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New Hampshire’s Optisure Risk Partners Hires Needham

Optisure Risk Partners, based in Manchester, N.H., has hired Beth Needham as insurance operations manager and best practices leader. In this role, she will serve as a contributing member of the Optisure leadership team, offering insurance operations experience in service, …

Alliant Insurance Services Launches Maryland-Based Imperium Consulting Group

Alliant Insurance Services, a Newport Beach, Calif.-headquartered specialty insurance brokerage firm, has launched Imperium Consulting Group, a specialized advisory business that works with clients to better manage commercial risks as well as resolve complex claims and disputes. Imperium is based …

Lawsuit Targets Massachusetts Utility Over Deadly Gas Explosions

A resident of a Massachusetts city rocked by last week’s deadly gas blasts that damaged dozens of homes sued utility operator NiSource Inc on Tuesday, accusing it of inadequately maintaining its distribution system. The proposed class action lawsuit targets NiSource …

After Blasts, Massachusetts Gas Customers Face Long Wait

The blast of high-pressure natural gas that led to dozens of home explosions last week in Massachusetts very likely damaged the system’s antiquated pipeline network and could lead to a long period of testing and repairs before full service is …

Three Struck by Train, One Killed in Delaware

A woman has been killed and two men have been critically injured after being struck by a train in Delaware. Police in Georgetown say the three were hit by a Carload Express train early Sunday morning as they walked on …

Official Says Pressure Sensors Are Focus of Massachusetts Gas Explosions Probe

The investigation into the Boston, Mass.-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts, the head of the National Transportation Safety …

New York’s Ethos Specialty Insurance Services Appoints Cline as President, CEO

Ethos Specialty Insurance Services (Ethos), Ascot Group’s New York-based MGU platform, has appointed Rory Cline as president and CEO. Cline takes the helm from his current role as chief underwriting officer, having joined Ethos Specialty at its inception in 2017. …

Rogers & Gray Insurance Opens New Massachusetts Office

Rogers & Gray Insurance has opened a new office in Quincy, Mass., to accommodate its growth. This represents the 10th office for the Massachusetts-based company, which serves clients in all fifty states. “This was a logical next step in our …

Virginia Museum Workers Act Fast to Protect Valuable Collection in Hurricane Florence

The Durand-Ruel sisters didn’t dress for hurricane season. The eldest had on a wide-brimmed hat, the kind one would take to a high-society garden party. Both wore white gowns that looked as though their sheerness would go transparent in a …

Professional Insurance Agents of New York Elects Ferris President

The Professional Insurance Agents of New York (PIANY) has elected Jamie A. Ferris as president at a meeting of the association’s board of directors at PIANY headquarters in Glenmont, N.Y. Ferris is president of P.W. Wood & Son Inc. in …

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