IMA launches Houston marine practice with trio of hires

Fast-expanding insurance broker IMA has hired Katie McCord, Jason Homrighaus and Allyn Roberts to add a marine practice to its Houston, Texas office.

The three experienced insurance practitioners join the Houston office, which was launched in January this year. It now includes 25 insurance professionals.

In addition to adding expertise in marine insurance, the hires expand IMA offerings for the upstream, midstream and downstream energy sector and energy construction vertical.

Katie McCord will serve as IMA’s Senior Vice President and National Marine Practice Leader. She has spent her 15-year career in marine insurance, including roles on both the broking (Aon) and underwriting (Liberty International Underwriters) sides. She started her career in London as a broker and in 2009 moved to Houston, where she later became a leading underwriter for domestic and international risks.

Jason Homrighaus joins IMA as Senior Vice President – Energy and Marine. He is a licensed attorney with experience at Willis Towers Watson, where for the past five years he had been SVP Global Energy, Arthur J Gallagher and Horizon Wind Energy, where he was Project Counsel.

Allyn Roberts also joins IMA as a Senior Vice President – Energy and Marine. With nearly 20 years in the insurance industry, he brings a wide range of experience that includes marketing, servicing and broking for domestic and international clients. He had previously been at McGriff, Seibels & Williams, and prior to that at Willis Towers Watson.