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Horton Group Promotes Tom Cassady to Executive Director of Commercial Lines

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

SOUTH BEND, IN – FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020: The Horton Group announced today that Tom Cassady, Jr. was promoted to Executive Director of Commercial Lines. In this position, Tom will be responsible for identifying target markets across the organization, managing key carrier & vendor relationships at the national & regional level while retaining his responsibilities as Division President. He will be responsible for new, innovative products and ways to serve clients through the Risk Advisory division of Horton.

The addition of the Executive Director of Commercial Lines role reflects the organization’s dedication to providing new ways to serve our clients. By cultivating strong relationships with our carrier and vendor partners, Horton will gain access to new markets and products that will help our clients as the insurance market hardens and unique risks become harder to place. Deep industry specialization is a point of competitive differentiation leading to a more nimble, innovative model for our clients.  Focusing on these priorities will help both Horton and our clients thrive in a complex and difficult business environment.

“Tom’s deep knowledge of the insurance industry, combined with his never-ending passion for serving our clients makes him a great fit for this new role. Tom values the relationship with our clients, and he lives our values to be good for our clients, community, and employees.  There is no one better than Tom to lead this new initiative for the agency,” Dan Horton, CEO and President of The Horton Group, said.

While Tom transitions into his new role, he will assist with the search for a new Division President in the South Bend branch.  “The South Bend office is our largest office in Indiana. It’s imperative that we find the right candidate who demonstrates our values and can continue to elevate our service offering to clients. I am excited to bring on and work with our next generation of leadership in South Bend,” Tom Cassady Jr., said.

About Tom Cassady Jr.

Over the past three decades, Tom  has built a well-rounded career in underwriting, customer service, and executive leadership. His career began in 1983 when he took a position in Chicago with General Accident Insurance as an underwriter. In 1985, Tom joined Rollins Burdick Hunter (now part of Aon) as an Account Executive where he focused on client service and new business development. In 1987, he moved to South Bend, IN joining Cassady Neeser & Brasseur (CNB) as a producer and moved up the ranks to Partner, Owner and Managing Partner.

As Managing Partner, Tom focused on organizational growth through acquisition and new business sales. In 2012, he and the other CNB partners facilitated a merger between CNB and The Horton Group, where he previously served as President of the Indiana Division. Over the next several months, Tom will gradually move into his new role.


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About The Horton Group

The Horton Group was formed in 1971 as a single-location, eight-person insurance agency. Today, Horton employs more than 400 insurance professionals located in five states throughout the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin) and Florida. Horton is one of the top 50 insurance agencies in the country and one of the largest brokers based in the Midwest. The agency is nationally recognized for its work, ranking as one of the top property/casualty brokers in the U.S. by Insurance Journal and A Best Place to Work In Insurance by Business Insurance. The agency recently was ranked seventh (out of 100) in Crain’s Chicago Business’s Best Places to Work in Chicago” list and was listed as a Top Workplace by Chicago Tribune.