Bob Cawley Elected Chairman of Assurex Global

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Bob Cawley, president of RCM&D in Baltimore, Md., is the 2013-2015 chairman of Assurex Global. He succeeds Stefan Nill, CEO & managing partner of Leue & Nill in Dortmund, Germany.

Cawley was recently elected during the Global Conference and Shareholders’ Meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which boasted Assurex Global Partner firms from more than 30 countries. Assurex Global is the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. Celebrating 60 years in 2014, Assurex Global is an exclusive partnership of the most prominent independent agents and brokers in the world.

“We are so fortunate to welcome Bob as chairman,” said Jim Hackbarth, Assurex Global president & CEO. “His appointment continues our longstanding track record of having recognized industry leaders in this important leadership position. I look forward to working closely with Bob as we continue to drive Assurex Global forward.”

We also owe great gratitude to Stefan Nill, our first non-North American chairman from 2011-2013. He has been an incredible advocate and source of support for Assurex Global over the years and we are extremely thankful for his leadership,” Hackbarth said.

RCM&D has a rich history with Assurex Global. Along with Fred C. Church, Inc. in Lowell, Mass., RCM&D is one of two firms who have been Assurex Global Partners since the organization was formed in 1954. Cawley is also the third chairman to come out of RCM&D. Charles C. Counselman, Jr. served as chairman from 1962-1963 and Albert R. Counselman served from 1988-1989. No other Assurex Global Partner firm has produced three chairmen.

“It is a true honor to lead Assurex Global as its chair for the next two years, but the real leadership is in the power of the partnership, not the power of one,” said Cawley. “I am fortunate to be able to build upon the momentum brought forward by Stefan and the energy and leadership of our regional chairs and board. With Jim Hackbarth’s leadership of our staff located in Columbus, Ohio; Mumbai, India; and London, England, Assurex Global is uniquely positioned to provide global resources to our Partners, their staff, and most importantly, our clients.   

In addition to serving as Assurex Global chairman and president of RCM&D, Cawley is the president and co-founder of GB Charities, Inc., which provides elementary, middle school and upper school scholarships to disadvantaged children to attend parochial schools throughout the greater Baltimore area. Additionally, Cawley serves on the board of directors of Catholic Charities of Baltimore and the board of sponsors of the Sellinger School of Business of Loyola University Maryland. Cawley is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland.

Cawley was also honored last week as a 2013 recipient of the Baltimore County Good Scout Award. This award honors a local leader who exemplifies the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as evidenced by their outstanding commitment to community service and leadership.

As well as Cawley’s new role, Assurex Global named Tom Hughston, CEO of Roach Howard Smith & Barton in Dallas, Texas, as a new member to its multinational board of directors. Tom joined the firm in 1991 and was appointed to the board of directors in 1995. He specializes in commercial insurance production.