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, President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Jay Kaufman is Chairman, President 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
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Danny Kaufman is Chief Operating Officer 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 AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
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
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. 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 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
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY PRACTICE LEADER
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. 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
Laura Bates is a Vice President at Burns & Wilcox. 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. Read More
Vice President, Retail Relations
Marc Fuhrman is the Vice President, 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
VICE PRESIDENT AND INTERIM CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Kevin Heckman is the Interim Chief Financial Officer, Vice President 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
Vice President, Carrier Relations
Paul G. Smith is a 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, 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.
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
Career With Us
We at Burns & Wilcox are always looking for talented, motivated, hungry-for-the-right solutions 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 do much more than just personal insurance. 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.