H.W. Kaufman Group in Farmington Hills Announces 16 Promotions Nationwide

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Kevin Heckman, Mark DeWaal, Mann Manuelidis // Courtesy of H.W. Kaufman Group
Kevin Heckman, Mark DeWaal, Mann Manuelidis // Courtesy of H.W. Kaufman Group

H.W. Kaufman Group, a privately held global insurance organization based in Farmington Hills, announced promotions for 16 associates throughout the U.S., including Kevin Heckman, as corporate executive vice president and chief financial officer, Mark DeWaal to president of Afirm, and Manny Manuelidis, to corporate senior vice president of Atain.

“For more than 50 years, Kaufman’s competitive advantage has been driven by our talented people,” says Alan Jay Kaufman, chairman, president, and CEO of H.W. Kaufman Group. “We are fortunate these individuals are ready to expand their skillsets and elevate their careers with us. We are confident they will perform well in these roles as they continue to influence the ongoing success and growth of our global companies.”

All promotions announced during October 2022 include:

Heckman was promoted to corporate executive vice president and CFO of H.W. Kaufman Group from corporate senior vice president and CFO. DeWaal was promoted to president of Afirm, from executive vice president of Afirm. Manuelidis was promoted to corporate senior vice president of Atain from corporate vice president of claims and litigation.

Sam Carson has been promoted to corporate vice president of operations at H.W. Kaufman Group from corporate associate vice president of operations. Jamie Bonner was promoted to corporate vice president of talent acquisition at H.W. Kaufman Group from corporate associate vice president of talent acquisition.

Drew Dean was promoted to vice president and managing director of Burns & Wilcox in Indiana, Ohio, and Pittsburgh from associate vice president and managing director. Tracy Madigan was promoted to corporate associate vice president of talent experience at H.W. Kaufman Group from director of HR systems and measurement.

Shelby Zgnilec was promoted to corporate associate vice president of operations and strategic initiatives at H.W. Kaufman Group from director of operations and strategic initiatives. William Briscoe was promoted to associate vice president and managing director at Burns & Wilcox in Birmingham, Ala. and Oxford, Miss. from managing director.

Jeff Ditmar was promoted to associate vice president of claims at Atain from senior claims director. Amy Felder was promoted to associate vice president of claims at Atain from claims director. Derek Kilmer was promoted to associate managing director at Burns & Wilcox in Michigan from manager of professional liability.

Justin Pressly was promoted to associate managing director at Burns & Wilcox in North Carolina from director of personal insurance. George Paull was promoted to associate managing director of Burns & Wilcox Brokerage in Scottsdale, Ariz. from the role of casualty insurance broker.

Brandon Hunter was promoted to associate managing director of Burns & Wilcox in Indianapolis from manager of commercial insurance. Jennifer MacKay was promoted to senior director of digital transformation at H.W. Kaufman Group from director of digital transformation.

To learn more about careers at H.W. Kaufman Group, Burns & Wilcox, and its family of companies, click here.

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