Grand River and FC Capital today announced recent new hires in agency
relations and expansion, information systems, underwriting and claims
Mark J. Van Lieshout has been named as director of agency relations and
expansion for Grand River Insurance, a managing general underwriter of
commercial lines insurance in the Midwest. Mr. Van Lieshout joins Grand
River’s senior executive ranks on the strength of a commercial lines
insurance career spanning 32 years. Most recently, Mr. Mark Van Lieshout
served as a territory manager for Selective Insurance Company. In making
this announcement, Gregory Clapp, Grand River’s president, noted that
“Grand River enjoys strong relationships with a carefully selected
network of elite agencies. Our business started in Michigan and is
growing nicely through the Midwest. Mark’s broad experience in small
market commercial lines insurance will add increased depth to our agency
relationships, and he will lead the continued expansion of our network
in new states together with our expansion executives. We look forward to
Mark’s contributions to our management team.” Mr. Van Lieshout resides
and works in the Appleton, WI area.
Anne P. Kraske has been named as a director and chief information
officer of FC Capital Partners, the parent company of Grand River
Insurance, Grand River Services, Bridge Excess Solutions and Stone
Falls. Ms. Kraske joins FC Capital with extensive experience in property
and casualty insurance software systems. She most recently served as
managing director of ABH Advisors, a consulting firm focused on the
insurance industry. Previously, Ms. Kraske served as vice president of
product management with Adaptik, a vendor of core insurance software
solutions, and as a business and information technology professional
with Travelers in their claims and commercial lines divisions. “The high
caliber of underwriting and claims service delivered by Grand River and
our other units continues to advance as a consequence of our on-going
investment in our systems as well as our professionals. We are pleased
that Anne’s leadership will advance further the technologies that drive
efficiencies and innovation in our services to our agency partners,”
commented Mr. Clapp, who is also a co-founder of FC Capital. A graduate
of Brown University, Ms. Kraske resides and works in the Hartford, CT
Grand River Insurance has named three new account executives and one new
expansion executive. These recent new hires are:
Anita L. Evans, AINS, AIS, AU-M, CIC, who has joined us most recently
from Bitco Insurance where she served as a commercial lines underwriter.
Anita resides in the Indianapolis area and will cover Grand River
agencies primarily in Indiana.
Derika N. Grutter, CLCS, who has joined us from Foremost Insurance where
she served as a commercial lines underwriting team manager. Derika
resides in the Rockford, Michigan area and will cover Grand River
agencies primarily in Michigan.
Brenda K. Hershberger, CISR, AIS, AU, CLCS, who has also joined us from
Foremost Insurance where she served as a commercial lines underwriting
team manager. Brenda resides in Nashville, Michigan area and will cover
Grand River’s agencies primarily in Michigan.
Jason A. Johnson, AINS, joins Grand River’s agency expansion team from
The Cincinnati Insurance Company where he served as commercial lines
underwriter. Jason resides in the Cincinnati area and will develop
further Grand River’s network of elite agencies in Ohio.
Mr. Clapp noted that, “We are delighted that these veteran professionals
have joined our team. Grand River is focused on consistently serving our
independent insurance agency partners through proven underwriters with
considerable experience in developing strong relationships with
agencies. Grand River’s strength is its relationships with a select
group of elite independent agencies. We look forward to expanding and
deepening ties with elite agencies in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio with
the talents of these professionals.”
Grand River Services, which provides claims administration services to
business underwritten by Grand River Insurance and other affiliates, has
named two new claims executives. These recent new hires are Courtnee´ K.
Gilliard and Melissa S. Simmer.
Ms. Gilliard joins Grand River Services from Hastings Mutual Insurance.
Ms. Simmers, AIC, joins Grand River Services from AAA Insurance.
Stacy M. Klein, Grand River Services’ director of claims, commented
that, “Courtnee´ will play a key role in providing and implementing high
quality service for our clients. Melissa possesses a high level of
technical expertise and industry knowledge that will enhance our core
strengths. Both employees are great additions to Grand River Services.”
About Grand River and FC Capital
Troy, Michigan-based Grand River Insurance and Grand River Services are
units of FC Capital Partners. Grand River Insurance is one of the
fastest growing managing general underwriters. In 2017, Grand River
managed approximately $40 million in written premium and has quickly
become an important partner to many elite independent insurance agencies
in the Midwest.
FC Capital is privately-owned and led by its co-founders Kurt W. Fuller
and Mr. Clapp.
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