We are dedicated to providing tailored solutions to help you manage a wide range of risks in an unpredictable world
About Prime Risk Partners
As one of the nation’s leading insurance brokers, Prime Risk Partners provides in-depth resources together with thoughtful analysis, program design, and unparalleled advocacy for every client, so that you run your business and live your life with confidence.
- Recently ranked among the top 40 brokers in the United States, we employ an ongoing consultative approach to meet your commercial, personal, and employee benefits insurance needs.
- With over 500 insurance professionals as part of the Prime Risk Partners team, clients enjoy access to greater services and expertise, as well as enhanced market access.
- You can count on us to leverage our market access, our local knowledge, and our entire suite of products and services, including 24/7 claims support, administration services, and alternative risk solutions.
We look forward to giving you the guidance you need to pursue your goals with confidence.
Prime Risk Partners continues to grow through thoughtful operations, selective acquisitions, and strategic new hires.
We are committed to building a high performing operating company rather than simply rolling up revenue. As we work to become one company, we will continue draw on the best practices of each firm, as well as the individuals, that make up the Prime Risk Partners team.
Our new partners have the unique opportunity to influence the broader organization culturally, as well as participate financially through equity ownership. Prime Risk Partners targets acquisitions that have strong historic and projected growth, solid company management, trusted relationships with clients, employees, and carriers, specialty focus areas, and a desire to “buy in” rather than “sell out.”
Tailored Insurance Solutions
Prime Risk Partners professionals take pride in their ability to manage a wide range of insurance needs across multiple insurance disciplines.
We are the adviser and advocate you can count on to protect your business from the unpredictable, control your insurance costs and total cost of risk, and manage your changing needs.
A leading personal insurance broker serving thousands of individuals and families, we will be there to advise you every step of the way.
As an extension of your company’s HR department, we offer your business a high level of expertise in the areas of health, dental, vision, and disability. We can also assist in the development of your compliance program and other regulatory needs.
While we are a full-service brokerage in every sense of the word, we also specialize in meeting the unique insurance needs of specific industries. Our professionals are dedicated to developing tailored solutions to address those needs.
Why Partner with Prime Risk Partners
Distributed Operational Leadership
Our executive team includes leaders who were instrumental in building several of the most successful national insurance distribution operations that exist today. We are experienced deal professionals with the expertise to manage every transaction smoothly.
We subscribe to an operating philosophy based on encouraging cross-selling and sharing best practices and resources amongst our partners. Successful collaboration as a core cultural tenet strengthens each partner, as well as the entire firm.
We believe that distributed equity ownership, fulfilling career opportunities for employees, and strong client advocacy lead to organic growth that helps drive financial returns for investors, including our employee partners.
- Bret Quigley, Chaiman & CEO
- Adam Meyerowitz, Sr. EVP & Co-Founder
- Robbie C. Smith, COO
- J. Scott Tofil, CFO
- Scot Kees, General Counsel
- Tod Ashby, CIO
- Steve Germundson, SVP of Corp. Development
- Matthew McKenna, SVP of Corp. Development
- Lesley Dresch, SVP of HR
- Marianna Magee, VP of Marketing
Bret Quigley, Chairman & CEO
Bret Quigley founded Prime Risk Partners in 2014 and serves as the company’s Chairman and CEO. Bret brings more than 31 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industries and has grown Prime Risk Partners into a Top 40 U.S. Broker.
Prior to founding Prime Risk Partners, Bret focused on leading operations and new business development for multiple companies. From 2008 – 2013, he served as Vice Chairman, CFO, and President of Agency Operations at Beecher Carlson, another national insurance brokerage, until its sale to Brown & Brown. At Beecher Carlson, Bret had overall operating responsibility for agency operations including new business sales and producer recruiting. He also had primary responsibility for all M&A activity in addition to his operating responsibilities.
Bret joined Hobbs Group, a national insurance brokerage, in 1999 as its CFO. At Hobbs Group, he took a direct role in focusing the firm on operating efficiencies and expanding the business through acquisitions, producer and team hires, and a renewed emphasis on new business. His early career years focused on investment banking, where he had full responsibility for new business, client, and deal team management.
