The Insurance Alliance Network Welcomes Professional Risk

Professional Risk of Greeley, CO is the newest agency to join The Insurance Alliance Network.

Professional Risk, formerly known as Rich & Cartmill Insurance of Colorado, LLC, was formed in 2004 to be a respected client representative in the insurance marketplace. In April of 2018 Rich & Cartmill Insurance of Colorado, LLC partnered with the Alera Group which resulted in the new name, Professional Risk. This allowed us to provide the opportunity to operate with the benefits of a national broker but is also personal to Colorado's clientele and needs.

The short term and long-term goal of Professional Risk is to be recognized by its Clients, Carriers, Employees, Peers and Colleagues as the premier provider of insurance products and services in the region and nationally.

FIRM Insurance Joins The Insurance Alliance Network

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The Insurance Alliance Network is pleased to welcome FIRM Insurance of Mahwah, NJ to the group.

FIRM is a premier insurance agency offering clients expert, tailored property and casualty insurance. FIRM specializes in unique, comprehensive insurance protection for marinas and boatyards through its exclusive Marina Insurance program, as well as commercial insurance for all lines of business, and personal lines coverages.

Accelerations 2018 Contest Winners Announced at Awards Luncheon

At a luncheon on January 17, The Alliance Accelerations 2018 Sales Contest Winners were announced. Attending were members of all Insurance Alliance Network agencies, as well as Tony Longo and Eddie Aguila of Selective Insurance, the contest’s platinum sponsor.

Kenneth Serfass of Miers Insurance received both the Next Generation Award and Producer of the Year Award, and also won the drawing for the Grand Prize.

Kenneth Serfass of Miers Insurance received both the Next Generation Award and Producer of the Year Award, and also won the drawing for the Grand Prize.

Jessica McMullen of PDM Insurance won this year’s Diversification Award.

Jessica McMullen of PDM Insurance won this year’s Diversification Award.

Christian Baker Company and PDM Insurance shared the designation of 2018 Personal Lines Agency of the Year. (Chaz Timmons, Pam Heisy, Rita McMullen (PDM Insurance), Susie Wharton, Jim Pace, Rob Fitzgerald (Christian-Baker Company)

Christian Baker Company and PDM Insurance shared the designation of 2018 Personal Lines Agency of the Year. (Chaz Timmons, Pam Heisy, Rita McMullen (PDM Insurance), Susie Wharton, Jim Pace, Rob Fitzgerald (Christian-Baker Company)

Miers Insurance was honored as the 2018 Commercial Lines Agency of the Year.

Miers Insurance was honored as the 2018 Commercial Lines Agency of the Year.

Congratulations to all our winners! (Jim Pace (Christian-Baker Company), Rita McMullen, Jess McMullen (PDM Insurance), Jane Koppenheffer (The Insurance Alliance Network), Edit Aguila, Tony Longo (Selective Insurance), Kenny Serfass, Doug Gibbons (Miers Insurance)

Congratulations to all our winners! (Jim Pace (Christian-Baker Company), Rita McMullen, Jess McMullen (PDM Insurance), Jane Koppenheffer (The Insurance Alliance Network), Edit Aguila, Tony Longo (Selective Insurance), Kenny Serfass, Doug Gibbons (Miers Insurance)

Ryan Rispoli Takes The November Producer of the Month Title

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Ryan Rispoli of HMK is the November winner in the 2018 Accelerations Sales Contest!

In second was Todd Collins, also from HMK, and in third was Ryan Koppenheffer of Harding-Yost.

Continuing to lead the Producer of the Year portion is Ryan Rispoli from HMK, with Kenny Serfass from Miers Insurance staying ahead of Ryan Amey, also from Miers Insurance, for the second and third spots.

In the Next Generation Award category, Kenny Serfass from Miers Insurance remains in first place with Jamie Myers of Christian-Baker in second and Peter Stoll, III of the Stoll Agency stays in third.

