Company Values

We adhere to core values that continually exceed the expectations of the brokers, associates, carriers and partners that our companies serve.

  • Accountability

    We take ownership of our actions and the consequences that follow, never compromising or taking advantage of a company’s trust or situation.

  • Independence

    We will never concede to private equity or Wall Street, maintaining our family ownership to ensure we keep our allegiances to the companies we serve.

  • Stewardship

    We are committed to preparing all generations of insurance professionals to be leaders and innovators in their own right.

  • Partnership

    We take on the responsibility of improving the welfare and prosperity of our companies, making every one of our resources available to them.

  • Integrity

    We are passionate about the insurance industry and are committed to doing business the right way.

The Executive Team

Alan Jay Kaufman

Alan Jay Kaufman

Chairman, President & CEO

Alan Jay Kaufman is Chairman, President and CEO of H.W. Kaufman Group, a global network of companies dedicated to shaping the insurance industry. The flagship subsidiary, Burns & Wilcox, maintains relationships with the industry’s most respected insurance carriers and delivers solutions to brokers and agents for difficult-to-place, complex and unusual risks.

 

Burns & Wilcox is recognized globally for its expertise, professionalism and comprehensive client service. Annually the company’s portfolio exceeds $1.7B in premium.

 

Under Mr. Kaufman’s leadership, Burns & Wilcox has built its reputation on prioritizing professional development and fostering lifelong learning. Mr. Kaufman established Kaufman Institute, an online and classroom hub dedicated to expanding the knowledge and skill of Burns & Wilcox professionals and the industry overall.

 

Mr. Kaufman has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University, Lifetime Achievement recognition from Insurance Business America, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. In 2019, City of Hope recognized Mr. Kaufman’s significant philanthropic efforts with the National Insurance Industry Council (NIIC) Spirit of Life® Award. He was also honored by American Agent & Broker magazine as one of the Top 25 Living Legends in Insurance.

 

Among his many philanthropic commitments to colleges and universities, Mr. Kaufman endowed a professorship in insurance within the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. The endowment actively engages students in insurance and risk management, highlighting the numerous opportunities offered by a career in the insurance profession.

 

His active board memberships span a number of organizations including, Business Leaders for Michigan, Detroit Zoological Society, Detroit Economic Club; St. John’s University School of Insurance, Risk Management and Actuarial Science in New York City, and Walsh College (Detroit). Mr. Kaufman is also President of the United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit.

 

A graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in finance, accounting and insurance, Mr. Kaufman also holds a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and studied international law at the London School of Economics.

 
Daniel Kaufman

Daniel Kaufman

Executive Vice President

Danny Kaufman is Executive Vice President for H.W. Kaufman Group and Chief Operating Officer of Burns & Wilcox. A privately held and leading specialty insurance wholesaler, Burns & Wilcox is based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, with offices spanning the U.S., Canada and U.K.

 

Representing the third generation of family leadership, Danny oversees U.S. operations for Burns & Wilcox and guides the group’s global sales, marketing and technology teams. Under Danny’s leadership, Burns & Wilcox has prioritized innovation, which includes the development of a proprietary digital platform and new resources designed to foster internal collaboration and client engagement.

 

He is also on the Board of Directors of H.W. Kaufman Group and subsidiaries H.W. Kaufman Group London, and Atain Insurance Companies.

 

Danny received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Juris Doctor from Loyola University (Chicago). He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

 

In addition, Danny serves as a board member for the City of Hope National Insurance Industry Council, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council, Detroit Historical Society and Forgotten Harvest.

 
Harvey Goldenberg

Harvey Goldenberg

Executive Vice President

Harvey Goldenberg is an Executive Vice President and Regional Manager at Burns & Wilcox where he oversees seven office locations, including Denver, Scottsdale, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Kansas City, St. Louis and Salt Lake City.

