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H.W. Kaufman Group Chairman, President & CEO Alan Jay Kaufman Honored with the 2023 Business Insurance Lifetime Achievement Award

Farmington Hills, Mich. (July 27, 2023)H.W. Kaufman Group, a privately held, global insurance organization, today announced that Alan Jay Kaufman, Chairman, President and CEO, has been recognized by Business Insurance with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Insurance Hall of Fame. 

The honor recognizes industry leaders annually who have made outstanding contributions to the risk management and insurance sector throughout their careers. The previous winners include transformative leaders who have had an immeasurable impact on the industry. 

Mr. Kaufman formally received the award during the Business Insurance U.S. Insurance Awards ceremony on July 19 in New York City 

“I am honored and humbled to receive recognition by one of our industry’s leading and most well-respected publications,” said Mr. Kaufman. “The award proudly reflects the dedication of our outstanding team, longstanding commitment to serving our clients and the generational partnership with insurance companies worldwide.”  

Under Mr. Kaufman’s leadership, Kaufman has evolved into a global powerhouse. Through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, Kaufman today operates a portfolio of specialty insurance and risk management organizations across North America, South America, Europe and the U.K. 

The company’s flagship organization, Burns & Wilcox, is a recognized worldwide leader in specialty and wholesale insurance brokerage and underwriting, coupled with a reputation of prioritizing professional development and fostering lifelong learning. Mr. Kaufman is committed to making strategic investments in the resources and technology that enable Kaufman associates to deliver industry-leading client service and perform at their best. In addition to championing more than 20 acquisitions since 2010, Mr. Kaufman pioneered the establishment of Kaufman Institute, a world-class online and classroom hub dedicated to expanding the knowledge and skill of associates and insurance professionals. 

Among his philanthropic commitments to higher education Mr. Kaufman endowed a Professorship in Insurance at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. The endowment provides for a comprehensive program that engages students in insurance and risk management. These studies highlight the numerous opportunities from a career in insurance. 

Additionally, Mr. Kaufman actively serves on numerous Boards, including Business Leaders for Michigan, Detroit Zoological Society, Detroit Economic Club; St. John’s University Greenberg School of Insurance, Risk Management and Actuarial Science in New York City, and Walsh College (Detroit). Mr. Kaufman is also the immediate Past President of the United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit. 

More information about the award can be found here. 

About H.W. Kaufman Group: 

H.W. Kaufman Group employs more than 2,000 professionals. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Metro Detroit, Michigan, H.W. Kaufman Group also includes: Burns & Wilcox, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Burns & Wilcox Canada, Atain Insurance Companies, RB Jones, Stonemark, Minuteman Adjusters, Kaufman Institute, and Noremac Marketing Group. H.W. Kaufman Group International includes: H.W. Kaufman Group Europe, Chesterfield Group, Lochain Patrick, Burns & Wilcox United Kingdom, Node International and Cranbrook Underwriting. More information can be found at