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January 04
​​Dimitrios Parikos Joins Alliant Energy and Marine Group

Renewable energy specialist to provide risk management and insurance solutions to global client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA —Dimitrios Parikos, one of renewable energy’s most sought-after risk specialists, has joined Alliant as First Vice President within its Energy and Marine Group. The New York-based Parikos joins Alliant’s growing renewable energy team to provide cutting-edge insurance, risk management, and finance solutions to a global client base.

“As the field of renewable energy continues to grow in scope and prominence, we are bringing some of the sector’s leading risk authorities to our Energy and Marine Group,” says Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. ”Dimitrios combines a global perspective with valuable finance expertise that will enable us to offer a comprehensive arsenal of services to our expanding renewable energy client base.”
 
arikos has broad experience spanning all facets of the renewable energy space, including solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, biomass, battery storage, hydroelectric, and geothermal. He also has expertise in renewable energy finance, having worked with developers and insurers to deliver creative solutions that make power projects more bankable.  arikos has broad experience spanning all facets of the renewable energy space, including solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, biomass, battery storage, hydroelectric, and geothermal. He also has expertise in renewable energy finance, having worked with developers and insurers to deliver creative solutions that make power projects more bankable.

Prior to joining Alliant, Parikos served as Renewable Energy Practice Leader for one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. There, he was responsible for driving growth, servicing a diverse portfolio of clients, and providing innovative skills and expertise to companies constructing and operating renewable energy projects across the world.

A sought-after adviser and expert speaker, Parikos was named a 2015 “Power Broker” by Risk & Insurance in the Alternative Energy category. He holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.

Parikos can be reached in the New York office of Alliant at (212) 895-2930 or at Dimitrios.Parikos@alliant.com.

December 20
Robert J. Bothwell Joins Alliant Energy and Marine Group

Power and utility leader to provide risk management and insurance solutions to global client base


NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Leading power and utility authority Robert J. Bothwell has joined Alliant as Executive Vice President. Flanked by a high-powered team of technical experts, the Boston-based Bothwell will provide targeted risk management and insurance solutions to a global client base, expanding the reach of the company’s growing Energy and Marine Group. 

“Rob and his team are highly regarded for their sheer breadth of services and expertise, acting as an extension of clients’ risk, finance, operations, and asset management departments,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “With a longstanding track record of success and a strong emphasis on collaboration, the team provides risk management consultation that is technical, creative, and powered by service.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Bothwell headed the Global Energy Practice of an international insurance and risk management brokerage firm. As president, Bothwell led a multidisciplinary team of specialists that worked with independent power producers, utilities, and oil and gas companies to develop comprehensive insurance and risk management programs. Bothwell also has extensive experience on the carrier side of the business as an underwriter and has worked with some of the world’s largest independent power producers.

The addition of Bothwell and his team is a boon to Alliant’s Energy and Marine Group, expanding its offerings in the power and utility sector and bolstering its operations in the Northeast region. A noted industry expert with deep domestic and international market relationships, Bothwell will focus on developing highly customized solutions for a broad range of exposures, including prototypical equipment, replacement power, political risks, trade disruptions, and many others.

The Bothwell team includes:
  • Rob Bothwell, Executive Vice President, Producer
  • Brendan Fountain, Assistant Vice President, Associate Producer
  • Brenna C. Melvin, Senior Vice President, Account Executive
  • Kolleen Rahilly, First Vice President, Account Executive
  • Cara McGrath, Account Manager
  • Bridget McBride, Assistant Account Manager
  • Valerie Maher, Assistant Account Manager
Bothwell can be reached at (617) 959-4997 or at Rob.Bothwell@alliant.com.
December 12
Florida’s Mark LaBour Brings Broad Industry Reach to Alliant

​LaBour to provide targeted risk management and insurance strategies to growing Southeastern client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Property and casualty veteran Mark LaBour is bringing his broad industry reach to Alliant’s growing Florida practice. As Vice President within the company’s Alliant Americas division, LaBour will deploy targeted risk management and insurance solutions to clients throughout the Southeastern United States spanning a range of industries.

