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Gary Atkins

Executive Vice President/Regional Director

Gary specializes in brokerage of casualty lines with an emphasis on energy, oil and gas, contractors (industrial, commercial and residential), environmental, equipment rental, and product-driven accounts. He has 38 years of experience in the insurance industry with the last 26 years as an E&S wholesale broker.…

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U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. Risk Houston

Gary specializes in brokerage of casualty lines with an emphasis on energy, oil and gas, contractors (industrial, commercial and residential), environmental, equipment rental, and product-driven accounts. He has 38 years of experience in the insurance industry with the last 26 years as an E&S wholesale broker. Gary joined U.S. Risk in 2000.

Product specialties
  • Artisan/trade contractors
  • Drilling rigs/oilfield property
  • Environmental
  • Excess liability
  • Excess maritime employers (workers’ compensation)
  • Foreign coverages
  • General contractors
  • Liquor liability
  • Offshore oil drilling and service risks
  • Pollution contractors
  • Products liability
  • Refinery/oil and gas contractors
  • Refinery/petrochemical risks
  • Residential and roofing contractors
  • Umbrella
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Drew Atkins, CIC

Broker

Drew joined U.S. Risk in 2015 as a broker in the Houston office. Drew currently brokers casualty for a variety of classes, including contractors, hospitality, manufacturing and habitational. He also works on casualty accounts that are difficult to place due to losses or to the industries in which they work.… Read more
U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. Risk Houston Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (281) 249-4925 Cell Phone: (281) 639-5656

Drew joined U.S. Risk in 2015 as a broker in the Houston office. Drew currently brokers casualty for a variety of classes, including contractors, hospitality, manufacturing and habitational. He also works on casualty accounts that are difficult to place due to losses or to the industries in which they work.

Drew earned his Bachelor of Finance and Accounting from Texas Christian University.

Product specialties

  • General contractors
  • Artisan contractors (residential/commercial/industrial)
  • Restaurants
  • Bars/taverns
  • Nightclubs
  • Manufacturing
  • Habitational
  • Inland marine
  • Excess/umbrella
  • Liquor liability
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Tim Bennett, CIC

Senior Broker

Tim joined U. S. Risk in 2013 and has nearly 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. For more than 20 years, Tim has focused on management, professional and cyber liability as well as fidelity/crime bonds.… Read more
U.S. Risk FinancialU.S. Risk Underwriters Office Address 359 Front Street Berea, Ohio 44017 Work Phone: (440) 973-4600 Cell Phone: (440) 864-1895

Tim joined U. S. Risk in 2013 and has nearly 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. For more than 20 years, Tim has focused on management, professional and cyber liability as well as fidelity/crime bonds. His book of business encompasses a broad array of professional exposures with a heavy focus on financial institutions including banks, insurance companies, assets managers, private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, mutual funds, trust companies, family offices, mortgage bankers/brokers, specialty lenders and much more. With experience in underwriting, sales and product development, Tim is here to assist his agent partners with the placement of accounts that are standard, complex and distressed risks.

Product specialties
  • Cyber/privacy liability
  • Financial institutions D&O
  • Side A DIC
  • Excess liability
  • Financial institution bonds
  • Insurance company E&O/D&O
  • Mortgage brokers and bankers professional liability
  • Professional liability (including financial services risks)
  • Mortgage impairment
  • Lender-placed and REO insurance
  • Commercial crime/kidnap and ransom
  • Broker/dealer and investment advisor E&O
  • EPLI
  • Fiduciary liability
  • Trust E&O
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Sheila Boatman

Vice President/Senior Broker/Underwriter

Sheila specializes in miscellaneous medical malpractice professional and general liability coverages. She started in the E&S business in 1989 and helped establish the Houston Healthcare Division of U.S. Risk in 2000. She is a Senior Underwriter with underwriting authority through our exclusive miscellaneous medical program through underwriters at Lloyd's.… Read more
U.S. Risk HoustonU.S. Risk HealthcarePros Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (800) 833-8803 Work Phone: (281) 249-4933

Sheila specializes in miscellaneous medical malpractice professional and general liability coverages. She started in the E&S business in 1989 and helped establish the Houston Healthcare Division of U.S. Risk in 2000. She is a Senior Underwriter with underwriting authority through our exclusive miscellaneous medical program through underwriters at Lloyd’s.