 

Known for his efforts toward growing the San Francisco office, Harvey played a pivotal role in its expansion from six associates when he first joined to now more than 60. He also helped originate the former Co-Broker program and was instrumental in designing the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Umbrella Program and a Residential Home Builder Program, which resulted in millions in premium.

 

Harvey brings more than 35 years of insurance industry experience to the leadership team and specializes in underwriting and wholesale brokerage. Prior to joining Burns & Wilcox, he managed the excess liability division of a managing general agent based in San Francisco and worked as a wholesale broker.

 

He is also an active member of the California Insurance Wholesaler Association. Harvey earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University.

 
Blaise D’Antoni

Blaise D’Antoni

Executive Vice President

Blaise D’Antoni is an Executive Vice President at Burns & Wilcox, where he oversees the growth and operations of the South Region, with offices that extend from Texas to the Carolinas. With more than two decades of experience at the company, Blaise is instrumental in strategically building expertise in the offices he supports and offering direction for best practices and management-driven initiatives.

 

He is known for leading the New Orleans office through significant natural catastrophes, such as Hurricane Katrina, and providing brokers and agents commercial and personal wholesale surplus lines expertise after the standard admitted markets pulled out of the region.

 

He is also known for securing exclusive contracts for the Natural Catastrophe and Property markets in Louisiana, which have been critical in the company’s long-term production for both Commercial and Personal Insurance.

 

Blaise was heavily involved in the development of the company’s Kaufman Emerging Leaders Program and Kaufman Accelerated Management Program. His mentorship and coaching skills continue to be leveraged today as he supports the development of Managing Directors at each South Region office. He has also received several top producer awards from Burns & Wilcox as well as the prestigious H.W. Kaufman Group Memorial Award.

 

He is currently an active member and past president of the Louisiana Surplus Lines Association. Blaise earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans.

 
Chris Zoidis

Chris Zoidis

Executive Vice President

Chris Zoidis is an Executive Vice President, where he directs and oversees the company’s global Corporate Development strategy and initiatives for H.W. Kaufman Group and its largest subsidiary Burns & Wilcox. He also plays an operational leadership role by overseeing a number of the Kaufman companies, including Burns & Wilcox Canada, Global Excess Partners, and H.W. Kaufman Group London.

 

Chris has been a key driver in all of Kaufman’s acquisition activity since joining the team in 2007, helping the network expand and develop a strong presence in North America and Europe. He is responsible for managing the company’s relationship with the Lloyd’s market, and leads a number of Burns & Wilcox specialty underwriting units. He is also actively involved with the Kaufman Advanced Management Program (KAMP), a prestigious internal 18-month program designed for distinguished leaders.

 

Prior to joining Kaufman, Chris spent nearly a decade in consulting with a focus on insurance strategy, operations and mergers and acquisitions. He also has experience as a commercial underwriter at St. Paul/Travelers and Crum & Forster.

 

He holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, along with a Michigan Property and Casualty License. Chris earned an MBA from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston College, and studied at the London School of Economics.

 
Denis Brady

Denis Brady

President, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage

Denis Brady is President of Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, a distinct business unit of H.W. Kaufman Group solely dedicated to wholesale insurance brokerage. Since its inception in 2010, the group has transformed the company’s brokerage business with placing highly specialized experts and implementing resources required to handle complex accounts of all sizes.

 

His team is known for bringing breakthrough products to the marketplace and delivering unique risk solutions for retail broker and agent partners including Property, Casualty, Professional, and Management Liability.

 

Since joining Burns & Wilcox Brokerage in 2013, his leadership and pursuit of the industry’s top talent have turned the firm into one of the most highly regarded wholesale brokers in the business. In 2015, Denis recruited more than a dozen brokers to join his team and opened the doors to three new locations. Under his leadership, the company has expanded to seven office locations across the U.S.