“Mark has a long and successful history of collaboration, working closely with business owners, executives, and risk managers to mitigate risk and safeguard assets,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Americas. “His reputation for entrepreneurialism and partnerships will provide tremendous value to clients throughout the Southeast as we continue to grow and expand our presence in the region.”

aBour joins Alliant with more than two decades of experience serving clients across a range of industries and disciplines, including construction, real estate, healthcare, finance, staffing, environmental, aviation, and marine. Prior to joining Alliant, LaBour was Area Vice President within the Boca Raton, FL office of a global insurance brokerage firm, where he serviced a diverse portfolio of large-to-midsized clients. aBour joins Alliant with more than two decades of experience serving clients across a range of industries and disciplines, including construction, real estate, healthcare, finance, staffing, environmental, aviation, and marine. Prior to joining Alliant, LaBour was Area Vice President within the Boca Raton, FL office of a global insurance brokerage firm, where he serviced a diverse portfolio of large-to-midsized clients.

LaBour holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University. He can be reached in the Boca Raton office of Alliant at (561) 314 -5528 or at aBour holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University. He can be reached in the Boca Raton office of Alliant at (561) 314 -5528 or at Mark.LaBour@alliant.com.

 
October 12
​Alliant’s John Cunningham Named Among the Top 401 Retirement Advisers by Financial Times

Prestigious list recognizes top financial advisers specializing in defined contribution (DC) plans

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Retirement Consulting, a division of Alliant Insurance Services, has announced that Senior Vice President John Cunningham has been named one of the nation’s top 401 retirement advisers in 2016 by the Financial Times (FT). The prestigious FT 401 list recognizes the top financial advisers from across the U.S. specializing in defined contribution (DC) retirement plans.

“John has gained a high level of success managing DC retirement plans by working closely with clients, analyzing their unique challenges, and delivering sound financial solutions that stand the test of time,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “His powerful combination of service, analysis, and vision has been instrumental to him earning this high distinction.”

The FT 401 is comprised of elite advisers from 41 states. Honorees in this year’s list averaged 18 years of experience advising DC plans and $950 million in DC plan assets under management. DC plans on average accounted for 74 percent of total assets under management.

Financial advisers from across the broker-dealer and RIA channels applied for consideration, with the applicants graded on seven criteria:

  • DC assets under management
  • Growth rate in DC plan business
  • Specialization in DC business
  • Years of experience advising DC plans
  • Industry certifications
  • Participation rate in DC plans advised
  • Compliance record

Currently in its second year, the FT 401 list is produced independently by the FT in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the publication that provides business intelligence on asset management.

Alliant Retirement Consulting is continuing an award-winning run of success in 2016. In April, the division joined some of the industry’s leading retirement advisers and teams on the prestigious PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list. Alliant Retirement Consulting was recognized among teams with more than $5 billion and 250 retirement plans under advisement. (Nominated by industry professionals and selected based on quantitative evaluation of service levels and feedback from plan sponsor clients. Advisers who have attained the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Professional Designation receive an automatic nomination.)

John A. Cunningham is an Investment Advisor representative offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks, LLC Member FINRA/SIPC. Some investment advisory services offered through Vicus Capital, Inc., a federally registered investment advisor. Alliant, Vicus Capital, and Cetera Advisor Networks are separate non-affiliated entities.

October 11
​Alliant’s Jay Laschinger Named Among the Top 401 Retirement Advisers by Financial Times

Prestigious list recognizes top financial advisers specializing in defined contribution (DC) plans

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Retirement Consulting, a division of Alliant Insurance Services, has announced that Senior Vice President Jay Laschinger has been named one of the nation’s top 401 retirement advisers in 2016 by the Financial Times (FT). The prestigious FT 401 list recognizes the top financial advisers from across the U.S. specializing in defined contribution (DC) retirement plans.

“In an era of growing scrutiny and high expectations, managing DC retirement plans requires a highly specialized approach and a strong command of the changing legislative and financial dynamics of the market,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Jay typifies these high standards and has earned a well-deserved place among our industry’s elite retirement professionals.”

The FT 401 is comprised of elite advisers from 41 states. Honorees in this year’s list averaged 18 years of experience advising DC plans and $950 million in DC plan assets under management. DC plans on average accounted for 74 percent of total assets under management.

Financial advisers from across the broker-dealer and RIA channels applied for consideration, with the applicants graded on seven criteria:

  • DC assets under management
  • Growth rate in DC plan business
  • Specialization in DC business
  • Years of experience advising DC plans
  • Industry certifications
  • Participation rate in DC plans advised
  • Compliance record

Currently in its second year, the FT 401 list is produced independently by the FT in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the publication that provides business intelligence on asset management.

