Grand Rapids, Mich.-based insurance brokerage, Hylant, one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance brokerages, has hired Ken Fortier to lead business development efforts for the West Michigan division of the 16-office, more than 700 employee family owned company.
Fortier is based in Hylant’s downtown Grand Rapids location.
Before joining Hylant, Fortier was the director of sales and marketing for Deksia, a well-known Grand Rapids area marketing firm. Fortier is credited with leading Deksia through its largest period of growth from 2018 to 2020. He also served as CEO of Grand Rapids-based information services firm Quantum Leap Communications from 2003 to 2013, when he sold his business.
In 2012, Fortier authored a book, “NetPlus Connections,” which reflected on his years as a business owner and his passion for developing authentic relationships.
It was during his years as a business owner that Fortier developed a following of people looking to learn this art. After dozens of speaking engagements and group trainings, he grew his consulting business and supported hundreds of members in their sales and development growth. Fortier also has experience working with insurance agencies as a consultative partner and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table.
Hylant was founded in 1935 and now has 16 offices in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. Hylant is a member of the Worldwide Broker Network.
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