November 5, 2018

San Francisco, Calif.-based Woodruff Sawyer has named Luke Parsons as a vice president in the private equity and transactional risk group.

Woodruff Sawyer has also named Evan Hessel vice president and casualty practice leader.

Parsons was previously a principal with Equity Risk Partners.

Hessel will be responsible for expanding the current casualty platform and capabilities. He was previously managing director and West Coast casualty leader for Beecher Carlson.

Woodruff Sawyer has offices throughout the U.S.

Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito has appointed Andrew Kurata deputy commissioner and captive insurance administrator for the department of commerce and consumer affairs insurance division.

Kurata previously held the position in an acting capacity.

The captive insurance administrator oversees the ongoing regulation of all captives licensed in the state under the insurance commissioner.

Kurata has been with the Insurance Division since 2011 as a captive insurance examiner and captive insurance program specialist.

Mike Cunningham has been named new co-owner of Shook-Leavitt Insurance Agency in Idaho, which will now do business as Leavitt Inland Pacific Insurance Services.

Amy Shook remains with the agency as manager and a licensed agent. The changes will not affect current accounts, and clients will continue to work with those service representatives with whom they are familiar.

Cunningham started his insurance career in 1999 and focuses on commercial insurance for the construction industry.

Leavitt Inland Pacific Insurance Services is part of Leavitt Group, a privately-held insurance brokerage.

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has named Kevin Harnetiaux senior vice president and chief operating officer of EPIC’s Sacramento, Calif., region, including Gold River, Calif., and Reno, Nev.

Harnetiaux joins from the State Fund of California, where he was executive vice president of field operations.

Harnetiaux spent most of his earlier career at The Hartford.

EPIC is a retail property/casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant.

San Diego, Calif.-based Cavignac & Associates has named Jessica White a human resources risk advisor.

White will provide advice to Cavignac & Associates’ clients to help them reduce the frequency and severity of their employee claims. She primarily interacts with corporate executives and their companies’ respective human resource professionals.

White has more than 15 years of experience in human resources. After becoming a licensed attorney, she founded her own firm, JW Employment Law Center, which provided human resources consulting and employment litigation services primarily to the small business community.

Cavignac & Associates is a risk management and commercial insurance brokerage firm.

GBS Benefits has added Don Mollihan as a senior consultant in Arizona.

Mollihan founded Arizona Benefit Consultants LLC in 1995. He has more than 30 years of experience in the brokerage and consulting space.

GBS Benefits is part of Leavitt Group, a network of insurance brokers.

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. named Brendan Quinlan a senior vice president in its San Francisco, Calif., office.

Quinlan was previously area senior vice president with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Quinlan is also founder and board member with RiskRadius, a company developing software for brokers and carriers.

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

San Francisco, Calif.-based Charity First Insurance Services Inc. has named Margarita Paz-Cazares a new business underwriter.

Paz-Cazares has more than 25 years of experience as a multiline commercial underwriter.

She was previously a senior underwriter for Amtrust/AmCom. She was an account executive and underwriter for Travelers before that.

Charity First is a program manager in the property/casualty industry serving nonprofit organizations, religious institutions, and for-profit companies that provide social services and programs.

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