Alliant Retirement Consulting is continuing an award-winning run of success in 2016. In April, the division joined some of the industry’s leading retirement advisers and teams on the prestigious PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list. Alliant Retirement Consulting was recognized among teams with more than $5 billion and 250 retirement plans under advisement. (Nominated by industry professionals and selected based on quantitative evaluation of service levels and feedback from plan sponsor clients. Advisers who have attained the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Professional Designation receive an automatic nomination.)

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Alliant Retirement Consulting, a registered investment advisor. Alliant Retirement Consulting, Alliant Employee Benefits, and Alliant Insurance Services and separate entities from LPL Financial.

October 03
​Alliant Acquires the Hecht Group, Growing Northwest Benefits Presence

40-year Portland firm brings three generations of regional leadership to Alliant Employee Benefits

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to expand its employee benefits footprint in the Northwest with its acquisition of the Hecht Group. The Portland, Oregon, company brings three generations of regional leadership and a versatile combination of employee benefits, financial planning, and insurance expertise under the Alliant banner. The Hecht Group will join Alliant Employee Benefits, the company’s national benefits consulting practice.

“This partnership will support the continued growth of Alliant Employee Benefits and further expand our offerings to businesses and individuals both in Portland and nationwide,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant.

The family-owned Hecht Group has a history reaching back to 1968, and has grown to become one of Portland’s most influential benefits leaders.

“In a changing benefits landscape, the Hecht Group has consistently provided clients throughout the Northwest with strategic solutions that reduce costs and improve business outcomes,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits.

The Hecht Group has employed an innovative and multidisciplinary approach to cost containment built on four core benefits strategies: self-funded medical plans, on-site medical clinics, pass-through prescription drug benefits, and an online bidding platform. In addition to its extensive employee benefits offerings, the Hecht Group also offers business succession and continuity planning, estate planning, and insurance services.

“Since our founding, the Hecht Group has helped its clients advance through a commitment to delivering cutting-edge, results-driven employee benefits and insurance strategies,” said company President Tricia Hecht-Glad. “Alliant Employee Benefits, with its national reach, deep resources, and proven commitment to service, will further solidify this commitment and help us expand our reach and service offerings going forward.”

Hecht-Glad, along with the Hecht Group’s management team and staff, will join Alliant and will continue to service clients from its headquarters in Portland. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

September 15
​Gregg Pizzi Joins Alliant, Bringing a 109-Year New Jersey Institution with Him

Former CEO of C.A. Rogers Group and Charles A. Rogers, Inc. joins company’s middle market division

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — New Jersey insurance veteran Gregg Pizzi has joined Alliant, bringing an enduring history of regional excellence with him to his position as Vice President. The former CEO of one of New Jersey’s most longstanding names in insurance brokerage will provide risk management and insurance solutions to a diverse portfolio of clients throughout the Northeast for the company’s Alliant Americas middle market division.

“Gregg’s longstanding expertise and broad industry reach will provide a strong foundation of continued growth for Alliant Americas in the Northeast,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “As we continue to expand our reach and influence in the middle market, Gregg will play a key role in increasing our presence throughout the region.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Pizzi was CEO of C.A. Rogers Group and Charles A. Rogers, Inc., firms that share a 109-year history of success within the Northeast region. C.A. Rogers Group is a full-service commercial insurance brokerage with an emphasis on transportation and logistics, while Charles A. Rogers, Inc. provides a broad range of personal and commercial insurance products and services to regional clients. Both firms will now operate under the Alliant banner.

Pizzi joins Alliant with a longstanding reputation for providing clients with a highly personalized approach to insurance, ranging from helping families purchase homeowners’ insurance to servicing large multinational corporations. His multifaceted experience spans a broad range of industries, including transportation and logistics, construction, manufacturing, real estate, and many others.

Pizzi holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Penn State University. He will be based in the Basking Ridge, NJ office of Alliant and can be reached at (973) 425-0487 or at Gregg.Pizzi@alliant.com.

September 14
​Crys Blankenship Joins Alliant Healthcare Solutions

25-year industry leader to service national portfolio of clients, focusing on large, complex organizations

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Crys Blankenship, one of the nation’s foremost healthcare insurance experts, is bringing her diverse expertise to Alliant Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare practice of Alliant Insurance Services. As Executive Vice President, Blankenship will provide insurance and risk management solutions to a nationwide portfolio of healthcare clients, with a specialized focus on large, complex organizations.

