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Brett Amick

Senior Vice President

Brett joined U.S. Risk as a Senior Vice President/Broker in the Houston office. He has over 25 years in the insurance industry and specializes in environmental, industrial and energy risks. Product specialties
  • General liability
  • Excess
  • Auto
  • Broad form pollution for environmental, energy and industrial contractors and facilities
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U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (281) 243-5758 Cell Phone: (214) 707-9621

Brett joined U.S. Risk as a Senior Vice President/Broker in the Houston office. He has over 25 years in the insurance industry and specializes in environmental, industrial and energy risks.

Product specialties

  • General liability
  • Excess
  • Auto
  • Broad form pollution for environmental, energy and industrial contractors and facilities
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Rodney Ariza

Broker/Underwriter

Rodney joined U.S. Risk in 2021 as a broker and underwriter in the Dallas office. He has over 21 years of experience in the E&S wholesale business. Rodney brokers and underwrites packages, property, contractors, excess and variety of casualty classes.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 8401 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225 Work Phone: (469) 983-7163 Cell Phone: (559) 301-1890

Rodney joined U.S. Risk in 2021 as a broker and underwriter in the Dallas office. He has over 21 years of experience in the E&S wholesale business. Rodney brokers and underwrites packages, property, contractors, excess and variety of casualty classes.

Product specialties

  • General contractors (commercial and residential)
  • Artisan contractors (commercial and residential)
  • Excess liability
  • Property
  • Lessor’s risk
  • Habitational (dwellings, apartments, etc.)
  • Builder’s risk
  • Miscellaneous E&O
  • Restaurants
  • Bars and taverns
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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 Work Phone: (281) 243-5722

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) 243-5720 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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Lori Ault

Executive Vice President/Branch Manager

Lori serves as EVP/Branch Manager for U.S. Risk and is based in Florida. Lori has over 25 years of insurance industry expertise with a unique background in wholesale/MGA, carrier, and retail experience with a focus on property and casualty, executive liability, excess and surplus lines, and benefits third party administration including ERISA compliance.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Work Phone: (407) 504-9371 Work Phone: (941) 444-1679 Cell Phone: (407) 504-9371

Lori serves as EVP/Branch Manager for U.S. Risk and is based in Florida. Lori has over 25 years of insurance industry expertise with a unique background in wholesale/MGA, carrier, and retail experience with a focus on property and casualty, executive liability, excess and surplus lines, and benefits third party administration including ERISA compliance. Lori holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Business Administration and is licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health/Variable Annuity.

Product specialties

  • Commercial property
  • Commercial casualty
  • Umbrella and excess liability
  • Inland and ocean marine
  • Products liability
  • Flood
  • Environmental
  • Professional and management liability

 

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Mason Benson, CRIS, MLIS

Underwriter

Mason joined U.S. Risk in 2021 as an Underwriter in the Orlando office. He brings nearly a decade of experience and proven ability of working with hard-to-place risks while partnering with highly rated national carriers. Over the years, Mason has developed a strong specialty and clout for property and casualty risks for several classes including construction, real estate/habitational, manufacturing/products, and hospitality.… Read more
U.S. Risk BrokersU.S Risk Orlando Work Phone: (941) 444-1672

Mason joined U.S. Risk in 2021 as an Underwriter in the Orlando office. He brings nearly a decade of experience and proven ability of working with hard-to-place risks while partnering with highly rated national carriers.

Over the years, Mason has developed a strong specialty and clout for property and casualty risks for several classes including construction, real estate/habitational, manufacturing/products, and hospitality. With his expertise, he is able to deliver the best results in today’s challenging marketplace.

