Joel Porten Joins Alexander & Schmidt as Director of Strategic Initiatives

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Independent, national risk assessment services company appoints highly accomplished Loss Control professional to its team of industry experts.

Joel Porten, CSP, ARM, has been named Director of Strategic Initiatives at Alexander & Schmidt, one of the country’s leading Loss Control services providers. He joins the privately held, Maine-based firm after spending more than 25 years in technical, operations, and department leadership roles on the carrier side of the business.

Porten started his Loss Control career at Liberty Mutual where he developed deep, first-hand, technical expertise. He then went on to serve AIG in a variety of management roles between 1995 and 2015, including large account service, and then leading Loss Control departments for AIG Programs, Lexington Insurance, and Global Small and Medium Enterprises. Porten capped his many years at AIG serving as Assistant Vice President, Loss Control Manager, where he leveraged the expertise of traditional Loss Control field staff, specialists, and new technologies to provide both physical and virtual risk management services. Most recently, Porten served as Vice President of Risk Control at Vela Insurance Services, a W.R. Berkley company, where he managed countrywide E&S Loss Control services for construction, manufacturing, and general casualty. 

Alexander & Schmidt serves many of the nation’s leading commercial Property & Casualty Insurance companies, as well as numerous Super-Regional and Regional carriers, along with many MGAs and Program Administrators. “Helping Underwriters with their critical risk selection decisions and providing insights for risk control and risk improvement are the foundations of our business,” said Jim Schmidt, Alexander & Schmidt’s President and CEO. “Joel Porten adds his tremendous technical expertise and his significant management experience from the carrier side of the business to our team of outstanding Loss Control professionals,” Schmidt continued.

Porten got to know Alexander & Schmidt as one of their customers. “Jim Schmidt and his professional team have demonstrated a tremendous commitment to high-quality Loss Control in the commercial Property & Casualty business,” said Porten. “I am very excited now to be helping the company expand its products and services for its current customers, and in new market segments,” he added.

Alexander & Schmidt is a national Loss Control services provider, working with Insurance carriers, MGAs, Brokers and Program Administrators. For more than 30 years, the company has provided independent, professional risk assessment and risk control expertise to its Insurance industry partners. With its national network of professional Loss Control Consultants and Field Representatives, the company serves all 50 states from its national headquarters in Yarmouth, Maine.

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