 

With more than 25 years in the insurance industry, Denis has extensive experience in brokerage, underwriting and management and has received recognition through industry awards such as Insurance Business America’s Hot 100. He previously served as president of San Francisco operations with RT Specialty and as president of American E&S Insurance Brokers.

 

He is known for serving on the executive committee of the California Surplus Lines Association for eight years and as Chair for five years. Denis earned a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and conducted graduate studies at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 
Jodie Kaufman Davis

Jodie Kaufman Davis

Senior Vice President

Jodie Kaufman Davis is Senior Vice President and Board Member at H.W. Kaufman Group. A leader in developing and executing company strategy and management-driven initiatives, Jodie offers direction on best practices and expertise to expand business across the Kaufman network.

 

Jodie is also the Managing Director for Burns & Wilcox Canada, a Kaufman company and sister organization to Burns & Wilcox. She leads operations for all six of the office locations, which has continued to experience consecutive growth under her leadership.

 

She serves on the Board of Directors for Atain Insurance Companies, a Kaufman company, where she closely works with leadership to develop growth opportunities.

 

Jodie is also responsible for RB Jones and is recognized for its business launch. In addition to oversight and management of the team, she is involved in developing its product portfolio as well as partnership and new business efforts.

 

Passionate about company culture, she is the executive sponsor for Kaufman’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Committee, where she helps strategize and implement programming for its 2,000 associates.

 

In 2020, Jodie was selected as an Insurance Business Global 100 and was a winner of Business Insurance’s Women to Watch Award in 2019.

 

Outside of the workplace, she is the Diversity & Inclusion Officer of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Motor City Chapter, a Director on the Insurance Supper Club (ISC) Group Global Advisory Board and serves on the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) International Board of Governors.

 

Prior to joining Kaufman, Jodie worked for law firm Dorsey & Whitney where she advised Canadian and U.S. companies on Mergers & Acquisitions, capital market financing and regulatory issues. Jodie earned a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) and graduated cum laude from Michigan State University and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

 
David Derigiotis

David Derigiotis

Corporate Senior Vice President

David Derigiotis is Senior Vice President and Professional Liability Practice Leader of Burns & Wilcox. He is one of the country’s foremost experts on Cyber and Privacy liability, leading a diverse team of highly specialized brokers and underwriters that foster strategic partnerships with insurance companies, security firms and other industry organizations.

 

David has been integral in expanding the company’s Professional Liability Practice Group, which is recognized for its expertise in Cyber, Errors & Omissions, Medical Liability, Directors & Officers, Employment Practice Liability and more. He is also responsible for Node International’s North American operations, a Managing General Agent within the company network recognized for its expertise in cyber-risk and technology-related insurance solutions.

 

He is a published author, a licensed continuing education instructor, and is often a go-to for media, appearing in a variety of publications to speak on cyber security, identity theft and privacy risks. He also has experience working with the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to evaluate privacy regulation and provide insight on the global cyber insurance market.

 

Recognized through industry awards, David received Business Insurance’s Break Out Awards and Insurance Business America’s Top Specialist Brokers award and was featured as a Comcast newsmaker.

 

He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a Certified Information Privacy Professional with a concentration in United States privacy law and a Certified Information Privacy Manager with a focus on corporate data governance and privacy program management. David earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University.

 
Jeff Diefenbach

Jeff Diefenbach

Senior Vice President

Jeff Diefenbach is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Burns & Wilcox where he holds an operational leadership role for more than 10 office locations across the Midwest and East regions.

 

With decades of experience in the insurance industry, Jeff is responsible for supporting teams that specialize in Personal, Commercial and Professional Insurance capabilities, which has continued to expand year-over-year. He is also actively involved in corporate planning for strategy and management-driven initiatives.

 

He is actively involved in mentoring and coaching associates through the Kaufman Emerging Leaders Program (KELP) and the Kaufman Advanced Management Program (KAMP). Jeff also dedicates his time as a member of Butler University’s advisory council for its risk management.

