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November 19
​Austin Cahill Joins Alliant Insurance Services

Skilled transactional risk specialist enhances Mergers & Acquisitions capabilities 

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services announced that Austin Cahill has joined Alliant as Senior Vice President within its Mergers & Acquisitions vertical. Based in the Alliant New York office, Cahill will head up the tax insurance team and will focus his efforts on servicing clients’ tax, representations and warranties, and contingent risk needs.

“Austin brings a strong track record of driving results, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team,” said Dan Schoenberg, Executive Vice President, Alliant Mergers & Acquisitions. “In his previous position, Austin played a key role in the growth of the insurance business, and we believe his experience will serve Alliant and our clients well. With Austin’s appointment, we have a formidable Transaction Liability and Tax Insurance team in place to continue our new growth strategy and create more value for our clients.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Cahill served as Senior Vice President and Head of Tax for the largest independent M&A insurance brokerage in the U.S. Cahill has been featured in numerous publications on the topic of insuring tax risks including Bloomberg Tax, Tax Notes, and Risk & Insurance.

Cahill holds a master’s degree in tax law and taxation from New York University School of Law, a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Washington and Jefferson College. Cahill can be reached at (212) 603-0138 or at Austin.Cahill@alliant.com.

November 16
​Steve Shappell Joins Alliant Insurance Services

Leading claims and legal expert named Executive Vice President

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services has announced that Steve Shappell has joined Alliant as Executive Vice President, Specialty Claims and Legal. Shappell will provide client advocacy, strategic consulting, and claims resolution options to Alliant’s industry clients across the United States. He will be based in the Denver office.

“Steve is one of the most sought after claims and legal executives within the industry. We are thrilled he will be joining us at Alliant,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “Our push to advance our Specialty capabilities on behalf of our clients has never wavered; Steve joining Alliant is proof of that.”

Shappell has more than 28 years of legal and risk management experience as an established claims advisor, specializing in manuscripting policy language, leveraging solutions, and successful claims resolutions. 

“In these challenging times of hardening markets, Specialty Broking has never been more important; it is necessary in order to truly drive innovation and articulate and differentiate risks,” said Shappell. “And Alliant’s national platform, without geographical boundaries, made this role even more attractive.”

Prior to joining Alliant, Shappell was Chief Claims Officer and Legal Advisory Leader at a global insurance brokerage firm, where he oversaw a team that provided legal and claims support on directors and officers liability, fiduciary liability, errors and omissions, employment practices liability, energy, aerospace, construction, and other specialty industries.

Shappell earned his law degree from University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Shappell can be reached at (303) 885-8228 or at Steve.Shappell@alliant.com.

November 09
Alliant’s 2020 World Food Derby Delivers Record-Breaking Results

National initiative raises $511,435 in cash, food, and essential item donations
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant employees nationwide raised a record-breaking $511,435 in combined cash, food, and essential item donations for its 2020 World Food Derby competition. This smashed last year’s total of $72,000 by nearly $440,000. In addition, Alliant employees joined forces for a total of 844 volunteer hours completed or pledged during the Derby. World Food Derby is Alliant’s annual initiative to help end world hunger and serve communities in need in support of World Food Day on October 16. Employees across the nation create fundraising events, volunteer at local food banks and shelters, and donate food and essential items to help communities in need, both locally and across the globe.
“During an unprecedented year of hardship, we expanded our World Food Derby competition to include donations of essential items to provide for those in critical need,” said Diana Kiehl, Chief Administrative Officer of Alliant and head of the company’s philanthropy program. “We also extended our competition by three months, starting in June instead of September, to reach more people and maximize our impact. Our employees exemplified our #Alliant4Others spirit as they joined forces to provide food, essential items, volunteer hours, and cash donations to those who need it most.”
Alliant employees participated in the World Food Derby in a variety of creative and impactful ways; some donated gently used clothes and personal protective equipment, some provided backpacks and school supplies for kids in need, while others held food drives, provided care packages for the homeless, and donated to or volunteered at a wide array of charitable organizations to advance the push for #ZeroHunger.
This marks the 12th year Alliant has participated in World Food Day. Plans to top these results in 2021 are already underway.

