Schaumburg, IL (September 24, 2012) – Assurance is pleased to welcome Jay Shelton, a risk management expert with over 15 years of experience. Shelton, whose official title is Director of Risk Management Services, will be charged with assessing and managing risk across Assurance's diverse clientele. In his new role, Shelton will consult and implement value-added programs designed to reduce premium costs and improve clients' overall business functions.

Prior to joining Assurance, Shelton held multiple loss control, environmental and risk management positions in the Chicagoland area. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Jay earned his Master of Business Administration from Notre Dame and Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. He was presented with GE Capital's Inclusiveness Award in 2007. Shelton is currently serving as Vice President on the Town of Highland Sanitary Board.

With respect to the hiring of Shelton, Assurance President Dan Klaras noted, "Jay's extensive background will not only generate value for our clients, but also Assurance's internal risk policies and procedures.” He continued, "With Jay's oversight, we'll be able to offer comprehensive benchmarking, claims management, forecasting, safety diagnostics and risk identification in a more unified way for clients.”