In 2018, Bret and Prime Risk Partners were recognized as a Georgia Fast 40 Awards recipient by ACG Atlanta, the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. The award honors the top 40 fastest growing middle-market companies in Georgia each year. The Georgia Fast 40 list is divided into lower and upper middle-market categories, and PRP ranked second within the upper middle-market category.
Bret earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Adam Meyerowitz, Sr. Executive Vice President & Co-Founder
Adam Meyerowitz co-founded Prime Risk Partners in 2014 and serves as the company’s Senior Executive Vice President.
At Prime Risk Partners, Adam oversees corporate development, legal, human resources, and brand marketing and communications. Under his leadership, the company has grown to more than 500 employees and is a Top 40 U.S. Broker. Prime Risk Partners was recognized as a 2018 Georgia Fast 40 Awards recipient by ACG Atlanta, the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, which honors the fastest growing middle-market companies in the state.
Prior to founding Prime Risk Partners, Adam served as the SVP and General Counsel of Beecher Carlson from 2004 – 2013 through its sale to Brown & Brown. At Beecher Carlson, he was a key member of the executive leadership team and had overall responsibility for the legal and human resources departments. Adam also facilitated M&A efforts including evaluating and consummating acquisitions, debt facilities, private equity financing rounds, and executive and sales team recruitments.
Between 1999 – 2002, Adam held the role of general counsel for SynQuest and Talus Solutions, both based in the technology sector. His early career years focused on serving as a corporate attorney at King & Spalding.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Emory University School of Law.
Robert C. Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Robbie Smith is Executive Vice President and COO of Prime Risk Partners. Robbie brings over 30 years of experience in operations management at companies within the insurance services industry including Marsh & McLennan Agency, Ascension Insurance, Beecher Carlson, and Reagan Consulting. Additionally, Robbie has participated in more than 75 agency and brokerage M&A transactions as either a buyer, seller, or intermediary.
Throughout his career, Robbie has held multiple senior leadership roles. From 2009 – 2017, he served as COO for MHBT Inc. (now Marsh & McLennan Agency – Southwest) and Ascension Insurance, where he was responsible for all aspects of agency operations, including financial reporting, sales management, human resources, compliance, and value-added services. While at Beecher Carlson he led the sourcing, closing and post-closing integration of eight agency acquisitions.
Robbie joined Hales & Associates in 1987 and when Hales and Reagan Consulting split into two firms in 1995, he continued with Reagan Consulting as a Senior Consultant and Principal. Robbie worked at Reagan Consulting for over 15 years, most recently in the role of Senior Vice President and Principal. While at Reagan Consulting, he participated in the development of the IIABA/Reagan Consulting Best Practices Study and helped develop and implement the Assurex/CIAB E&O Quality Management Program. Robbie has also completed over 400 consulting assignments on a variety of topics ranging from agency valuation, producer hiring, sales management, E&O loss prevention, and banks in insurance.
Robbie earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Georgia and his Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Scott Tofil, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Scott Tofil joined Prime Risk Partners in December of 2017. Scott began his career as a CPA with a local public accounting firm in Atlanta. He became the controller at Matrix Resources from 1992 until 1999, then served as controller for several startups from 1999 until 2005 before joining Beecher Carlson in May 2005. From 2005 to 2012, Scott served as Vice President and Controller for Beecher Carlson. After Brown & Brown acquired Beecher Carlson, Scott served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of the Beecher Carlson division from 2013-2017. In these roles, Scott served as the primary accounting officer and was responsible for implementing and managing new accounting systems, business planning & analysis, financial analysis and reporting and M&A analysis and integration. Scott earned his B.S. in Management Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Scot Kees, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Scot Kees joined Prime Risk Partners in November 2015. Scot began his career as an associate and, later, partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a corporate, M&A, and securities attorney, practicing from the Atlanta and Washington, DC offices. From 2008 to 2010, Scot served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Goldleaf Financial Solutions, a Nasdaq-listed technology solutions provider, which was sold to Jack Henry & Associates in the fall of 2009. From 2011 to 2015, Scot served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for TransCentra, Inc., a technology and billing/payments processing outsourcer for large financial institutions, public-sector entities, insurance companies and utilities. In this role, Scot served as the chief compliance officer of the company and oversaw the legal, human resources, information security, compliance and risk, development, and information technology functions of the organization as well as helping lead all M&A efforts. Scot graduated with a B.A. from Washington & Lee University and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.