November 09
Added Surety Expertise Bolsters Alliant Construction Services Group

Dale Harshaw, Rocky Qualin, and Geoff Shelton join Alliant as Senior Vice Presidents
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant Insurance Services announced that Dale Harshaw, Rocky Qualin, and Geoff Shelton have joined Alliant Construction Services Group as Senior Vice Presidents. In their leadership roles, they will focus on surety and risk management solutions. Harshaw, Qualin, and Shelton will be based in the San Diego office of Alliant.
“Construction activity continues to increase in the San Diego area, and Alliant is committed to expanding our expertise and providing superior service to our clients,” said Michael Cusack, Co-COO, Alliant Specialty. “Contractor clients will benefit from Dale, Rocky, and Geoff’s deep surety and risk management expertise. They are a tremendous addition to our rapidly growing practice.”
Harshaw has more than 40 years of surety experience providing surety solutions to contractors, developers, and commercial surety clients. At Alliant, he will be responsible for building and maintaining longstanding client relationships and using his experience and extensive network of industry contacts to establish industry leading surety programs for new customers. Harshaw holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Los Angeles. He can be reached at (619) 871-2702 or Dale.Harshaw@alliant.com​.
With over 12 years of insurance and corporate banking experience, Qualin brings a unique expertise and perspective around insurance and surety credit to construction leaders in Southern California. In his new role, Qualin will be responsible for leading a veteran team dedicated to providing clients with impactful surety and insurance solutions. Qualin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from San Diego State University. Qualin can be reached at (619) 920-3089 or Rocky.Qualin@alliant.com.
Shelton has been in the insurance industry for 18 years and has a considerable breadth of knowledge designing cost efficient risk management programs that optimize customer safety protocols. At Alliant, he will be responsible for providing risk management and surety solutions for larger construction accounts. Shelton received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. He can be reached at (619) 307-3401 or Geoff.Shelton@alliant.com​.

November 02
​Frank Albrecht Joins Alliant Insurance Services
Risk management specialist named Senior Vice President

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Frank Albrecht, a risk management specialist with a versatile background in construction, environmental, transportation, and loss analysis, has joined Alliant as Senior Vice President, Alliant Specialty. 

“Frank is a tremendous addition to our rapidly growing specialty practice. His ability to work across various industry segments is impressive,” said Peter Arkley, President, Alliant Specialty. “Additionally, his background and knowledge of construction risk portfolios and insurance program negotiations will be of great benefit to our clients.”

Albrecht has been providing strategic risk management solutions to clients for the past 30 years. Based in Dallas, Albrecht will deliver favorable results for Alliant Specialty clients across the United States. 

Prior to joining Alliant, Albrecht held positions of leadership and mentoring on both the insurance carrier and brokerage sides of the business. His diverse background in underwriting, loss control, and international insurance services helped him earn a 2019 Risk and Insurance Power Broker designation.

Albrecht obtained two bachelor’s degrees from Illinois State University as well as an MBA from the University of Texas, Dallas. His insurance credentials include a Texas Risk Management License (RM) and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). He is also one of a distinguished select group who holds a Certified Marine Insurance Professional (CMIP) designation. Albrecht can be reached at (214) 273-3131 or at Frank.Albrecht@alliant.com.
October 29
Alliant Insurance Services Names Steve Pierce Executive Vice President

Skilled construction advisor adds expertise to Alliant

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Steve Pierce, a respected authority on construction risk management and alternative risk financing, has joined Alliant as Executive Vice President within Alliant Construction Services Group. Based in Dallas, Pierce will provide innovative and strategic risk management solutions for construction clients nationwide.

