Five Executives of Assurex Global Partner Firms Recognized by Risk & Insurance® as 2016 Power Brokers® or Finalists

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Five executives of Assurex Global Partner firms in the U.S. have been recognized by the editors of Risk & Insurance®, a leading U.S. trade publication covering risk management and commercial insurance, as 2016 Power Brokers® or Finalists. Risk & Insurance announced the winners this week in its February print edition.

According to Risk & Insurance®, the Power Brokers® contest, now in its 11th year, recognizes the best commercial property/casualty brokers in more than 20 industry categories. This year, executives from numerous insurance brokerages and agencies were named by the publication’s editors as Power Brokers® or finalists. The Power Broker® winners from Assurex Global Partner firms are:

  • Kaitlin Upchurch, managing director, Wortham Insurance, Houston, TX, who won in the general “At-large” category, which is not specific to any individual industry.
  • Tony Pham, managing director, Wortham Insurance, recognized in the Energy-Upstream sector.
  • Liz Van Dervort, a producer with Gillis, Ellis & Baker Inc., New Orleans, LA who won for work with nonprofits.
  • Doug Jones, senior vice president and principal, Roach Howard Smith and Barton in Dallas, TX recognized for accomplishments in the technology sector.

In addition, Stephen Pasdiora, a consultant in the Chicago Benefits Practice of Cottingham & Butler of Dubuque, IA, was recognized as a finalist in the Employee Benefits category.

“On behalf of all Assurex Global Partners, I am pleased to congratulate these executives on this significant industry recognition,” said Jim Hackbarth, president and CEO, Assurex Global. “Their outstanding work and achievements on behalf of their clients are emblematic of the commitment to exceptional service shared by colleagues at their respective firms and among all Assurex Global Partners around the world.”

The key factors editors of Risk & Insurance® consider in selecting Power Broker® winners are: “their creativity in finding solutions for their clients, their responsiveness and dedication to customer service, and their industry knowledge.”


About Assurex Global
Founded in 1954, Assurex Global is an exclusive partnership of the most prominent independent agents and brokers in the world. With $28 billion in annual premium volume and more than 600 partner offices, Assurex Global is the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. An international insurance powerhouse, the partnership combines the local expertise and global reach of international brokers on six continents.