WSS Announces Hiring of Dan Rieden and Matt Rieden and the Launch of a Newly Formed Workers’ Compensation Division

California, July 10, 2019 – Western Security Surplus (WSS), part of the XPT Group, a specialty insurance distribution company, announces the hiring of industry experts Dan Rieden and Matt Rieden and the launch of a newly formed Workers’ Compensation Division.  Dan Rieden will serve as Executive Vice President and Practice Leader of the workers’ compensation division, and Matt Rieden will serve as Senior Underwriter for specialty niches within the division.     

Dan Rieden has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry with much of his focus on the creation and development of workers’ compensation underwriting platforms.  He has built successful teams that have generated more than $250 million in written premiums for small to medium sized businesses. Matt Rieden also has an extensive workers’ compensation background with a focus on specialty classes of business – in particular that of franchised auto dealerships in the western United States.

WSS’s new workers’ compensation division is now available in most states through various A-rated carriers.  In addition to being able to write standard classes of business, WSS can write specialty classes including franchised auto dealers, artisan contractors, bars & taverns, cannabis, PEO’s, transportation, and much more.  

“The strength of their experience and determination to achieve strategic growth objectives align perfectly with our vision.  Dan and Matt’s depth of knowledge and involvement in the workers’ compensation sector make them the ideal team to lead this new division,” stated Tom Ruggieri, XPT CEO.  

Kyle Stevens, WSS CEO added, “With over 45 years combined workers’ compensation experience, we are confident in their abilities to develop this business segment for WSS and achieve our goal of delivering the best products and services possible.”

  About WSS

Since 1981, WSS has been providing retail brokers an extensive line of Commercial and Personal Lines products, with access to both admitted and non-admitted markets. WSS continues to expand their reach and now writes in most of the Sun Belt states. West-Pro, a division of WSS, writes bars & taverns with exclusive markets and coverage forms for wholesale brokers in over a dozen states.

WSS is a proud member of the following trade associations: CIWA, WSIA, and TSLA. WSS is headquartered in Plano, TX with employees also located in California.  www.wssib.com

Contact: Chantal Nation +1.972.702.0500 cnation@wssib.com

About XPT Group

XPT is a specialty insurance distribution company formed through a partnership of highly-experienced management executives and an institutional investor who backs insurance distribution firms.  XPT brings together underwriting and wholesale brokerage firms across many specialty lines through acquisitions and new product development. XPT stands apart by delivering expertise through a collaborative partnership culture. www.xptspecialty.com

Contact: Mark Smith 917.843.1243 msmith@xptspecialty.com

 

Top 3 Reasons for New Southern California Office

WSS, part of XPT a specialty insurance distribution company, announces the opening of a new office location in Sherman Oaks, CA.  The new office is led by Mark Kaufman, Chief Operating Officer, who joined WSS in May of 2018 and is at the helm of WSS’s rapid growth in southern California. 

Why did we open a new office?  Here are the top 3 reasons:

1.       Industry-Leading Organic Growth

Throughout the last year, WSS has rapidly expanded its southern California presence with eight new client executives who have made WSS their home.  The new client executives joined WSS’s pre-existing, highly-skilled Sherman Oaks team that originated in 1981.

2.       Teamwork

Mark Kaufman, Chief Operating Officer, said “Our new office really allows all our team members to network and brainstorm daily to solve the challenges of our retail brokers and agencies.  We are able to work more effectively as a team to deliver the industry-leading service to our retailers through our expert industry product knowledge…and have a good time while doing it.”

3.       Location, Location, Location

Kyle Stevens, President & CEO, said, “We’re thrilled to be opening a new office in the heart of the San Fernando Valley in southern California.  Our new location is a fantastic place for our team to call home that allows us faster access to our retail brokers and agencies throughout the greater Los Angeles area.”  

Explore our website, visit us on LinkedIn or contact us today to learn more about WSS, our services, product offerings, and rapid growth.

 

WSS Announces the Hiring of Tami Singer

California, November 19, 2018 – WSS, part of XPT a specialty insurance distribution company, announces an addition to their California operation.  Tami Singer joins as Senior Vice President of the Commercial Lines Department and will work out of the new Sherman Oaks office.  She joins seven producers who have made WSS their new home in the last year augmenting industry-leading organic growth at WSS.

