About Risk Strategies

At Risk Strategies, we take a specialist approach to keep you ahead of risk. We are innovators and problem solvers. Our team has expertise across all leading industries, deep risk management and insurance experience, and we are passionate about your success. Committed to diversity and inclusion, we support our communities through the RSC Foundation, and have been recognized by Business Insurance as one of the Best Places to Work.

PROVEN RESULTS

A History of Excellence

1997-2001

1997-2001

Mike Christian founds Risk Strategies to provide risk management advice to upper middle market commercial clients with a focus on private equity and healthcare and an emphasis on specialization, technical expertise, practical alternative risk financing programs.

2002 - 2006

2002 - 2006

Expands into insurance brokerage, providing specialized coverages and alternative risk financing programs. Client retention rate is above 95%. Becomes one of the fastest-growing brokerage firms in Massachusetts. By the end of 2006, firm is licensed in 48 states, has over 2,000 clients and $140 million-plus in premiums placed.

2007 - 2010

2007 - 2010

Risk Strategies Foundation is formed in 2007 by company employees. A minority investment from WR Berkley Capital enables push into new practice areas and product categories, as well as a strategic expansion into Midwest and California markets. In effort to build out specialty practices, firm ramps up its strategic acquisitions.

2011 - 2013

2011 - 2013

With 10 offices, 120 employees, and $40 million in revenues, company receives a significant investment from private equity firm Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C. to expand into new markets, add products, and create distinctive brokerage platform with national-scale, specialty focus and meaningful resources. Firm builds reputation for solving complex risk and insurance issues through collaborative, client-centric approach.

2014 - 2016

2014 - 2016

Focused on fast-growing specialty market, acquires well-known Entertainment and Fine Art specialist DeWitt Stern Group in 2014. Revenue and headcount near $100 million and 400, respectively. Firm enters Top 35 brokers nationally. Leading private equity insurance sector investor Kelso & Company, acquires Kohlberg & Company’s majority stake in 2015 to accelerate strategic M&A activities while bolstering innovative risk solutions. Teams of service/production professionals, client resources added in several specialty practices.

2017 – 2020 & BEYOND

2017 – 2020 & BEYOND

20th year in business. Launches “Careers in Insurance” internship program to attract next generation of specialists. Named Business Insurance Magazine Best Places to Work in Insurance 2018, 2019 & 2020. Enters Top 10 privately held US insurance brokers in 2019. With 167% three-year revenue growth, debuts on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in 2021.

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

Mike Christian

Chairman

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

Chief Executive Officer

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

John Vaglica

Chief M&A 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

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.

Natalie Logan

Natalie Logan

Chief Legal Officer

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 Dubraski

Bob Dubraski

Chief Growth Officer

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.

Sharon Edwards

Sharon Edwards

Chief Financial Officer

With over 25 years of strategic leadership experience in the Insurance brokerage industry, Sharon serves as the Chief Financial Officer where she is responsible for the firm’s finance, treasury and risk management activities.  Prior to this, Sharon joined Risk Strategies as Chief Operating Officer in 2019 to drive scaling the company for tremendous growth. Previously CFO of Willis Towers Watson’s Corporate Risk and Broking Segment, as well as for their North America geography, Sharon also held senior roles spanning controllership, shared services, sales and service operations, M&A integration, system implementations and finance. She also served as Co-Chair of Women at Willis, a Diversity & Inclusion group. Before Willis Towers Watson, Sharon worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. focusing on the Healthcare, Senior Living and Financial Services industries. A University of Tennessee graduate, Sharon holds a B.S. in Accounting and professional designations as a CPA and CGMA.

Partner with Risk Strategies

We are constantly enhancing our specialty practices and capabilities. Over 100 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 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.

Diversity & Inclusion

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Risk Strategies Charitable Foundation

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.

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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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