Stephani Manning
11 January 2023Analysis

Holmes Murphy appoints executives to board of managers

Holmes Murphy has announced appointment of key leaders into several major roles throughout the firm.

As part of this strategic growth, Jay Freiermuth, Stephani Manning, and Lauren Roth have been appointed to Holmes Murphy’s board of managers.

Freiermuth has been with Holmes Murphy since 1997, most recently serving as a senior vice president in the surety space. Manning and Roth both have over a decade of experience at Holmes Murphy, where Manning has previously held several pivotal roles with Innovative Captive Strategies, and Roth was most recently named president of Avant Specialty Benefits. In addition to her appointment to the board of managers, Manning has also been named president of Innovative Captive Strategies.

Additionally, Kari Cooling has been named to Holmes Murphy’s executive committee. Cooling has held several key leadership positions in her nearly 20-year span with the company and was named senior vice president & managing director of Brokerage Services in 2022.

“These promotions are a true depiction of Holmes Murphy’s commitment to evolving and expanding our talent base to deliver the best possible results for our clients,” said Dan Keough, chairman and chief executive of Holmes Murphy. “We are proud that all of these individuals have been a part of our team for many years, and we are excited to see how they will continue to grow Holmes Murphy into the future.”

Tom Stewart has also been named president of Holmes Murphy’s PLUS division, which contains six subsidiary companies — ACAP HealthWorks, Avant Specialty Benefits, Charlesworth Consulting, Creative Risk Solutions, ethOs, and Innovative Captive Strategies. Stewart has been with Holmes Murphy since 2003.

On a regional level, Stephanie Leuck and Chris Fischer will advance their leadership roles in Holmes Murphy’s Cedar Rapids market, where Leuck will serve as market leader and Fischer will serve as property casualty sales leader. Both Leuck and Fischer have been with Holmes Murphy for 20 years.