SOURCE: Alliant Insurance Services

Alliant Insurance Services

June 23, 2010 08:00 ET

Veteran Forest Products Specialist Lee Howell Joins Alliant Insurance Services as First Vice President

With 17 Years of Experience in Niche Industry Sector, Howell Will Head Alliant's Forest Products Practice

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) -  Alliant Insurance Services (www.alliantinsurance.com), the nation's largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has announced that veteran broker Lee E. Howell, a specialist in insurance, risk management, and employee benefits for forest products companies, has joined the company as First Vice President in its Alpharetta, Ga., office and will head Alliant's national forest products practice.

Howell, who comes to Alliant after heading his own risk management consulting firm, has more than 20 years of insurance experience, including 17 years in the forest products industry, where he has focused on primary and secondary manufacturers and treaters, as well as timber real estate investment trusts (REITs). These companies consist mostly of well-capitalized privately held family concerns.

"Lee Howell has built an outstanding reputation for his ability to help national forest products companies reduce their total cost of risk," stated Tom Corbett, Alliant Chairman and CEO. "Lee's unique expertise in this niche market is an excellent fit with Alliant's commitment to providing specialized industry sectors with highly cost-effective products, services, and group-purchase programs.

"With the forest products industry positioned for outstanding growth as the economy improves," Corbett continued, "Lee's extensive expertise and experience in this specialized business differentiates Alliant and enables us to serve as a trusted outsourced risk manager that can help forest products companies capitalize on new opportunities while providing the risk protection and benefits programs they need to be successful in an increasingly competitive business environment."

About Alliant Insurance Services

Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. is one of the largest insurance brokerage firms in the United States and has a history dating back to 1925. Alliant Insurance provides property and casualty, workers' compensation, employee benefits, surety, and financial products and services to more than 15,000 specialized clients nationwide, including public entities, tribal nations, healthcare, energy, law firms, real estate, construction, and other industry groups. More information is available on the company's web site at: http://www.alliantinsurance.com/.

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