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AmWINS Group opens new Ohio office

AmWINS Group, Inc., the largest independent wholesale distributor of specialty insurance products in the United States, has opened an office in Columbus, Ohio.

The team includes Tiffany Buchs, Amy Szana and Chris DeLozier of the AmWINS Access division and Andy Phillips of the Brokerage division.

The Columbus office joins the current Ohio office locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton.

J.B. Civille, Cindy Renske and Andrea Jenkins are in the Cincinnati Brokerage division, Lori Ulbrich and T.C. Canterna are in the Cleveland Brokerage division, Angel Lightcap-Grisez is in the Dayton Brokerage division, and Rhonda Goines is in the Dayton Access division.

AmWINS Access is a nationwide delegated-authority business focused on small commercial property and casualty, and personal lines. AmWINS Access provides the capabilities and market access of the largest P&C wholesaler in the United States, combined with local underwriting expertise, industry-leading technology, and access to a wide range of binding authority markets and exclusive products.

AmWINS Brokerage is the largest specialty distributor of property, casualty and professional lines insurance products. Our sales professionals are strategically located throughout the United States to service retail agents with innovative excess & surplus (E&S) lines and specialty insurance solutions.

AmWINS Group, Inc. is dedicated to serving retail insurance agents by providing property and casualty products, specialty group benefit products and administrative services. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company operates through more than 100 offices globally and handles premium placements in excess of $14 billion dollars annually.


Western Reserve Group hires Galonski as VP of Claims

William Galonski of Western Reserve GroupKevin W. Day, President and CEO of Western Reserve Group (WRG), 1685 Cleveland Rd., Wooster, Ohio, announced that William Galonski has joined as Vice President of Claims and a member of the Operating Committee.

“William brings a depth of Claims leadership and acumen to WRG. He is an excellent fit for our corporate culture.” said Day.

William has served in several claims roles at Grange Insurance most recently as Assistant Vice President – Property Claims & SIU. He began his 15 year tenure with Grange in 2003 as Claims Representative and then Field Property Specialist. William served from 2006 – 2014 as Manager of Property Claims & SIU before his promotion to Assistant Vice President in 2014.

William started his career in Claims in 1999 as a Claims Representative with State Auto Insurance. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has the following insurance designations: CPCU, ARM, AIC, and AU.

He grew up in Northeast Ohio where his parents still reside, is an avid basketball fan and still plays, and has a special passion for supporting the fight against cancer.


Iroquois adds regional manager in Ohio and Kentucky

Mike Humphry Iroquois GroupMike Humphry has joined The Iroquois Group’s Mid-Atlantic team as a regional manager for southern Ohio and Kentucky.

Humphry’s insurance career, which began in 1980, has included experience in both the independent agency and exclusive agency distribution systems.  Prior to joining Iroquois, Humphry worked with Grange Insurance and Nationwide, serving in various roles in sales, marketing, underwriting, and operations.  Throughout his career, Mike has worked as a trusted advisor to agents helping them achieve profitable growth.

Iroquois Mid-Atlantic is part of The Iroquois Group®, serving member agencies in eight Mid-Atlantic states plus the District of Columbia. Agencies of all sizes and shapes join Iroquois to increase revenue, profits and agency value – without giving up their independence. For more information, go online to www.iroquoisgroup.com


Berkshire Hathaway GUARD looking to grow in Ohio

Catherine Casterline Berkshire Hathaway GUARDBerkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies recently added Catherine Casterline, CPIA, API, ACS, as a senior field representative to promote targeted growth in Ohio.

This addition is part of the company’s move to appoint new agency partners and grow in the commercial property and casualty sector of the Ohio insurance market.

In her new capacity, Casterline is responsible for identifying prospects for appointments while providing information about available resources and new developments to existing members of the distribution network.

She also functions as agents’ field liaison with Berkshire Hathaway GUARD’s underwriting, loss control, and claims staff.

Casterline has been part of the insurance community for more than two decades and has extensive experience working with insurers and agents to grow their businesses.

Potential in Ohio

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD’s Senior Vice President of Sales Dave Simmons remarked, “Ohio is an important state for us. In 2017, we introduced several lines of coverage – specifically a businessowner’s policy able to accommodate typical TIV up to $25 million (up to $50 million for select classes), commercial umbrella liability, and commercial auto. A lawyers’ and miscellaneous professional liability policy are also featured.”

Simmons further noted, “We believe Catherine Casterline will assist us in growing our market share. We have agency appointments available; as a long-term, experienced insurance professional in the area, Catherine is the right person to help us fill those openings.”

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD currently specializes in commercial property and liability coverage, commercial umbrella, commercial auto and professional liability.

The company’s targeted classes include:

  • Artisan contractors

  • Auto service and repair

  • Habitational – hotels and motels

  • Professional offices

  • Restaurants

  • Retail

  • Service industry

  • Wholesalers and distributors

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies are A+ (“Superior”) by A.M. Best and ultimately owned by the Berkshire Hathaway group.

Agents with an established commercial lines client base who are interested in an appointment with the company can visit www.guard.com/apply to learn more.


Arlington/Roe promotes Jennifer Bussard to underwriter

Jennifer Bussard Arlington/Roe headshotCOLUMBUS, OH - Jim Roe, CPCU, president and CEO, announced the promotion of Jennifer Bussard to commercial lines underwriter at the Ohio office of Arlington/Roe, managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker.   

Jen is a graduate of Franklin University and holds the Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designations.

About Arlington/Roe

Arlington/Roe is a managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with offices also in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Minnesota. Arlington/Roe was founded in 1964 by Francis Roe, father of current president and CEO James A. Roe, CPCU. Arlington/Roe’s specialty departments include Aviation, Bonds, Farm, Personal Lines, Commercial Property and Liability (Underwriting and Brokerage), Commercial Auto/Transportation, Professional Liability, Workers’ Compensation and Healthcare & Human Services. The company writes in excess of $205 million in annual premium.

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