Chicago (March 24, 2021) – The Horton Group, one of the largest privately-held insurance brokers in the United States, announced that Casey Warnecke has been selected by the board of directors to assume the role of Chief Growth Officer.
In this position, Warnecke will be responsible for gaining new business/client retention, recruiting top talent and implementing a strong sales infrastructure across multiple office locations. He will play a key leadership role on the executive team, building a bridge between the sales and operations teams and navigating the competitive landscape to help Horton pursue new markets.
“There’s no question that Casey comes with a client-focused background and a strong focus on sales and service culture,” said Dan Horton, Chief Executive Officer. “He understands what it takes to be successful at the highest levels, and I am confident that he is the best person for this role.”
Warnecke joins Horton from Lockton’s Chicago office, where he served as Chief Growth Officer since May of 2018 and Chief Operating Officer from 2006 – 2018. He helped grow the Chicago office business from $15 million in revenue in 2006 to $75 million today through the recruitment, onboarding and development of production talent; launching new industry and product verticals; helping open new office locations; and working with large-book producers to support their ability to continue growing their business.
Prior to Lockton, Warnecke spent 15.5 years at CNA, where he was the Chief Underwriting Officer for their Contract Surety Business for the Eastern half of the country. After that, he spent 3.5 years with Marsh’s National Surety Practice overseeing the Western & Midwestern Regions.
Warnecke attended Northern Illinois University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He continued his professional studies at DePaul University, where he received an MBA with Distinction in Accounting.
About The Horton Group
The Horton Group is an insurance, employee benefits, and risk advisory firm that leads clients with complex needs and limited resources to a higher level of performance. We help clients understand enterprise risk and offer solutions to turn these perceived costs into a competitive advantage.
Horton has been a leader in the insurance brokerage business for 50 years. The Horton Group was formed in 1971 as a single location, eight-person insurance agency. Today, Horton is a nationally recognized insurance broker ranking as the 41st largest property/casualty broker in the U.S. by Insurance Journal, A Top 100 Largest Broker by Business Insurance, and a Best Practices Agency by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA). The agency employs nearly 400 insurance professionals located in five states throughout the Midwest and is a recognized leader in insurance, employee benefits, and risk advisory solutions.
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