Burns and Wilcox : Everything you need to know

Burns and Wilcox: Everything you need to know

Headquarters address

220 Kaufman Financial Center, 30833 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334, United States

Year established

Size (employees) 2,000+ (global)
Global locations Canada, United Kingdom, United States
Annual premiums $2.8 billion (H.W. Kaufman Group, 2021)
Underwriting expertise Commercial, personal, and professional insurance
Key people Alan J. Kaufman (chairman & CEO), Daniel Kaufman (president)

About Burns and Wilcox

Burns & Wilcox is the H.W. Kaufman Group’s flagship organization, and a leading independent wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager in North America. The company was named the top MGA by gross revenue by an industry publication and was also recognized as the largest personal insurance wholesaler and MGA operation in North America.

In addition to its more than 60 offices across the US, Canada, and the UK, Burns & Wilcox provides clients with a wide range of highly skilled services through its Centers of Excellence. The centers offer in-house industry leadership across an array of insurance verticals, including environmental, recreation, marine, high net worth, professional, transportation, and excess casualty.

Annually, the company’s portfolio exceeds $1.7 billion in premium.

Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, the group’s wholesale brokerage arm, meanwhile, delivers comprehensive services founded in quality outcomes and knowledge-based results.

Burns & Wilcox in the news

April 2017: Burns & Wilcox reveals plans to double state operations
August 2017: Daniel J. Kaufman takes broader role at H.W. Kaufman Group
September 2017: Burns & Wilcox MD reveals company’s number one asset
November 2019: H.W. Kaufman, Burns & Wilcox announce key North America promotions
February 2020: Burns & Wilcox congratulates Webb Simpson for securing PGA Tour victory
October 2020: Burns & Wilcox announces new personal cyber insurance offering
April 2021: Burns & Wilcox adds two new associates to regional teams
July 2021: Burns & Wilcox Brokerage president Denis Brady discusses Northeast expansion
December 2021: Burns & Wilcox promotes Daniel Kaufman to president
December 2021: Senior VP discusses insurers' big problem – and why the time is now to address it
January 2022: Personal lines head talks about dealing with capacity after a year of hurricanes
May 2022: Burns & Wilcox enters exclusive insurance distribution partnership

Leadership at Burns & Wilcox

Alan J. Kaufman – chairman & CEO

Under Kaufman’s leadership, Burns & Wilcox has built its reputation on prioritizing professional development and fostering lifelong learning. He established Kaufman Institute, an online and classroom hub dedicated to expanding the knowledge and skill of Burns & Wilcox professionals and the industry overall.

Kaufman has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University, Lifetime Achievement recognition from Insurance Business America, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. In 2019, City of Hope recognized Kaufman’s philanthropic efforts with the National Insurance Industry Council (NIIC) Spirit of Life Award. He was also honored by American Agent & Broker magazine as one of the Top 25 Living Legends in Insurance.

Daniel Kaufman – president

The younger Kaufman serves as president of Burns & Wilcox and executive vice-president for its parent company, H.W. Kaufman Group.

Representing the third generation of family leadership, Kaufman oversees US operations for Burns & Wilcox and guides the group’s global sales, marketing, and technology teams. Under his leadership, Burns & Wilcox has prioritized innovation, which includes the development of a proprietary digital platform and new resources designed to foster internal collaboration and client engagement.

Kaufman received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Juris Doctor from Loyola University (Chicago). He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.


As part of its Champions & Charities philanthropic initiative, Burns & Wilcox has partnered with 2016 PGA Champion Jimmy Walker and 2012 US Open Winner Webb Simpson to present donations to two charities. The firm is a proud sponsor of both golfing legends.

Burns & Wilcox is also a sponsor of National Hockey League team Detroit Red Wings.

Burns and Wilcox : In the news