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Big Moves – MGA CEO joins Brown & Brown

February 6, 2020   by Greg Meckbach

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Mark Woodall, president and CEO of Special Risk Insurance Managers (SRIM) Ltd., is joining the leadership team of Brown & Brown Inc.’s national programs division.

The move follows the acquisition by Brown & Brown of SRIM, a managing general agency based in Surrey, B.C. Woodall will now report to Chris Walker, president of Brown & Brown national programs.

Mark Woodall, President and CEO, Special Risk Insurance Managers Ltd.

Florida-based Brown & Brown is a brokerage with hundreds of offices south of the border. The acquisition was announced Dec. 9, 2019. As of publication deadline, the deal was expected to close Jan. 20.

In the 1990s, Woodall became a partner at Pritchard Associates, an independent adjusting firm, which changed its name to Pritchard Woodall & Associates. In 2003, Pritchard Woodall handled 83 total residential losses arising from the Kelowna, B.C. wildfire. After Pritchard Woodall was acquired in 2006 by SCM, Woodall purchased Sports-Can Insurance Consultants.

SRIM was formed in 2013 through the merger of Sports-Can and Special Risk Insurance Brokers Ltd. At that time, Special Risk Insurance Brokers was owned by Tom Willie, who is now SRIM’s director and chief underwriting officer. Willie is also staying on with the Brown & Brown acquisition.

Who: Mark Woodall

CURRENT ROLE: President, CEO, Special Risk Insurance Managers Ltd.

P&C Experience: 40+ years

Profile: Previously a partner at independent adjusting firm Pritchard Woodall, before it was acquired by SCM in 2006. His firm handled 83 total residential losses during Kelowna, B.C. forest fires in 2003. Purchased Sports-Can Insurance Consultants in 2006.

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Heather Legg, chief agent in Canada, Validus Reinsurance Ltd.

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Dave Partington

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