October 15, 2018

Stone Creek Insurance Agency is expanding its Spokane, Wash. presence with the addition of four new employees.

San Francisco Bay Area-based Stone Creek launched its Spokane office in February.

Charles Hook has been named personal lines account manager. He has more than 10 years of insurance experience. Hook has worked in both sales and service for Liberty Mutual and Travelers.

Crystal Viehman will help develop the small commercial department. She has prior experience as an underwriter assistant and as account manager at a general agency.

Nicole Darlow will help build the service team with efficiency and procedures. Darlow comes to Stone Creek from Travelers, where she worked for the past three years in the service department.

Jessica Dexter will join Darlow in supporting the service team and further developing the remote service program. She has been working in insurance for three years. She started working for Travelers in 2016.

Stone Creek specializes in commercial and personal lines.

Calabasas, Calif.-based Topa Insurance Group has named Delaney O’Brien director of marketing and communications.

O’Brien will develop strategies to enhance Topa Insurance’s public image and cultivate relationships with members of the industry and the media.

O’Brien started at Topa Insurance as a marketing representative in 2014 and was later promoted to corporate communications manager.

Topa Insurance Co. is one of the wholly owned subsidiaries of Topa Insurance Group.

San Diego, Calif.-based Cavignac & Associates has named Paul Broussard an account executive.

Broussard will have dual roles serving both in Cavignac & Associates’ professional liability department and as a small business consultant for the firm.

Broussard most recently was an account executive for Risk & Insurance Consultants Inc. He was a broker placement specialist for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services before that.

Cavignac & Associates is a risk management and commercial insurance brokerage firm.

QBE North America has promoted Toria Lessman to senior vice president, head of transactional liability, and Stacey Meade to senior vice president, head of financial institutions.

Lessman joined QBE in 2011 in the policy regulatory and compliance practice. She was promoted and primarily focused on new product development across QBE North America’s transactional liability practice. Prior to QBE, Lessman worked as a regulatory and compliance attorney for Tressler LLP.

Meade will oversee QBE’s financial institutions underwriting strategy and results for specialty and property/casualty products for financial institution customers.

Meade most recently was vice president, underwriting leader in financial institutions at QBE. She previlusly spent 17 years at Chubb, where she held a variety of leadership roles.

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has named Daniel J. Guth a vice president in Orange County, Calif.

Guth will provide workers’ compensation, risk management, and property/casualty solutions to clients.

Guth was previously area vice president with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. He was a workers’ comp consultant with Jardine Insurance Brokers before that.

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Alliant provides property/casualty, workers’ comp, employee benefits, surety, and financial products and services.

Everest Insurance has named Larry Collura director of marketing and distribution for the West region.

He comes from Worldwide Facilities where he was most recently a business development manager in Phoenix, Ariz.

He was also with Swett & Crawford as a business development manager, and AIU Holdings & Lexington Insurance Co.

Everest Insurance refers to the primary insurance operations of Everest Re Group, Ltd., and its affiliated companies.

Brown & Riding has added Harrison Scheider as an environmental specialty broker.

Scheider works out of Brown & Riding’s Denver, Colo. office.

He primarily handles accounts in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Florida, but is licensed and able to write business in all states.

He has more than 15 years of experience, starting at a retail insurance agency. He has also worked as an environmental insurance consultant.

Brown & Riding is a wholesale brokerage operating nationally.