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Casey Warnecke

Chief Growth Officer

Casey Warnecke

Casey Warnecke serves as the Chief Growth Officer at the Horton Group.

In this position, Warnecke is responsible for maximizing efforts around new business growth and the retention of existing clients, recruiting top talent, and implementing a strong sales infrastructure across multiple office locations. He plays 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 is no greater feeling than meeting a potential client and knowing that you’ve secured their business and their trust,” Casey says. “It is hard work but very rewarding – especially when you work closely with a team of smart, driven professionals to achieve successful results.

Casey brings more than 30 years of sales and client service experience to Horton. He previously worked at Lockton’s Chicago office, where he served as Chief Growth Officer from 2018 – 2021 and Chief Operating Officer from 2006 – 2018. He helped grow the business from $15 million in 2006 to $75 million in revenue through recruitment, onboarding, and development of production talent; launching new verticals; and working with large-book producers to support their ability to continue growing. He also helped open offices in several new locations, brought on many new producers, and supported new and experienced producers with developmental needs and practices to facilitate the growth of their books.

Prior to Lockton, Casey 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 West & Midwestern Regions.

Casey 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.

Fact File:

Professional Background
  • The Horton Group, Chief Growth Officer, February 2021 to present
  • Lockton
    • Chief Growth Officer, 2018 to 2021
    • Chief Operating Officer, 2006 to 2018
  • Marsh, Senior Vice President, 2003 to 2006
  • CNA, Chief Underwriting Officer, 1987 to 2003
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction in Accounting
    DePaul University, Chicago, IL
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance
    Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL