People & Places

AmWINS announced several new hires: Wendy Troxclair joined as a transportation/commercial auto underwriter and will be responsible for new and renewal underwriting, Stacy Dorman joined as vice president/casualty broker and previously worked as a senior underwriter for Markel Insurance Co. and John Scott joined as vice president after six years with Arch Insurance Co. as assistant vice president.

Wade Bontrager was named COO at EagleEye Analytics. He joins EagleEye after 20 years of industry experience, 15 of which he spent applying predictive analytics on the insurance carrier side. He recently held the position of Senior Vice President at GMAC Insurance.

XS Brokers promoted several personnel: Susan Wild to assistant vice president, Sean Power and Eric Wirkus to senior underwriter. Wild joined XS in 2003 and is a licensed agent with a CIC designation. Power also joined XS in 2003 and has remained client-focused in his time there. Wirkus has been with the firm for 3 years and has proven his commitment to the company’s success.

Steven J. Lempp was chosen as MGIS Co.‘s regional vice president of sales, medical professional liability, to cover the eastern region. The company also added Matthew B. Ririe as regional vice president of sales, gropu disability for the western region. Expanding the sales team in these key regions is part of MGIS’s growth and expansion plan.

Van Glider Insurance Corp. announced that Michael Van Glider, employee and member of the company’s board of directors, is taking an indefinite leave of abscense from his roles effective immediately. The decision was a mutual agreement between the company and Van Glider. He previously stepped down from his role as CEO on October 25th.


New Programs

All Risks partnered with Markel in the creation of an accountants professional liability program. The program offers limits up to $5,000,000 and is currently available in 16 states (soon to be national once states approve filings). It accepts:

  • CPAs
  • Enrolled agents
  • General accounting practices
  • Tax preparation firms
  • Bookkeepers
  • Part-time practices.

Also included are defense outside the limits, first $7,500 claims expenses paid by carrier, subpoena assistance coverage, worldwide coverage, innocent insured protection and reduced deductible options.

Lockton Affinity launched LATITUDE, a program designed to help smaller government contractors protect employees working overseas. The coverage is tailored to government contractors with 20 to 100 employees that want foreign insurance bundled for easier management. Coverage includes:

  • Defense Base Act
  • Employer’s liability
  • Medical evacuation and repatriation
  • GL
  • Automotive liability
  • Kidnap and ransom.

Torus expanded its online broker platform ESCAPE. It has been extended to the specialty commercial E&O and healthcare markets. Portal features include:

  • Ability to write multiple lines of coverage under a single premium
  • Avoidance of submission black holes
  • Quoting, binding and issuing of a policy in less than 5 minutes.
  • Minimum healthcare premium  of $3,00 for issued policies
  • Minimum premium of $1,000 for commercial E&O
  • Quick quote options
  • Immediate policy issuance
  • Ability to livechat with an underwriter.



Applied Systems was awarded Download Vendor of the Year for the 19th consecutive year by ACORD. The award signifies agents and carriers deliver more electronic data through Applied Systems than any other software. ACORD fournd that more than 131,000 agency/carrier pairs downloaded insurance transaction information through Applied Systems in 2011.

Ronald Von Haden was named executive vice president and CEO of PIA National. He is the executive vice president of PIA Wisconsin and will continue in that role as well as assuming new responsibilities in Alexandria, Va. He has been a devoted member of PIA for 37 years and says his top priority will be growing membership.