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People – West

Leavitt Group in Utah has named Rachael Woolsey vice president of personal lines. Leavitt Group also named Kelly Pareti director of voluntary benefits enrollment. Pareti will work with employee benefits agencies to provide enrollment and voluntary benefits solutions to clients. …

People – Southeast

The Crichton Group, an independent insurance agency in Middle Tennessee, has promoted Austin Madison, a partner, to senior vice president, and Blake Wiedman to partner and vice president. As senior vice president, Madison will continue to manage and lead the …

People – East

A former American International Group (AIG) executive is joining QBE Group to become CEO of its North American operations. Russell Johnston will succeed David Duclos in the role of QBE CEO for its North American operation starting on May 31, …

People – South Central

New Orleans-based insurance and risk management firm, Gillis, Ellis & Baker (GEB), promoted Jeff Howard to shareholder and vice president. Howard joined GEB in 2011 as an insurance producer. He works with both personal lines and commercial property/casualty clients, where …

People – Southeast

Florida-based The Villages Insurance has added Naomi Peeples to its Mulberry Grove location. Peeples, formerly located in the Agency’s Spanish Springs office, is a state certified Personal Lines advisor specializing in home, auto and golf car insurance needs. Peeples began …

People – Midwest

Terry Miller has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer at Bloomington, Minn.-based SFM Mutual Insurance Co. Miller was the company’s original controller. He rose through the ranks in his 30-plus years at SFM to become vice president of …

People – West

Phoenix, Ariz.-based CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Co. named Marc E. Schmittlein president and chief executive officer. Schmittlein will replace President and CEO Donald A. Smith, Jr., who previously announced his plans to retire effective July 1 after 16 years as the …

People – East

The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York (IIABNY) announced that president and CEO Richard Poppa will retire at the end of 2016 after leading the association for 20 years. Poppa has served as IIABNY’s chief staff executive officer since 1996. Prior …

People – South Central

LevelFirst, a wholesale insurance broker and MGA binding facility owned by IIAT Services Co., appointed Rhonda Fomby as vice president. Fomby assumes the responsibility of underwriting new business opportunities with the MGA Binding Authority Division. In addition, she will broker …

People – Southeast

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced that Stephen McKenzie has joined the firm’s Employee Benefits Consulting team in Atlanta. Joining as a Benefits consultant, McKenzie brings six years of employee benefits experience …

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