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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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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
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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
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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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Heather Crampton

Broker

Heather joined U.S. Risk in 2019 and has had 40 years experience in the insurance industry. She currently works with several binding authority companies and brokerage markets, writing various types of classes, including hospitality, contractors, habitational, manufacturing and more.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 2203 N. Lois Avenue Suite 12 Tampa, Florida 33629 Work Phone: (813) 400-1391 Cell Phone: (813) 285-0140

Heather joined U.S. Risk in 2019 and has had 40 years experience in the insurance industry. She currently works with several binding authority companies and brokerage markets, writing various types of classes, including hospitality, contractors, habitational, manufacturing and more.

Product specialties

  • Restaurants
  • Bars/taverns
  • Contractors
  • Habitational
  • Manufacturing
  • Garage
  • Commercial auto
  • Inland marine
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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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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 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
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Gopaul Singh

Vice President

Gopaul has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years ago and offers a wide array of experience and knowledge including but not limited to marketing, carrier and agency relations, underwriting, leadership and management, with a primary focus on commercial insurance.… Read more
U.S. Risk BrokersCommercial Office Address 626 RXR Plaza Suite 710 Uniondale, New York 11556 Work Phone: (516) 986-4461 Cell Phone: (347) 326-0348

Gopaul has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years ago and offers a wide array of experience and knowledge including but not limited to marketing, carrier and agency relations, underwriting, leadership and management, with a primary focus on commercial insurance.

Product specialties

  • Property
  • General liability
  • Inland marine
  • Liquor liability
  • Professional liability
  • Business owner’s policies
  • General contractors
  • Artisan contractors
  • Restaurants
  • Bars/taverns
  • Nightclubs
  • Manufacturing
  • Habitational
  • Excess/umbrella
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Simone Sterck

Underwriter/Broker

Simone joined U.S. Risk in March 2019. Prior to joining the U.S. Risk team, she was a commercial underwriter for five years at RPS Covington. Simone attended Louisiana State University, interning with Lloyd's of London and the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners, and graduated with a degree in business management.… Read more
U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. Risk Metairie Office Address 2424 Edenborn Ave. Suite 270 Metairie, Louisiana 70001 Work Phone: (504) 335-2694 Cell Phone: (985) 502-2800

Simone joined U.S. Risk in March 2019. Prior to joining the U.S. Risk team, she was a commercial underwriter for five years at RPS Covington. Simone attended Louisiana State University, interning with Lloyd’s of London and the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners, and graduated with a degree in business management.

Product specialties

  • Binding and middle market brokerage accounts
  • Commercial CGL
  • Property
  • Builder’s risk
  • Inland marine
  • Excess/umbrella
  • Small professional/E&O
  • Directors and officers
  • Garage
  • Liquor liability
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Adam Sterenberg

Senior Broker

Adam has been in the wholesale insurance business for over 18 years, starting with a small program-driven wholesaler to becoming more of a generalist with knowledge in most areas of property and casualty. Adam received his B.S.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 626 RXR Plaza Suite 710 Uniondale, New York 11556 Work Phone: (516) 534-3603 Cell Phone: (646) 771-7503

Adam has been in the wholesale insurance business for over 18 years, starting with a small program-driven wholesaler to becoming more of a generalist with knowledge in most areas of property and casualty. Adam received his B.S. from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Product specialties

  • Habitational
  • Contractors
  • Transportation
  • Hospitality
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Inland and ocean marine
  • Professional liability
  • Products
  • Excess/umbrella liability
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Stephen Vallender

Executive Vice President, Brokerage

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U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. Risk Brokers Houston Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (281) 243-5749
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Richard Viano

Broker

Richard has worked in the New York and New Jersey commercial insurance industry since 1988. He has worked exclusively in the wholesale sector, as both an underwriter and a producer. Richard's focus has always been dictated by retail brokers, mainly smaller "main street" businesses and working with specific programs.… Read more
U.S. Risk Brokers Office Address 201 Edward Curry Avenue Suite 200 Staten Island, New York 10314 Work Phone: (347) 342-5244 Cell Phone: (201) 966-9089

Richard has worked in the New York and New Jersey commercial insurance industry since 1988. He has worked exclusively in the wholesale sector, as both an underwriter and a producer. Richard’s focus has always been dictated by retail brokers, mainly smaller “main street” businesses and working with specific programs.

Richard received a Ph.D. in Music from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York in 1984.

Product specialties

  • Restaurants and hospitality
  • Main Street retail business
  • Hotels/motels
  • Supermarkets
  • Habitational
  • Wholesalers, distributors, importers
  • Artisan contractors
  • Manufacturing
  • Mixed-use Lessor’s Risk
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Lori Williams-Sipes

Vice President / Senior Broker

Lori Williams-Sipes joined U.S. E&O Brokers in 1996, and became part of the U.S. Risk team when the company was acquired in 2019. She specializes in professional liability for P&C and life and health agents, retailers, managing general agents, wholesalers, TPAs and aggregators.… Read more
U.S. Risk BrokersU.S. E&O Brokers / Eastern E&O Brokers Office Address 2050 W. Sam Houston Parkway S. Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (281) 243-5754 Cell Phone: (713) 569-4736

Lori Williams-Sipes joined U.S. E&O Brokers in 1996, and became part of the U.S. Risk team when the company was acquired in 2019. She specializes in professional liability for P&C and life and health agents, retailers, managing general agents, wholesalers, TPAs and aggregators. Lori helped build and develop the nationwide E&O program, which has access to over 30 carriers.

Product specialties

  • Errors and omissions (E&O)
  • Cyber
  • Employment practices liability (EPLI)
  • Directors and officers (D&O)
  • Crime
  • Bonds
  • Lawyers E&O
  • Real estate E&O
  • Claims adjusters E&O
  • Misc. consultants E&O
  • E&O programs and master policies for franchise operations