Michigan News

White Appointed Director of Innovation at Accident Fund Holdings

Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has appointed Jeffrey Austin White as director of innovation. White will lead the newly created innovation team in identifying opportunities for the business to generate revenue and improve operations while leveraging solutions backed by research, …

Michigan Police Targeting Speeding, Distracted Driving After Pileup

Michigan authorities plan to crack down on speeding and distracted driving in eastern Kalamazoo County following a 193-vehicle pileup that killed one man and closed a stretch of Interstate 94 for two days. State police Lt. Dale Hinz tells the …

Kluting Joins Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services in Michigan

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc., the U.S. retail property/casualty brokerage division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has hired Steve Kluting in its Grand Rapids, Mich., office. In his new role as area vice president for Gallagher’s food …

Western National Insurance, Michigan Millers Mutual Join Forces

Minnesota-based Western National Insurance Group announced an affiliation between Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Co. and Western National Mutual Insurance Co. This affiliation will be final after the necessary regulatory approvals are completed, which are expected to be done by the …

Michigan-Based Insurer, Hagerty, Hires Hutchinson as President

Classic vehicle insurer, Traverse City, Mich.-based Hagerty, hired Richard Hutchinson as the company’s president, effective Jan. 5, 2015. Hutchinson joins Hagerty from the Progressive Corp., where he has held many leadership positions during his 29-year tenure there. His insurance acumen …

New Workers’ Comp Reimbursement Rules Take Effect In Michigan

Changes in how doctors are paid for treating some injured employees covered by workers’ compensation are expected to address the long-term use of pain relievers and help cut medical costs for Michigan job providers, according to state officials. The new …

Accident Fund Picks Walsh to Lead Alternative Markets Unit

Accident Fund Holdings Inc., based in Lansing, Mich., has named Patrick Walsh the company’s new alternative markets leader. Walsh will be responsible for continuing non-traditional and innovative business solutions and generating new and creative opportunities in response to agent and customer …

Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Redesign Grand River Floodwalls

Grand Rapids, Mich., is redesigning its flood protection system along the Grand River after years of resistance to calls by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to boost floodwalls. The Grand Rapids Press reports the city is studying 16 sites along …

Reincke Promoted to Brokerage Manager at J.M. Wilson

Portage, Mich.-based wholesale insurance specialist, J.M. Wilson, has promoted James Reincke to brokerage manager for the newly formed brokerage department . Reincke is responsible for developing and strengthening new and existing agency and company relationships, as well as growing the …

IICF Midwest Awards $545K in Grants to Local Non-Profits

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Midwest Division announced it is awarding $545,000 in community grants to local non-profit organizations in Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for 2015. Grants range in contribution from $10,000 to $50,000 and support 29 …