Leaders & Vision
Furthering the Legacy: Our Leadership Team and Standards
Engineered for the Future
Based squarely on the vision and tenets created by Mr. Kaufman more than 50 years ago, Burns & Wilcox has remained committed to the future by blazing new trails fueled by our unwavering desire to introduce new thinking, expertise and innovation to the marketplace.
Many of our partnerships with our clients go back decades. These partnerships form the foundation of our daily operations. As we look to the future, we remain committed to offering the expertise and single-minded pursuit of excellence in the products and services that will take us and our clients to tomorrow.
The company’s financial freedom and 100% commitment to the wholesale insurance business has Burns & Wilcox well positioned for enduring success that will continue through the next generation of Kaufman family leadership and beyond.
The Burns & Wilcox Leadership Team
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Jay Kaufman is Chairman and CEO of Burns & Wilcox, a worldwide specialty insurance wholesaler. The company 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. Read More
Danny Kaufman is President of Burns & Wilcox and Executive Vice President for its parent company, H.W. Kaufman Group. 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. Read More
Executive Vice President
Jodie Kaufman Davis is Executive 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. Read More
Executive Vice President, Eastern United States
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. Read More
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Heckman is an Executive 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. Read More
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. Read More
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND PERSONAL INSURANCE PRACTICE LEADER
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. Read More
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
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. Read More
Corporate Senior Vice President, London Market Practice Leader
Laura Bates is a Corporate Senior Vice President and the London Market Practice leader for Burns & Wilcox. In this role, she works closely with the Burns & Wilcox leadership team, branch personnel and Lloyd’s brokers to expand the company’s London offerings. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Senior Vice President
Paul G. Smith is a Senior Vice President 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. Read More
David R. Janis is General Counsel at H.W. Kaufman Group, where he is responsible for providing counsel on transactions, contracts and litigation, while working closely with the company’s Compliance department. He also deploys best practices for corporate governance, as well as building a responsible and responsive framework for strategic risk management and mitigation. Read More
Regional Vice President
Rebecca Roberts is a Regional Vice President at Burns & Wilcox, where she oversees the company’s Florida and Georgia regions. With over 30 years of industry experience, she is responsible for the collective performance of the Orlando, South Florida, Tampa and Atlanta, Georgia offices. Read More
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. Read More
Regional Vice President and Managing Director
Bryant Steele is a Regional Vice President and Managing Director at Burns & Wilcox, where he oversees the company’s Midwest region and is responsible for the collective performance of the Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Minneapolis offices. Read More
The Burns & Wilcox Standard
We are powered by our expertise.
We remain fiercely independent.
We invest in our people
and their ongoing development.
We give back to the communities in which we do business.
We believe in partnership, integrity and excellence.
We deliver the resources and
technology to empower our teams.
FOR Job SEEKERS
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We are always looking for talented, motivated individuals. You’ll work alongside established professionals with insights and knowledge to spare. You’ll also enjoy generous company benefits and the opportunity to work in a vibrant, diverse and forward-thinking environment.
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