 

He is a certified Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and holds an Associate in Underwriting (AU). Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Wayne State University.

 
William Gatewood

William Gatewood

Corporate Senior Vice President

Bill Gatewood is the Personal Insurance Practice Leader, Senior Vice President at Burns & Wilcox. He is responsible for directing and overseeing the organization’s Personal Insurance Practice Group, which has tripled in size under his leadership.

 

Bill’s role involves crafting the company’s domestic growth strategy, working to expand key strategic partnerships, developing new products, identifying acquisition opportunities, and offering direction for corporate-wide resources and tools to support best practices.

 

He brings more than two decades of experience in Personal Insurance and High-Net Worth risk management to the leadership team. He is known for placing key expertise to build the Personal Insurance Practice Group and for specializations in Private Client and Flood Insurance. His program development skills resulted in the company launching a variety of exclusive Burns & Wilcox products, such as the first homeowners wildfire protection partnership in the wholesale Excess & Surplus market.

 

He serves on the Board of Trustees for Property Risk Management Association (PRMA) and currently holds the role of Treasurer. He is also active with the Career Development Committee for the Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) and the Board of Education for Hartland Consolidated School District, which he has served for nearly 10 years.

 

A U.S. Army veteran, Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and management from the University of Central Missouri.

 
Wayne Bates

Wayne Bates

Corporate Senior Vice President

Wayne Bates is Corporate Senior Vice President and President of Atain Insurance Companies. With more than 28 years of experience, he is acutely focused executing profitable growth strategy, product development and operations.

 

Wayne Bates is Corporate Senior Vice President and President of Atain Insurance Companies. With more than 28 years of experience, he is acutely focused executing profitable growth strategy, product development and operations.

 

Wayne obtained his ACII from the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1992.

 
Rich Gobler

Rich Gobler

Corporate Senior Vice President

Rich Gobler is a Senior Vice President, Managing Director at Burns & Wilcox where he directs and oversees operations for the San Francisco office. His role also includes serving as a regional leader for all California locations including San Diego, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Fresno and Sacramento.

 

Rich’s entire career in insurance, more than 20 years, has been with Burns & Wilcox. Starting as an underwriter trainee after college, he worked his way through various management positions, finding his niche in the California market. As a producer, he specializes in Property & Casualty, and as a manager, he supports Commercial Binding and Brokerage, as well as Commercial Professional and Personal Insurance teams.

 

During his career, he has secured a spot as the company’s Top Producer several times and has earned the Million Dollar Club Producer Award for nearly 20 consecutive years. He has also been successful in developing multiple Lloyd’s of London programs. His Condominium/HOA program, for example, has been running for 15 years.

 

Rich is an active coach for associates who participate in the Kaufman Accelerated Management Program and the Kaufman Emerging Leaders Program and is currently on the executive board for the California Surplus Lines Association.

 

He has several designations, including an Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU), an Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and an Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance (ASLI). Rich holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida.

 
Christine M. Tricoli

Christine M. Tricoli

Corporate Senior Vice President

Christine M. Tricoli is Chief Human Resources Officer, Senior Vice President of H.W. Kaufman Group. In her role, she oversees the human resources department and its activities and functions, including compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations, training and development, recruitment, retention, and employee engagement.

 

Under her leadership, Christine has led the charge on restructuring the department and implementing HR Business Partners to support and drive corporate initiatives across all offices within the Kaufman network. From updating the HR infrastructure and supporting more efficient data retention strategies to adopting increased employee benefits, she continuously strives to make improvements that allow the company to competitively recruit and retain talent.

 

She is also responsible for developing and executing associate engagement surveys, which often leads to enhancements in corporate-wide programs and policies as well as supporting various teams with opportunities to sharpen skills. Her leadership has also been key in the company earning various industry awards such as Business Insurance’s Best Places to Work in Insurance and Detroit Free Press’ Top Workplaces.

