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Wholesaler WSS Opens New Southern California Office

WSS has opened a new office location in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The new office is led by Mark Kaufman, chief operating officer, who joined WSS in 2018. WSS has expanded its southern California presence with eight new client executives. WSS …

Penniall’s Integrity and Creativity Highlighted in Monarch’s Knightly Ads

Don Penniall beat “dilly-dilly” to the punch a long time ago. Penniall was a creative, well-liked insurance professional who had the fortitude to launch his own firm later in life, those who remember him say. Penniall died on Sept. 23, …

California Surplus Lines Are Now A Bigger Chunk of the Commercial Market

The phrase “new normal” might be a cliché, but it was too hard for Ben McKay, executive director of the Surplus Lines Association of California, to avoid using when describing the state’s excess and surplus market in 2016 and going …

The Keating Group in Arizona Rebrands As tKg Wholesale Brokerage

Phoenix, Ariz.-based The Keating Group, the wholesale brokerage arm of Keating Cos., has rebranded as tKg Wholesale Brokerage. James Keating, CEO of tKg and parent Keating Cos., said the change is to show the brokerage is a national wholesaler with …

The Changing Surplus Lines Landscape in California and Beyond

The changing excess and surplus insurance landscape was an oft discussed topic on Monday, with experts describing the challenges and opportunities going forward. “The business that we have and the risk we see is going to be changing. No question.” …

Report Shows Month-to-Month Surplus Lines Volatility in California

So far it’s been an “unusual year” for surplus lines in California. Filed premiums were up 14.1 percent in October from the same month last year, but that increase followed a 38.3 percent year-over-year drop in September, new figures from …

NAPSLO Panel: Tech Disruption May be Good for E&S Market

“There are no rules. If you can figure out how to quantify a risk and define it, then you can insure it.” Hank Haldeman, president of the board of directors for the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, sounded …

USG Launches Professional Division in California, Taps Fisher

USG Insurance Services Inc., a national wholesaler and managing general agent, has launched of a professional division in El Segundo, Calif. The firm has also hired Frederick Fisher as director of professional liability. Fisher will be based in El Segundo. …

All Risks Taps McDonough in Northern California

Independent wholesaler All Risks Ltd. named Rick McDonough and his West Coast production team to All Risks’ San Francisco location. In addition to McDonough, the brokerage team leader, joining the office are brokers Shawn Chummar, Yvonne McNamara, Teresa Muston and …

Anderson & Murison Founder to be Remembered

Dave Anderson, founder of wholesaler Anderson & Murison Inc. in Southern California, who served several insurance associations in numerous capacities, will be remembered for his contributions to the insurance industry. Anderson, a World War II veteran, died on Feb. 12 …