In order to expand its specialty primary casualty and excess underwriting units, American Safety Insurance announced the recent hiring of a team of talented underwriters to establish an office in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Roger S. Kolb, II, Assistant Vice President- Primary Casualty. Roger has more than 32 years of experience in the excess & surplus lines business and will be focusing on geographic diversification in the Midwestern U.S. He has previously worked at Argo Group, Arch Insurance Group and other insurance companies earlier in his career. Roger can be reached at Roger.email@example.com or (312) 924-2715. Michael A. Troike, Assistant Vice President- Primary Casualty. Michael has more than 19 years of construction and products liability underwriting experience at Argo Group, Zurich North America and other insurance companies earlier in his career. Michael can be reached at Mike.firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 924-2713. Brian Timmel, Assistant Vice President- Excess Casualty. Brian comes to us from Argo Group and has 16 years experience in the E&S market. He has previously worked at General Reinsurance and Cincinnati Financial Corporation. Brian can be reached at Brian.email@example.com or (312) 924-2714. Anthony W. Fick, Assistant Vice President- Excess Casualty. Anthony came to ASI from Colony Specialty Insurance Company and has more than 15 years of experience as a casualty underwriter, including time at Allied World Assurance Company, Benfield Inc. Corporation, and other insurance companies earlier in his career. Anthony can be reached at Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 924-2712. Samantha Kollmorgen, Senior Underwriting Assistant. Samantha has 8 years of experience in the E&S marketplace and has previously worked at Colony Specialty and HUB International. Samantha can be reached at Samantha.email@example.com or (312) 924-2716. “I am very pleased with the opening of a new office in Chicago to expand our presence in the Midwest. Since 2006 we have added several new product lines. Now our focus is to grow organically and to leverage our broad E&S product platform,” said Ambuj “AJ” Jain, Senior Vice President, US Operations. “As market conditions improve, we are poised for significant growth.” Further information on the office location will be forthcoming.