Beecher Carlson Boosts Northeast Profile, Adding 12 in Boston

January 12, 2006

Insurance broker and risk management consultant Beecher Carlson has significantly expanded its presence in the northeast region with the recent addition of 12 industry professionals in its Boston office.

Beecher Carlson first established its presence in Boston in March 2005 under the leadership of Robert Bothwell and his team of energy industry professionals, including Brenna Melvin and Geraldine Kerrigan. This team has worked exclusively with power generating facilities and has implemented insurance programs for projects in several South American and Pacific Rim countries as well as multiple U.S. projects.

In September 2005, Beecher Carlson expanded its Boston presence further with the acquisition of the northeast healthcare practice from Gallagher Healthcare Insurance Services. This acquisition added five of the healthcare specialist: Berni Bussell, Jerilynn Leahy, Cathy Carnevale, Ross Downing and Bonnie Swann.

Beecher Carlson plans to open its expanded Boston office in April 2006. The office will be located at 15 Broad Street in the Financial District.

The additions to Beecher Carlson’s Boston office are:

Richard J. DeVito, Managing Director
DeVito manages Beecher Carlson’s Boston office with a specialization in complex property, casualty and professional liability programs. He also specializes in construction wrap-ups. During his career, DeVito has implemented wrap-ups for Yale University, The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the University of Rhode Island. Before joining Beecher Carlson, he served as senior vice president at William Gallagher Associates in Boston and was the head of the Risk Management Practice Group. He has also been with Hobbs Group, Fidelity Investments and Arkwright Mutual Insurance Company.

Dr. Andrew Banasiewicz, Senior Vice President of Analytics
Banasiewicz’s current work focuses on the design of data-intensive decision support and measurement systems. His areas of expertise include predictive modeling and general multivariate analysis, experimental test design, database model planning, and decision simulation. For Beecher Carlson, he is developing a comprehensive risk analysis platform, which will support objective, firm-level risk profiling and quantification, risk determinants delineation and rank-ordering and on-going risk management decision impact simulation capability. He has held several senior level analysis and modeling positions in database management, advertising and market research industries. Dr. Banasiewicz is a frequent speaker at national conferences and author of several methodological and topical articles.

Mark Bossi, Vice President
Bossi is a senior risk services consultant with 14 years experience in the insurance industry. He specializes in multi-jurisdictional workers’ compensation and general liability. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, Bossi served as vice president in Marsh’s Risk Consulting Practice, where he was designated as New England Claim Practice Leader . Bossi has also been with ACE/ESIS in Boston and two Northeast wholesale/retail companies.

Neal F. Cafferky, Client Service Manager
As a client service manager, Cafferky is responsible for reviewing contractual language, developing procedure manuals and interfacing with the insurance carrier and attending pre-bid meetings and pre-construction meetings to assist contractors. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, Cafferky worked at William Gallagher Associates and at Hobbs Group.

Fabiola Dolcé, Risk Analyst
Dolcé is responsible for coordination of client deliverables and overall placement management supporting renewal and new business production in the energy practice. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, she provided legal support services at Eaton Vance Management and managed cost control on the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center project while at Clark Construction Company.

EJ Durgin, Vice President, Computer Operations
Durgin is responsible for the implementation and management of Beecher Carlson’s computer network infrastructure. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, Durgin served as an IT Director with Hobbs Group.

Jane K. Hahn, Vice President
Hahn is a vice president in Beecher Carlson’s Executive Liability Practice where her responsibilities include consulting, design, implementation and brokering of directors & officers liability, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, cyber risks, fidelity and other related lines of coverage. Her most recent experience includes serving as assistant vice president of Willis Executive Risks. Prior to Willis, Hahn was with Royal & SunAlliance in both the Boston and Pittsburgh markets.

Peter McGoldrick, Vice President
McGoldrick is a vice president in Beecher Carlson’s Executive Liability Practice where his responsibilities include broking and consulting services on all management liability and related lines of coverage. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, McGoldrick served as assistant vice president at Willis’ Executive Risk Practice team in Boston andwas an underwriter at Liberty Mutual concentrating on specialty risk coverage placements for national accounts.

Anne- Marie Niethold, Vice President
Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, she worked at William Gallagher Associates in the RIMS/Environmental Group on large casualty accounts concentrating on cash flow. Prior to WGA, Niethold worked at AON Risk Services.

Uta Randall, Senior Vice President
Randall is responsible for providing senior leadership in marketing and servicing large casualty and property accounts. Randall spent more than 15 years at Hobbs Group Inc., which later became Hilb, Rogal and Hobbs.

Nicole M. Rudolph, Vice President
Rudolph is vice president of sales and production for property, casualty and executive liability, with a concentration in the retail and energy industries. Rudolph’s experience includes working at ESIS, Inc. as a sales manager and at Marsh.

Allen Williams, Director, Risk Control
Williams is responsible for coordinating pre-loss accident prevention and regulatory compliance services directed to the specific needs of Beecher Carlson clients. Williams served as national director of risk control at Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs. He began his insurance career at Liberty Mutual and has also worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

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