Comings & Goings
September saw new faces and job titles inside HUB International, Segal Group and other adviser firms.
David Blumenstein
Segal Names Blumenstein president and CEO
The Segal Group has named David Blumenstein as incoming president and CEO. His new role starts on October 1. Prior to this promotion he was Senior Vice President.

Blumenstein’s old role will be filled by David Brenner, who is now the firm’s national director of multiemployer consulting. Segal Consulting, a member of The Segal Group, is headquartered in New York and has nearly 1,000 employees throughout the U.S. and in Canada.
David Brenner
Segal names new national director of multiemployer consulting
The Segal Group announced that senior vice president and benefits consultant David Brenner has been appointed Segal Consulting’s national director of multiemployer consulting.

Brenner succeeds David Blumenstein, who will become president and CEO of The Segal Group on October 1. Brenner will continue to be based out of the firm’s Boston office.

Before coming to Segal in 1995, Brenner was a trustee of a multiemployer health and welfare fund and a defined benefit pension plan in Massachusetts.
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HUB names Cohen president
Global insurance brokerage HUB International Limited has named Marc Cohen as president of HUB Int. effective Jan. 1, 2017. His previous role was regional president of HUB East region.

Cohen will be responsible for driving continued growth and productivity improvements across HUB. He will report to Martin P. Hughes, chairman of the board of directors and CEO of HUB International.
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HUB promotes Gulliver to Vice Chairman
Global insurance brokerage HUB International Limited has promoted Richard Gulliver from the role of president of HUB International to the position of vice chairman of HUB International, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Gulliver will continue to lead and grow HUB’s M&A activity and he will report to Martin P. Hughes, chairman of the board of directors and CEO, HUB International.
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Big "I" names McPhillips vice president for federal government affairs
The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America has promoted Jennifer McPhillips to the role of vice president for federal government affairs.

She previously served as assistant vice president for federal government affairs and has been the top Democrat lobbyist for the association. Prior to this, she served as senior director of political affairs in charge of the Big I’s grassroots program and assisting with the management of its political action committee, InsurPac.

She first joined the firm in 2006 after working for Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa).
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Parsons elected president of PIANY
John C. Parsons II, executive vice president of Parsons & Associates in Syracuse, N.Y., was elected president of Professional Insurance Agents of New York State, a trade association representing professional, independent insurance agencies, brokerages and their employees in New York. The election took place at a meeting of the association’s board of directors this month.

Parsons is a third-generation professional independent agent, succeeding his father and grandfather as president of PIANY.

As a member of PIANY’s board of directors since 2006, Parsons served as president-elect in 2015-16; as first vice president in 2014-15 and as vice president from 2011-14 and was treasurer in 2010-11. He is vice president of the Government Affairs and Nominations Committees. He also is a member of the Executive/Budget & Finance and Company/Industry Relations Committees. Parsons also is chair of the association’s Syracuse Advisory Council. He has served on the board of the PIA of New York Young Insurance Professionals and received the PIANY Young Insurance Professional of the Year award in 1999.
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Reynolds joins Hartville Pet Insurance Group
Hartville Pet Insurance Group has hired Travis Reynolds as director of media relations and content marketing. In this new role, Reynolds will heighten Hartville’s presence with the media for all of its brands to outlets including print, general consumer and trade publications, as well as digital and social media.

He’ll also build out the content marketing strategy for the company’s strategic partnership channel, highlighting Hartville’s thought leadership within the veterinary and voluntary benefits space.

Reynolds joins Hartville after nearly a decade with Time Warner Cable in a variety of corporate communications roles, most recently as the director of Public Relations for the company’s commercial services division.
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Insurance executive Tillmar Retires
Arvid R. “Dick” Tillmar will retire from the insurance industry after 50 years of service.

His tenure includes 11 years as chairman/CEO/owner of T.E. Brennan Company, which he sold in 2004. Tillmar’s career began with Connecticut General/Cigna. Along the way, Tillmar was regional director covering the territory from Honolulu to Denver and Seattle to San Diego for Frank B. Hall & Company. He ended his career as health advocate for Diversified Insurance Solutions and principal of Tillmar Connect.

Tillmar says his retirement can be described as an extended sabbatical. “Who knows what the future holds,” he says. “I hope to enjoy more personal accomplishments with my family and check off key items from my bucket list. In the meantime, thanks for the wonderful memories,” he closes.
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USI Insurance Services acquires Johnson & Bryan
USI Insurance Services has entered into an agreement to acquire Johnson & Bryan, a retail property-casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage firm based in Atlanta. All employees at Johnson & Bryan will be offered employment by USI.

Michael J. Sicard, chairman and chief executive officer of USI, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Johnson & Bryan, Robert (Wynne) and the entire team to USI. Johnson & Bryan has a long history of exceptional professionalism with tremendous people who are dedicated to helping businesses thrive. Their strong customer and community ties will play an important role in helping us to grow our presence in Atlanta and throughout the southeast, and we look forward to continuing their long-standing tradition of always going the extra mile and custom-tailoring an approach to every risk.”

The deal is expected to be finalized 4th quarter of 2016. Terms of the agreement in principle were not disclosed.