 

Christine’s career in human resources spans more than 30 years and includes substantial national and global experience in top-level human resource executive posts. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Head of Talent Services with CIT Group.

 

She was awarded a Securities Industry Certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Best Practice Institute’s Senior Executive Board Top Talent Executive Award. Christine is also known for co-creating three Global Leadership Programs for NYSE Euronext leaders with INSEAD Business School.

 

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bethesda Lutheran Communities and as Chairperson for its Governance Committee. She is also a Senior Executive Board Member at The Best Practice Institute. A native of Buffalo, New York, Christine earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA from Canisius College.

 
Laura Bates

Laura Bates

Corporate Senior Vice President, Atain

Laura Bates is a Senior Vice President at Atain. In her role, she is responsible for the growth, profitability and management of commercial binding authority programs. She also oversees the underwriting audit process of local offices and assists in the development of new products and programs.

 

Since joining the company in 2015, she has successfully managed and mentored a team of underwriting associates for the Special Risk Division. Her expertise is rooted in developing and supervising the execution of underwriting guidelines, rates and forms.

 

Prior to her career at Atain, Laura was an Underwriting Manager at Canopius US Insurance. With over 30 years in the insurance industry, she has worked for other notable companies including Commercial Union Assurance, State Farm Insurance and Omega US Insurance.

 

She is involved in the company’s Women’s Leadership Council, a group of leaders dedicated to diversity and inclusion efforts. She is also a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

 

In 2018, Laura was recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women in Finance as well as Insurance Business America’s Elite Women.

 

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from Open University in London, along with an ACII designation from the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and an Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance (ASLI) designation.

 
Marc Fuhrman

Marc Fuhrman

Corporate Senior Vice President, National Retail Relations

Marc Fuhrman is the Senior Vice President, National Retail Relations at H.W. Kaufman Group where he is responsible for managing retail relationships for all companies within the Kaufman network. He also works to identify and satisfy client needs through cross-company collaboration.

 

With more than 30 years of financial services and sales experience, Marc is known for his ability to build strategic relationships – both internal and external – that materially impact the company’s mission and growth strategy. Since joining the team in 2016, he has helped bring in more than a dozen of the company’s current national retail relationships. He also helped the company achieve a 20 percent growth with its national retailers in 2019.

 

Prior to joining Kaufman, he served as a Senior Vice President of National Agency Relations at CRC Insurance Services. He started his financial career on Wall Street trading stocks, graduating to tax advantaged investments and real estate partnerships.

 

He is an active advisor for Heroes Linked where he provides guidance for veterans looking to transition into the mainstream workforce and has previously supported the Paralyzed Veterans of America and K9S for Warriors. Marc earned a bachelor’s degree in management and finance from Syracuse University.

 
Richard S. Fusinski

Richard S. Fusinski

Corporate Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Richard S. Fusinski is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of H.W. Kaufman Group, where he leads strategy for Information Technology, spearheading short and long-term strategic projects for all 15 Kaufman companies.

 

With two decades of experience in progressive IT leadership positions, he previously served as Senior Vice President and CIO, Community Banking of Flagstar Bank and spent more than 10 years in a variety of roles including IT consulting, software development and data management.

 

Richard holds an MBA in Management and Finance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University.

 
Kevin M. Heckman

Kevin M. Heckman

Corporate Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Heckman is a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the H.W. Kaufman Group network. He is responsible for the network’s global accounting and financial operations, including strategic planning and growth strategy for its 14 companies.

 

Kevin also plays an integral role in the organization’s mergers and acquisitions activity and has been involved in operational leadership for its subsidiaries, most recently with premium financing company Stonemark.

 

His career spans nearly 25 years with expertise in public accounting, investment banking, international mergers and acquisitions and insurance. Prior to joining Kaufman in 2013, he spent nearly 18 years in public accounting, investment banking and consulting, of which eight years were with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in the assurance and transactions services groups.

