A twenty-five-year insurance industry veteran, David Hobbs has been named president and chief operating officer of The Hilb Group (THG), LLC effective Oct. 1, 2015. As president and COO, Hobbs is responsible for business operations across THG’s 37 office locations nationwide. Hobbs will report directly to CEO, Robert Hilb.
Hobbs began working with Hilb Rogal & Hobbs Co. (HRH) in 1992 as a sales representative. Hobbs became president of the Alabama region in 1999, where he was head of operations for one of the largest offices in the HRH system until it was acquired by the Willis Group in 2008.
In 2009, Hobbs joined McGriff, Seibels & Williams, a regional insurance brokerage firm owned by BB&T and part of the fifth largest insurance brokerage firms in the United States. He was named president of the firm’s Alabama operations in 2013. Hobbs is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College.
"David Hobbs is a respected and trusted leader within our industry," said Robert Hilb, president and CEO of THG.
"He has a strong reputation for leading emerging businesses and their people to success and will bring a wealth of experience to The Hilb Group. He will be a vital asset as we continue implementing our national expansion strategy, and I am grateful to have him join our team during this critical growth period."
Hilb and Hobbs began their careers at HRH in 1992. Since then, they have worked closely together in various roles. Hobbs was an original shareholder of THG when the company launched in 2009.
"As a top 100 brokerage firm, The Hilb Group has crossed an important threshold in its business growth," said Hobbs. "My experience at larger firms will help enhance The Hilb Group’s operations. I’m excited to join such a great team and work diligently to achieve our aggressive growth goals."
The Hilb Group is a leading middle market insurance agency headquartered in Richmond, Va. and is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm, ABRY Partners.
The Hilb Group seeks to grow through targeted acquisitions in the middle market insurance brokerage space. The company now has 37 offices in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.