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Bhatia Joins California’s Preferred Employers Insurance as Sr. Underwriter

San Diego, California-based Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company, has added workers’ compensation underwriting expert, Minoo Bhatia, as a senior business development underwriter. Bhatia comes to Preferred with over 25 years of workers’ compensation experience having worked in claims, audit, …

NetVU’s Ambers Named Chief Growth Officer at AVYST in Dallas

AVYST, a provider of sales and risk management products and services for independent insurance agents and brokers and their carrier partners, announced that Kitty Ambers has joined the insuretech firm in Dallas as chief growth officer. Ambers will be responsible …

New York’s The Iroquois Group Hires Venus in Virginia

The Iroquois Group, an Allegany, N.Y.-headquartered network of independent insurance agencies, has hired Charles Venus as its vice president of Middle Market & Specialty. Venus is based in Northern Virginia. The former commercial lines leader for Brown & Brown of …

New Hampshire’s Optisure Risk Partners Hires Soden

Optisure Risk Partners, a Manchester, N.H.-based provider of risk management and insurance, has hired Greg Soden as vice president of revenue development. In this role, Soden will work as part of the executive leadership team to develop and implement strategies …

CSAA in California Names Evans VP of Regulatory and Government Affairs

CSAA Insurance Group has named Katherine Evans president of regulatory and government affairs. Evans will oversee all areas of CSAA Insurance Group’s government and regulatory practices, and will report to the company’s chief legal officer, Mike Zukerman. Evans has been …

Nelson Named President of Dallas-Fort Worth RIMS Chapter

Penni Nelson has been named president of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) for 2019, the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX) announced. Nelson is a member of the SLTX board of directors. …

Cavignac & Associates in California Names Goucher Commercial Account Manager

San Diego, Calif.-based Cavignac & Associates has named Brandon Goucher an account manager within the firm’s commercial department. Goucher is the primary contact at the agency for his assigned clients, charged with managing their exposure to risk, negotiating insurance and …

Woodruff Sawyer in California Names Overbay COO, Allen Chief Revenue Officer

San Francisco, Calif.-based Woodruff Sawyer has promoted Zac Overbay to the position of chief operating officer, and Norman Allen has been named chief revenue officer. As COO, Overbay will direct the firm’s geographic regions in New England, Mountain, Pacific Northwest …

Grose Named Interim Leader of Argo Group’s Colony Specialty Business

San Antonio-based Argo Group U.S., member of Argo Group International Holdings Ltd., has tapped Gary Grose, Argo Group head of marketing and producer management, to serve as the interim head of its excess and surplus lines subsidiary, Colony Specialty, in …

San Group Hires Terry as Regional Vice President for Connecticut, Rhode Island

Satellite Agency Network Group Inc. (SAN) has hired Mike Terry as regional vice president. In this role, Terry will be responsible for membership service, business development and insurance company relations for all SAN Group member agencies in his territory of …