TOLEDO, Ohio, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hylant Group, one of the largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms in the nation, has added two insurance industry experts to its Chicago office. Neil Silverblatt has joined the Property & Marine Risk Practice as client service executive and Joel Speckman has joined the Surety Risk Practice as the practice leader. While they will operate out of Hylant Group's Chicago office, they are corporate resources that will support Hylant's 12 offices throughout five states.
Silverblatt graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 2002 with a B.A. in risk management & insurance and finance, investment and banking. Prior to joining Hylant Group, he amassed a decade of experience in the global property unit at Marsh where he specialized in large global property and placements.
Speckman has nearly twenty-five years of surety bond business experience. He is active in the industry serving on the board of directors of The Surety Association of Illinois, as a regional steering committee member of The National Association of Surety Bond Producers and a member of The Construction Financial Management Association. He will lead Hylant's Surety Practice.
"Both Joel and Neil are impact players," said Tony Evans, President of Hylant's Chicago Office. "They have the capability to immediately begin leveraging their knowledge and expertise for existing and potential clients."
Founded in 1935, Hylant Group is a full-service insurance brokerage with 12 offices in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee, and employs more than 600 employees. As a member of the Worldwide Broker Network, Hylant offers complete risk management services, employee benefits consultation, loss control, healthcare management and insurance solutions for businesses and individuals. Hylant is one of the largest privately held brokerage firms in the United States and serves a wide variety of clients locally, nationally, and internationally. For more information, please visit www.hylant.com.
SOURCE Hylant Group