Alan J. Levitz is the Chief Executive Officer of Alera Group and has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. He most recently served as chief executive officer of GCG Financial, Inc., providing visionary and strategic leadership to the firm. Under his leadership, GCG Financial, Inc. grew into a multi-dimensional insurance and financial services company providing benefits, property and casualty, risk management, and wealth management products and services to thousands of individuals, families, and businesses.
Levitz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and has since earned several industry designations, including Certified Financial Planner™ professional, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). Levitz has been published in many industry journals on topics ranging from management issues to retirement planning and has been called on to serve on advisory boards for several financial services product providers.
Jim Blue is the President of Alera Group. Previously, Blue served as the CEO of Marsh & McLennan Agency, New England, where he led exponential growth efforts and developed global resources. In his role with Alera Group, Blue focuses on leading revenue growth, integrating new firms within the national culture, and developing and executing strategic initiatives.
Blue is a graduate of Boston College (Finance and Marketing focus) and has his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) designations. He serves on a number of boards and is very active fundraising for numerous community non-for-profits.
Peter Marathas, Managing Partner of Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP, serves as the Chief Legal Counsel to Alera Group. Marathas is one of the nation’s leading employee benefits and executive compensation lawyers, and has close to 25 years of experience in the industry. He has earned a solid national reputation as being among a short list of employee benefits attorneys who can guide his clients through complex federal and state benefits, compensation laws and tax, securities, ERISA, and corporate governance issues.
Marathas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from Bradley University. He also graduated magna cum laude from University of Illinois with his Juris Doctor degree. Marathas is a prolific author, writer, and active speaker on all employee benefits matters. He is licensed in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Florida.
William (Billy) Corrigan is the Chief Financial Officer of Alera Group. Prior to joining the firm, Corrigan held the position of chief financial officer for the International Division at Marsh. He was responsible for the financial results of Marsh’s $3B business outside of North America. Corrigan also served as chief financial officer of Marsh & McLennan Agency, which, when he joined, was a newly formed company within Marsh to focus on growing U.S. middle market business primarily through acquisitions of independent agencies.
Corrigan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Caledonian University located in Glasgow. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Robert J. Lieblein is the Chief Development Officer for Alera Group. With more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Lieblein has been involved in more than 150 M&A transactions throughout his career. Most recently, Lieblein served as executive vice president on the Mergers & Acquisitions team for Marsh, Berry & Co., Inc. He was responsible for a wide variety of activities relating to deal execution on the buy side and sell side of M&A transactions. He is an expert in acquisition analysis, transaction valuation and structuring, acquisition strategy, due diligence, negotiations, and post-acquisition consulting.
Lieblein earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Mathematics, and Computer Science from Shippensburg University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and maintains his Series 62, 79, and 63 FINRA Registrations.
Danielle CapillaDirector of Compliance, Employee Benefits
Danielle is the Director of Compliance for Alera’s Employee Benefits division. She previously served as the Senior Vice President of Compliance and Operations and Chief Compliance officer at United Benefit Advisors (UBA). Additionally, she served as an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University. She worked as a Senior Writer Analyst at Wolters Kluwer and as a Law Clerk at Clifford Law Offices.
Danielle graduated with a B.A. in Sociology, History, and Business at Tulane University. She earned her JD in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law.
Brian Caracciolo is the Corporate Controller of Alera Group. Previously, Brian held the position of Director of Finance at Baxter. Prior to that, he held the position of Chief Accounting Officer at Hub International and was formerly a Senior Manager at PwC, where his clients included a variety of public and private companies in the insurance industry. Brian is a CPA in the state of Illinois.
Brian holds a Masters of Accounting, BBA, which he earned from the University of Texas at Austin.
Melissa is the Manager of Total Rewards for Alera Group who focuses on coordinating human capital integration, administration of all health and welfare/401(k) benefit plans, assisting with the management of compensation policies and practices and leading FMLA/Leave of Absence administration efforts. Prior to Alera Group, she was a Benefits Manager at United Rentals for over 11 years.
Melissa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a B.A. in Spanish, and has earned certifications in: CEBS, a PHR, and a SHRM-CP.