Product specialties

  • Commercial property
  • Commercial casualty
  • Excess liability/umbrella
  • Inland marine
  • Professional liability
  • Management liability
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Luke Butler

Senior Broker

Luke has had 22 years of commercial insurance production experience in both retail and wholesale. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and has been with U.S. Risk since March 2019. Product specialties
  • Energy
  • Marine
  • Contractors
  • Public Entities
  • Large TIV Cat-exposed property
  • LRO
  • Downhole tool coverage (LIH)
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U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. Risk Metairie Office Address 3900 N. Causeway Blvd. Suite 1042 Metairie, Louisiana 70002 Work Phone: (504) 335-2691 Cell Phone: (504) 265-6066

Luke has had 22 years of commercial insurance production experience in both retail and wholesale. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and has been with U.S. Risk since March 2019.

Product specialties

  • Energy
  • Marine
  • Contractors
  • Public Entities
  • Large TIV Cat-exposed property
  • LRO
  • Downhole tool coverage (LIH)
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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: (281) 243-5713 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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Amy D’Orazio

Senior Broker

Amy D'Orazio has been in the insurance industry since 2000, starting on the carrier side and moving to the wholesale side in 2005. Her primary focus is commercial insurance. Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 201 Edward Curry Ave. Suite 200 Staten Island, New York 10314 Work Phone: (917) 830-2752 Cell Phone: (917) 957-4497

Amy D’Orazio has been in the insurance industry since 2000, starting on the carrier side and moving to the wholesale side in 2005. Her primary focus is commercial insurance. Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Product specialties

  • Commercial general liability
  • Commercial property
  • Habitational
  • Lessor’s risk
  • Religious institutions
  • Vacant buildings
  • Workers’ compensation
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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: (469) 983-7168

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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Amanda Fenn

Assistant Vice President / Senior Broker

Amanda joined U.S. E&O Brokers in 2004 and became part of the U.S. Risk team as a Senior Broker for the retail division when the company was acquired in 2019. With over 22 years of insurance industry experience, she has spent 18 years specializing in professional liability for insurance companies, as well as errors and omissions (E&O) coverage for MGAs, wholesalers, program administrators, TPAs, surplus lines brokers, and retail agents/brokers.… Read more
U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. E&O Brokers Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway South Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (281) 243-5727 Cell Phone: (281) 204-5352

Amanda joined U.S. E&O Brokers in 2004 and became part of the U.S. Risk team as a Senior Broker for the retail division when the company was acquired in 2019. With over 22 years of insurance industry experience, she has spent 18 years specializing in professional liability for insurance companies, as well as errors and omissions (E&O) coverage for MGAs, wholesalers, program administrators, TPAs, surplus lines brokers, and retail agents/brokers. She has worked in both wholesale and retail E&O divisions.

Amanda’s experience and knowledge of the market sets her apart for continued success with mid-size to large accounts that may be difficult to place due to specialties or losses, or those that require specifically crafted policy language to cover all operations and/or exposures. She also offers a number of other professional liability products.

Product specialties

  • Insurance company professional liability
  • Errors and omissions
  • Miscellaneous professional liability
  • Excess liability
  • Cyber liability
  • Commercial crime
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Fiduciary liability
  • Employment practices liability
  • Lawyers professional liability
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Heather Hammer

Broker/Underwriter

Heather joined U.S. Risk as a Broker/Underwriter in the Austin office in 2017. Heather brings over 22 years of E&S experience, nine of them specializing in brokerage casualty (various industries) with Berkley and 13 in MGA/underwriting.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 900 S Capital of TX Hwy. Suite 450 Austin, Texas 78746 Work Phone: (737) 236-5168

Heather joined U.S. Risk as a Broker/Underwriter in the Austin office in 2017. Heather brings over 22 years of E&S experience, nine of them specializing in brokerage casualty (various industries) with Berkley and 13 in MGA/underwriting. Her experience ranges from accounting to underwriting difficult-to-place distressed accounts.