“Over more than 25 years in the industry, Crys Blankenship has established herself among the nation’s most successful healthcare producers through a vital combination of service, technical expertise, and creative problem solving,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “She will play an instrumental role in the ongoing growth of our healthcare practice, leveraging her experience working with some of the nation’s largest and most powerful organizations.”

Blankenship joins Alliant with a broad base of expertise that includes risk management, marketing, complex reinsurance transactions, carrier relations, and mergers and acquisitions. She has worked with clients across all areas of the healthcare industry, including hospitals, healthcare systems, physician groups, long-term care facilities, and outpatient facilities.

Prior to joining Alliant, Blankenship served as Managing Director with one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. In this position, she oversaw new business development, supported business retention efforts, and participated in the nationwide growth of the healthcare practice. Blankenship also has prior experience as National Healthcare Practice Leader with another global insurance brokerage firm.

Blankenship attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She can be reached in Alliant’s Houston office at (713) 470-4238 or at Crys.Blankenship@alliant.com.

September 08
​​​Alliant Continues Northwest Expansion, Acquires Farmin, Rothrock & Parrott

Acquisition of Spokane, WA-based insurance brokerage is Alliant’s fifth in the region since 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, CAAlliant Insurance Services has acquired Spokane, WA-based Farmin, Rothrock & Parrott (FRP) as part of its ongoing acquisition campaign in the Northwest. One of the region’s most established names in insurance brokerage, FRP brings more than 90 years of service and a strong local reputation to Alliant. This marks Alliant’s fifth acquisition in the Northwest since 2014 as the company continues to grow its Alliant Americas middle market division.
 
“Partnering with FRP expands our regional footprint and adds nearly a century of success to Alliant Americas,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “We continue to find outstanding opportunities for growth both in Spokane and throughout the greater Northwest, and remain focused on acquiring companies that have a proven history, entrepreneurial values, and unwavering dedication to servicing to local clients.”
 
FRP was founded in 1922 and provides a full spectrum of commercial and personal insurance solutions to clients in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The company is known throughout the region for its proactive service, strong carrier relationships, and ability to match clients across a range of industries with competitively priced, customized insurance coverage.
 
“The people and businesses of the Northwest have specialized needs dictated by our dynamic regional economy, and FRP is wholly dedicated to building strong and long-lasting relationships with these clients,” said John Richardson, President of FRP. “Joining Alliant will enable us to continue this 90-year commitment and add valuable resources and solutions that help us provide an even higher level of service to our clientele.”
 
Richardson, along with FRP’s entire management team and staff, will join Alliant and continue to service clients from its headquarters in Spokane. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
August 10
​Alliant Adds West Coast Benefits Strength, Hires Julie Beacock

Award-winning consultant expands Alliant’s employee benefits capabilities in public and private sectors

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant has tapped the ingenuity and entrepreneurialism of Julie Beacock as it continues to expand its West Coast Employee Benefits team. As First Vice President within the company’s Newport Beach, CA office, Beacock will work with an extensive portfolio of public and private sector clients to deliver strategies that drive profitability and improve organizational performance.

“In today’s competitive healthcare climate, clients are looking to partner with consultants who understand their business and can deliver solutions that improve performance across all facets of the organization,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “Julie’s extensive experience and constant drive to innovate affirms our commitment to delivering modern and transformative solutions to clients across all disciplines.”

Beacock is an award-winning employee benefits consultant with more than 20 years of industry experience. She joins Alliant with a broad arsenal of skills and competencies, including mergers and acquisitions, analytics, population health management, complex funding agreements, and organizational leadership.

Prior to joining Alliant, Beacock was Senior Vice President and National Growth Leader with a top U.S. insurance brokerage firm, where she played an integral role in growing the company’s newly developed national employee benefits practice. In this position, she was instrumental in driving sales and developing strategies to increase market share within various key verticals.

Beacock holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Bakersfield. Active on numerous boards of directors, Julie is the former the Vice Chair with Family Health Centers of San Diego and current Vice President for the Orange County Compensation and Benefits Association.
She can be reached at (949) 242-6299 or at Julie.Beacock@alliant.com.

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