August 18, 2021

Avalon Announces Executive Promotions


Avalon Risk Management (Avalon) announced several management changes today. Keith Sanchez has been appointed Executive Vice President, Growth, where he will be responsible for the company’s nationwide sales activities. Keith is one of Avalon's founding partners and previously served as the Vice President, Western Division. “Keith is a proven sales leader. I am confident that his energy and sales management skills will enable Avalon to continue and further accelerate its growth.” stated Michael Brown, Avalon’s President & CEO. “I appreciate the opportunity to help further grow our company, and I’m extremely fortunate to be surrounded with such a knowledgeable and talented group at Avalon. Along with our innovative insurance products and technology offerings, Avalon is poised for dramatic growth. I look forward to helping take Avalon to new heights.” stated Keith Sanchez.

The company also announced that it has promoted Kimberly Wakeman to Vice President, Regional Operations & Government Affairs. Kimberly will oversee the customer service operations of Avalon’s offices throughout the United States and also spearhead the company’s government affairs activities. Previously, Kimberly served as Vice President of the company’s Southern Division. “Kimberly understands the value proposition that we offer our clients. She and her team have done an excellent job delivering top-notch service to Avalon’s Southern Division customers. In addition to being an experienced manager, Kimberly brings a unique perspective. She is a licensed customs broker and was once a customer of Avalon’s.” said Mr. Brown. “I am honored and excited to take on this new position as I am extremely passionate about our industry, customers, and operational excellence.” stated Kimberly Wakeman.

The company also announced that it has promoted key members of Avalon’s Corporate Management team:

  • Nathan Baylor from Vice President, Operations to Executive Vice President, Operations;
  • Denise Chipman from Vice President, Human Resources to Executive Vice President, Human Resources; and
  • Terrie Sapronetti from Vice President, Underwriting to Executive Vice President, Underwriting
  • “I am fortunate to have such committed and talented partners. I have worked with Nathan, Denise, and Terrie for years. They are driven leaders that have been a critical part of Avalon’s success. In their updated roles, we anticipate greater efficiencies, system enhancements, and program improvements that will strengthen our business partnerships and lead our team to even more success in the future.” said Mr. Brown.

    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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