Sheila also has extensive experience as a senior broker. She partners with leading underwriters of highly rated national carriers to provide the expertise needed in today’s challenging market. Some eligible classes include surgery centers, home health agencies, staffing agencies, medical clinics, adult daycare, diagnostic imaging labs, MRI centers, DME, CRNAs, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and many more.

Product specialties
  • Adult daycare
  • Allied/misc. healthcare
  • Assisted living centers
  • Clinics
  • For-profit D&O
  • Hospitals
  • Medical laboratories
  • Non-profit D&O
  • Physicians
  • Professional liability
  • Social services
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Beth Boisseau-Coots, CIC

Vice President, Sales

Beth Boisseau-Coots joined J.B. Lloyd and Associates in 2006, and became part of the U.S. Risk team when the company was acquired in 2016. She specializes in insurance products for banks and real estate investors. Read more
U.S. Risk FinancialJ.B. Lloyd & Associates Work Phone: (972) 248-2433 Cell Phone: (972) 342-4280

Beth Boisseau-Coots joined J.B. Lloyd and Associates in 2006, and became part of the U.S. Risk team when the company was acquired in 2016. She specializes in insurance products for banks and real estate investors.

Product specialties

  • Commercial general liability
  • Cyber liability
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Financial institution bonds
  • Foreclosed liability insurance
  • Lender placed insurance
  • Outsourced insurance tracking for lenders
  • Real estate investor insurance
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Grant Bryant, AU, AINS

Senior Underwriter

Grant has worked in the insurance industry since 2009, most recently as an underwriter for Chubb in their energy division in Dallas, Texas. Grant’s focus at U.S. Risk is underwriting oil and gas general liability, excess, and inland marine lines nationwide, as well as brokerage placements for all lines of coverage for the Energy & Environmental division.… Read more
U.S. Risk Fort WorthEnergy & Environmental Office Address 801 Cherry St. Suite 2320 Fort Worth, Texas 76102 Work Phone: (800) 232-5830 Work Phone: (817) 872-0099

Grant has worked in the insurance industry since 2009, most recently as an underwriter for Chubb in their energy division in Dallas, Texas. Grant’s focus at U.S. Risk is underwriting oil and gas general liability, excess, and inland marine lines nationwide, as well as brokerage placements for all lines of coverage for the Energy & Environmental division.

Grant earned a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.

Product specialties

  • Operators and non-operators
  • Oilfield consultants
  • Drilling contractors
  • Well servicing contractors
  • Roustabouts
  • Pipeline operators
  • Many other supporting classes
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Cason Burdett, CIC, ARM

Vice President/Senior Underwriter

Cason joined U.S. Risk in 2012. He manages our in-house Energy & Environmental Division, which is responsible for underwriting general  liability, professional liability, excess liability and inland marine in the oil and gas sector. In addition to his underwriting responsibilities, Cason is also a broker for all lines of energy coverage, handling mid-sized to large accounts.… Read more
U.S. Risk Fort WorthEnergy & Environmental Office Address 801 Cherry St. Suite 2320 Fort Worth, Texas 76102 Work Phone: (800) 232-5830 Work Phone: (817) 872-0090

Cason joined U.S. Risk in 2012. He manages our in-house Energy & Environmental Division, which is responsible for underwriting general  liability, professional liability, excess liability and inland marine in the oil and gas sector. In addition to his underwriting responsibilities, Cason is also a broker for all lines of energy coverage, handling mid-sized to large accounts. Prior to U.S. Risk, Cason was with AIG for six years as a business development manager and primary casualty underwriter.

