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AON
Peter Schmitz, Robert Beyers and Tracy Toro are new managing directors with Aon Risk Services’ aviation practice. >> Geoffrey Bromley is new head of Aon Re Global’s UK, European, Mid-East, African and Asia-Pacific operations. www.aon.com

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER
In conjunction with the Steel Framing Alliance, AJG launches a comprehensive insurance program for West Coast builders that use steel framing. STEEL Advantage offers as much as 50% discounts on a broad range of insurance products and is specifically provided for cold-formed steel framed construction projects. Rollout beyond the West Coast is planned for the future. AJG provides subcontractor certificate monitoring and compliance services, contract review and other risk prevention services for this program. Through STEEL Advantage AJG can also provide Zurich’s builders risk insurance. www.ajg.com

BENEFIT POINT
Introduces ClientConnect, a Web-based resource that allows small to mid-sized brokers to provide a secure, customizable Web site to each client so their staffs can access benefit statements, eligibility, company documents and other information. www.benefitpoint.com

BISYS
Private equity group J.C. Flowers completes its acquisition of the life, commercial and retirement services of the former BISYS Group. The old BISYS Commercial Insurance Services division is now combined with Crump Insurance Services, and—with the former BISYS Life Insurance and Retirement Services divisions—all will operate under the name of Crump Group. John Howard is the new president and CEO of Crump Group. www.bisyspc.com

BROWN & BROWN
Acquires Muirfeld Insurance of Lexington, Ky., which specializes in equine insurance. This is Brown & Brown’s first move into this niche market. >> Buys Combined Group of Texas, which is a collective of nine agencies with a primary focus on workers comp “opt-out” insurance and small account standard lines, as well as excess and surplus property, liability and package lines. www.bbinsurance.com

CRUMP GROUP
With J.C. Flowers’ purchase and merger of BISYS segments into Crump, Crump Group is now one of the largest U.S. wholesale insurance distributors. It will operate with three service divisions: life insurance, commercial insurance and retirement. Glenn Hargrove continues as president and CEO of Crump Insurance Services and will lead the newly combined commercial operations. Bob Guillocheau remains president of retirement and will serve with Hargrove as co-vice-chairman. John Howard continues as head of life operation on an interim basis and serves as president and CEO of Crump Group. See BISYS entry for more details. www.crump.com

EDGEWOOD PARTNERS INSURANCE CENTER
This new California brokerage, formed by private equity fund Trident IV, John Hahn and Dan Francis, acquires Calco Insurance Brokers and Agents to serve as a platform for a statewide business. >> Hires John Greenfield as vice president for property-casualty insurance. >> Creates new Wind and Energy Group with Mike McMullen and Penny Crowder as vice-presidents and Cindy Henry as account exec.

GUY CARPENTER
Rupert Bedford is new head of broking for the UK operations of the facultative reinsurance unit. www.guycarp.com

HUB INTERNATIONAL
Acquires New York risk management firm Jacobs & Jacobs, which joins HUB Northeast and is moving to the Hub office on Long Island. www.hubinternational.com

JARDINE LLOYD THOMPSON
Expands Mid-East distribution network by establishing a joint venture with Arab Commercial Enterprises in Saudi Arabia. www.jltgroup.com

LOCKTON
Dallas team gets two new executive vice presidents: Anthony Convery and Kenneth Gould. >> Fernando Ortega Amieva is named president of Lockton’s Mexico operations and executive managing director of Lockton’s Mexico City brokerage. Amieva owns a risk consulting firm, Promeritum, which will be integrated into Lockton’s Mexico operations. www.lockton.com

MARSH
Agrees with New York state on expanded fees for brokers that are now allowable under the settlement with the state on contingent commissions. www.marsh.com

MEEKER SHARKEY
Tom Sharkey, Sr. starts independently owned commercial insurance and benefits-focused brokerage under its old name, Meeker Sharkey Associates. The brokerage was sold to Summit Bancorp in 2000 and was merged with four others to create Summit Insurance Advisors, but now it is being restarted with Sharkey at the helm as chairman.

U.S. RISK
Names Monte Stringer executive v.p. and national brokerage manager of U.S. Risk Brokers, the wholesale excess and surplus lines operation. www.usrisk.com

WILLIS
Reaches agreement with state of New York that allows Willis to accept some fees from insurers. >> Brenda Shelly is Willis North America’s new director of client advocacy and senior v.p. Eric Joost, previously in that position, is now developer of Willis’ middle market segment. >> Forms strategic alliance with The Sullivan Group to provide Willis health care clients with improved clinical risk management products and services. The Sullivan Group was founded by President and CEO Dan Sullivan, M.D., J.D. to help the health care industry establish best practices, enhance patient safety, and reduce medical errors and the resulting exposure to malpractice litigation. The Sullivan Group (www.thesullivangroup.com) was incorrectly identified in the September issue of Leader’s Edge. www.willis.com

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