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Beecher Carlson Adds Industry Veteran, Jeff Rhoades, J.D., LL.M.; Continues to Expand Energy Practice Footprint

Beecher Carlson Insurance Services, LLC (“Beecher Carlson”), a specialized large account insurance broker, is expanding the West Coast operations of its Energy Practice with the appointment of insurance industry veteran Jeff C. Rhoades as Vice President. Rhoades has joined the highly specialized practice in Portland, Oregon and will report to Erin Lynch, Energy Practice President.

Rhoades will focus his efforts primarily on the West Coast – bringing extensive experience in designing programs to fund, finance, and transfer risk to help his clients’ achieve their risk management objectives and business goals. He also holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) law degree along with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in taxation.

Rhoades is the latest addition to the Energy Practice, which has experienced significant growth over the last eighteen months under the leadership of Practice President Erin Lynch. Rhoades joins recent recruit Sara Kane, a renewable energy industry veteran with experience both as a risk manager and underwriter. Kane joined the team last year to support its expansion in the Northeast.

“Over the last decade, our team has built our practice on the philosophy of going beyond transactions to serve as a risk management advocate and business partner to our energy clients. As such, our highly specialized team is evolving to meet the needs of this ever-changing industry,” said Lynch. “Jeff has extensive experience both as a broker and client executive serving the energy sector, and his education and background will provide added value to new and existing clients at Beecher Carlson.”

Rhoades received his Juris Doctorate degree from Willamette University College of Law and received his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University Of Washington School Of Law. He also holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Oregon. Rhoades is an active member of the Oregon and Washington State Bar. For the last seven years, he has served in a producer role at a Portland-based insurance brokerage.

“The Energy Practice continues to evolve through the growth of additional capabilities and skill sets,” said Joe Siech, Chief Executive Officer of Beecher Carlson. “Erin and her team continue to attract exceptional talent that will deliver impactful results for our clients.”

 About Beecher Carlson

Beecher Carlson is a large account risk management broker that values depth of industry and product knowledge. Operating as a single profit center organized by specialization allows your service team to be structured based on what is best for customer’s business rather than geographic convenience. We go beyond one off transactions and utilize advanced analytics on every program. By quantifying the effects each decision will have on a company’s risk profile, we take the mystery out of buying insurance. This allows us to manage the largest cost of risk – retained losses. Execution on analytical findings is our true differentiator in mitigating losses and affecting process changes. Our collective success is earned by creating the perfect risk management solution for our customers. For more information, go to www.beechercarlson.com.

Beecher Carlson Insurance Services, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO), which, through its subsidiaries, offers a broad range of insurance and reinsurance products and services as well as risk management, third-party administration, and managed health care programs. Providing service to business, public entity, individual, trade, and professional association clients nationwide, Brown & Brown, Inc. is ranked by Business Insurance magazine as the Worlds’ sixth largest independent insurance intermediary. The Company’s web address is www.bbinsurance.com.

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