Aliso Viejo, California, January 6, 2014 – Ringler Associates, the nation’s largest structured settlement company, is pleased to announce that Mr. Geoffrey E. Hunt will join the company as part of the leadership succession plan in transition for longtime President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert J. Blattenberg’s scheduled retirement. As such, following a lengthy national search, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to bring Mr. Hunt on board as President of the company on January 5, 2015, with Mr. Blattenberg continuing as CEO during the transition period.
Mr. Hunt began his career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Deloitte & Touche. In 1991, he joined Liberty Mutual in Boston, where, over the next 14 years, he rose to Executive Vice President for Regional Agency Markets, responsible for $2.5 billion in premiums. Prior to that, Mr. Hunt held positions of Executive VP and Manager of Field Operations and Business Markets, VP and Director of Corporate Finance, responsible for leading the acquisitions whereby Liberty Mutual entered into the independent agency markets in the U.S. and internationally. In 2005, he co-founded Narragansett Bay Insurance Company in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and served as a member of the Board of Directors. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Development at Risk Placement Services in Boston, a subsidiary of Arthur J. Gallagher with 1,000 employees and 70 offices nationwide producing over $2.2 billion in premiums.
Mr. Hunt is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Juris Doctor degree (JD) from Western New England School of Law and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in Taxation from Boston University. He lives in Scituate, Massachusetts, just south of Boston, with his wife, Brenda. He has two grown children, Natalie and Alexander.
Chairman of the Board, W. Ross Duncan says, “A great company is one that has the right people leading the business and one that also has the vision to identify the next generation of leaders to take over tomorrow. We are thrilled that Geoff Hunt will be joining Ringler Associates in this leadership role and we’re grateful to Bob Blattenberg for his extraordinary leadership over the past 31 years.”
According to Ringler Associates’ current President and CEO, Robert J. Blattenberg, “I’m impressed with Geoff’s credentials and intellect and he has a personality and synergy that will complement the strengths of our company. During the transition period and before my retirement, I will ensure that he becomes well acquainted with our business, our clients and our people in every dimension.”
Mr. Hunt is looking forward to joining Ringler Associates in the leadership role, saying, “I’m thrilled and excited to begin work at the helm of the established leader and innovator in the structured settlement business. My experience and aligned priorities track well with Ringler Associates’ strategic growth and innovation plans… It is a real luxury to have such a thoughtfully considered succession plan.”
Ringler Associates is also celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015, marking an historic milestone in the industry. With a solid foundation built in 1975, and subsequent decades of growth, Ringler Associates will continue its success with a steadfast mantra of Innovating for Today and Planning for Tomorrow.
About Ringler Associates
Ringler Associates, Inc. is the largest structured settlement company in the United States with over 140 consultants in more than 60 major cities. Established in 1975, the company is a team of experienced professionals who have earned the trust of all parties involved in the structured settlement process. Every Ringler Associate takes an individualized, customer-focused approach to each case, backed by the strength and resources of a national company to collaborate with injured people, attorneys and insurance professionals providing the best settlement solutions for claimants and their families.
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