John Clark is the national Employee Benefits Practice Leader for Alera Group. Formerly the Senior Vice President and Benefits Practice Leader for Assurex Global, Clark has gained extensive agency and carrier experience through working with some of the most prominent independent insurance agents and brokers in the world. Before working at Assurex Global, Clark was the Vice President for The Oswald Companies. Prior to that, Clark was president of the Cornerstone Broker Insurance Services Agency in Cincinnati, Ohio for 10 years.
Clark earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication from Miami University in Ohio.
Carolyn is the Deputy General Counsel for Alera Group. Prior to joining Alera, she served as the Assistant General Counsel – M&A at DaVita, Inc, and as the Corporate Counsel for Marsh & McLennan Companies. She prides herself on being a seasoned corporate and insurance regulatory attorney with significant M&A experience.
Carolyn graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.S. in Business (Finance and Accounting). She then graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a J.D.
Bill DoucetteVice President of Human Resources and Organization Development
Bill Doucette is the Vice President of Human Resources and Organization Development at Alera Group, Inc. He served as the Vice President of Human Resources at NES Rentals Holdings for 15 years. He served as the Vice President of Human Resources at Edward Don & Company, the Director of Human Resources at Redi-Cut Foods, Inc, and as the Director of Human Resources and Equity Partner at Fresh Start Foods Limited Partnership. He currently serves as an Adjuct Professor at Benedictine University.
Bill graduated with a BSBA in Business Administration – Human Resources from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has a MSIR in Industrial Relations from Loyola University Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University.
Mark Englert is the Property & Casualty Leader for Alera Group. In this capacity, Mark is responsible for leading the development of world-class Property & Casualty solutions for Alera Group clients. He works closely with firms across the nation to enhance client experiences, build out new capabilities and coordinate services and resources between firms.
Englert brings over 25 years of insurance industry and related experience to Alera Group, most recently as Managing Director at USI Insurance Services. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and leader of Wells Fargo Insurance Services’ Metro Partnership.
Englert holds both a BBA and MBA from St. John’s University.
Eric EschlimanVice President, Financial Planning & Analysis
Eric Eschliman is the Vice President of FP&A at Alera Group. Prior to joining Alera, Eric was an investment banking Associate at Robert W. Baird in the Technology & Business Services Group. At Baird, Eric provided analytical support and insight on mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and other financial advisory services. Prior to Baird, Eric was in the Industrials Group at Brown Gibbons Lang.
Eric graduated from Miami University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Michael GluckVice President of Marketing and Communications
Michael Gluck is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Alera Group. Michael has served as the Director of Marketing for GCG Financial, LLC, and in the Global Human Resource Solution (GHRS) division of PriceWaterHouseCoopers where he spent much of his time working to build “Centers of Excellence” and roll out E-leaning initiatives with Fortune 500 clients. Michael was a member of Vistage International from 2015-2017 and served as president of Securian Financial’s Agency Management Resource Group.
Michael graduated with a B.A. Degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.
As the Director of Business Development, Matt is a critical part of Alera Group’s continued growth. Matt brings more than 12 years of insurance experience to Alera Group and has been nationally recognized as being one of the “Rising Stars in Advising” by Employee Benefit Advisor Magazine. Matt was the former Vice President of Business Development at United Benefit Advisors (UBA) where he worked with the leadership of insurance agencies across the country as a strategic industry consultant. In 2016, Matt joined LHD Benefit Advisors in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he helped CFOs, CEOs and human capital executives navigate the complexities of their employee benefits program.
Matt attended Taylor University in Indiana and graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies.
Robert served as the Director of Information Technology at GCG Financial. Prior to that, he was the founder of 365 IT Support, Inc. / Svenson Consulting, which focused on providing small businesses the power and professionalism of a much larger company’s IT Department.
Robert graduated with an Associate’s degree from Harper College, and a degree in Information Technology from Northern Illinois University.
Brian Sweeny brings over 20 years of experience to the Alera Group team. He started as a Financial Analyst at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc before becoming the CFO for SIG for 18 years. During that time, he was a winner of the 2016 Executive Management Awards by Baltimore SmartCEO. When SIG joined Alera Group, Brian became the Director of Business Development. He switched roles a year later to become the Director of Mergers and Acquisitions.
Brian graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, General.