 

During his time with the company, Kevin completed the Kaufman Advanced Management Program (KAMP) and has continued to support by coaching fellow associates through their training. He also received the notable Kaufman Excellence in Leadership Award in 2018.

 

Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Michigan.

 
Paul G. Smith

Paul G. Smith

Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations

Paul G. Smith is a Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations at H.W. Kaufman Group where he leads and manages strategic relationships with company partners. He is responsible for quality control and provision of data and analytics as well as management of contractual agreements. Paul works closely with all Kaufman companies and senior leadership to maximize domestic market relationships, improving product offerings and driving incremental revenue.

 

With more than 30 years of insurance and leadership experience in carrier relations, Paul joined the Kaufman team in 2019. His accomplishments include developing new carrier and retail agency/broker partner relationships and establishing a carrier reporting tool to support strategic partnership and initiative planning.

 

Heavily involved in organizations in and outside of the insurance industry, he is a longstanding member and past Governor of the John Street Insurance Association and is active with the Insurance Broker Association of New York. He is also a member of the Insurance Advisory Committee of The Boy Scouts of America, and often volunteers with several organizations including the Special Olympics New Jersey, Long Island Bull Dog Rescue, and The American Legion.

 

Paul was the 2018 recipient of the 200 Club Meritorious Service Award and in 2015 he received the United States of America President’s Volunteer Service Award.

 

He is a licensed New York State Insurance Broker, New Jersey State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, National Fire Protection Association Technical Rescue & Swift Water Rescue Technician, a published author, and an owner of an LLC focused on the advancement of the collectible vehicle hobby. Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from St. Peter’s University.

 
Richard Shipley

Richard Shipley

Corporate Vice President, Marketing

Richard W. Shipley is the Vice President, Marketing at H.W. Kaufman Group where he is responsible for the strategy and operations for all of the Kaufman companies’ marketing and communications, including its largest subsidiary Burns & Wilcox.

 

He also manages the company’s agency partners and contractors and professional sports marketing efforts.

 

Rich has proven his ability to craft strategic visions for building the Kaufman brands while generating increased awareness, engagement and revenue since joining the company in 2013.

 

Passionate about exploring new and creative ways to promote and enhance brands, he has achieved notable accomplishments including the launch of the company’s content marketing strategy. He initiated and led the company’s sports marketing efforts which helped the Burns & Wilcox brand receive national recognition through its sponsorships of PGA champions Webb Simpson, Jimmy Walker & Max Homa and partnership with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.

 

Known for creating innovative, revenue-generating marketing programs throughout his career, Rich transformed marketing at Burns & Wilcox. Through his client-first approach, he designed and built an integrated marketing model that leveraged media, key partnerships, and events to improve client experiences and engagement along with employee and brand visibility.

 

With more than 25 years of experience, he previously held marketing leadership roles at category-leading, companies including three Fortune 500 companies. Rich earned a bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in educational technologies from George Washington University.

 
Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith

Corporate Vice President, Corporate Development

Taylor Smith is Vice President, Corporate Development of H.W. Kaufman Group. In his role, he supports the growth of the organization through mergers and acquisitions and other strategic initiatives across all companies within the Kaufman network, including Burns & Wilcox.

 

Since joining Kaufman in 2016, Taylor has led the efforts for more than five acquisitions in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and has been key in developing the overall strategy and operational implementation plans for each.

 

His corporate development skillset and entrepreneurial mindset earned him a place in the Kaufman Advanced Management Program (KAMP) and he now coaches associates participating in both KAMP and the Kaufman Emerging Leaders Program. He was also recognized as a 2017 Young Guns by Insurance Business America.

 

Prior to his career at Kaufman, Taylor was an Engagement Manager at Deloitte Consulting. Part of the company’s mergers and acquisitions practice, he worked on domestic and international transactions for multi-billion dollar public corporations across multiple industries.

