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May 16, 2020
Beecher Carlson’s Rising Star Power Brokers

Congratulations to Diane Bidek, Amanda Lania, and Cody Thompson on being named 2020 Power Broker Rising Stars by Risk & Insurance. The Rising Star award recognizes the individuals named Power Brokers who are under the age of 40.  Diane Bidek, a Vice President of Beecher Carlson’s National Casualty Practice was named Power Broker in the Real Estate category. Diane was recognized for her work to develop a new allocation model with Americold. “She took the initiative to just do a whole new one. It was quite an undertaking in a short time frame, and she did a great job,” said Ellen Brunner, Risk Management Director of Americold. Amanda Lania, a Vice President of the Energy Practice, is a two-time Power Broker winner, having also won in 2019. Amanda was recognized for her work assisting a client through the claims and audit processes. “We were put in a bad spot by our previous broker, whose limited relationships ended up with our operational property policies for a subsidiary being shoehorned into coverage that was not a good fit,” said the Director of Finance at a solar energy company. “Amanda jumped into action and renegotiated our policies with the property carrier, realizing around 20% cost savings across the board and putting us in policies that were much better tailored to our needs.” Cody Thompson, an Account Executive in the Energy Practice, was recognized for his work in helping a client secure alternatives to a surety bond to meet environmental requirements of a certain state and for his expertise in managing international coverage. “Cody was creative in proposing an innovative captive insurance plan as a way for the company to manage risk while lowering costs,” said the CFO of a company.

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