May 4, 2009

The Professional Insurance Agents Association of Ohio Inc. (PIA) has selected Douglas L. Jackson to serve as director of education.

Jackson, a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), comes to PIA after working more than six years as director of recreation and parks for the city of Bexley recreation department. Jackson was responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing administrative and operational functions within the department.

Troy, Michigan-based InPro Insurance Group Inc. has hired Gregory V. Grosfield as a commercial insurance producer.

Prior to joining InPro Insurance, Grosfield served as an account executive for Baker-Hopp & Yee in Harper Woods, Mich., where he was responsible for generating new commercial insurance accounts. Earlier, he worked at Rock Financial as a senior mortgage banker.

Joseph Tracy has been named president of Travelers Inland Marine business unit. Tracy, who joined Travelers in 2006, most recently served as chief underwriting officer for the Inland Marine business unit.

Prior to joining Travelers, Tracy was the head of OneBeacon Insurance’s Inland Marine operations. He also has held positions with the Chubb Group of Insurance Cos. and Kemper Insurance Cos.

Tracy succeeds Richard Rowley, who founded Travelers Inland Marine in 1982. Rowley will continue as a senior adviser with the organization.

Engle Martin & Associates Inc., a national insurance adjusting and claims administration firm, appointed Jay T. Campbell to serve in the newly created role of executive vice president of operations.

Since 1993, Campbell has served in a variety of senior level positions with Crawford & Co., a global provider of claims management services. Most recently he was vice president and director of operations overseeing the Field Operations and Catastrophe Services divisions. Campbell also served Crawford in strategic planning, budgeting and financial analysis, organizational design, process improvement, and technology design and implementation.

Campbell is the fifth member of Engle Martin’s executive management team, which includes Kevin L. Engle, CEO; John J. Quinn, president and chief operating officer; W. Todd Evans, executive vice president for Business Development; and Bob Gambell, executive vice president for Claims and Administration Services and Casualty Operations.

New York-based brokerage Marsh & McLennan Cos. has named William Krivoshik as chief information officer and senior vice president for the firm. In the newly created position, Krivoshik will oversee MMC’s technology strategy and architecture.

Krivoshik most recently served as the chief technology officer at Thomson Financial, where he oversaw the company’s technology and information operations globally. He has also held senior technology positions with Citigroup, Travelers and American International Group, where he was chief information officer.

Dan F. Agnew, president and CEO of Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co., will be inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame on May 21, 2009. The induction ceremony will take place at the Olmsted Center on the Drake University Campus in Des Moines, Iowa.

Agnew served as a high school educator and coach before joining Grinnell Mutual as a marketing representative for northern Illinois in 1969. Agnew served in the marketing department for 18 years, becoming the vice president of marketing in 1985; senior vice president of membership development in 1987; vice president of southeast operations in 1990 and was appointed president and CEO of Grinnell Mutual in 1991.

Under Agnew’s leadership, Grinnell Mutual has grown into the largest reinsurer of farm mutual companies in the United States, securing over 52 percent of the market and is listed in the top 130 P/C companies in the nation.

The Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame was founded in 1997 to recognize outstanding contributions to the Iowa insurance industry.

Portage, Mich.-based managing general insurance agency J.M. Wilson promoted Stacey Kiser to manager of Personal Lines and assistant manager of Property/Casualty. She will oversee the day-to-day activities of the Personal Lines department, serving customers in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas and Pennsylvania. In addition, Kiser is assistant manager to the Michigan P/C department.

Kiser has been with J.M. Wilson Corp. since 2005 and has held several positions in both the P/C and Personal Lines departments. She continues to underwrite P/C business and helps oversee a team of eight underwriters.

Michigan-based managing general agency J.M. Wilson added Debbie Martinez as Sales and Underwriting manager for its southern regional office in Charleston, S.C. Martinez will be responsible for developing relationships and growing J.M. Wilson’s presence in the South. With access to Colony and Northland Insurance Co. for commercial trucking, business auto and public auto accounts, she will help agents write business in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.

Martinez joins J.M. Wilson with nearly 20 years in the insurance industry. She has worked as a commercial transportation underwriter for another MGA.

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