Lockton Companies, a Kansas City-based firm specializing in insurance, risk management and employee benefits, has expanded to the Carolinas with the opening of a Lockton office in Charlotte.

The Lockton Charlotte team will provide commercial insurance, risk management, and employee benefits services for clients regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Longtime Charlotte insurance advisors Blake Graeber, Adams Withers and Steve Montgomery have joined Lockton Charlotte.

Graeber is an experienced risk management advisor, starting his 35-year career at Johnson & Higgins and Marsh. He spent the past 15 years as the president and CEO of Palmer & Cay in the Carolinas.

Withers joins Lockton after spending eight years with both Aon Risk Services and Marsh.

Prior to joining the insurance industry, he spent seven years in business development with financial printer Bowne, a predecessor company to RR Donnelly.

Montgomery has been with Aon more than 29 years where he held a number of senior management positions including heading the Carolina operations of Aon Risk Services for 10 years.

He joined Aon’s predecessor in the Carolinas, Pilot Insurance Agency, in 1982. Montgomery has broad property-casualty insurance expertise in construction, food service, aviation, manufacturing, life sciences, and energy.