“The ability to deliver first-rate construction advice while assisting clients in the execution of their business plans is a hallmark of an Alliant leader,” said Peter Arkley, President, Alliant Specialty. “Steve has joined Alliant because he has a proven track record, and he provides extraordinary value to his clients. The Alliant platform combined with Steve’s strong financial and wrap-up experience creates an instant win for our construction clients and colleagues.”

Pierce joins Alliant with more than 18 years of experience working with large, national accounts. Prior to joining Alliant, Pierce was an area managing director at a national insurance brokerage firm where he directed the national wrap-up practice.

Pierce earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Southern Methodist University as well as an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He can be reached at (214) 273-3132 or at Steve.Pierce@alliant.com.

October 20
​EQ One Adds Capacity, Expands Limits Through New Relationship with Munich Re Specialty Insurance

West Coast earthquake insurance underwriter broadens its coverage solution for brokers nationwide

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — EQ One, one of the West Coast’s premiere earthquake insurance underwriters, has added additional capacity to its earthquake solutions through a new relationship with Munich Re Specialty Insurance, a market leader. This will enable the EQ One team to write larger earthquake risks and serve as a single-source solution for broker partners nationwide despite a hardening market.

“Our new relationship with Munich Re Specialty Insurance reaffirms our commitment to providing brokers with an earthquake solution that is truly best in class while solidifying our long-term strategy to grow and expand our offerings,” said Kelley Bernal, Senior Vice President and Director of EQ One. “This will enable us to offer increased capacity with a solution written on outstanding paper.”

EQ One is one of the West Coast’s most established difference in conditions (DIC) underwriters providing earthquake and flood insurance combined with a broad range of commercial and habitational solutions. With more than two decades in the business, EQ One services a national base of wholesale insurance brokers and has longstanding relationships with top carriers in the market.

“Working with EQ One offers Munich Re Specialty Insurance an opportunity to further expand our DIC business with a firm that has a strong industry reputation in the earthquake market,” said Kevin Johnson, President, Insurance Programs with Munich Re Specialty Insurance. “EQ One understands how to meet the needs of brokers from a wide range of disciplines and offers outstanding distribution, making this relationship highly advantageous for both organizations.”

The EQ One DIC product is underwritten by The Princeton Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Company. Surplus lines insurance can only be placed or accepted through a licensed surplus lines broker/producer.

This enhanced coverage solution is part of an expanded endeavor between Munich Re Specialty Insurance and EQ One’s parent company, Alliant Underwriting Solutions (AUS). Part of Alliant Insurance Services, AUS is a national program administrator with a growing portfolio of underwriting platforms generating more than $1.5 billion in annual gross written premium.

About Munich Re Specialty Insurance
Munich Re Specialty Insurance is a description for the insurance business operations of affiliated companies in the Munich Re Group that share a common directive to offer and deliver specialty property and casualty insurance products and services in North America. Since December 2018, the Munich Re Specialty Insurance operations have brought together the existing expertise of certain of Munich Re Group’s commercial specialty insurance divisions under one umbrella to gain efficiency, leverage technology and develop future-focused solutions. Munich Re Specialty Insurance offers its clients innovative risk and claims solutions powered by advanced technology and analytics, superior service and enhanced responsiveness to clients’ needs, and simplified access to the full breadth of Munich Re Group’s solutions through a dedicated Broker Relationship Leader.

September 16
​New York Insurance Veteran Brennen Parker Joins Alliant

Albany-based expert to provide industry-specific risk and insurance solutions to growing Northeast client base

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Alliant continues to grow its thriving team in New York, adding Brennen Parker as Senior Vice President. The Albany-based Parker will design and deploy innovative insurance solutions to address industry-specific risks for a growing base of clients throughout the Northeast region.

“Brennen’s expertise in the private and public sector will be a tremendous asset for our client base in New York and throughout the Northeast,” said Bob Bennetsen, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director with Alliant. “His diverse industry experience and ability to grow and manage critical client relationships within the middle market makes him a strong strategic addition to our team.”

