Insurance Journal » Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:11:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 CNA Names Kubursi Senior VP – Financial Institutions, Management Liability http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/24/361886.htm Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:44:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361886 Chicago-based insurance CNA has appointed Ziad Kubursi to senior vice president, Financial Institutions and Management Liability, effective April 6, 2015. Ziad brings more than 18 years of insurance industry experience to this role, most recently serving as senior vice president, head of the Management …

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Chicago-Based Alper Services Partners with Germany’s unisonBrokers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/19/361225.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:03:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361225 Alper Services LLC, an independent insurance brokerage in Chicago, Ill., announced it recently signed an agreement with unisonBrokers, a global broker network with multinational insurance and risk management services, who partners with select growth-oriented regional brokers. The agreement allows Alper …

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Willis to Keep Name on Chicago Tower http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/19/361004.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:43:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361004 Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings Plc plans to keep its name on the Chicago tower that is being sold to Blackstone Group LP. The broker “is involved in a long-term contract for its naming rights for Willis Tower,” Colleen McCarthy, …

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Get the Full View of M&A and Organic Growth Best Practices http://www.insurancejournal.com/services/newswire/2015/03/16/360348.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:00:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360348 MarshBerry Launches Four New 360 Seminars Woodmere, OH, March 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 & …

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XL Group’s E&S Insurance Adds Miller in Chicago to Launch New Auto Product http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/06/359720.htm Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:41:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359720 XL Group’s Excess & Surplus (E&S) insurance team is expanding, adding Andrew Miller as underwriting manager for its newest product line, primary auto. Miller joins XL Group’s Chicago office with more than a dozen years of transportation insurance industry experience, most recently as …

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Hub International Acquires San Antonio-Based Alexander Insurance Agency http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/04/356445.htm Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:42:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356445 Chicago-based Hub International Limited (Hub), has acquired Alexander Insurance Agency (Alexander), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Alexander is an independent brokerage with a focus on commercial lines insurance for the commercial towing and transportation industries. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Alexander …

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Zehr Appointed VP, Segment Underwriting at CNA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/29/355835.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:25:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355835 Chicago-based CNA Financial Corp. has appointed Jeff Zehr as vice president, segment underwriting. In this position, he will expand his responsibilities to include leadership and governance for the commercial lines products for both the financial institutions and the professional services customer segments. …

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Get the Full View of M&A and Organic Growth Best Practices http://www.insurancejournal.com/services/newswire/2015/01/16/354179.htm Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354179 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 & …

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Insurance Wholesaler Russell Bond Adds Finkelstein in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/09/353309.htm Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:26:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353309 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 …

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Markel Names Huels Managing Director, Brokerage Casualty in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/07/353204.htm Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:40:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353204 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 …

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DSP Insurance Services Acquires Willis of Illinois’ Schaumburg Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/06/351819.htm Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:43:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351819 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 …

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Topel Joins Hays Cos. in Chicago as President of Property/Casualty http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/06/351717.htm Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:52:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351717 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. …

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CNA Appoints Dmytrow Healthcare, Aging Services VP http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/24/350900.htm Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:35:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350900 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 …

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Donald Gaddis Co. Acquires Chicago-Based Kelly and Elliott http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/19/350718.htm Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:51:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350718 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 …

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Chicago App Would Help Taxis Compete with Ridesharing Services http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/11/349866.htm Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:59:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349866 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 …

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Illinois Landlord Faces Life Sentence in Alleged Arson-for-Insurance Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/19/347530.htm Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:17:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347530 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 …

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Alper Services Adds 5 New Hires in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/11/346514.htm Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:33:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346514 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 …

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Adams Named Sr. VP, Investments and Treasury at CNA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/10/346397.htm Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:16:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346397 Chicago-based CNA Financial Corporation has appointed Amy Adams to senior vice president, investments and treasury. In this role, Adams will be responsible for both the operational and strategic management of investment finance, accounting, operations and treasury teams. Adams joined CNA …