Product specialties

  • Operators and non-operators
  • Oilfield consultants
  • Drilling contractors
  • Well servicing contractors
  • Roustabouts
  • Pipeline operators
  • Many other supporting classes
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Aaron Cardwell, CIC, RPLU

Vice President

Aaron specializes in solutions for all types of financial institutions. He began his underwriting career in 2001 working with financial institution crime bonds, D&O, bankers professional, and cyber insurance for financial institutions at St. Paul Insurance Company, which later merged with Travelers.… Read more
U.S. Risk FinancialJ.B. Lloyd & Associates Office Address 8401 N. Central Expressway Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 75225 Work Phone: (214) 265-2440 Cell Phone: (972) 207-7855

Aaron specializes in solutions for all types of financial institutions. He began his underwriting career in 2001 working with financial institution crime bonds, D&O, bankers professional, and cyber insurance for financial institutions at St. Paul Insurance Company, which later merged with Travelers. He joined U.S. Risk with the acquisition of J.B. Lloyd & Associates in 2016. Aaron also works with lender-placed hazard and flood and mortgage impairment/errors and omissions insurance. Both of these unique programs are endorsed by the Texas Bankers Association and available throughout the U.S. Aaron works with banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers, mortgage servicers, real estate investors, insurance companies, investment advisors, and other financial institutions.

Product specialties

  • Bankers professional liability
  • Civil money penalties coverage
  • Cyber liability and breach response
  • Financial institution crime bonds
  • Force placed/foreclosed hazard and flood
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Employment practices liability
  • Lender liability
  • Lenders single interest
  • Monthly reporting policies for residential real estate investors
  • Mortgage impairment/mortgage E&O
  • Mortgage insurance tracking
  • Repossesed auto
  • Trust errors and omissions
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Scott T. Carroll

Executive Vice President/Program Director

Scott has over 25 years of insurance industry experience that ranges from large company underwriting to small brokerage administration experience. He currently manages Take1, an all-lines underwriting program focused on the entertainment (film, TV, DICE, touring entertainers) and communication industries (audio, video, sound and lighting equipment specialists; event planners and event production service firms). Read more
U.S. Risk Laguna HillsTake1 Office Address 25201 Paseo De Alicia Suite 265 Laguna Hills, California 92653 Work Phone: (714) 285-4090 Cell Phone: (949) 680-0223

Scott has over 25 years of insurance industry experience that ranges from large company underwriting to small brokerage administration experience. He currently manages Take1, an all-lines underwriting program focused on the entertainment (film, TV, DICE, touring entertainers) and communication industries (audio, video, sound and lighting equipment specialists; event planners and event production service firms).

Product specialties
  • Entertainment
  • Special events
  • Sports and recreation
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Sera Chalayan

Underwriter/Broker

Sera began her career as a banker, moved to wholesale brokerage briefly, and spent the majority of her career with an admitted carrier. She has worked in customer service, account management, human resources, marketing, underwriting, and sales.… Read more
ArmorPark Office Address 25201 Paseo De Alicia Suite 265 Laguna Hills, California 92653-4626 Work Phone: (7140 285-4087 Cell Phone: (949) 337-2376

Sera began her career as a banker, moved to wholesale brokerage briefly, and spent the majority of her career with an admitted carrier. She has worked in customer service, account management, human resources, marketing, underwriting, and sales. She served as President of the Emerging Insurance Professionals and on the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s associate board. From 2016–2018, Sera spent 15 months in the Czech Republic, earning an MBA. In January 2018, she joined the sales team at Gallagher as Area Vice President of the Los Angeles office. In May 2019, Sera joined U.S. Risk as an underwriter with specialty program ArmorPark, focusing on parking garage and valet operations.

Product specialties

  • Parking garage and valet operations
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Chris Chiodetti

Vice President/Underwriter/Broker

Chris underwrites and brokers packages, monoline property, monoline general liability, excess liability, H&NO auto, professional and inland marine coverages for a large variety of property and casualty classes. Read more
U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. Risk Houston Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (713) 243-4365 Cell Phone: (832) 588-7249

Chris underwrites and brokers packages, monoline property, monoline general liability, excess liability, H&NO auto, professional and inland marine coverages for a large variety of property and casualty classes.

