In a fast-paced world, success requires focus. You need the right partner to handle the complexities of risk management and insurance. One of the United States’ largest insurance brokers, with over two-dozen specialty practices, Risk Strategies’ experts deliver a smarter approach to risk and insurance centered on achieving your goals in business and in life. Connect with us to learn more.
Founded in 1997 by Mike Christian to provide risk management advice to upper middle market commercial clients.
Transforms firm from pure business consulting to full service brokerage.
Increased carrier relationships to provide greater product access to clients.
Made initial forays into specialization - expanded into high net worth, higher education, and real estate.
Accelerated expansion into adjacent specialty markets and products to create a one-stop-shop brokerage platform.
Deployed capital to make 10 acquisitions with a strategic focus on the fast growing specialty markets.
Refinement and enhancement of specialty practices as industry continues shift towards independent risk assessment and brokerage advice.
Pursuit of meaningful acquisitions and hires across specialty verticals.
Leadership matters. Risk Strategies’ executive team reflects the company’s belief that real-world experience, unfailing integrity and a deep desire to be proud of the work produced are central to the success of our clients and us.
A native of California, Mike Christian attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and currently holds CPCU, CLU and ARM designations. With over 30 years of industry experience, Mike started the company in 1997. Before founding Risk Strategies, Mike served in senior positions at Alexander & Alexander and Jardine Insurance Brokers. He provides overall strategy and leadership for Risk Strategies.
John Mina joined Risk Strategies to guide an innovative, growing firm into a new era. His deep industry experience and energetic leadership are fueled by 25+ years at Willis Towers Watson and Marsh. As part of his commitment to community involvement John holds board positions with The Friends of the National Zoo and the Maguire Academy of Risk & Insurance Management at Gallaudet University. John holds overall responsibility for day to day operations of the company.
Serving as Risk Strategies’ CFO since 2005, John is responsible for the firm’s accounting, finance, treasury and M&A activities. Before joining Risk Strategies, he held finance-related roles at Endius, Inc., Benchmark Assisted Living, and Haemonetics Corporation. John holds a BS from Bentley University and an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.
Janis joined Risk Strategies in 2015 to drive our people strategy and maintain our unwavering commitment to our employees. Leading our HR function, Janis focuses on driving organizational results in a performance culture while promoting employee care and professional development. Never a stranger to change and a fast pace, her expertise has been built over 20 years in HR in financial services.
Natalie joined Risk Strategies in 2019. In her role as Chief Legal Officer, she oversees the company’s legal team and is responsible for all aspects of Risk Strategies’ legal affairs including corporate, M&A, litigation and compliance matters. Prior to joining Risk Strategies, Natalie was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco specializing in corporate M&A and securities matters. Natalie holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Bob works with leaders across all business units to drive collaboration and opportunities that benefit clients while helping to meet the firm’s growth goals. Previously, Bob built two national specialty insurance brokerage firms. The first company sold to Aon where he ran a national practice. His second firm merged with Risk Strategies in 2015. Bob's client experience across his industry career includes public agencies, publicly traded companies, privately held firms, purchasing groups, nonprofit companies, and health care organizations.
We are constantly enhancing our specialty practices and capabilities. Over 40 firms have become part of Risk Strategies, bringing valuable expertise and resources that enhance our ability to deliver best-in-class service to clients and grow business in niches such as Employee Benefits, Private Client, Real Estate, Health Care, Entertainment, Transportation, Higher Education, Professional Liability, Private Equity, and Fine Arts, among others.
If you’re looking to partner with an organization that understands the value of specialty knowledge and expertise in solving client risk and insurance challenges, consider connection with Risk Strategies.Learn More
Risk Strategies is committed to creating an inclusive, productive, collaborative and rewarding culture, and workplaces where employees are respected and valued, and where racism or discrimination of any kind are not tolerated.
Employee-inspired support for local communities and organizations.
The Risk Strategies Charitable Foundation supports a wide variety of community projects, organizations and causes throughout the year. Our employees are a key link to the local needs within the communities where we work, live and play. Risk Strategies supports their charitable involvement, inspiration, and impact on charitable causes that matter to them personally.
We value our employees as much as our clients and offer a competitive compensation package along with an unmatched work environment. If you are a talented professional looking for a dynamic growth environment, please apply to one of our available career opportunities.View More Jobs
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