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August 22, 2016

Westlake Village, Calif.-based Aptus Risk Solutions Inc. has named Gary Evans vice president of sales and business development.

Evans has 20 years of experience in sales and client service with various risk consulting and technology firms.

He previously was with Riskonnect Inc. as region sales director. He was senior vice president with CS STARS (now Marsh ClearSight) before that.

Aptus is a national workers’ compensation consulting firm focusing on medical cost containment and litigation management.

Professional Program Insurance Brokerage of Novato, Calif., has named Susan Etter vice president of underwriting.

Etter has been with PPIB for six years managing the underwriting and sales staff. She will continue to oversee the various contracts and programs at PPIB.

PPIB provides insurance for specialty and service industries.

Shannon Borges has been named a director at Crystal & Co.

Borges is based in Newport Beach, Calif. He specializes in employer benefits and executive management insurance coverage.

Borges has more than 23 years of experience in insurance. He was a co-founder and principal of EHR Support Services prior to joining Crystal & Co. He previously was the regional vice president of commercial sales for Health Net Inc.

Crystal & Co. is a New York-based risk and insurance advisor.

Western Growers appointed Sean Reardon as sales executive.

Reardon will join the property/casualty insurance team, with a focus on Western Growers’ client base in Southern California.

Reardon has more than 12 years of experience. He most recently worked for a brokerage firm, where he designed risk management programs.

Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing produce in Arizona, California and Colorado.

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has named Doug Fyfe first vice president in its Alliant Americas division.

Fyfe will work in the Thousand Oaks, Calif., office.

Fyfe was regional vice president in the insurance division of a professional services company prior to Alliant. He also has experience as managing co-owner of an insurance brokerage firm.

Alliant has also named Julie Beacock first vice president within its Newport Beach, Calif., office. Beacock will be part of Alliant’s West Coast employee benefits team.

Beacock is a benefits consultant with more than 20 years of industry experience. She was senior vice president and national growth leader with a U.S. insurance brokerage firm prior to joining Alliant.

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Alliant provides property/casualty, workers’ compensation, employee benefits, surety and financial products and services.

Ironshore Inc. has named Andrew M. Stephens as branch executive of San Francisco for the West region.

He will be responsible for distribution marketing and product development of commercial lines.

Stephens assumes branch leadership responsibilities from Jeremy Frumkin, who will return to the professional lines unit of Ironshore.

Stephens previously was a West Coast director for Aon Benfield.

Ironshore’s West Region covers Northwest and West coast states with offices located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Seattle.

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named Patrick Diebel an account executive in surety in the firm’s San Francisco, Calif., office.

Among Diebel’s duties will be to consult on client and surety credit relationships.

Diebel was most recently an underwriting director at CNA Surety.

Woodruff-Sawyer has offices throughout California, and in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Hawaii and New England.

Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd E. Kiser has named Travis Wegkamp new director of the captive division.

He replaces David J. Snowball, who is retiring this month.

Wegkamp joined the captive division in 2011 as an audit manager.

Wegkamp spent nearly a decade providing accounting and auditing services before joining the captive division.

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