Hires and Promotions at Starr, IMUA, Zurich, Partners, Vertafore, AmWINS and Affiliated Insurance Managers - Around the Industry

Applied opens new office, Brownyard and Maritime launch new projects, RHS&B launches scholarship

People & Places

Starr announces division head, senior managing director: Starr Cos. named Bob Coords as head of Starr Specialty Reinsurance, a division of Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. Coords's team, based out of New York, will concentrate on the agriculture sector, specifically the crop business. The company also hired X. Rick Niu as senior managing director of Starr Strategic Partners. Niu will focus on the insurance and investment needs of Asian and other emerging market companies and individuals.

IMUA names chairman, deputy chairperson and vice chairman: The Inland Marine Underwriters Assn. board of directors named Peter Opinante as chairman of the board, Michelle Hoehn of Travelers Group as deputy chairperson and Bill Rosa of XL Group as vice chairman. Previously, Opinante served as deputy chairperson.

Zurich hires one to head Canada business: Zurich North America announced Patrick Lundy as the head of its Canada Division for the North America commercial division. Lundy will serve as chief agent and CEO for Zurich Canada, based out of Toronto.

Partners promotes one to VP: Partners Insurance Group, an affiliate of BayCoast Bank, announced Cheryl Curt as vice president of personal lines and operations. Curt will oversee the Tiverton, R.I. Partners location, as well as four in Massachusetts—one in each Swansea and Somerset and two in Fall River.

Vertafore also promotes one to VP product management: Software provider Vertafore named Mark Craig senior vice president of product management. Craig will be responsible for developing and refining product strategy. Prior, Craig worked as vice president of agency management systems product management.

AmWINS, NEBCO hire two: AmWINS Group announced Jennifer Hetzel as assistant vice president and casualty broker last month. She specializes in hard-to-place casualty risks. In addition, NEBCO—an AmWINS Group Benefits division—hired Catherine Colburn as director of association and affinity sales. Colburn will oversee NEBCO North and South's association of business.

Read on for more People & Places and New Programs and a new student scholarship

People & Places, continued

Affiliated appoints manager: Affiliated Insurance Managers hired Heidi Forte to be commercial insurance marketing manager. The company is currently expanding its commercial insurance division. Forte will market new and renewal business and manage insurance carrier relationships.

Applied opens new office: Applied Systems announced it will open a new southeast regional office in Atlanta. With the new office, the insurance software company also will increase its staff.

New Programs

Brownyard introduces E&O for PCOpro: Brownyard Group introduced E&O coverage for its PCOpro pest control program. The new program protects against claims seeking monetary damages due to pest control operator negligence.

Maritime launches program with Swiss Re: Maritime Program Group announced a motor truck cargo program with Swiss Reinsurance Co. The program is available nationwide and focuses on risks with 1 to 15 units, but can consider risks of all sizes. Long and short haul, refrigeration breakdown, unscheduled vehicles, shipper's endorsements and terminal coverage are all included.


RHS&B establishes scholarship: Roach Howard Smith & Barton established a scholarship to honor CEO and Chairman Karen K. Farris. Established with the Texas Risk & insurance Professional Society, the fund will be awarded to students majoring in risk and insurance management at the University of North Texas. Two scholarships of $1,250 will be given over 4 years.

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