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FEBRUARY 22, 2021, South Bend, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Plymouth, and Kalamazoo: Gibson was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. This 16th annual program was created by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the participating employers in Indiana with the leading workplace cultures. The list is made up of 125 companies.
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December 15, 2020, South Bend, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Plymouth, and Kalamazoo: Gibson announces the appointment of two members to the board of advisors (BOA). Joining are Cristal Brisco and Hugh Reynolds, CPA.
Brisco is an executive-experienced attorney with a comprehensive legal background and trial court expertise. Her legal experience includes practice with the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, service as corporation counsel for the City of South Bend and chief legal counsel for former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and service as general counsel for Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame. She is a member of the board of governors for the Indiana State Bar Association. She is also a member of the Notre Dame Law School Association Board, Centier Bank Board of Directors, and the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County Board.
Cristal earned her law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2006. A few of her most notable accomplishments include: the recipient of The University of Notre Dame Law School – Black Law Student Association’s Alvin J. McKenna Alumnus of the Year Award; and the recipient of the Valparaiso University Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award.
Topics: Board of Advisors
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Kalamazoo, MI – Gibson has been selected by “FIRST & 42: The Kalamazoo Region’s Digital Daily” as one of Southwest Michigan’s Wonderful Workplaces. This award celebrates the outstanding efforts made by local businesses in the region to make their organizations great places to work. Winners are being featured in the digital publication throughout the winter of 2020-2021. Gibson was recognized along with 13 other companies in the region for amazing organizational culture, engaged workforce, and overall leadership during an especially trying year. Working with our employees and clients to meet them where they are, was a top priority for business in 2020.
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SOUTH BEND/ INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – 07/31/20 – Gibson has promoted Diane Davidson to Practice Leader for Commercial Risk Management and Nicole Fallowfield to Director of Administration. Diane and Nicole have a combined 31 years’ experience with Gibson and will also join the Executive Leadership Team.
As Practice Leader, Davidson will oversee operations while managing 40 plus team members. She is based in the South Bend Office. “I am excited for this opportunity to expand my contributions for Gibson. Providing a strong operational environment to allow our teams to succeed is a passion of mine; working within the leadership team to accomplish this and similar objectives will strengthen our ability to respond to clients’ needs while supporting our employees,” says Davidson.
Fallowfield is a Principal and Director of Administration at Gibson. In this role, she owns the employee experience - from traditional HR to wellbeing, technology, and even the facilities in which Gibson employees work. Nicole is also a member of the Board of Directors. She is one of five female stockholders in the company. She is based in the Indianapolis office. “In many ways, I’ve been preparing for this role my entirecareer. The wellbeing work I have been doing for over 20 years has always been about helping people and organizations thrive. Most recently, I had the privilege of leading the operations team in employee benefits, which required a relentless focus on people and culture. Joining the leadership team will allow me to make a broader impact in championing our culture and developing our people throughout our entire organization,” says Fallowfield.
“Having input and perspectives from a more diverse group of leaders is a big win for
Gibson,” said CEO Tim Leman. “The combined experience of these women is an asset to the Executive Leadership team. Their styles are well aligned with our core values which will be instrumental as we continue our aggressive plans for both organic growth and fostering an amazing company culture.”
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SOUTH BEND/INDIANAPOLIS/FORT WAYNE/PLYMOUTH/KALAMAZOO – 01/22/2020 –
Gibson announces eight new principals. As of January 1, 2020, Mike Cahill, Patrick Harpenau, Ray Korson, Courtney Montfort, Chris Niezer, Courtney Simpkiss, Brock Squire, and Ashley Walsh joined Gibson’s stockholder group.
“Representing multiple Gibson offices and practice areas, these individuals bring immense talent and perspective to the table. It is especially exciting to welcome three more women to our partner group. With a total of 22 stockholders, Gibson is well positioned for the future,” said Tim Leman, Gibson CEO. “A big thank you and congratulations to these principals for all they’ve accomplished and the value they’ve driven at Gibson!”
Mike Cahill is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Fort Wayne Market President. He joined the Gibson team in 2020 and is based in the Fort Wayne office.
Patrick Harpenau is a Consultant in the Employee Benefits Practice. He joined the Gibson team in 2014 and is based in the South Bend office.
Ray Korson is Employee Benefits Practice Leader. He joined the Gibson team in 2014 and is based in the South Bend office.
Courtney Montfort is a Sales Team Leader in the Commercial Risk Management Practice. She joined the Gibson team in 2017 and is based in the Indianapolis office.
Chris Niezer is a Risk Advisor in the Commercial Risk Management Practice. He joined the Gibson team in 2015 and is based in the Fort Wayne office.
Courtney Simpkiss is Chief Growth Officer (CGO). She joined the Gibson team in 2018 and is based in the Indianapolis office.
Brock Squire is Chief Operating Officer (COO). He joined the Gibson team in 2019 and is based in the South Bend office.
Ashley Walsh is a Client Executive in the Employee Benefits Practice. She joined the Gibson team in 2008 and is based in the South Bend office.
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SOUTH BEND/ INDIANAPOLIS/FORT WAYNE/KALAMAZOO – 01/09/20 – Gibson has promoted Brock Squire to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Squire will continue to drive operational and strategic leadership in the key areas of system conversion, operational efficiency, carrier partnerships, and product & service innovation.
As COO, Brock will hold the Leadership Team accountable for achieving company goals, while ensuring all employees are rowing in the same direction. Employing clear communication, transparency, and training, Squire is dedicated to maintaining operational excellence and consistency with our employees, clients and partners.
“Promoting Brock to COO is a strategic and timely decision,” said Tim Leman, Gibson CEO. “His leadership style and deep understanding of business operations is well aligned with our plans for growth and expansion. He‘s already become an integral part of the Leadership Team.”
“I’m excited to take on the COO role at Gibson as we continue to innovate new solutions for clients, expand our business into new markets, make a positive impact in the community, and ensure Gibson is a great place for our people to grow in their careers,” said Squire.
Prior to joining Gibson, Brock spent 15 years with two of the largest insurance brokers in the country; Willis and Lockton. Most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer for Employee Benefits at Lockton Mountain West, he brings a wealth of experience in leading service teams, carrier relations, contracting, acquisitions, and building new capabilities and revenue streams. He has also been at the forefront of implementing data and system conversions.