Product specialties

  • Churches
  • Contractors (artisan and general)
  • Distributors
  • Habitational (dwellings, apartments, etc.)
  • Hotels/motels
  • Lessor’s risk
  • Manufacturers
  • Mercantile
  • Shopping centers
  • Truckers
  • Vacant warehouses
  • Many more
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Chris Christian, CIC, RPLU

Vice President/Senior Broker

Chris stumbled into insurance in 1985 as a temporary employee at GAF Insurance Services, a bank-affiliated insurance agency in San Diego. After six years with GAF, Chris moved to the carrier side, opening the San Diego branch office of RLI Corp, an underwriter of specialty lines of insurance.… Read more
U.S. Risk DallasU.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 8401 N. Central Expressway Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 75225 Work Phone: (800) 232-5830 Cell Phone: (760) 415-4213

Chris stumbled into insurance in 1985 as a temporary employee at GAF Insurance Services, a bank-affiliated insurance agency in San Diego. After six years with GAF, Chris moved to the carrier side, opening the San Diego branch office of RLI Corp, an underwriter of specialty lines of insurance. The San Diego office was dedicated to directors and officers liability coverage, and was the launchpad for Chris’s specialization in professional liability.

Product specialties
  • Allied/misc. healthcare
  • Computer consultants
  • Cyber liability
  • D&O (including difficult-to-place)
  • Environmental
  • EPLI
  • Errors and omissions
  • Fiduciary
  • Financial institutions D&O
  • Insurance agents E&O
  • Lawyers
  • Nursing/convalescent Homes
  • Pollution contractors
  • Professional liability
  • Software design/development
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Ashton Clancy, AMIM

Senior Underwriter

Ashton joined U.S. Risk in March 2019, bringing 13 years of experience in both the carrier and wholesale sides of the business. Her diversified experience includes marketing, carrier and agency relations, underwriting, management, and program development.… Read more
U.S. Risk DallasDallas Commercial Underwriting Office Address 8401 N. Central Expressway Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 75225 Cell Phone: (469) 786-7175 Work Phone: (214) 265-4941

Ashton joined U.S. Risk in March 2019, bringing 13 years of experience in both the carrier and wholesale sides of the business. Her diversified experience includes marketing, carrier and agency relations, underwriting, management, and program development. She is experienced in multiple practices such as property, energy, middle market, and MGA binding.

Ashton currently acts in an MGA underwriting and brokerage capacity, with the pen to about 15 different markets and vast access to brokerage markets.

She prides herself on exceptional service and fast turnaround times, and adding value to carrier and retail partners using her knowledge and guidance to help find comprehensive, affordable insurance solutions for risks large and small.

Product specialties

  • Property
  • General liability
  • Inland marine
  • Liquor liability
  • Excess/umbrella
  • HNOA
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Amanda Compton

Underwriter

Amanda joined U.S. Risk in August 2019 when the company acquired U.S. Brokers Network, who she joined in 2015 as an assistant to the agency. In 2017, she obtained her P&C producer license and has been working as an underwriter for professional liability (errors & omissions) ever since.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersProfessional Liability Office Address 1832 Woodmoor Drive Suite 101 Monument, Colorado 80132 Work Phone: (719) 488-5502, ext. 2

Amanda joined U.S. Risk in August 2019 when the company acquired U.S. Brokers Network, who she joined in 2015 as an assistant to the agency. In 2017, she obtained her P&C producer license and has been working as an underwriter for professional liability (errors & omissions) ever since.

Amanda is an alumnus of the University of Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2012. In 2018, Amanda received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Product specialties

  • Professional Liability (Errors & Omissions)
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Leslie Craft

Senior Vice President

Leslie joined U.S. Risk in 2003. She has over 30 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry, with backgrounds in both retail and Wholesale. She earned her CIC designation in 1997. Read more
U.S. Risk SouthlakeU.S. Risk Underwriters Office Address 365 Miron Dr. Suite D Southlake, Texas 76092 Work Phone: (214) 265-4992

Leslie joined U.S. Risk in 2003. She has over 30 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry, with backgrounds in both retail and Wholesale. She earned her CIC designation in 1997.

Product specialties

  • Artisan contractors
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Product liability
  • Liquor liability
  • Builders risk
  • Contractors liability
  • Habitational
  • Property
  • General liability

 

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Karla Dacosta

Associate Broker

Karla began her career in the insurance industry in 2011 during her senior year in college, after working for two years as an administrative assistant and later an assistant account manager for the professional division of a surplus lines brokerage in Framingham, Massachusetts. … Read more
U.S. Risk FraminghamU.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 161 Worcester Road Suite 301 Framingham, Massachusetts 01701 Work Phone: (508) 283-6702

Karla began her career in the insurance industry in 2011 during her senior year in college, after working for two years as an administrative assistant and later an assistant account manager for the professional division of a surplus lines brokerage in Framingham, Massachusetts.  In 2012, Karla graduated cum laude from Framingham State University. where she received her B.A. in Business Administration. She then joined the professional division as an account executive specializing in for-profit and non-profit directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, and small miscellaneous E&O accounts.

