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Leavitt Group’s Redwoods Hires Hodge in Northern California

Dawn E. Hodge has joined the Leavitt Group’s Redwoods office and will focus on commercial insurance. Prior to joining the agency, Hodge spent eight years with a personal lines not-for-profit insurance automobile club. She also worked as a claims adjuster representing Phoenix, …

Fireman’s Fund Names Senior Product Director for Healthcare Practice in N.Y.

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company has appointed Mike Midgley to senior product director for healthcare professional liability. He is located in Fireman’s Fund’s New York office.Midgley most recently worked in compliance, product development and risk management for 10 years at American …

SierraSpecialty Taps Hennesay as Wholesale Broker in California

Wholesaler and managing general agent SierraSpecialty named Keri Hennesay as a surplus lines broker to its team in Clovis, Calif. Hennesay has been in the insurance industry for 26 years and has experience working as a retail agent, as well …

Starkweather & Shepley Names Healthcare Risk Specialist in Massachusetts

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. has appointed Stephen Primiano as healthcare risk specialist. Primiano will be working out of Starkweather’s Westwood, Mass., location, where he will continue to develop risk management strategies for hospitals, physician practices, assisted living communities, …

EPIC in California Names Gonthier Chief Financial Officer

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center named Michael Gonthier chief financial officer. Elaine Andrian, EPIC’s current CFO, will now focus on merger and acquisition strategy and diligence. Gonthier will be responsible for overseeing all finance and accounting, human resources and information technology functions across …

Specialty Insurance Managers Launches High Value Homeowners Program

Specialty Insurance Managers Inc., a managing general agent based in Austin, Texas, has begun offering a new high value homeowners insurance program in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, with plans to expand into additional territories. The MGA …

Sebelius Resigning as Obama Health Chief

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reforms, a White House official said on Thursday. Her departure removes a lightning rod for Republican critics as Obama …

Larson, Aga Join Leavitt Recreation & Hospitality

Leavitt Recreation & Hospitality (LRHI) added Ali Larson and Marvin Aga as commercial insurance producers focused on outdoor recreational businesses, including campgrounds, RV parks, resorts, hunting lodges and ammunition manufacturers. Larson has experience in property, auto and life insurance. Prior …

USI Insurance Taps Lockton Exec as Strategic Consultant in New York

USI Insurance Services has appointed Pauline Sobelman as strategic consultant for its New York metropolitan office. For the past five years, Sobelman served as vice president, senior consultant at Lockton Companies, managing benefit strategies for complex large- and middle-market employers. …

Fabors Named President of Texas-Based RISC

Dallas, Texas – based RISC announced that Shawn O. Fabors was named president of the company upon the retirement of William D. Staub, Jr. The transition was effective Apr. 1, 2014. Staub joined RISC as president in January 2003 after …