50 Acts Of Charity Challenge: First Quarter Round-Up


On January 1, 2016, Alper Services launched a special campaign to honor our 50th anniversary. The “50 Acts of Charity Challenge” asks each Team Member to celebrate Alper’s philanthropic spirit by sharing their time to support the charity of their choice. The first quarter of 2016 has been a success with 26 different charities receiving a helping hand from the Alper Team!

Here’s how our efforts have added up so far in 2016:

Q1 Charities Served


Alper Welcomes Two New Hires



We’re pleased to announce two new additions to the Alper Team of Experts. Matt Gausden, ARM, AIS, AINS joins Alper as a Client Executive in the Property & Casualty Commercial Lines Division and Matt Unertl comes on board as a Business Development Associate in the Employee Benefits Division.

With ten years of experience in the industry, Matt Gausden has most recently worked as an Assistant Captive Director at a large insurance broker where he managed three large captives containing 70 accounts across a variety of industries. Previous to this, he was a Program Manager responsible for the day to day management of his clients’ accounts, of which he secured 98% retention and a consistent annual growth rate. At Alper, Gausden will develop and maintain high-quality risk management programs for large, complex accounts. To contact, please email Matt at MGausden@AlperServices.com or call 312-867-7350.

Matt Unertl has most recently worked as a Producer at a large international insurance broker where he designed and implemented cost-sustainable employee benefits programs for mid-market organizations. At Alper, he will identify, develop and manage Client business relationships and collaborate with the Alper Team of Experts to construct comprehensive risk management solutions. Matt can be reached at MUnertl@AlperServices.com or 312-654-4258.


Want To Avoid A Ticket Due To An Expired License Plate?


The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office has stopped sending out renewal notices of car license plates, saving the state $450,000 monthly. However, the office will send renewal notices if you schedule an email reminder by registering at: CyberDriveIllinois.com

On the front page of the website is a license plate button reading EMAIL ME with a green license plate tag to the right. By clicking on that tag, you can register to receive the reminder email. Illinois Registration Identification Card Example

Owners need to have their registration ID and PIN number available. This information can be found on your current registration card (see below). If you don’t have a current registration card, contact the Public Inquiry Division at 1-800-252-8980 for assistance.

Closing The Talent Gap: Alper Millennials Offer Insight Into What Attracted Them To The Insurance Industry

Alper's Millennials

Not many independent brokers are still in business after 50 years, but Alper Services is proudly celebrating that we are “50 Years Strong” this year. While we have evolved with industry needs and technology, we also believe it’s essential to welcome a new generation of young professionals. In celebration of Insurance Careers Month, we interviewed three of our Millennial Team Members for their outlook on what makes a job in insurance so attractive.

Edyta Obrzut, Account Assistant – Personal Lines Department
Elena Olivas, Account Assistant – Commercial Lines Division
Andrew Bertucci, AuditRate Consultant

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Gary Kirshenbaum Named Director For Alper Global Trade Risk Management



New division of regional insurance broker connects with an almost $8 billion global market

January 3, 2016, CHICAGO—Alper Services, a Chicago-based financial and insurance services firm, today announced the appointment of Gary Kirshenbaum, 49, as Vice President and Director of the newly established Alper Global Trade Risk Management division. The announcement was made by CEO David Macknin.
In his role, Kirshenbaum will be responsible for overseeing the development of Alper Global Trade Risk Management providing protection for companies looking to manage commercial trade risk, both domestic and export, as well as political risk mitigation involving international business investments. This service is one of many best-in-class risk management and insurance services provided by Alper Services to middle market businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals through Alper’s Team Of Experts in Business Insurance, Benefits, Personal Insurance, Financial Services and Consulting. Continue reading

The Accounting Division Gains A New Team Member

The Accounting division at Alper gained a new Team Member this month. Patricia Lloyd joins the company as a Premium Accounts Payable Specialist. She will facilitate the timely and accurate reconciliation, collection and payment of premiums and maintain captive accounts. With over 15 years of accounting experience, Lloyd previously worked as a Senior Accounting Associate for a large insurance brokerage in Chicago.

Patricia can be reached at PLloyd@AlperServices.com. We are excited to have her on board and look forward to the expertise she will bring to our company.

David Macknin, CPCU, Named As Chief Executive Officer Of Alper Services, LLC

David Macknin



January 11, 2016,  CHICAGO—Alper Services, a Chicago-based financial and insurance services firm, today announced the appointment of David Macknin, 53, as Chief Executive Officer. The announcement was made by CEO and now Chairman and Founder of Alper Services, Howard Alper.

In his role, Macknin will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the company, including strategically leading its successful growth and focusing on delivering best-in-class risk management and insurance services to middle market businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals through Alper’s Team Of Experts in Business Insurance, Benefits, Personal Insurance, Financial Services and Consulting.

Throughout his 31 year career, Macknin has proven his expertise in risk management consultancy and insurance brokerage for mid-market and growing enterprises, articulately identifying, understanding, explaining and then effectively treating risks. Since becoming Alper’s President in early 2012, the firm has generated four successive years of double-digit growth and retention rates outpacing industry averages.

“David focuses intently on the constant challenges of identifying and meeting the needs of his customers as well as those of his colleagues,” said Alper.  “As we continue to seek out new markets and grow our existing client base, we will continue to rely on David to guide our Team into new revenue streams.”

Macknin, who joined Alper Services after having served as Executive Vice President and Principal of Chicago-based JMB Insurance, developing a national client base spread across a wide range of businesses, appreciates Mr. Alper’s comments and confidence but shifts credit to his Team. Said Macknin: “The Team Of Experts” approach is how we live and what we deliver to our Clients; we engage the finest professionals in every position and constantly support them with every resource”

Macknin noted that he sees significant growth in the middle market and non-profit sectors because these are areas where job growth and insurance needs are at their highest. “It’s very common for growing businesses not to think about how insurance needs have to adjust along with the change. Risk assessments offer leaders of these businesses an opportunity to safeguard everything they have worked so hard in which to build.”

Macknin is and has been active in several civic endeavors, including the Chicago Public Schools’ Mentoring Program, the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada, The Building Owners And Managers Association, The Development School For Youth and is President of Lakeside Congregation.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Michigan in 1984, received his Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter license in 1992 and lives in Highland Park, Illinois with his daughter.

About Alper Services

Founded in 1966, Alper Services provides comprehensive risk management, financial & insurance services, cost reduction consulting and claim advocacy services. Clients around the world have direct access to Alper’s Team of Experts who take a collaborative approach to help them protect their assets, reduce their liabilities and increase their profitability. Alper partners with a wide variety of middle-market companies offering innovative products and solutions tailored to sophisticated manufacturers, service firms, non-profits, healthcare providers and energy providers. For more information, log on to www.alperservices.com.