About Risk Strategies

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.


A History of Excellence


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.

2006 – 2012

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. 

2013 – 2015

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.

2015 and Beyond

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.

Our Leadership

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.

Mike Christian

Chief Executive Officer

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


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.

John Vaglica

Chief Financial Officer

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 Simat

Chief Human Resources Officer

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.

Mark Madigan

Senior Managing Director

With over 25 years’ of industry experience, including senior positions at Aon Risk Services, Mark is responsible for National Sales and Growth, and leads the rapidly growing Risk Strategies’ Midwest office, which he established upon joining the company in 2007. Mark earned a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Kellogg Graduate School Management at Northwestern University. In the Community, he is a long time trustee of the Allendale Association.


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Partner with Risk Strategies

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.

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Risk Strategies Charitable Foundation

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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.


Our Open Positions

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.

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