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"As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past
for a future which is essentially unknown." -Sir Norman Foster

Insurance Architects. Planning for now through when.

About Us

At Alper Services, we take pride in the company we keep and the successful businesses we help build. We are Insurance Architects who design programs that minimize risk, protect assets and reduce liabilities by using a proactive and intuitive approach to each Client’s complex business needs and exposures.

Founded in 1966 by Howard Alper, our Team has many years of experience providing innovative and dynamic insurance services. Our structured process starts by understanding your business; identifying your expectations, future plans and projected goals; evaluating past insurance claims and gaps in your policy coverages; and determining industry changes that might affect your business. Then, we design and implement a customized risk management plan to ensure you are prepared for the future.

We don’t stop there. Our Team of Experts monitors your business to support you when you need us.

We take a fresh and strategic approach to implementing programs that balance the realities of now with the eventualities of when. Let us design a program for you.

Executive Officers

Leslie Morse, Esq.
EVP, Managing Partner

Phone: 312-654-4251
Email: LMorse@AlperServices.com

Leslie Morse is the EVP Managing Partner and oversees many areas which contribute to Alper’s exceptional reputation for service, including Loss Control, Risk Management Consulting and Claims Management. As an attorney, Leslie acts as an advocate for Clients, working closely with adjusters and defense attorneys in the formulation and implementation of strategies to efficiently resolve claim issues.

Timothy Scott
Financial Director

Phone: 312-867-7301
Email: TScott@AlperServices.com

Tim is responsible for overall financial management of Alper including financial performance reporting, budgeting and long-range planning. Tim plays a key role on the senior management team in setting Alper’s strategic direction. Tim views his role as an opportunity to complement Alper’s entrepreneurial spirit by standardizing back office processes and improving productivity to ultimately create a long-term strategic advantage.


Property & Casualty Division

Christopher Breck, CIC, CRM
Senior Vice President

Phone: 312-867-7359
Email: CBreck@AlperServices.com

Chris Breck began working at Alper Services in 1989 and is now a Senior Vice President managing the day-to-day insurance and business needs of many of Alper Services’ oldest Clients. He specializes in delivering alternative risk solutions, including captive insurance programs. Chris maintains a broad industry focus which includes manufacturing, service, retail, healthcare and not-for-profit companies.

Gregg Elstien, ARM, CIC
Senior Vice President

Phone: 312-867-7316
Email: GElstien@AlperServices.com

Gregg Elstien has been serving the needs of manufacturing and social service organizations at Alper since 1995. He feels that in order to develop a long-term relationship, it is critical to determine if what we do can make a significant impact on current and future goals that align with the firm’s vision. To be a complete partner, Gregg further provides his Clients access to the vast network of professionals he has developed over the last 20 years who are recognized as best in class. He puts all of his energy in striving to make a positive difference on the lives of others.

Daniel Schwartz
Senior Vice President

Phone: 312-654-4268
Email: DSchwartz@AlperServices.com

Dan and his Clients joined the Alper Services family in 2013, continuing a stellar and accomplished brokerage career which started in 1970. With an emphasis on Property & Casualty insurance in the real estate, hospitality, entertainment, development/construction and emerging technology sectors, Dan has the expertise and experience to listen to, understand and achieve our Clients' objectives.

Ken Cuvala
VP, Alper Producer Academy Sales Manager

Phone: 312-867-7350
Email: KCuvala@AlperServices.com

With more than 20 years of experience, Ken Cuvala is responsible for growing and cultivating efforts for Clients of Alper Services’ Select Division—those Clients that exist outside of its traditional middle-market concentration. He oversees new business opportunities for all middle- and large-market prospective Clients, and mentors those on his Team to become smarter and more impactful insurance professionals. Ken has focuses on the “Customer Centric Approach” in which he fully engages with Clients and responds to their every insurance need on a daily basis, developing comprehensive and cost-preventative insurance programs that will provide Clients with a distinct advantage over competition.

Case Van Wingerden
Sales Associate

Property & Casualty Team Members

Jim Breck
Director of Property & Casualty Division

Abby Ahern
Senior Account Manager

Rob Moyer, ARM, AU
Senior Account Manager

Patrick Wellman
Senior Account Manager

Bill Lunzer
Account Manager

Property & Casualty Select

Natasha Rodriguez
Account Manager

Marlo Reyes
Account Assistant

Property & Casualty Client Services

Dan Trolley
Director of Commercial Lines Client Services

Brenda Noriega
Account Assistant

Anthony Pronoitis
Account Assistant

Niña Lawrence
Client Services Quality Control Analyst


Alper Global Trade Risk Management Division

Gary Kirshenbaum
Vice President, Director of
Alper Global Trade Risk Management

Phone: 312-867-7306
Email: GKirshenbaum@AlperServices.com

Gary is a Vice President of Alper Services and the Director of the Alper Global Trade Risk Management Division (AGT). Under his guidance, AGT provides protection for companies who need to manage their commercial trade risk, both domestic and export, as well as to mitigate political risk involving international business investments.

Carey Urbancich
Account Manager


Employee Benefits Division

Brandon Greenberg
Account Executive

Cindy O’Toole
Account Manager


Personal Insurance Division

Deborah Shahpar, PLCS
Account Executive

Phone: 312-335-2162
Email: DShahpar@AlperServices.com

Deborah Shahpar is an Account Executive in our Personal Lines Division. She holds a PLCS (Personal Lines Coverage Specialist) designation and specializes in designing and implementing personal risk management programs for high-net worth individuals. Recognizing Clients’ unique insurance needs, Deborah works to assess their specific exposures and develop tailored risk management strategies. Deborah is dedicated to her profession, staying up to date on industry trends, and is always a strong advocate for her Clients. Deborah graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Forensics. She has worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years in the city of Chicago.

Mari Velez
Account Manager


AuditRate, Inc.

Michelle Marten
AuditRate Director

John Przybylski
AuditRate Consultant


Claims Management Services

Regina Ruffin
Director of Claims Management Services

Phone: 312-654-4254
Email: RRuffin@AlperServices.com

As the Director of Claims Management, Regina Ruffin oversees Alper’s Claims Management Team, which includes claims administrators, a workers’ compensation claims specialist and our network of loss control specialists. She also advocates for Clients to ensure the prompt resolution of their claims through claims reviews and loss reports as well as coordinating Alper’s loss control programs that lend to a safer work environment."

Adam McFarland
Claims Administrator

Diane Pidgeon
Workers' Compensation Risk Strategist


Administrative Personnel

Corporate

Yvette Bickcom
Sr. Vice President, Director of Human Resources

Phone: 312-654-4269
Email: YBickcom@AlperServices.com

Yvette Bickcom has over 15 years of expertise is in designing cost-effective plans for groups with 25 or fewer employees. She is also an advisor and knowledgeable resource for Clients transitioning from group plans to individual health and Medicare products. Yvette is passionate about educating employees and helping them understand the often complex world of benefits.

Allison Clark
Receptionist & Administrative Support

Beth Rooke
Director of Creative Services

Accounting Division

Dolores Perez
Accounting Associate

Jennifer Seat
Accounting Associate

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