At U.S. Risk, Karla focuses on D&O, EPL, E&O, and cyber liability, as well assists in our program business.

Product specialties
  • Cyber liability
  • Computer consultants
  • D&O (including difficult-to-place)
  • Environmental
  • EPLI
  • Errors and omissions
  • Fiduciary
  • Financial institutions D&O
  • Insurance agents E&O
  • Lawyers
  • Professional liability
  • Software design/development
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Paul Dickard

Senior Broker

Paul joined U.S. Risk in June 2019, bringing ten years of E&S experience with several national wholesalers in the Dallas area. He graduated from the Risk Management and Insurance Program at Mississippi State University. Paul specializes in brokerage and MGA placements for property and casualty exposures.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 8401 N. Central Expressway Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 75225 Work Phone: (214) 265-4960 Cell Phone: (662) 299-0751

Paul joined U.S. Risk in June 2019, bringing ten years of E&S experience with several national wholesalers in the Dallas area. He graduated from the Risk Management and Insurance Program at Mississippi State University. Paul specializes in brokerage and MGA placements for property and casualty exposures. His focus includes a wide variety of industries including contractors, habitational, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, warehousing, and retail.

Product specialties

  • General liability
  • Property
  • Products
  • Manufacturing
  • Excess
  • Liquor
  • Pollution
  • Packages
  • Owner’s/contractor’s protective
  • Owner’s interest
  • Builder’s risk
  • Inland marine
  • Energy
  • Environmental
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Gina Dobbs

Senior Underwriter/Broker

Gina became part of the U.S. Risk team when the company acquired IMS London American in 2017. She has more than 30 years in the insurance industry, starting as a temporary typist and working her way up to underwriter.… Read more
U.S. Risk San Antonio Office Address 8600 Wurzbach Rd. Suite 902 San Antonio, Texas 78240 Work Phone: (972) 313-2160

Gina became part of the U.S. Risk team when the company acquired IMS London American in 2017. She has more than 30 years in the insurance industry, starting as a temporary typist and working her way up to underwriter. Gina has an Associate degree from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

Product specialties

  • Commercial auto
  • Commercial property and casualty
  • Commercial umbrella
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Dorothy Douglas

Senior Underwriter/Broker

Dorothy joined U.S. Risk in 2017 with the acquisition of IMS/London American and has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial underwriting of property and casualty business. She has a strong background in garage and is committed to delivering exceptional service.… Read more
U.S. Risk Houston Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (713) 243-4369 Cell Phone: (832) 687-4371

Dorothy joined U.S. Risk in 2017 with the acquisition of IMS/London American and has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial underwriting of property and casualty business. She has a strong background in garage and is committed to delivering exceptional service. Other emphasis includes artisan contractors, lessor’s risk, vacant, warehouse, and directors and officers.

Product specialties

  • Property and casualty
  • General liability
  • Packages
  • Lessor’s Risk
  • Garage Liability
  • Inland marine
  • Vacant properties
  • Excess/umbrella
  • Environmental
  • Directors and officers
  • EPLI
  • Miscellaneous professional
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Theresa Drago, CPCU, ASLI, ARM

Assistant Vice President/Production Underwriter

Theresa specializes in placing workers' compensation nationwide and can include, if necessary, longshore and maritime endorsements. Theresa joined U.S. Risk in 2000 and has over 35 years of experience in the insurance business. Read more
U.S. Risk HoustonWorkers’ Compensation Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (800) 833-8803 Work Phone: (281) 249-4926

Theresa specializes in placing workers’ compensation nationwide and can include, if necessary, longshore and maritime endorsements. Theresa joined U.S. Risk in 2000 and has over 35 years of experience in the insurance business.

Product specialties
  • Workers’ compensation
  • U.S. Longshore & Harbor Workers (USL&H)
  • Maritime Employers Liability (MEL)
  • Foreign package