Schaumburg, Ill. (April 13, 2016)Assurance, a Top 50 U.S. insurance brokerage, is pleased to welcome the addition of Tony  Alberico who will serve as senior vice  president, practice leader in Assurance’s Employee Benefits division. Alberico will join Jason Blomquist as a practice leader and oversee his own team of 50+ insurance professionals. With the hiring, Liz Smith will continue to assume her duties as president of Assurance.  

Tapping into 20-plus years of experience, Alberico will set the vision and strategy of his team at Assurance and serve a key role in advising the company’s benefits consultants. His holistic approach will provide value to clients’ finance and human resources departments, as well as their employees, by combining cost mitigation, improved benefits, technology and robust communications efforts.

“Assurance is a great fit for me. I have the opportunity to help our company develop multi-year benefits strategies and integrate new tools that focus on our mantra of minimizing risk and maximizing health,” said Alberico. “I’m excited to be a part of this process with Assurance.” 

“Our benefits division had over 25 percent growth last year, so it became imperative to add a new practice leader into the mix who could mesh with our sales professionals and provide additional oversight on our service platform,” said Liz Smith, president at Assurance. She continued, “Tony is the exact leader we’ve been looking for; I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the Assurance ‘A’ Team.”

Before joining Assurance, Alberico held a senior leadership role at an employee benefits brokerage headquartered outside of Chicago. While there, he managed and developed sales and account management strategy and protocols, served as a leader and mentor to their top talent and oversaw the firm’s Affordable Care Act compliance efforts. Alberico is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications.

He will work out of Assurance’s Schaumburg office. 

About Assurance
Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S. A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. The company is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL with centralized office locations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO. Visit Assurance at www.assuranceagency.com.