After 52 years as Chairman for the Chicago-based insurance brokerage he founded, Howard Alper today announced he will step down as Chairman of Alper Services effective immediately. In his place, he and Alper’s Board of Directors have appointed Liz Levy-Navarro as Chairman. Howard will continue to serve as a Member of Alper Services’ Board.
“It is a great honor to assume the role of Chairman from Howard, who built a firm which delivers big-brokerage resources with boutique-agency service,” remarked Levy-Navarro. “As an independent insurance agency, Alper has the unique ability to chart our own course to best serve our clients. I look forward to working with the Board and executive team to ensure we keep a pulse on changing client needs and shifting market dynamics and continue to deliver the differentiated service that has made Alper such a long-standing, trusted partner for each of our clients.”
A member of Alper Services Board of Directors since 2017, Ms. Levy-Navarro is CEO and Managing Partner of Orrington Strategies, a management consulting firm dedicated to helping Fortune 500 clients achieve meaningful, profitable growth. She has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and has held executive and management consulting positions with A.T. Kearney, Capgemini and The Cambridge Group.
“Since founding Alper Services in 1966, my main objective has been to ensure the firm remains independently owned and operated so we may focus 100% of our attention on serving our clients,” explained Howard. “I am certain that with Liz Levy-Navarro as Chairman, and David Macknin continuing as CEO, the agency will continue to evolve and provide the best-possible service to our clients, instead of servicing a corporate owner.”
One of the largest remaining independent insurance brokerages in the U.S., and ranked a “Best Practices” firm by the Independent Insurance Agents of America for the third consecutive year, Alper builds multi-faceted risk management programs for a wide range of mid-market firms—a large portion of which are based in the Midwest.