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Get the Full View of M&A and Organic Growth Best Practices

MarshBerry Launches Four New 360 Seminars Woodmere, OH, January 16, 2015: MarshBerry is hosting four full day regional seminars focusing on best practices for merger & acquisition (M&A) and organic growth strategies. These seminars will enable insurance professionals, property & …

Insurance Wholesaler Russell Bond Adds Finkelstein in Chicago

David R. Finkelstein has joined insurance wholesaler, Russell Bond & Co., as vice president of distribution and programs. Based in the Chicago area, Finkelstein will be responsible for management and expansion the existing business development efforts, as well as several …

Markel Names Huels Managing Director, Brokerage Casualty in Chicago

Markel appointed Matt Huels as managing director, brokerage casualty, for its product line leadership team. He is based in Chicago. Huels comes to Markel from XL, where he was vice president of the casualty product line nationwide. Huels has also …

DSP Insurance Services Acquires Willis of Illinois’ Schaumburg Office

DSP Insurance Services, based in the Chicago area, announced the purchase of certain assets of Willis of Illinois’ Schaumburg office. The acquisition was finalized Dec. 31, 2014. John Adams, Bob Mielke, Jerry Olson and key staff personnel lead the team …

Topel Joins Hays Cos. in Chicago as President of Property/Casualty

Hays Companies announced Steve Topel has joined its Chicago operations as president of property and casualty. He will be responsible for spearheading new business development, overall office leadership, and recruiting great people. Topel joins Hays Companies with extensive leadership experience. …

CNA Appoints Dmytrow Healthcare, Aging Services VP

CNA has appointed Bruce Dmytrow to vice president of aging services, national programs underwriting for the company’s healthcare segment, effective Jan, 1, 2015. Dmytrow  will be responsible for the strategic leadership of this high-performing area. Dmytrow brings more than 29 years of healthcare industry experience and 22 …

Donald Gaddis Co. Acquires Chicago-Based Kelly and Elliott

Wholesale insurance broker and general agency, Donald Gaddis Co. Inc., has purchased rights to all the renewals of Kelly and Elliott Ltd. Both companies are headquartered in Chicago. Gaddis also hired all of Kelly and Elliott’s employees. The transaction was effective …

Chicago App Would Help Taxis Compete with Ridesharing Services

Chicago has opened a new front in the war on ridesharing services like Uber, approving a plan to sponsor an app for riders to hail local cabs. The measure was part of a package including financial supports for taxis, such …

Illinois Landlord Faces Life Sentence in Alleged Arson-for-Insurance Deaths

A suburban Chicago, Ill., landlord was found guilty in the deaths of seven people for a Valentine’s Day 2010 apartment building fire that prosecutors said was set for insurance money. Lawrence Myers, 64, was found guilty of seven counts of …

Alper Services Adds 5 New Hires in Chicago

Chicago-based Alper Services LLC has added five new employees to join its commercial lines, financial services, and claims management services departments. With nearly 10 years of insurance agency experience, Abby Ahern joins Alper Services as an account manager in the …