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Third generation takes leadership role at H.W. Kaufman Financial Group

Daniel J. Kaufman promoted to senior VP, appointed to board of directors

Kaufman represents the third generation of Kaufman family leadership.
Kaufman represents the third generation of Kaufman family leadership.

Daniel J. Kaufman has been promoted to senior vice president at H.W. Kaufman Financial Group and has been appointed to its board of directors.

Kaufman represents the third generation of Kaufman family leadership, following his late grandfather, Herbert W. Kaufman — who founded the company in 1969 — and his father, Alan Jay Kaufman, who is chairman, president and CEO.

“I’m excited about the near- and long-term opportunities for the firm and to work with the board on continuing to expand the business,” Kaufman said in a statement. “It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather.

“My passion for insurance began at a young age and has grown exponentially throughout the years,” he added. “I look forward to helping direct Kaufman’s future and bringing the best risk management solutions and services to our clients.

Kaufman, 30, currently oversees operations at Chicago office of H.W. Kaufman's insurance wholesaler subsidiary, Burns & Wilcox. As senior vice president for H.W. Kaufman Financial Group and Burns & Wilcox, his daily responsibilities include working closely with the organization’s corporate headquarters in suburban Detroit as well as its other Midwestern offices.

Overseeing and visiting those offices “provides me a broad perspective of the company’s overall operations,” Kaufman told PC360.com. Kaufman serves as a member of National Underwriter Property & Casualty’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Additionally, Kaufman will be active in the company’s London operations.

As the newest member of the board, Kaufman will assume a greater role across the company’s global offices and strengthen his focus on recruitment and talent development, both within Kaufman and the broader propery and casualty industry. Kaufman was instrumental in developing the company’s internal emerging leaders program.

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“Kaufman is built on a legacy of financial independence, integrity and competitive drive. It is important that the company remains family owned and operated, to ensure the enduring commitment to these founding principles,” said Alan Jay Kaufman. “Danny’s strong leadership and vision for the company’s future will drive Kaufman’s continued growth and financial success.”

Kaufman holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a J.D. from Loyola University in Chicago. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and currently serves on several corporate, civic and advisory boards, including City of Hope National Insurance Industry Council, Midwest Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Association of Lloyd’s Brokers, Metro Chicago Hillel and the Kaufman Family Foundation.

Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., H.W. Kaufman Financial Group is the parent company of a global network that includes Burns & Wilcox, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Burns & Wilcox Canada, Chesterfield Insurance Brokers, Lochain Patrick, Cranbrook Underwriters, Global Excess Partners, Burns & Wilcox Re, Atain Insurance Companies, R.B. Jones, Royal Premium, US-Reports, Canadian Reports and Minuteman Adjusters.

Kaufman employs more than 1,600 professionals in more than 50 offices in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Related: NAPSLO director speaks to Kaufman Financial Group’s leadership grads

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