Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Jay Kaufman is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of H.W. Kaufman Group, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He is also the founding senior partner of a Detroit and Farmington Hills law firm, Kaufman, Payton & Chapa.
A motivated leader and entrepreneur, Mr. Kaufman identified and capitalized on the opportunity to improve client services and to expand the company through vertical integration. In 1996, Mr. Kaufman took Kaufman, a successful public company, private.
Under Mr. Kaufman’s leadership, both Kaufman and the companies in its portfolio have delivered double-digit annual growth to reach over $1.6 billion in revenue in 2014. Burns & Wilcox, Kaufman’s flagship company and one of the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokers, generated over $1 billion in annual premium.
Additionally, surgical acquisitions and global expansion have built a portfolio of companies that leverage each other’s strength and expertise.
In recognition of his entrepreneurial leadership, Ernst & Young awarded Alan Jay Kaufman the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Business Services Category for Michigan and Northwest Ohio in June 2011. In 2012, American Agent & Broker recognized Mr. Kaufman as one of the top 25 Living Legends of Insurance. Mr. Kaufman received the Distinguished Alumni award from his alma mater, Michigan State University in 2013. Most recently, he was named to the 2014 Hot 100 list by Insurance Business America in recognition for his commitment to developing talent.
Mr. Kaufman’s dedication to excellence and success can be traced back to his commitment to education and leadership training. In 2007, he founded the Kaufman Institute, which provides ongoing professional development opportunities for his valued employees through classroom and web based training and education programs for the insurance industry.
An active philanthropist, Mr. Kaufman dedicates considerable time and resources to many civic, community and business organizations.
In 2015, Mr. Kaufman established a major endowment within the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University to provide academic leadership in insurance. The Alan Jay and Sue E. Kaufman Endowed Professorship in Insurance and Risk Management reflects Mr. Kaufman’s vision in which talented students can discover the wealth of opportunities that come with pursuing insurance as a career.
In addition he currently serves as an active board member of Business Leaders for Michigan; The Detroit Economic Club; Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business Alumni Association; Walsh College; and the Boy Scouts of America Great Lakes Council.
Mr. Kaufman holds a B.A. from Michigan State University in finance, insurance, and accounting and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He also studied international law at the London School of Economics.
Chief Operating Officer
Danny Kaufman is Executive Vice President for the H.W. Kaufman Group, the globally recognized a leader in insurance, real estate and financial services. He also serves as Chief Operating Officer for Burns & Wilcox, a leading specialty insurance wholesaler and Kaufman’s largest subsidiary.
Representing the third generation of family leadership, Danny maintains responsibility for the daily operations of Burns & Wilcox and guides the company’s sales, marketing and digital teams across the company’s 60+ offices and 2,000+ associates. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the H.W. Kaufman Group and Atain Insurance Companies.
Danny received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and his Juris Doctor from Loyola University (Chicago). He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.
In addition, Danny’s civil and non-profit commitments include the City of Hope National Insurance Industry Council, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council, Detroit Historical Society and the Kaufman Family Foundation.
Jodie Kaufman Davis
Corporate Senior Vice President & Managing Director
Jodie Kaufman Davis is Corporate Senior Vice President, H.W. Kaufman Group and Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox Canada. Jodie leads operations for the six Canada locations, and plays an integral role in the development and execution of the Managing General Agent’s overall growth strategy.
Under Jodie’s direction, Burns & Wilcox Canada has increased its amount of premiums written by more than 120 per cent, and its headcount by more than 80 per cent. Jodie also has been instrumental in expanding the MGA’s robust product offering in the hard-to-place specialty risks arena, such as building out the Burns & Wilcox Center of Excellence for Commercial Marine.
Jodie is actively involved in talent and business development initiatives where her forward-thinking has set up Burns & Wilcox Canada for continued success. Today, through insurance immersion days and employee programs for recent college graduates like the Kaufman Emerging Leaders Program (KELP), Jodie has helped to recruit a diverse workforce where 65 per cent of employees fall into the Millennial age range.
Recently, Jodie was appointed as the Canada Chair for Insurance Supper Club, an organization supporting the inclusion of women in the insurance industry. She also serves on the board of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Toronto, where she has been an active member for the past two years. She is a member on the Board of Directors for the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto, and recently completed a six-year program with the Jewish Federation of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. Jodie also serves on the board of Atain Insurance Companies, an H.W. Kaufman Group company.
Prior to joining H.W. Kaufman Group, Jodie spent more than seven years at the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney. In this role, she advised Canadian and U.S. companies on mergers and acquisitions, capital market financing, and complex regulatory issues.
Jodie received a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She holds a Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario license, and is licensed across all Canadian provinces.
Corporate Senior Vice President
Chris Zoidis directs the Corporate Development initiatives across H.W. Kaufman Group. He is responsible for executing the company’s global growth strategy and overseeing the Burns & Wilcox relationship with the London market. Chris is also responsible for the Burns & Wilcox Special Risk Division, a strategic underwriting and brokerage team that is home to some of the industry’s leading specialty insurance experts.
Prior to joining Burns & Wilcox, Chris spent nearly a decade in consulting, focused on insurance strategy, operations and mergers & acquisitions. Chris also has previous experience as a commercial underwriter at St. Paul/Travelers and Crum & Forster.
Chris earned a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston College. He also studied at the London School of Economics and holds a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Dan Muldowney serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Burns & Wilcox and leads the company’s financial operations, strategic planning and global growth strategy. For more than 10 years, Dan has served as CFO and played a key role in transforming the company’s finance and accounting capabilities to supports its evolution as a global insurance organization.
He is an elected Fellow of the Life Management Institute and earned the “with distinction” certification from the Life Office Management Association in 1991. Dan is past-President of the Michigan Chapter of Insurance Accounting and System Association and previously served as a board member for the Michigan Chapter of the Life Office Management Association and Michigan Life and Health Guaranty Association.
Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University.