Schaumburg, Ill. (March 30, 2017) – Assurance, a Top 50 U.S. insurance brokerage, is proud to announce the promotion of Michael Rivas to senior vice president, risk management services. Effective March 1, 2017, he now oversees the company’s risk services department which includes: compliance, wellness, risk transfer, safety and claims. Rivas was formally the safety director at Assurance.

His main responsibility is to integrate risk management services for a more holistic approach to minimizing risk and maximizing health. To accomplish this, Rivas meets with clients in a collaborative manner, determines their needs and develops a solutions-based service plan.

“Michael has been integral in helping drive Assurance’s tagline and the value of combining both health and safety-focused initiatives,” said Dan Klaras, president at Assurance. “I am excited and confident in his abilities to take on the role of senior vice president, risk management services.”

Michael received a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Governors State University. He sits on the Governors State Advisory Board and is a member of the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association, Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers and American Occupational Therapy Association. He has authored several published articles and spoken on a wide range of risk management topics for various associations. 

Rivas will expand on Jay Shelton’s previous responsibilities with his promotion, as Shelton helps spearhead Assurance’s in-house executive risk services.

About Assurance
Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S. A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. The company is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL with centralized office locations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO. Visit Assurance at