Parker is a seasoned insurance professional with more than 20 years of experience in property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, and strategic planning. He is highly regarded for his ability to create customized insurance solutions that address his clients’ unique needs and safeguard their long-term profitability.

Prior to joining Alliant, Parker was Senior Vice President with a privately held insurance agency in New York and a member of its Board of Directors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Siena College.
Parker can be reached in the Albany office of Alliant at (518) 362-1575 or at Brennen.Parker@alliant.com.

September 15
​John Loftus Joins Alliant Insurance Services

Cyber specialist called upon as co-cyber product leader

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — John Loftus, a recognized cyber security and privacy solutions authority, will work alongside Robert Horn to run Alliant’s cyber initiatives. Loftus has negotiated and placed some of the largest cyber insurance programs in the industry, excelling at structuring comprehensive insurance programs to protect clients in the event of a cyber incident.

“John is a highly skilled cyber risk and insurance specialist who excels in the area of understanding and assessing client-specific exposures,” said Ron Borys, Managing Director, Alliant Financial Institutions. “John brings unique industry specialization in the areas of financial institutions, large retail, higher education, healthcare, technology, media, and telecom. Bringing John on board demonstrates Alliant’s commitment to industry-specific resources and expertise, and continues to highlight our dedication to being a leader in specialty insurance products and solutions.”

Loftus maintains an extensive network of insurance recovery attorneys, incident response experts, chief information security officers, security consultants, and data scientists to ensure his clients receive the most pertinent and useful guidance on cyber risk and mitigation.

In his career thus far, Loftus has helped a number of companies successfully resolve complex cyber claims. This includes paid claims stemming from ransomware attacks, complex business interruption losses, protracted litigation and regulatory actions, business email compromises, and incident response costs.

In 2017, Loftus was named a winner of Business Insurance’s annual “40 Under 40” awards, which recognizes outstanding performers positioned to become the next generation of leaders in the insurance and risk management field. Prior to joining the insurance brokerage world, Loftus worked in private wealth management at two leading global financial service firms.

Loftus holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University, where he earned All-American honors in lacrosse from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Loftus is based in New York and can be reached at (917) 572-8269 or John.Loftus@alliant.com.

September 14
​Transaction Liability Executive Joins Alliant Insurance Services

Larry Shapiro named Senior Vice President, Alliant Mergers & Acquisitions 

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Larry Shapiro has joined Alliant as Senior Vice President, Alliant Mergers & Acquisitions. Shapiro, a seasoned expert on transactional liability insurance in the North American market, will serve as the Representations and Warranties team leader for Alliant Mergers & Acquisitions. 

"As we continue Alliant’s remarkable growth, we are thrilled to add a strong industry veteran of Larry’s caliber to our Transaction Liability Group," said Dan Schoenberg, Executive Vice President, Alliant Mergers & Acquisitions. “Larry’s capabilities and connections will complement our already exceptional expertise in representations and warranties insurance. Larry will help drive innovation and long-term success as the Alliant Transaction Liability brand embarks on its next chapter of expansion.”

Based in San Francisco, Shapiro will provide complex risk solutions to private equity firms and alternative asset investors, including transactional risk services, private equity procurement initiatives, post-acquisitions account management, and pre-close due diligence.

Prior to joining Alliant, Shapiro was a Senior Vice President within the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of a global insurance brokerage firm. Including his transactional insurance brokerage experience, Shapiro has more than 20 years of experience in the legal and financial services sectors. He previously practiced corporate and regulatory law at a top ranking law firm, served as in-house counsel at a commercial finance start-up, and performed a government relations function at a leading mutual life insurance company.

Shapiro holds a bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a law degree from New York Law School.

Shapiro can be reached at (415) 730-5488 or at Larry.Shapiro@alliant.com.

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