McCarthy Bertschy Recruits SVP Human Resources to Assurance

McCarthy Bertschy is delighted to announce that Ms. Michele McDermott has joined Assurance as Senior Vice President, Human Resources.  Reporting directly to Ms. Jackie Gould, Chief Operating Officer, Michele is based at the company's headquarters in Schaumburg, IL.

Most recently, Ms. McDermott was SVP of Safety, and prior to this, SVP of Human Resources and Safety, at National Express, the second largest student transportation provider in North America. At the time, the company was $1 billion in revenue, has 25,000 employees, and transports 1 million students daily.  She reported to the CEO and was responsible for strategic leadership of the human resources and safety functions during the most significant growth period in the company's history. She served National Express for nine years.

In her early career, Ms. McDermott was a Management Trainee at American Stores, followed by nine years as an HR leader at Draw Enterprises, a company that provides waste transportation and recycling services to both residential and commercial customers in the Chicago area as well as 6 other states. She was the Director of HR at United Service Companies before joining National Express in 2006.  Ms. McDermott holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BS in Business Administration from Lewis University, where she graduated with Honors Distinction and played both volleyball and softball.


About Assurance

Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the Unites States.  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.

A privately-held company with 380 employees, Assurance offers its products and services through a suite of insurance solutions that includes: Business Insurance; Employee Benefits; Financial Services; Private Insurance; and Surety.

Assurance has experienced double-digit organic growth 13 of the last 14 years and continues this aggressive growth strategy.  Its five-member Executive Team is led by Chief Executive Officer Mr. Tony Chimino.  The company is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL with centralized office locations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO.

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