Leaders & Vision
Furthering the Legacy: Our Leadership Team and Standards
Inspired by the legacy and vision of Founder, Herbert W. Kaufman, members of the Kaufman family have carried the mantle of success into the 21st Century.
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
Alan J. Kaufman
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
Jodie Kaufman Davis
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Jodie Kaufman Davis is Senior Vice President and Board Member of H.W. Kaufman Group and Managing Director of Burns & Wilcox Canada. A leader in the development and execution of the company’s strategy and management-driven initiatives, Jodie offers direction on cross-company best practices and expertise to expand business and products across the Kaufman network organically and through acquisition activity. Read More
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. Read More
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. 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
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. 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 MANAGING DIRECTOR
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. 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, 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. Read More
Paul G. Smith
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. Read More
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. 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
The Burns & Wilcox Standard
We are powered by our expertise.
Our success is wholly dependent on sharing our expertise with all of our clients. Whatever their needs, from the large complex, hard-to-place to easy-risk coverage, we possess the skills knowledge and expertise to tackle an almost limitless list of challenges within the wholesale industry.
We remain fiercely independent.
Family-owned: these words have deep meaning for all of us at Burns & Wilcox and they’re meaningful to our agents and brokers who know that our freedom from Wall Street enables us to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and offer our clients thoughtful, tailored solutions.
We invest in our people
and their ongoing development.
We believe in creating a corporate culture that rewards passion for entrepreneurship, innovative thinking and new ideas. To achieve and nurture that culture, we are committed to continual learning and improvement, ensuring that professional growth results in career advancement.
We give back to the communities in which we do business.
Our organization was built on the foundation of protection and restoration. We recognize and embrace the responsibility in dedicating time and resources to those organizations that are important to our communities and professionals.
We believe in partnership, integrity and excellence.
We don’t simply work with agents and brokers, we partner with them. By holding ourselves to the highest standards of integrity, expertise and excellence, we’re able to create and nurture long-lasting relationships, some of which span decades.
We deliver the resources and
technology to empower our teams.
Our organization demands an advanced infrastructure to support the speed with which we conduct business around the world. We invest in the systems required to ensure our teams can provide unparalleled service to our clients and partners.
FOR Job SEEKERS
Career With Us
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.
FOR AGENTS AND BUSINESSES
Business With Us
We’re the perfect partner for businesses and agents looking to build their bottom line. Our experts will work hand-in-hand with you to identify opportunities, implement solutions and forge the right path to the future for your clientele.