Scot can be reached via telephone at 404-285-6706 as well as via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tod Ashby, Chief Information Officer
Tod joined Prime Risk Partners in July 2016. Tod began his insurance career in 1986 at the Talbert Corporation, which became part of HRH. At Talbert/HRH, Tod worked in Surety, Operations, and Information Systems. Tod later went on to become the Senior Vice President of Information Technology for Van Gilder Insurance Corporation. Most recently, Tod also served as a Vice President in Information Technology and Corporate Operations at HUB International. At HUB, Tod was responsible for oversight of IT operations, compliance (including PCI, HIPAA, and Sarbanes-Oxley), the delivery of technology, and mergers and acquisition activity for HUB’s western region. Tod brought operational efficiencies to the company by designing and implementing end-user support structure and processes, along with training and development programs for all HUB employees. Tod earned his B.S. in Management Information Systems from Colorado Christian University.
Steve Germundson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Steve Germundson joined Prime Risk Partners in August 2014. Steve began his professional career as a consultant at Chicago-based Hales & Associates, working with independent agency owners and managers in both financial and operational consulting engagements. He left Hales & Associates in 1994 to become a founding partner in NSIA, Inc., a Minneapolis-based insurance agency. At NSIA, he was the partner responsible for financial and operations management and the firm’s acquisition activity. Starting in 1999, Steve returned to the consulting business by forming The Germundson Company, which later became a founding member of OPTIS Partners, LLC. His practice was focused on internal agency operations, strategic and annual planning, ownership succession planning, and general business consulting. Through OPTIS, Steve worked with many leading insurance distribution firms and agent/broker association groups on a wide variety of engagements. Steve earned his B.A. in economics from St. Olaf College.
Matthew McKenna, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Matthew McKenna joined Prime Risk Partners in November 2014. Matt began his professional career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston. He left CSFB in 2001 to join Macquarie Capital’s investment banking division where he was ultimately promoted to Vice President. At Macquarie, Matt sourced and executed mergers, acquisitions, LBOs and capital raising activities for insurance and insurance services companies, among other responsibilities. In 2010, Matt joined First Niagara Bank as a Senior Vice President on the Corporate Development team. In that role, he had lead responsibility for the sourcing, valuation, coordination, and execution of all financial services acquisitions for the bank, including First Niagara Risk Management (“FNRM”), the bank’s insurance agency. He transitioned to FNRM in 2013 and added operational management of a number of specialty practices to his existing responsibilities. Matt earned his B.B.A from the University of Notre Dame.
Lesley Dresch, Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Lesley joined Prime Risk Partners in June 2016. Lesley began her career in Southern California with Reynolds and Reynolds and brings 20 years of HR expertise working for growing public and private financial services companies. Prior to joining Prime Risk Partners, Lesley served as the Director of HR and Administration for Blueskyrisk, LLC., a managing general agency. Before that, Lesley was the HR Director for Beecher Carlson where she was responsible for day to day HR operations and served as HR Business Partner to the leadership team. Lesley previously served as Vice President of Human Resources for Lynk Systems Inc., later RBS Lynk, and PracticeWorks, both headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Lesley graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Organizational Communications. She holds designations as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).
Marianna Magee, Vice President of Marketing
Marianna joined Prime Risk Partners in February 2018. Marianna has spent her career working with some of the nation’s largest restaurant and retail brands, focusing on brand marketing, strategic planning and integrated messaging. Prior to joining Prime Risk Partners, Marianna served in multiple marketing roles at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Most recently, she was the Director of Integrated and Strategic Messaging, where she led broadcast advertising, merchandising and digital and social media content. Marianna also served as the Director of Marketing Calendar and Planning, leading the national brand marketing calendar and strategic planning, which directly impacted restaurant sales and customer counts, as well as franchisee profitability. Prior to Popeyes, she held roles in marketing at Arby’s Restaurant Group and Macy’s. Marianna earned her BS in Marketing from Clemson University and her MA in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin.