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Overturned Tanker Truck Spills 5,000 Gallons of Hazardous Material, Prompts Evacuation

Several homes were evacuated on February 3 after a semi-truck tanker overturned near Williamsburg, Kentucky and leaked 5,000 gallons of highly flammable butyl acrylate onto the railroad tracks below. Several agencies responded to the incident, including a hazmat crew to clean up the strong-smelling irritant. While officials reported the risks of the chemical spill spreading…

Election Results Delayed Due to Alleged App Failure

A smartphone app marred by alleged technical and design flaws is being blamed for a days-long delay in reporting results from the February 3 Iowa U.S. presidential election caucus. The backup, which caused widespread confusion among voters and Democratic presidential candidates, has been linked in part to an app developed by Shadow, Inc. for the…

$5.5 Million Awarded After Senior Living Facility Incident

On January 15, a Los Angeles jury awarded $5.5 million to the daughter and guardian of an 89-year-old woman who suffered a devastating fall while residing at AvantGarde Senior Living in Tarzana, California. Sherrill Phillips had mild dementia when she moved to the facility in June 2018; following a July 2018 fall in which her…

Burns & Wilcox-Sponsored Webb Simpson Wins Waste Management Phoenix Open, Crowned People’s Open Champion

Brand ambassadors Webb Simpson and Jimmy Walker presented $50,000 to golfers’ charities of choice in partnership with Burns & Wilcox on Thursday Farmington Hills, Mich. (February 04, 2020) – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager, congratulates Webb Simpson on winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on…

97,000-Plus Gallons of Wine Spill in California, Toxic Chemicals Ooze onto Michigan Highway

More than 97,000 gallons of cabernet sauvignon were spilled on January 22, when a door malfunctioned on a blending tank at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, California. The winery estimated roughly half the wine spilled was captured, recovered or contained within the winery; the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services estimated roughly 20 percent of…

Burns & Wilcox Promotes Andrew Dean to Managing Director, Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (January 21, 2020) – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager, today announced the leadership promotion of Andrew Dean to Managing Director from Associate Managing Director. Dean is based in the Burns & Wilcox office in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the new role as Managing Director, Dean oversees and manages…

Millions on Flood Watch Following Winter Storms

A powerful storm system that tore through a massive swath of the U.S. on January 11 and 12 was responsible for the tragic loss of 11 lives, cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of households and putting more than 20 million Americans under flood watch. The deadly storms in the South and Midwest brought…

Hackers Access Home Security Cameras, Alarm and Harass Families

An 8-year-old girl from Desoto County, Mississippi experienced a terrifying ordeal last month when a hacker accessed a Ring security camera in her bedroom. The girl was playing in her room when an eerie song came through the camera’s speaker, followed by a man’s voice identifying himself as Santa Claus and encouraging her to “destroy”…

6 Action Steps to Support Your New Year’s Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? According to a YouGov poll, the top personal New Year’s resolutions for 2019 were to exercise more, adopt healthy eating habits, and save more money. Business leaders commonly resolve to improve efficiency, update technology or facilities and reduce their carbon footprint. Whatever your resolutions for 2020, the odds…

Mitigate Elf Mischief Risks This Holiday Season

Broken light fixtures, dented drywall, syrup-coated appliances—these are classic examples of holiday magic gone wrong. With the season in full swing, more and more homeowners are waking up each morning to a new dose of destruction brought by a well-intentioned but sometimes overzealous houseguest: the Elf on the Shelf. What began in 2005 as a…

Burns & Wilcox Announces Leadership Promotions for Los Angeles and Tampa Offices

Sylvia Ornelas promoted to Associate Vice President in Los Angeles; John Heaner promoted to Associate Manager Director in Tampa DETROIT (December 11, 2019) – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager, today announced two leadership promotions in its Los Angeles, California and Tampa, Florida offices. Sylvia Ornelas was promoted to…

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…