Singer brings over 30 years of insurance experience with extensive industry knowledge focusing on E&S.   She spent her early years building her large commercial book while also starting up her own E&S business.  Over the past 14 years Singer served as Commercial Lines Manager at Burns & Wilcox.

Mark Kaufman, Chief Operating Officer, said, “I’m thrilled to have Tami join the WSS team.  I have known Tami for over 15 years and I’m excited to get to work with someone as talented and well respected as she is.  Tami is not only known as a great underwriter and broker but she is able to handle her growing book while still having time to mentor others.  Tami will be an asset to WSS and to our West Coast operations.”

About WSS

Since 1981, WSS has been providing retail brokers an extensive line of Commercial and Personal Lines products, with access to both admitted and non-admitted markets. WSS continues to expand their reach and now writes in most of the Sun Belt states. West-Pro, a division of WSS, writes bars & taverns with exclusive markets and coverage forms for wholesale brokers in over a dozen states.

WSS is a proud member of the following trade associations: CIWA, WSIA, and TSLA. WSS is headquartered in Plano, TX with employees also located in California. www.wssib.com

About XPT Group

XPT is a new specialty insurance distribution company formed through a partnership of highly-experienced management executives and an institutional investor who backs start-up insurance distribution firms.  XPT brings together underwriting and wholesale brokerage firms across many specialty lines through acquisitions and new product development. XPT stands apart by delivering expertise through a collaborative partnership culture. www.xptspecialty.com

Contact: Chantal Nation +1.972.702.0500 cnation@wssib.com

WSS California Operation Expands with New Hires

Stevenson Ranch, California, July 10, 2018 – WSS, part of XPT a new specialty insurance distribution company, continues to expand with two new hires who join the additional hires announced in June.  Lynn Bertram will be Senior Broker/Underwriter in the Commercial Lines Department and Stefanie McLeod will serve as Vice President and Senior Production Underwriter in the Personal Lines Department.

Bertram previously spent 15 years at Monarch as a Broker/Underwriter with Mark Kaufman, as part of his team, and most recently as Manager of their Commercial Lines Department. 

McLeod, who was also with Monarch, established and ran their Personal Umbrella Department for the past 16 years.  With WSS she will be tasked with expanding the Personal Lines Department writing Personal Umbrellas, Homeowners and other ancillary personal lines products.

Mark Kaufman, Chief Operating Officer, said, “I am very pleased to announce the addition of these two individuals to the WSS team.  I had the privilege of previously working with both Lynn and Stefanie and I am certain that their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable assets to our company.”

About WSS

Since 1981, WSS has been providing retail brokers an extensive line of Commercial and Personal Lines products, with access to both admitted and non-admitted markets. WSS continues to expand their reach and now writes in most of the Sun Belt states. West-Pro, a division of WSS, writes bars & taverns with exclusive markets and coverage forms for wholesale brokers in over a dozen states.

WSS is a proud member of the following trade associations: CIWA, WSIA, and TSLA. WSS is headquartered in Plano, TX with employees also located in California.  www.wssib.com

About XPT Group

XPT is a new specialty insurance distribution company formed through a partnership of highly-experienced management executives and an institutional investor who backs start-up insurance distribution firms.  XPT brings together underwriting and wholesale brokerage firms across many specialty lines through acquisitions and new product development. XPT stands apart by delivering expertise through a collaborative partnership culture. www.xptspecialty.com

Contact: Chantal Nation +1.972.702.0500 cnation@wssib.com

WSS Announces New Hires in California Office

California, June 26, 2018 – WSS, part of XPT a new specialty insurance distribution company, announces Broker & Underwriter additions to WSS’s California operations.  Yvonne McNamara will serve as Senior Broker & Underwriter and Karen Mira will join as Broker & Underwriter.

McNamara brings with her 20 years of P&C underwriting experience.  She was previously working as Senior Underwriter with Atlas General Insurance Services and Broker & Underwriter for All Risk, Ltd.

Mira was most recently Associate Broker & Underwriter for AmWINS on one of the largest binding teams in the country.  Prior to AmWINS, Mira served as Broker and Head of Commercial Management Department for a retail shop in Southern California. 

