Burns & Wilcox Brokerage Adds Casualty Expert To New York City Team

Jerry Ascolese Joins Rapidly Growing Wholesale Brokerage Firm

NEW YORK CITY (March 18, 2015) – Burns & Wilcox Brokerage today announced the addition of Jerry Ascolese, a Casualty Broker, to its New York City office. Ascolese, who most recently served as Senior Vice President at RT-Specialty, will be responsible for providing clients with innovative casualty solutions for complex and hard-to-place risks. He will report to Burns & Wilcox Brokerage President Denis Brady.

“Jerry has built a reputation as one of Manhattan’s most knowledgeable and respected wholesale casualty brokerage experts,” said Brady. “In adding Jerry’s expertise we are able to deliver to our New York-based clients a more complete P&C solution and make Burns & Wilcox Brokerage even more competitive.”

Ascolese brings two decades of experience to Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, the last 10 of which were spent specializing in construction, energy and casualty brokerage products in New York City. Ascolese’s hiring signals the company’s continued aggressive recruitment of the industry’s top talent, which has resulted in rapid growth since the re-launch of Burns & Wilcox Brokerage in 2013.

“Burns & Wilcox Brokerage has set a course for success, and I’m eager to be a part of its growth and transformation,” said Ascolese. “I’m excited by the firm’s start-up mentality and the caliber of brokers on its roster across the country. I look forward to finding fresh solutions to our clients’ problems and to developing new products that fill existing gaps in the industry.”

Ascolese will work closely with Brady and Evan Bull, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage National Property Practice Lead in New York, to continue growing the company’s national operations.

About Burns & Wilcox Brokerage
Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, which is an independent business unit owned by The H.W. Kaufman Financial Group, is solely dedicated to wholesale insurance brokerage.

Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Detroit/Farmington Hills, Michigan, The H.W. Kaufman Financial Group includes a global network of companies that serve insurance brokers, agents and carriers. The company is a leader in insurance distribution, brokerage, underwriting, reinsurance, real estate, premium financing, inspections, audits, risk management and third party claims administration. The Kaufman Financial Group employs more than 1,600 professionals spanning 50 offices across the United States, Canada and London. More information can be found at www.kaufmanfinancialgroup.com.