Product specialties

  • General liability
  • Property (large and small schedules)
  • Products (including oil and gas)
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Environmental
  • Energy
  • Contractors (general contractors/artisan)
  • Pollution
  • Excess
  • OCP/project specifics
  • Hospitality
  • Liquor
  • Builders’ risk/inland marine
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Jennifer Hightower

Broker

Jennifer's career in insurance began in 2001 and has encompassed roles at AmFed Companies, Allstate, and U.S. E&O Brokers, the latter of which was acquired by U.S. Risk in 2019. Product specialties Professional liability:
  • Insurance agents E&O
  • Architects and engineers
  • Real estate agents
  • Title agencies
  • Crop insurance agents
  • Lawyers
  • Employment practice liability insurance
  • Fiduciary bonds
  • Directors and officers liability insurance
  • Cyber and crime insurance
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U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. E&O Brokers Office Address 2050 W Sam Houston S Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77024 Work Phone: (281) 243-5753 Cell Phone: (281) 732-5420

Jennifer’s career in insurance began in 2001 and has encompassed roles at AmFed Companies, Allstate, and U.S. E&O Brokers, the latter of which was acquired by U.S. Risk in 2019.

Product specialties

Professional liability:

  • Insurance agents E&O
  • Architects and engineers
  • Real estate agents
  • Title agencies
  • Crop insurance agents
  • Lawyers
  • Employment practice liability insurance
  • Fiduciary bonds
  • Directors and officers liability insurance
  • Cyber and crime insurance
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Adam Holtman

Senior Broker/Underwriter

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U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. Risk Houston Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (281) 243-5701

Adam was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Texas Christian University. Shortly before graduation, Adam began working in the oil and gas industry and eventually started his own brokerage company. He sold the company to Chesapeake Energy in 2008.

In 2009, Adam joined Hull & Company as a broker/underwriter with no insurance experience at all, but left the company in ten years later as their largest producer. He joined U.S. Risk in 2019 and continues working as a property and casualty broker/underwriter.

Product specialties

  • Commercial property: Coastal/non-coastal, all occupancies, and all TIV sizes. Includes monoline wind and monoline fire.
  • Commercial casualty: General liability; hard-to-place products accounts; contractors of all kinds and sizes; pollution (CPL and site); short-term coverages such as special events; and other products.
  • Excess: Both primary and excess on all classes.
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Angela Jansen

Senior Marine Underwriter

Angela has enjoyed over 20 years in the insurance industry in all property and casualty lines, specializing in marine. She is skilled in maritime insurance, sales and marketing, handling small to large complex accounts in hull and protection and indemnity, marine liabilities, ocean cargo, mega yacht and USL&H accounts on the inland river systems, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and international waters.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 217 East Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale, Florida 33009 Work Phone: (786) 785-6901 Cell Phone: (618) 304-1839

Angela has enjoyed over 20 years in the insurance industry in all property and casualty lines, specializing in marine. She is skilled in maritime insurance, sales and marketing, handling small to large complex accounts in hull and protection and indemnity, marine liabilities, ocean cargo, mega yacht and USL&H accounts on the inland river systems, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and international waters.

Product specialties

  • Hull and Machinery
  • Protection and Indemnity
  • Marine Liabilities
  • Ship Repairers
  • Wharfingers
  • Marina Operators
  • Stevedores
  • Charterers
  • Bumbershoot / Excess
  • Cargo / Stock Throughput
  • Mega Yacht
  • USL&H

 

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Patrick Manning

Vice President

Patrick started his career in the insurance industry as a casualty broker in 2007, specializing in environmental, industrial, energy, and oil and gas risks. Patrick joined U.S. Risk in 2019 and continues specializing in the same areas.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (281) 243-5759 Cell Phone: (214) 918-9769

Patrick started his career in the insurance industry as a casualty broker in 2007, specializing in environmental, industrial, energy, and oil and gas risks. Patrick joined U.S. Risk in 2019 and continues specializing in the same areas.