Mark Kaufman, Chief Operating Officer, said, “At WSS, we are committed to hiring individuals with a certain level of expertise and industry knowledge.  The more than 30 years’ experience between Yvonne and Karen prove that we are dedicated to maintaining this commitment.  The enhancement of the Commercial Department with their skills will benefit our clients greatly.”

McNamara will be based in San Diego and Mira in the Stevenson Ranch office.

About WSS

Since 1981, WSS has been providing retail brokers an extensive line of Commercial and Personal Lines products, with access to both admitted and non-admitted markets. WSS continues to expand their reach and now writes in most of the Sun Belt states. West-Pro, a division of WSS, writes bars & taverns with exclusive markets and coverage forms for wholesale brokers in over a dozen states.

WSS is a proud member of the following trade associations: CIWA, WSIA, and TSLA. WSS is headquartered in Plano, TX with employees also located in California.

About XPT Group

XPT is a new specialty insurance distribution company formed through a partnership of highly-experienced management executives and an institutional investor who backs start-up insurance distribution firms.  XPT brings together underwriting and wholesale brokerage firms across many specialty lines through acquisitions and new product development. XPT stands apart by delivering expertise through a collaborative partnership culture. www.xptspecialty.com

Contact: Chantal Nation +1.972.702.0500 cnation@wssib.com

WSS Names Mark Kaufman Chief Operating Officer

Western Security Surplus Insurance Brokers, LLC announced today the addition of Mark Kaufman as Chief Operating Officer

In his new role, Kaufman will be charged with growing WSS’ west coast production staff as well as adding product lines with an emphasis on challenging and hard to place insurance risks. Kaufman will be part of the growing Los Angeles team in a new Sherman Oaks, CA office. In addition, Kaufman will work closely with President Kyle Stevens on the overall growth of WSS.

“It is extremely exciting to bring aboard someone with the unparalleled reputation and background that Mark has. His past success has shown that his wealth of experience and strong leadership skills will be a huge benefit to WSS,” said Kyle Stevens, President of WSS.

Kaufman adds, “I’m excited to be joining Kyle and the rest of the team at WSS. I’m a huge fan of the independently owned wholesaler so I’m ready to partner with Kyle to help grow WSS and take it to the next level.”

Kaufman has over 34 years of experience in excess and surplus lines and most recently held the COO position for Monarch E&S Insurance Services, where he worked for the past 24 years. Kaufman is currently serving as President of CIWA, the California Insurance Wholesalers Association, and has been recognized by local independent retail associations for his continued support. He holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University.

Retail Brokers and Carriers can contact Kaufman at markkaufman@wssib.com or (818) 749-1367

WSS welcomes our new Senior Broker, Sherif Azer

Please join us in welcoming Sherif Azer

Starting in November, Sherif joins us as a Senior Broker in our Los Angeles offices. Having been a Broker at both Bass and Hull & Co., Sherif brings 11 years experience with him to his new position at WSS.  He's a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills and hold an AU designation.     

Sherif will be in Plano the week of 11/27 for training on our systems.  Soon after that he'll be at the Stevenson Ranch office to get to know everyone. 

Sherif’s direct line is (818) 650-9100 and his email is sherifazer@wssib.com

Welcome to the WSS team Sherif!

New Broker, Sonny Ramezani, Joins WSS

Western Security Surplus is pleased to announce the hiring of our new Broker, Sonny Ramezani. Sonny comes to WSS after spending 11 years at Bass Underwriters in Los Angeles.  Starting the first week of February 2017, Sonny will be part of a new brokerage team in Los Angeles which will be staffed up over the coming year.  

Please join us in welcoming Sonny to the team!

WSS Now Accepts Online Payments

WSS is happy to announce that we've launched a new system for accepting online payments from agents.

Working with ePayPolicy, we now offer a single point for making payments, and it couldn't be easier. Simply follow the payment links found on our site, then fill out amount, agency ID, policy number, quote or invoice number. It's easy!

Pay Now:  https://wssib.epaypolicy.com/

Please note that we will no longer be taking check-by-fax as of November 30, 2016. After that date, the only accepted payment methods will be to mail an agency check, use the new online payment system with an agency check, or send an ACH payment.