Confie Seguros, an insurance agency group focused on Hispanic consumers, has named Joseph Waked as chief executive officer.
John Addeo , former CEO and co-founder of the business, will remain with the company as executive chairman and continue to be involved in the strategic direction of the firm as well as evaluating select acquisitions.
Waked was most recently CEO of Freeway Insurance, a California subsidiary of Confie Seguros, and formerly served as Freeway’s chief operating officer.
Confie Seguros has revenues exceeding $180 million as it enters its fifth year.
“We intend to double those revenues in the next five years as we prepare to be the first national personal lines broker for auto, homeowners and small commercial insurance,” said Waked.
Confie Seguros is a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, a San Francisco -based private equity firm. Genstar established Confie Seguros in 2008 in collaboration with the company’s management team to acquire insurance agencies focused on the Hispanic consumer. Confie Seguros has been profiled as one of Insurance Journal’s Top 100 Independent Agencies. Confie Seguros has 275 retail locations in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Nevada, and plans to expand in Illinois, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. has named Juliene Conway its chief marketing officer. Conway will lead the market management team and be responsible for agent and policyholder intelligence, innovation, marketing and communications. Conway will succeed Eleanor Barnard, current chief distribution, sales and marketing officer, who will be retiring from Novato, Calif.-based Fireman’s Fund but will continue to work on special projects. Previously, Conway held senior marketing positions at Wells Fargo Funds Management, Wachovia Evergreen Investments, Ameriprise Financial, Fidelity Investments and HSBC.
Beecher Carlson in Atlanta has expanded its national healthcare team by hiring Eileen Conlon as a managing director. Conlon has more than 20 years of experience and most recently served as managing director of Willis after it acquired HRH of Florida, in 2008. Conlon will be responsible for developing and managing healthcare accounts. She will also work with property/casualty clients such as commercial real estate owners.
Beecher Carlson’s national healthcare team is led by Executive Managing Director Frank McKenna, who has 25 years of experience in the field. The company’s clients include large hospital chains, physician groups, surgical centers, managed care organizations, academic medical centers and teaching hospitals.
Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, and holder of several offices in the state, has joined the Fort Lauderdale law firm of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate, P.A., as a consultant. In 2003, Gallagher was elected the state’s first CFO, before making an unsuccessful run for U.S. Senator. He was also elected Florida treasurer and insurance commissioner between 1989 and 1995. He again served in the office between 2001 and 2003, filling out the remaining tenure of Bill Nelson, who was elected to the U.S. Senate. Gallagher also served one term as Florida commissioner of education before it was made an administrative post following a state constitutional Cabinet reorganization.
Steven Klein has joined Normandy Harbor Insurance Co. as a director of loss control. Klein has 15-years of experience in the industry with Patriot Risk Management, AmTrust North America of Florida and other companies. The Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based Normandy Harbor is a workers’ compensation insurer that markets through independent agents.