JLT Specialty USA Creates Environmental Brokerage Team

March 25, 2015

JLT Specialty USA said it has added an environmental team to provide environmental brokerage and advisory services in energy, construction, environmental professional, finance and aerospace sectors.

The individuals appointed to this team include Greg Schilz, executive vice president and JLT USA Environmental leader; Michael McGinn, senior vice president; and Jamin Valdez, vice president.

The environmental team will be complemented by Cynthia Evanko Olinger, PhD, who joins JLT Specialty USA as senior vice president and Construction Professional Liability leader. In this capacity she works with the Environmental Practice in collaboration with other JLT Specialty units.

Prior to joining JLT Specialty USA, Schilz was a managing director at Aon Risk Solutions, where he was the national sales leader for the Aon Environmental Services Group and managed the West region Environmental Practice. From 2002 to 2006, Schilz was a partner at Breitstone & Co. Ltd. and at Marsh, where he started his career in 1987. He managed the west region for both firms and was responsible, nationwide, for designing and building environmental insurance programs and analyzing environmental loss exposures. Most recently he’s been working with private equity firms in acquisitions. \

Most recently, McGinn was a business development director for ENTRIX (now part of Cardno) in Chicago and led business development efforts targeting litigation, due diligence and expert services targeting outside counsel and companies. Prior to that he was at Navigant Consulting in Chicago where he teamed with the insurance and claims and energy Practices. Previously McGinn was a managing director at Marsh, where he founded the Midwest Environmental Practice. He then assumed leadership of the Midwest Power and Utility Practice.

Valdez comes to JLT Specialty USA from Aon Rosk Solutuions where he has been an account executive since 2011. Prior to that he led the Environmental/Pollution unit of D.L.D. Insurance Brokers Inc., from 2006 to 2011 and from 2004 to 2006 was a risk specialist for AIG Environmental. From 1998 to 2004 Valdez worked as an environmental professional, holding positions as SECOR International Inc., (now part of Stantec Inc.), ATC & Associated (now part of Cardno) and Applied Science and Technology Inc.

Evanko Olinger most recently served as a director with Aon Risk Services, where she specialized in construction professional and pollution liability exposures and insurance. Previously, she held consulting roles with companies including Geosyntec Consultants and Risk Enterprise Management, where she performed engineering evaluations and design, project management, and technical and financial analysis of environmental insurance claims.

“With regulations like the new [Environmental Protection Agency] EPA standards for indoor air quality, environmental liability is pervasive for any company with a footprint in the U.S. or across the globe,” said Mike Rice, CEO of JLT Specialty USA.

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