Three Key Managers of Assurex Global Partner Firms Recognized as Rising Stars in Industry

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Three key managers 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 Broker® Rising Stars. Risk & Insurance announced the winners in its March print edition.

According to Risk & Insurance®, the 2016 Power Broker® Rising Stars are executives under age 40 who were this year’s Power Broker® winners or finalists. Since this special category of recognition was established in 2009, more than 250 individuals have earned this recognition. The Rising Stars selected this year from among Assurex Global Partner firms are:

  • Liz Van Dervort, 30, a producer with Gillis, Ellis & Baker, New Orleans, recognized for her work with nonprofit clients.
  • Stephen Pasdiora, 27, a consultant in the Chicago Benefits Practice of Cottingham & Butler, Dubuque, IA, a Rising Star and finalist in this year’s Power Broker® Employee Benefits category.
  • Kaitlin Upchurch, 30, managing director, Wortham Insurance, Houston, a winner in the general “At-large” category for her accomplishments in arranging cyber insurance for clients.

“It’s no secret that the ongoing success of our industry depends heavily on our ability to attract talented young people, provide them with exciting opportunities and help them to develop into top professionals,” said Jim Hackbarth, president and CEO, Assurex Global. “So, I’m delighted to join with all Assurex Global Partners in congratulating Liz, Stephen and Kaitlin on achieving this recognition and wishing them continued success during the course of their careers. They are among the many talented young professionals at Assurex Global Partners around the world who are making a huge difference for clients on a daily basis.”

In selecting Power Broker® winners, Risk & Insurance® editors consider “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.