached in the New York office of Alliant at (212) 603-0344 or at Frank.Rossi@alliant.com.

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