People Moves: Alliant Adds Brian Shaw as First VP; Orchid Promotes Ross Bowie

September 28, 2021


Alliant continues has added to its Absence, Disability, and Life team, hiring Brian Shaw as First Vice President. The Atlanta-based benefits consultant joins Alliant’s Employees Benefits Groupand will serve a diverse base of clients throughout the Southeast region.

Shaw has experience designing and enhancing the efficiency of life, disability, and absence management programs for large employers. Shaw is an industry veteran with a background in underwriting and experience in finance, risk management, customer relationship management, and training and mentoring.

“Brian brings a potent combination of analytics and problem solving to deliver innovative solutions to his clients that improve operations and strengthen the bottom line,” said Kevin Overbey, President, Alliant Employee Benefits. “His breadth of expertise and extensive experience within the Southeast region will add additional strength to our growing Absence, Disability, and Life team.”

Previously, Shaw was Director-Absence, Disability Management and Life with a global financial services advisory firm and broker.


Orchid Underwriters Agency, LLC (OUA) has promoted Ross Bowie to OUA Chief Underwriting Officer.

The appointment consolidates underwriting responsibilities across OUA’s personal lines segments, positioning the company for further growth in one of its core businesses.

Steve Carlsen, CEO of Orchid Insurance, commented, “The promotion of Ross Bowie to OUA Chief Underwriter formalizes a role that he has been filling for the last year. Ross’s technical skills and judgement have dramatically reshaped Orchid’s business. We have been able to improve the metrics and performance of our portfolios while refocusing our underwriting teams and recruiting extraordinary talent. Orchid has added new programs and new capacity this year, in an environment where markets are otherwise shedding risk. This is a tribute to the confidence our carriers have in Ross and his team.”

Based in Vero Beach, Fla., Orchid Insurance is a personal lines E&S managing general underwriter, providing specialty homeowners insurance products for coastal risks in the Gulf, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic states, with an additional suite of brokerage products available in all 50 states.

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