Product specialties

  • General liability
  • Auto
  • Excess liability
  • Contractors pollution (standalone for non-environmental/energy contractors)
  • Site pollution (for all types of locations)
  • Products pollution
  • Transportation pollution
  • Environmental (contractors, manufacturers, and facilities)
  • Energy (contractors, manufacturers, and facilities)
  • Oil and gas (contractors, manufacturers, and facilities) Industrial (contractors, manufacturers, and facilities)
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Peter O’Connor

Broker

Peter joined U.S. Risk in 2020. Previous industry experience includes nine years on the carrier side with Crum & Forster as an executive underwriter, which encompassed writing new business and managing a book of middle market, real estate, manufacturing, energy distribution, metal recycling, and explosive contractors risks.… Read more
U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. Risk Houston Office Address 2050 W Sam Houston Parkway South Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (610) 619-5742 Work Phone: (281) 249-4900 Cell Phone: (469) 325-5471

Peter joined U.S. Risk in 2020. Previous industry experience includes nine years on the carrier side with Crum & Forster as an executive underwriter, which encompassed writing new business and managing a book of middle market, real estate, manufacturing, energy distribution, metal recycling, and explosive contractors risks. As broker, Peter concentrates on large real estate portfolios and difficult-to-place property risks.

Product specialties

  • Buildings/BPP/BI/equipment breakdown
  • Inland marine
  • Builder’s risk
  • Primary and excess layering capabilities
  • Wind deductible buyback
  • DIC – wind, flood, earthquake
  • Coastal property
  • Habitational/residential
  • Assisted living and nursing facilities
  • Hospitality – resorts/hotels
  • Retail/LROs
  • Restaurants
  • Offices
  • Manufacturing/industrial
  • Equipment dealers
  • Warehousing
  • Churches
  • Municipalities
  • Schools
  • Vacant buildings
  • Stock throughput
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Angela Ohnesorge

Broker

Angela joined U.S. Risk Houston in August 2019. She brings over 20 years experience on the carrier side specializing in management/professional liability coverages.
  • Product specialties
  • Directors and officers
  • Employment practices liability
  • Fiduciary
  • Crime
  • Kidnap and ransom
  • Cyber
  • Errors and omissions
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U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. Risk Houston Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway South Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (281) 243-5736 Cell Phone: (713) 412-4323

Angela joined U.S. Risk Houston in August 2019. She brings over 20 years experience on the carrier side specializing in management/professional liability coverages.

  • Product specialties
  • Directors and officers
  • Employment practices liability
  • Fiduciary
  • Crime
  • Kidnap and ransom
  • Cyber
  • Errors and omissions
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Minelkis Ortega

Broker/Marketing Specialist

Minelkis joined Regency Insurance in 2018, which was acquired by U.S. Risk in 2019. She brings over 25 years of experience as a sales agent and marketing representative, on both the carrier and wholesale sides of the business.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 217 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale, Florida 33009 Cell Phone: (754) 202-0884 Cell Phone: (954) 374-3779

Minelkis joined Regency Insurance in 2018, which was acquired by U.S. Risk in 2019. She brings over 25 years of experience as a sales agent and marketing representative, on both the carrier and wholesale sides of the business.

Product specialties

  • Commercial auto/trucking
  • Workers’ compensation
  • General liability
  • Commercial property
  • Personal lines
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Paul Riemer

Senior Vice President/Branch Manager

Paul has been in insurance for over 11 years in both retail and wholesale/MGA business, with experience in underwriting and brokering commercial risks. He served as the CEO of Regency Insurance Brokerage Services before the company was acquired by U.S.… Read more
U.S. Risk BrokersRegency Insurance Brokerage Services Office Address 217 East Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale, Florida 33009 Work Phone: (785) 312-3112 Cell Phone: (305) 450-1474

Paul has been in insurance for over 11 years in both retail and wholesale/MGA business, with experience in underwriting and brokering commercial risks. He served as the CEO of Regency Insurance Brokerage Services before the company was acquired by U.S. Risk in 2019.

Paul received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his M.B.A. from the University of Miami.

Product specialties

  • General liability
  • Property
  • Transportation
  • Professional
  • Cyber liability
  • Workers’ compensation