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New Additions Bring Knowledge, Industry Expertise to Lockton's Chicago Office

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Three new professionals have joined Lockton in Chicago, adding a range of property-casualty and employee benefits expertise to their client services. Lockton is the world's largest privately held insurance broker.


  • Robert Wierema has joined as a Producer. He brings six years of experience in the insurance industry and expertise in complex insurance programs for companies, including self-insured programs or difficult workers compensation placements. Previously, he was a Vice President at Assurance Agency. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in risk management and finance from Illinois Wesleyan University and is working towards a Masters in Business Administration from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Patrick McChrystal has joined as Vice President and Account Executive of Lockton Financial Services. He brings more than 20 years of experience in underwriting and financial services with a focus in executive liability products. McChrystal comes to Lockton from Axis Insurance Company and prior to that worked for Travelers Companies. He has a Bachelor of Science in business with a finance concentration from Eastern Illinois University.
  • James Billings adds his expertise as a Health Risk Solutions Consultant to the Lockton team. Billings brings six years of wellness and employee benefits consulting experience with Gallagher Benefit Services, where he focused on developing multi-year wellness strategies and incentive plans to engage employees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Miami University of Ohio.

"These new colleagues allow us to expand services to our existing clients, offering them new expertise and perspective in areas like financial services and wellness programs. We also look forward to the opportunity to bring on new clients and continue our growth trend," said Casey Warnecke, Chief Operating Officer of Lockton in Chicago.

About Lockton
More than 4,900 professionals at Lockton provide 35,000 clients around the world with risk management, insurance, and employee benefits consulting services that improve their businesses. From its founding in 1966 in Kansas City, Missouri, Lockton has attracted entrepreneurial professionals who have driven its growth to become the largest privately held insurance broker in the world and 9th largest overall. Independent researcher Greenwich Associates has awarded Lockton its Service Excellence Award for risk management for large companies. For four consecutive years, Business Insurance has recognized Lockton as a "Best Place to Work in Insurance." To see the latest insights from Lockton's experts, check Lockton Market Update.

SOURCE Lockton