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Announces joint venture with Avondale Insurance Associates, a Lloyd’s of London brokerage in Florida. Targets risks with total insurable value under $5 million, including bars/taverns, churches, condos, distributors, hotels/motels, lessors risk, light manufacturing, office buildings, medical offices, warehouses/commercial condos, restaurants/caterers, retail, and buildings vacant under two years (unless new owner). >> Quick Quoting Division offers 15% commission with new A-rated market for general liability for artisan contractors and general contractors on the West Coast.

Creates national public entity environmental liability program in alliance with ACE Environmental Risk. Available in all 50 states on admitted and non-admitted basis. Single, comprehensive policy covering premises; certain operations; transportation; bodily injury and property damage from pollution conditions; clean-up; and above-ground and underground storage tanks. Includes fixed-site pollution for owned locations and off-site covered operations common to public entities. No risk sharing. Each member rated on own merit while still using combined buying power with other entities. >> Cindi Heffernan, a 29-year industry veteran and a specialist in port and marine clients, joins as first VP in Seattle office. She was a managing director with Hugh Wood in Seattle and, before that, a national practice leader at Marsh.

Opens new office in Morehead City, N.C., with Karen Toler as head. She joins from Burns & Wilcox and will focus on personal lines risk, including high-net-worth individuals. >> Brian Henderson joins as EVP in Boca Raton, Fla. He concentrates on large, complex property accounts and was with Brown & Brown’s Peachtree Special Risk Brokers, where he was an SVP and property broker.

Kept U.S. CAT reinsurance mid-year renewal rate changes at 0% to 5%. Japanese programs renewed with prices from 30% to 50% higher. New Zealand programs rose more than 100%. Australian insurers’ rates rose from 15% to 70%. >> Expands space insurance practice into Hong Kong, led by Craig McGilvray. >> Aon Risk Solutions makes senior appointments in Aon Grip Solutions in Europe, the Mideast and Africa. Joaquin Pedruelo Jauregui and Herbert Jansse appointed managing directors. Pedruelo Jauregui led Aon’s Spanish brokerage, and Jansse was an executive with Marsh in Europe and elsewhere. Jeroen Goldman appointed director with Aon Grip Solutions. He has held senior positions in broking and underwriting at Aon and elsewhere. >> Aon Risk Solutions appoints Nicki Tilney as head broker for construction, power and infrastructure in Singapore. She has 20 years industry experience and moves from JLT in London. >> Also hires David Langman as SVP in the Construction Services Group in the Southeast. He was managing director and construction practice leader at Marsh. >> Aon Risk Solutions appoints Clyde Ebanks as COO of Global Client Network and Bruce Wineman as senior managing director for U.S. and Canada in that unit. Internal moves.

Buying Group Benefits of Arkansas, which has an emphasis on consumer-directed health plans with HSAs and HRAs. It will continue from current location under direction of John Neumaier, South Central regional EVP of Gallagher’s employee benefits operations. This is the brokerage’s first benefits-only purchase in Arkansas. >> Appoints Bill Bohstedt as corporate VP. He began his career at Gallagher over 30 years ago and was most recently VP of mergers and acquisitions for retail p-c.

Assurant Employee Benefits introduces product suite for educators: Contains dental, vision, disability, cancer, gap and life policies. Payment schedules accommodate school-year payday scheme. Offers employee assistance program as resource, as well.

Bill Brennan, principal and 15-year firm veteran, appointed head of Real Estate Practice.

Schirick & Assoc. Insurance Brokers in Monticello, N.Y., has merged with Bollinger. It specializes in coverage for camps, sports and recreation associations, and other nonprofits. Ed Schirick named SVP in Bollinger’s Sports Division. This will be Bollinger’s eighth branch location.

Celebrates 80th anniversary and new, state-of-the-art offices in Pasadena Corporate Park that have capacity for future growth. >> Jonathan Schreter joins as asst. VP in p-c division.

Reaches settlement with former execs Jim Henderson and Tom Reilly, who left to form their own brokerage, Assured Agencies, in Lake Mary, Fla. Several other high-level Brown & Brown staff joined the start-up, and Brown & Brown filed suit for misappropriation of trade secrets, wrongful use of institutional knowledge, and hiring away of key personnel. Assured has agreed not to solicit Brown & Brown clients or employees for 18 months and not to communicate for six to 12 months with agencies or brokerages that are on potential-acquisition rosters. Employees who transferred to Assured will return all confidential material to their former firm, and the new brokerage will pay an undisclosed amount to Brown & Brown.


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