Hylant Group, an insurance brokerage firm, has hired Neil Silverblatt as new property & marine risk practice client service executive and Joel Speckman as new surety risk practice leader for its risk practice at its Chicago office.

While they will operate out of Hylant Group’s Chicago office, they are corporate resources that will support Hylant’s 12 offices throughout five states.

Prior to joining Hylant Group, Silverblatt amassed a decade of experience in the global property unit at Marsh where he specialized in large global property and placements.

Speckman has nearly 25 years of surety bond business experience. He is active in the industry serving on the board of directors of The Surety Association of Illinois, The National Association of Surety Bond Producers and a member of The Construction Financial Management Association.

Hylant offers complete risk management services, employee benefits consultation, loss control, healthcare management and insurance solutions for businesses and individuals.

Hylant Chicago office president Tony Evans said that Both Joel and Neil are impact players. They have the capability to immediately begin leveraging their knowledge and expertise for existing and potential clients.