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Apartment Building Catches Fire Twice in Less than 48 Hours

A 16-unit apartment building was decimated and all 50 of its residents displaced after two fires broke out within 30 hours of each other at the Spring Hill Apartments complex in Goose Creek, South Carolina. While no one was injured in the early October blazes, which officials said appeared to be unrelated to one another,…

Burns & Wilcox Completes Personal Insurance Practice Group Structure with Addition of Pamela Alphabet

Company has experienced 30 percent new business growth since launch in early 2019 Detroit, Mich. (December 4, 2019) – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading and largest personal insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager, today announced the addition of Pamela Alphabet to its leadership team. Alphabet joins Burns & Wilcox as Regional Practice Group Leader,…

Burns & Wilcox Expands Transportation Expertise with Addition of John Woods as National Practice Group Leader

Former director of Nationwide E&S to build transportation practice group DETROIT (December 02, 2019) – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager, today announced the addition of John Woods to its leadership team. Woods joins Burns & Wilcox as Vice President, National Practice Group Leader, Transportation, based in Scottsdale, Arizona….

H.W. Kaufman Group Acquires Barbican Protect to Expand Burns & Wilcox Presence in the United Kingdom

Barbican Protect to be Renamed Burns & Wilcox LONDON (November 26, 2019) – H.W. Kaufman Group, a global network of insurance companies, announced today the acquisition of Barbican Protect Limited, as part of its continued expansion into the UK market, subject to regulatory approval. Barbican Protect, previously of Barbican Insurance Group, will rebrand as Burns…

5 Tips for Safe and Secure Hosting During the Holidays

As the holiday season begins in earnest, we anticipate gatherings of family and friends filled with love, laughter and plenty of food and drink. When hosting such gatherings, make sure that your plans include safeguarding your home and guests against some of the season’s most common mishaps. While you cannot foresee or prevent every scenario,…

Burns & Wilcox Expands with Houston Leadership Team Additions

Suzette Torres joins as Managing Director; Gina Marquez joins as Operations Manager HOUSTON (November 14, 2019) – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager, today announced the addition of Suzette Torres and Gina Marquez to its Houston management team. Torres joins Burns & Wilcox as a Managing Director and Marquez…

Fisher Investments Loses Almost $3.9 Billion in Wake of Its Founder’s Lewd Comments

Fisher Investments, an active equity manager based in Washington, is facing backlash after its founder and executive chairman Ken Fisher reportedly made inappropriate sexist comments during a conference presentation on October 8. Weeks later, clients had pulled over $3 billion in assets from Fisher Investments. To date, 20 institutions have pulled almost $3.9 billion from…

H.W. Kaufman Group Promotes Nearly 25 Insurance Industry Associates Across North America this Month

Blaise D’Antoni promoted to Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox DETROIT (November 5, 2019) – H.W. Kaufman Group, a global network of companies, and Kaufman’s subsidiary Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager, today publicly announced leadership promotions that were revealed during its annual Kaufman Leadership Meeting. Each…

Pacemakers and Other Implanted Devices at Risk of Hacking, Warns FDA

On October 1, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the so-called URGENT/11 cybersecurity flaws that leave certain Wi-Fi-enabled medical devices vulnerable to being remote-controlled by hackers, such as cardiac pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) or insulin pumps. The FDA indicated that devices potentially at risk are those utilizing IPnet, a decades-old software…

NBC Leaders Face Allegations in New Book Detailing Accusations Against Matt Lauer

In his newly-released book, Catch and Kill, former NBC reporter Ronan Farrow recounts previously-unreleased details surrounding rape accusations against Matt Lauer, the former host of NBC’s “Today” show. Farrow provides a revealing, comprehensive account of accusations made by Brooke Nevils, a former NBC employee who maintained that Lauer sexually assaulted her in 2014. Lauer has…

56 Pediatric Patients’ Stem Cells Destroyed in Hospital Freezer Failure

When a storage freezer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) malfunctioned last month, 56 pediatric patients, many undergoing cancer treatment, lost their stem cells. The cells were collected before patients began cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, and stored for potential future use. Following the incident, CHLA sent notification letters to the affected families, unfortunately…

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 5 Pivotal Steps to Preparedness

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to disseminate cybersecurity facts, best practices, and promote free resources to make organizations and individuals safer and more secure. Recent cybersecurity threat data is staggering. Symantec’s…

Capsized Vessel Imperils Crew, Damages Millions in Cargo

At 2 a.m. on September 8, the U.S. Coast Guard stationed near St. Simons, Georgia, was alerted that the Golden Ray, a South Korean cargo vessel carrying over 4,000 new automobiles, had begun dangerously inclining to one side, shortly after departing the Port of Brunswick. By late morning response teams had rescued 20 of the…

Burns & Wilcox and Burns & Wilcox Brokerage Chicago Growth Sparks Move to New, Top Tier Office Space Downtown

Chicago, IL (September 18, 2019)— Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager, announced today the relocation and expansion of its downtown Chicago office. The new office, which houses Burns & Wilcox and Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, is located downtown at 111 S. Wacker, Chicago, IL, 60606. Burns & Wilcox parent…

Physician Pleads Guilty in $1.2 Billion Medicare Billing Fraud Scheme

Dr. Joseph DeCorso entered a guilty plea in New Jersey federal court on September 12, on charges he allegedly conspired to commit $13 million in Medicare fraud by prescribing medically unnecessary orthotic braces while working for two telemedicine firms between July 2017 and March 2019. He also agreed to pay $7 million in restitution to…

2019 Slated as California’s Worst Wildfire Year Yet

Late on September 2 a 117-acre mountainside wildfire, dubbed Snoqualmie Fire, ignited less than a mile from a residential neighborhood in Layton, Utah, prompting mandatory evacuations of 125 homes. The fire, which reportedly came within 100 to 200 yards of homes, began just one day after officials announced 100 percent containment of the Gun Range…

Burns & Wilcox Strengthens Wildfire Coverage Through Partnership with Wildfire Defense Systems, Inc.

Partnership with leading wildfire management organization provides additional layer of protection before, during and after a wildfire Detroit, Mich. (September 4, 2019) – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading and largest personal insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager, today announced its partnership with Wildfire Defense Systems, Inc. (WDS). Burns & Wilcox is the first specialty…