DETROIT, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- WestCongress Insurance Services, LLC, a newly formed managing general agent, announced the hiring of three senior underwriting professionals to lead the firm's efforts in the specialty commercial insurance marketplace.
Richard H. Smith, chairman of WestCongress stated, "We are pleased to welcome Richard "Dick" Barrett, Dan Barrett and Michael Horn as vice presidents responsible for structuring and placing coverages for our clients. I have known and worked with these gentlemen for years at First Mercury Financial Corporation and CoverX Specialty. They are experienced professionals and we are delighted they have joined the WestCongress team."
WestCongress is a coverholder with Lloyd's of London and currently offers commercial general liability and commercial excess liability insurance solutions for targeted small and middle market risks in the energy, artisan contractor and security industries. Mr. Smith commented, "With direct access to the highly regarded Lloyd's market and these three seasoned insurance professionals in place, we are able to quote, place and bind policies immediately to serve our clients."
Each of these professionals will report to Edward A. LaFramboise, president of WestCongress, who noted, "We are proud of the caliber of these individuals and the comprehensive knowledge that they bring to our firm. When we founded WestCongress we wanted to bring onboard professionals that truly understood niche markets that were being ignored or underserved. Small and middle market risks deserve the same attention and rapid turnaround of submissions and claims service that larger firms get. We are confident that our team will set us apart in this growing segment of the insurance marketplace."
Dick Barrett, vice president, is the segment manager responsible for leading the team of insurance professionals in the oil and gas arena. With a career that spans more than three decades, Dick's wealth of experience and deep knowledge of the insurance industry allows him to be a resource across WestCongress' segments regarding strategy, risk appetite and risk evaluation.
Dan Barrett, vice president, is the segment manager responsible for artisan contractor insurance solutions. Dan brings practical knowledge as both an underwriter and a broker, thus giving him a unique perspective on the needs of all parties.
Mike Horn, vice president, is the senior account executive for excess casualty. Mike has worked with virtually all major wholesale brokers. He has also delivered policies for Fortune 1000 companies writing high attachment, high capacity business, thus giving him a broad background in risk evaluation.