H.W. Kaufman consists of over 50 offices around the globe, which are shaping the insurance industry.
Alan Jay KaufmanChairman, President & CEO
Alan Jay Kaufman is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of H.W. Kaufman Financial Group, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He is also the founding senior partner of a Detroit and Farmington Hills law firm, Kaufman, Payton & Chapa.
An energetic leader and entrepreneur, Mr. Kaufman identified and capitalized on the opportunity to improve client services and to expand the company through vertical integration. In 1996, Mr. Kaufman took private the H.W. Kaufman, a successful public company founded by his late father.
Under Mr. Kaufman’s leadership, both the Kaufman and the companies in its portfolio have delivered double-digit annual growth to reach over $2 billion in revenue in 2016. Burns & Wilcox, Kaufman’s flagship company and one of the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokers, generated over $1.2 billion in annual premium.
Strategic acquisitions and global expansion have created under the Kaufman umbrella a portfolio of insurance-related companies that draw expertise and strength from each other to better serve clients.
In recognition of his entrepreneurial leadership, Ernst & Young awarded Alan Jay Kaufman the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Business Services Category for Michigan and Northwest Ohio in June 2011. In 2012, American Agent & Broker recognized Mr. Kaufman as one of the top 25 Living Legends of Insurance. Mr. Kaufman received the Distinguished Alumni award from his alma mater, Michigan State University in 2013. Most recently, he was named to the 2017 Hot 100 list for the second time by Insurance Business America in recognition of his commitment to developing talent.
Mr. Kaufman’s dedication to excellence and achievement can be traced back to his commitment to education and leadership training. In 2007, he founded the Kaufman Institute, which provides ongoing professional development opportunities for his valued employees through classroom and web based training and education programs for the insurance industry.
An active philanthropist, Mr. Kaufman dedicates considerable time and resources to many civic, community and business organizations.
In 2015, Mr. Kaufman endowed a chair at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University to provide academic leadership in insurance. The Alan Jay and Sue E. Kaufman Endowed Professorship in Insurance and Risk Management reflects Mr. Kaufman’s vision in which talented students can discover the wealth of career opportunities in the insurance industry.
In addition he currently serves on many boards, including Business Leaders for Michigan; The Detroit Economic Club; Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business Alumni Association; Walsh College; Detroit Zoological Society; and the United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Mr. Kaufman holds a B.A. from Michigan State University in finance, insurance, and accounting and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He also studied international law at the London School of Economics.