Jess McMullen of PDM remains ahead of Paul Sheaffer of the Paul I. Sheaffer Agency for the first place and second places with Ryan Rispoli of HMK moving into third in the Diversification category.

Miers continues to stay in the number one spot ahead of Sheaffer who remains in second and HMK stays in third in the Commercial Agency of the Year race.

For Personal Agency of the Year, Christian-Baker moves ahead of Zinn Insurance for the first and second spots and AIA remains in third.

Kenny Serfass of Miers Insurance Takes Producer of the Month for October

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Congratulations to Kenny Serfass of Miers Insurance for being the October winner! In second was Ryan Koppenheffer of Harding-Yost and in third was Alan Goodrich of HMK.


Continuing to lead the Producer of the Year portion is Ryan Rispoli from HMK. Kenny Serfass from Miers Insurance stays ahead of Ryan Amey also from Miers Insurance for the second and third spots.


In the Next Generation Contest, Kenny Serfass from Miers Insurance also remains in first place with Jamie Myers of Christian-Baker in second and Peter Stoll, III of the Stoll Agency moves into third position


Jess McMullen of PDM remains ahead of Paul Sheaffer of the Paul I. Sheaffer Agency for the first place, and second places in the Diversification category, with Tim Gingrich of Hutchison moving into third.


The Commercial Agency of the Year contest finds Miers continues to stay in the number one spot ahead of Sheaffer who remains in second and HMK stays in third


Zinn stays in the lead with Christian-Baker remaining ahead of American Insurance Administrators for the second and third spots in the Personal Agency of the Year race.

Chris Birkhead of HMK Wins September Producer of the Month

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Congratulations to Chris Birkhead of HMK for being the September Producer of the Month in our Accelerations Sales Contest! Two other HMK producers also had a great month as Alan Goodrich and Walley Gonzalez came in second and third respectively.

Continuing to lead the Producer of the Year portion is Ryan Rispoli from HMK. Kenny Serfass from Miers Insurance moves ahead of Ryan Amey, also from Miers Insurance, for the second and third spots.

Kenny Serfass from Miers Insurance also remains in first place with Jamie Myers of Christian-Baker in second and Peter Stoll, III of the Stoll Agency moves into third.

Jess McMullen of PDM remains ahead of Paul Sheaffer of the Paul I. Sheaffer Agency for the first place and second places with Wally Gonzalez of HMK remaining in third.

In the Commercial Lines Agency of the Year race, Miers Insurance continues to stay in the number one spot ahead of the Paul I. Sheaffer Agency, who remains in second, and HMK moves into third.

Zinn Insurance stays in the lead with Christian-Baker moving ahead of American Insurance Administrators for the second and third spots in the Personal Lines Agency of the Year category.

The Executive Summit 2018

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The Executive Summit 2018 was the official transition from our previous identity to The Insurance Alliance Network, and was attended by invited senior management representatives from twenty-eight of our carrier partners, members of all Alliance agencies, and the President and Chief Legal Counsel from The Alera Group. The presentation focused on “Re-Imagining The Future”, and The Insurance Alliance Network’s evolution and expansion plans. Thanks to all who attended!

More photos from the event can be seen in the Flickr photo album.

Tim Kurtz Named President/CEO of HMK Insurance

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HMK Insurance is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2018 Tim Kurtz has assumed the role as President/CEO. Tim has been with HMK for 22 years and has been a part of the management team for 20 years. He has been the Managing Partner of HMK since the Alera inception. Part of Tim’s new duties going forward will be greater involvement with the Alliance in leadership positions on its Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Tim will continue to handle his book of business, produce new business and help manage the agency’s growth and internal operations as he had been doing.

Bill Kreitz, who preceded Tim as President and CEO, will remain on the management team and continue handling all of his accounts. This transition has been planned for quite some time and has been taking place behind the scenes for several years, allowing for a smooth and seamless change in leadership. In making this orderly transition we are confident and excited about the future of HMK under Tim’s leadership. Please join us in congratulating Tim on his new role at HMK.