Commercial retail insurance brokerage Alliant Insurance Services has made a suite of senior-role acquisitions across three states. Kristen Gunter has joined Alliant Insurance Services as senior vice president within the Alliant Employee Benefits group in Los Angeles, while Buddy Franson and Aran Buchan are Alliant’s new vice presidents in Iowa and Seattle, respectively.
As senior vice president of Alliant Employee Benefits, Gunter will focus on designing, executing, and managing a range of strategic employee benefits solutions for Alliant’s growing base of clients.
Kristen Gunter joins Alliant Insurance Services in Los Angeles, has diverse background in employee benefits, insurance, compliance, and administration outsourcing. #AlliantInsurance #EmployeeBenefits https://t.co/PbIBE46IG8 pic.twitter.com/x320I8P1RJ— Alliant Insurance (@AlliantIns) January 25, 2023
Gunter brings over two decades of industry experience into her new role, having worked as the senior vice president at a global insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm. She has built expertise in employee benefits, insurance, compliance, and administration outsourcing solutions.
“Kristen’s broad skill set and unique background enables her to take a wide-angle, holistic approach to the benefits landscape,” said Alliant employee benefits president Kevin Overbey of the company’s newest hire. “She thinks strategically and knows how to build and grow relationships that stand the test of time."
Apart from the new hire to Alliant Employee Benefits, the insurer welcomed Franson as vice president in Dubuque, Iowa, earlier this week. Franson was tasked to provide comprehensive property and casualty insurance and risk management solutions to Alliant’s clients across the Midwest.
Buddy Franson joins Alliant Insurance Services in Iowa, where he will provide strategic property and casualty insurance and risk management solutions to clients across the Midwest. #AlliantInsurance https://t.co/9Mr3qAv3RB pic.twitter.com/InLG01wGRM— Alliant Insurance (@AlliantIns) January 23, 2023
“[Franson] combines his longstanding experience in the Midwest region with keen, industry-specific expertise, offering clients customized solutions built for their business,” said Bob Bennetsen, Alliant’s executive vice president and senior managing director. “He sees beyond basic business risks and can help clients prepare for long-term growth and success.”
Buchan was also named an Alliant vice president last week. Based in Seattle, Buchan would handle providing solutions to the company’s growing client base in the Northwest region.
Aran Buchan joins Alliant Insurance Services in Seattle, has extensive experience providing property and casualty insurance and risk management solutions to businesses across a range of industries and disciplines. #AlliantInsurance https://t.co/cI8TsuUfa4 pic.twitter.com/7ej2ROSDkn— Alliant Insurance (@AlliantIns) January 20, 2023
On Buchan’s appointment, Bennetsen said: “Aran’s ability to assess risks, pinpoint potential issues, and develop viable solutions that provide maximum protection at an acceptable cost makes him a powerful partner for his clients. [He brings] a great deal of strength to our team in the Northwest.”