Leadership

Meet our Leaders

Our Leadership

Knowledgeable, compassionate, forward-thinking and client-focused leadership was central to Herb Kaufman’s way of doing business. These individuals embody that spirit by guiding Burns & Wilcox in the right direction every day.
Alan Kaufman
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

Daniel Kaufman
Daniel Kaufman

President

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
Jodie Kaufman Davis

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT, BURNS & WILCOX CANADA

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

Harvey Goldenberg
Harvey Goldenberg

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

Blaise D’Antoni
Blaise D'Antoni

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

Denis Brady
Denis Brady

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

Jeff Diefenbach
Jeff Diefenbach

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

William Gatewood
William Gatewood

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

Rich Gobler
Rich Gobler

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

Christine Tricoli
Christine Tricoli

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
Laura Bates

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

Marc Fuhrman
Marc Fuhrman

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

Rich Fusinski
Rich Fusinski

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

Kevin Heckman
Kevin Heckman

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

Richard Shipley
Richard Shipley

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

Paul Smith
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

Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith

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