 

Taylor holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

 
Casimer Daniewski

Casimer Daniewski

Vice President, Real Estate

Casimer Daniewski is the Vice President of Real Estate at H.W. Kaufman Group. He leads the company’s real estate arm – Kaufman Real Estate Management – where he oversees asset, property and project management across all Kaufman properties. He and his team are also responsible for partnering with leadership across the network to manage its 60 offices.

 

Casimer comes from nearly a decade at Bedrock Detroit, the commercial real estate firm that is largely credited with rebuilding and revitalizing Downtown Detroit. In that role, he served as the Vice President of Property Management, where he led a multi-state team of more than 70 real estate professionals. With more than a decade of experience, he has become recognized for expertise in property planning and analysis as well as managing financial portfolios and new acquisitions.

 

An active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), he has been commended for his work through several industry awards such as the Outstanding Building of the Year Award in the Local, Regional and International categories, and the BOMA Emerging Leader Award.

 

Casimer earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Sales and Marketing and has a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Business Administration.

Company History

With over five decades of industry leadership to our name, H.W. Kaufman Group continues to forge bold new paths in the insurance industry. Founded in 1969 by Herbert W. Kaufman to serve brokers and agents with specialty insurance products, we have steadily grown into the foremost global network of companies in the insurance industry. We conduct business in over 60 offices around the world, and we are just getting started.

Under the stewardship of Alan Jay Kaufman, Burns & Wilcox has grown to over $2 billion in annual premiums through a series of strategic acquisitions, technological advancements and organic growth.

2010: $900M
2011: $950M
2012: $1.2B
2013: $1.4B
2014: $1.6BB
2015: $1.8B
2016: $2B
2017: $2.1B

Today

Today

H.W. Kaufman Group consists of over 60 offices around the globe, which are shaping the insurance industry.

2019

2019

Kaufman Institute, Kaufman’s award-winning learning hub designed exclusively for insurance professionals, launches externally to the insurance industry.

2018

2018

H.W. Kaufman Group acquires Stonemark Inc. Royal Premium, Kaufman’s subsidiary, merges with Stonemark to form a new organization under the Stonemark brand.

2017

2017

Launches Afirm – A merger of US-Reports and Canadian Reports

2016

2016

Launches KILT – Kaufman International Leadership Training

2015

2015

Alan Jay Kaufman establishes a major endowment within the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University to provide academic leadership in insurance.

2014

2014

Acquires Lochain Patrick

2013

2013

Incorporates Burns & Wilcox Brokerage

2013

2013

Acquires Canadian-based Spectius Underwriting Solutions Ltd., provider of premium audits, inspections and risk services, and rebrands as Canadian Reports.

2013

2013

Acquires Global Excess Partners

2012

2012

Launches KAMP – Kaufman Advanced Management Program

2012

2012

Acquires Chesterfield Insurance Group Canada and rebrands as Burns & Wilcox Canada

2012

2012

Acquires Chesterfield Insurance Group UK

2010

2010

Acquires US-Reports

2008

2008

Launches KELP – Kaufman Emerging Leaders Program

2007

2007

Alan Jay Kaufman founds the Kaufman Institute, providing outstanding opportunities for the professional development of his employees.

2001

2001

Acquires Atain

2001

2001

Alan Jay Kaufman creates The Kaufman Family Foundation, awarding scholarships to exceptional students.

1996

1996

Corporate Headquarters relocates to its current location in Farmington Hills, MI.

1996

1996

Second-generation leader Alan Jay Kaufman acquires the company and takes it private.

1990

1990

Herbert W. Kaufman takes the company public.

1990

1990

Acquires Minuteman Adjusters

1988

1988

Acquires Royal Premium

1982

1982

First Managers Meeting

1980

1980

Acquires R.B. Jones

1969

1969

H.W. Kaufman Group founded by Herbert W. Kaufman in Southfield, MI.