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Hub International to Acquire Chicago-Based Laurus Strategies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/29/345284.htm Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:27:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345284 Insurance brokerage Hub International Limited (Hub) announced its Chicago-area affiliate Hub International Midwest (Hub Midwest) plans to acquire Laurus Strategies (Laurus) from CSIG Holding Co. Laurus is an employee benefits, human resources, and human resource information system (HRIS) global benefits …

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Maximum Adds E&S Sales Teams in Chicago, Florida http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/21/344295.htm Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:55:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344295 Maximum, an independent, Chicago, Ill.-based excess and surplus lines wholesale distributor, announced further expansion to its sales team. Chicago additions include Patrick O’Donoghue to the professional practice and Chrissy Fisher to the casualty practice. Heather Hudson, in the Daytona Beach, …

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Stuckel Joins OneBeacon Entertainment in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/07/342901.htm Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:19:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342901 OneBeacon Entertainment (OBE), a member of OneBeacon Insurance Group, has opened an office in Chicago, Ill., led by Mark Stuckel. Stuckel comes to OneBeacon with 35 years of underwriting experience, much of which was spent serving in various underwriting and …

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Uber Expanding Rideshare Service in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/01/342175.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:44:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342175 Officials say ridesharing company Uber will create 420 jobs in the next two years in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters. Gov. Pat Quinn joined in the announcement on Sept. 29. The Democrat says his veto action last …

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CNA Appoints Earley as Illinois Branch Vice President http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/04/339635.htm Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:42:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339635 Chicago-based property/casualty insurer, CNA, has named Steve Earley as Illinois branch vice president. Earley has been with CNA for 27 years, most recently serving as vice president of the company’s manufacturing customer segment driving improved sales volume and profitability, customer …

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Chicago-Based Linden Group Joins Digital Benefit Advisors http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/12/337375.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:11:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337375 Linden Group Health Services has joined Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA), a division of Digital Insurance. Digital acquired the Chicago firm, which specializes in group benefits solutions for small to mid-sized companies, and will open a second DBA office in Chicago, …

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DelBuono Appointed VP of Product Management at CNA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/07/337071.htm Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:39:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337071 Chicago-based property/casualty insurance organization, CNA Financial Corp., appointed Gary DelBuono vice president of product management, effective Aug. 11. DelBuono will oversee enterprise product development, partnering closely with underwriting in developing product solutions for CNA’s commercial and specialty lines. DelBuono brings …

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Lockton Adds Cooke, Haye to Employee Benefits Practice in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/04/336743.htm Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:49:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336743 Lockton has two employee benefits experts to its Chicago operation. Joining Lockton in vice president, producer roles are David Cooke and Mark Haye. Both will be responsible for business development and client strategy at the privately held, independent insurance broker. …

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Chicago Business Owners See Little Impact from Obamacare, Minimum Wage Hike http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/01/336550.htm Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:47:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336550 The Business Owners Confidence survey for the first half of 2014 indicates that Chicago-area mid-sized business owners are taking Obamacare in stride and expect limited effects of national and state efforts to raise the minimum wage. The survey, jointly conducted …

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Shrout Joins IFG Cos. as Managing Director — Bind http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/07/31/336338.htm Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:48:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336338 IFG Cos. has added Andrew M. Shrout as managing director for its bind insurance business. Shrout will be based in Chicago and Atlanta, and will be a member of the bind leadership team that establishes and implements the new strategy …

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CNA Promotes Heckman to AVP, Hospital Industry Leader http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/20/332566.htm Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:31:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332566 CNA has promoted Chris Heckman to assistant vice president and hospital industry leader in chicago. Heckman will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital line of business, as well as provide strategic and tactical assistance to leadership within …

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CNA Promotes Szabo to Commercial Underwriting Officer in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/05/331146.htm Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:44:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331146 CNA Financial Corporation promoted Matt Szabo to assistant vice president, commercial underwriting officer for the Chicago, Illinois and Wisconsin branches. Szabo will work with leadership to provide additional strategic underwriting support for all areas of CNA’s commercial offerings. This includes …

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