August 9, 2021

Avalon Announces Management Change


Avalon Risk Management (Avalon) announced today that it has named Michael S. Brown as its new President & CEO. Mike succeeds Lisa M. Gelsomino, who after 23 years as a founding partner and 13 years as President & CEO of Avalon, has announced she is stepping down in her role to spend more time with her family. Ms. Gelsomino will continue to serve Avalon as a Senior Advisor focusing on her continued role in the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) through various working groups including AD/CVD, Bond, Forced Labor, In-Bond, IPR, 1USG, the 21st Century Customs Framework Task Force, and others. She will also continue to participate in the Trade Support Network (TSN) and various government affairs on behalf of Avalon and the trade.

“Many of you know Mike since he was also a founding partner of Avalon and has been with the company from the very beginning,” stated James R. Zuhlke, Executive Chairman. “Mike opened Avalon’s Boston office in 1998. He later served as Senior Vice President, Sales and most recently as Avalon’s Executive Vice President where he oversaw sales and marketing activities nationwide as well as Avalon’s Eastern and Midwest Divisions, National Account and Marketing Departments. His knowledge and expertise are unparalleled in the industry. Please join me in congratulating Mike as he leads Avalon toward our future.”

Mr. Zuhlke thanked Lisa for her 30 years of service to the industry and 13 years of leadership as Avalon’s President & CEO. “Lisa was one of Avalon’s original employees in 1998 when she opened the New York office where she served until 2002. She then relocated to the corporate office to assume greater responsibilities and was named President & CEO in 2008. Her many achievements on behalf of the industry include serving six years as an appointee to COAC and its many subcommittees and working groups. If you have any concerns relating to CBP or other PGAs, you may continue to reach out to her for support in areas that impact trade facilitation and/or enforcement.”

“I would like to thank Lisa for her valuable contributions to Avalon over the years,” stated Mr. Brown. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our team into the future and look forward to continuing to build the company.”

Avalon Risk Management is a premier provider of insurance and surety solutions to the logistics industry. Local service is provided through ten offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. Products include Surety and Transportation Bonds, Cargo Insurance, Professional Liability and Business Insurance.

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