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Financial Services Division Announces Several Key Additions to Its Expanding Team

12/06/2000

 
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     (Tim's photo here)
Kara Altenbaumer-Price, SVP
Producer
Katy Hollingsworth, SVP
Marketing Account Executive
Tim Rasool, VP
Claims Account Executive
     
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Mike Smith, SVP
Producer
Ashley Steele
Account Manager
Wesley Wolffe, SVP
Marketing Account Executive


Kara Altenbaulmer-Price, Esq.

Kara Altenbaumer-Price joins McGriff as a Senior Vice President and Producer based in McGriff’s Dallas office. Ms. Altenbaumer-Price joins McGriff after nearly 10 years at USI, where she was a Senior Vice President and manager of the Executive & Professional Risk Solutions Group for the Southwest Region, partnering with public sector entities and complex private companies in managing executive risk issues. Previously, she spent three years as an attorney with Andrew Kurth LLP as a member of the firm’s Corporate Compliance, Investigations & Defense practice group focusing on securities litigation, internal investigations, SEC investigations, and DOJ investigations. Ms. Altenbaumer-Price also spent three years with Hughes & Luce, LLP, where she was a member of the commercial litigation section focusing on white-collar criminal defense and defending clients in government investigations. She began her legal career with a judicial clerkship at the Texas Supreme Court.

Ms. Altenbaumer-Price earned her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the Texas Tech University School of Law, where she was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review, Board of Barristers, and Order of the Coif. She earned her bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Journalism and Business Foundations from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Altenbaumer-Price will rely on her insurance and legal expertise in her new role as a trusted advisor and business partner helping corporations craft creative and cost-effective insurance solutions to reduce risks and provide optimal coverages. She may be reached at kaltenbaumer@mcgriff.com or 469-232-2164.

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Katy Hollingsworth

Kathryn ("Katy") Hollingsworth joins McGriff as a Senior Vice President and Marketing Account Executive in its Financial Services Division based in McGriff’s Atlanta office.

With more than 22 years in the insurance industry, Mrs. Hollingsworth has been a trusted provider of a wide range of Executive and Management Liability coverage solutions. Prior to joining McGriff, she served as a Vice President in the Executive & Professional Risk Solutions group of USI Insurance Services and its predecessor companies (Palmer & Cay, Wachovia Insurance Services and Wells Fargo Insurance Services) for almost 16 years. As a member of the Risk Management team, Mrs. Hollingsworth was responsible for managing the firm's publicly-traded, larger and more complex private clients with their Executive and Management Liability insurance placements. She was also involved in the claims process of this diverse group of clients. Previously, she spent over three years as a team leader in the Financial Services Group of Aon Risk Services as well as three years at The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, initially as an Excess Casualty Underwriter and later as a Financial Institutions Underwriter, responsible for all lines of property, casualty and management liability coverage for publicly-traded and private insureds in the financial institutions sector.

Mrs. Hollingsworth graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia, earning her Bachelor's of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance.

Mrs. Hollingsworth will use her extensive Executive and Management liability insurance experience to serve as a trusted business partner and advisor for public sector entities and private corporations. She may be reached at katy.hollingsworth@mcgriff.com or 770-281-5661.

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Tim Rasool

Tim Rasool joins McGriff as a Vice President and Claims Account Executive based in McGriff’s Atlanta office. With nearly 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, he has excelled as a claims counsel and advocate as well as a senior underwriter handling management liability claims and coverages. Prior to joining McGriff, he served more than seven years as a Vice President and Claims Advocate in Willis Towers Watson’s Financial and Executive lines division where he managed claims for the Southeast Region. Previously, Mr. Rasool spent 10 years with Zurich North America’s Diversified Financial Institutions Group in New York as both a Senior Underwriter of D&O Liability Insurance and an Assistant Vice President of Professional Liability Insurance. Prior to joining Zurich, Mr. Rasool was a Senior Claims Counsel with CNA Insurance Company in New York where he managed claims dealing with D&O and Employment Practices liability, Securities Broker/Dealer E&O, and Insurance Agents E&O.

Mr. Rasool earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Rutgers University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

Mr. Rasool will use his extensive legal, claims advocacy, and underwriting experience to help McGriffs clients earn timely and maximum recoveries through their insurance contracts, He also will provide advice and insight to clients regarding coverage and claim issues. Mr. Rasool may be reached at trasool@mcgriff.com or 404-847-1604.

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Mike Smith

Mike Smith joins McGriff as a Senior Vice President and Producer based in McGriff’s Atlanta office. With more than 17 years in the insurance industry, Mr. Smith has been a trusted provider of a wide range of Executive and Management Liability coverage solutions. Prior to joining McGriff, he served as a Vice President with Aon Risk Solutions where he was responsible for assisting public Commercial and Financial Institution clients in the procurement of Executive and Management Liability solutions. Previously, Mr. Smith spent nearly five years as an underwriting consultant with CNA Financial Corporation, where he was responsible for business development, underwriting, and profitability in the Financial Institutions segment for the Southeast Region, and founded a new Management Liability group for the Carolinas. He also served more than seven years with in AIG’s New York City and Charlotte offices as a Senior Underwriter for Management Liability coverages focused on large publicly traded and private clients from multiple industries.

Mr. Smith earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Wake Forest University School of Business and participated in Continuing Studies in Corporate Finance at New York University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Multinational Business from Florida State University.

Mr. Smith will use his extensive Executive and Management Liability insurance experience, business and finance training to serve as a trusted business partner and advisor for public and private corporations. He may be reached at michael.smith@mcgriff.com or 404-260-1466.

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Ashley Steele

Ms. Steele joins McGriff as an Account Manager in the Transaction Insurance Practice Group in Atlanta. She previously served in fundraising and business development for the past two years at the American Red Cross and Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. At the American Red Cross, Ms. Steele managed a team that exceeded its target metrics, revenue and growth. As Assistant Director of Development with the Emory University School of Law, she was instrumental in building alumni engagement and cultivating major gift pipelines.

Ms. Steele earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was elected Student Bar Association President. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class.

Ms. Steele will use her legal training, leadership skills, and proven relationship building acumen in McGriff’s transaction insurance practice to address client transaction risks through representations-and-warranties insurance, tax-issue insurance, contingent-liability insurance, and other innovative insurance solutions. Ms. Steele may be reached at ashley.steele@mcgriff.com or 404-847-1652.

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Wesley Wolfee

Wesley Wolffe joins McGriff as a Senior Vice President and Marketing Account Executive in its Financial Services Division based in McGriff’s Houston office.

With more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Mr. Wolffe is a trusted advisor with a proven history of handling a wide range of executive and management liability coverage lines. Prior to joining McGriff, he served as a Managing Director with Marsh’s FINPRO division for 23 years and worked as a senior advisor for FINPRO national clients for five years. Previously, Mr. Wolffe held positions with Zurich and Continental Insurance.

Mr. Wolffe earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lehigh University.

Mr. Wolffe will use his extensive management liability insurance experience and business and finance training to serve as a trusted business partner and advisor for public sector entities and private corporations. He may be reached at wwolffe@mcgriff.com or 713-940-6546.