Leadership | Burns & Wilcox
Home / 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, 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

Daniel Kaufman
Daniel Kaufman

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

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 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

Chris Zoidis
Chris Zoidis

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

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

Jodie Kaufman Davis
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

David Derigiotis
David Derigiotis

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

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

Vice President

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

Marc Fuhrman
Marc Fuhrman

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

Rich Fusinski
Rich Fusinski

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Richard S. Fusinski is 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

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

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

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

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