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Richard Cline - Chairman


Mr. Cline served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nicor Inc. beginning in 1985, and became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 1986. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in May 1995 and continued to serve as Chairman until his retirement from the company at the end of 1995. Prior to joining Nicor, Mr. Cline was an executive of Jewel Companies, Inc. for 22 years, becoming Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in 1984. He is also Chairman of Hawthorne Investors, Inc., a private management advisory and investment firm he founded in 1996. Additionally, he has served as a director of Ryerson, Inc., Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of The Northern Funds, The Northern Institutional Funds and The Northern Multi-Manager Funds and he is a past chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Cline was Chairman of Hussmann International, Inc. Mr. Cline is a director emeritus and past president of the University of Illinois Foundation.

Jeff Cline – Founding Partner


Jeff began his insurance career with the Aon Corporation in 1995. Having held several different management jobs, Mr. Cline left the company in 2007 as the President of Aon’s Private Risk Management division to head up BCU Risk Advisors. “The decision to leave Aon was very difficult given I was working alongside the brightest minds in the insurance brokerage industry,” says Cline. “However, I believe there to be tremendous opportunity to enhance the continuity of contact and level of service we provide our clients via a smaller and less diversified firm. That is why we formed a company exclusively dedicated to the risk management needs of this particular client segment.”
Prior to joining Aon, Mr. Cline was responsible for international business development for PET International, now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pillsbury Corporation. Mr. Cline was responsible for product development within Eastern Europe and the continent of Australia.
Mr. Cline is a graduate of Loyola University and holds a degree in English.

To contact Mr. Cline directly, please send an email to: jcline@bcuriskadvisors.com

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Bruce Billmeyer - Founding Partner


Bruce has been focusing on the high net worth segment since 1989, where he held the position of Vice President at Marsh & McLennan. Bruce left Marsh and between 1993 – 2001, he launched the highly successful private risk management practices at both Near North and Mesirow Financial. Bruce joined Aon in 2001 as Vice President of National Sales for Aon Private Risk Management and is widely recognized as the nation’s top risk management consultant for the affluent.
Bruce is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago and holds a degree in Business.

To contact Mr. Billmeyer directly, please send an email to: bbillmeyer@bcuriskadvisors.com

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William Uniowski - Founding Partner


Bill began his insurance career in 1974 with Royal Insurance. He spent 21 years with Prudential Insurance where he advanced to Vice President of Property and Casualty operations where he oversaw 500 employees and a $600 million operation, including claims, marketing, and underwriting. Bill joined Aon in 2001 as Senior Vice President of the Private Risk Management division where he was responsible for national operations including offices in over 12 states. He is now the Principal & COO of BCU Risk Advisors.
Mr. Uniowski holds the Society of Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) designation.

To contact Mr. Uniowski directly, please send an email to: buniowski@bcuriskadvisors.com

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Elaine Phillips – Vice President


Elaine graduated with a business degree majoring in Insurance from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She began her career as a Personal Lines Underwriter with The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in 1989. She then moved on to Near North Insurance Brokerage in 1991. In 1995 she began working closely with BCU’s now Principal & President, Bruce Billmeyer in Near North’s Executive Risk Management Division. Before joining BCU Risk Advisors in April 2007, Elaine served as Midwest Regional Director for Aon Private Risk Management in Chicago for six years. She has 20 years experience working with high-net worth clientele.

To contact Ms. Phillips directly, please send an email to: ephillips@bcuriskadvisors.com

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