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2014 40 Under 40 Broker Awards: Marianne Halvorsen

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Vice president and partner

Lockton Cos. L.L.C.

Age: 38

Ask Marianne Halvorsen what she most enjoys about working in the insurance business, and she sums that up in one word: interaction.

“I love the interaction with people, the interaction with clients and the interaction with colleagues,” says Ms. Halvorsen, a vice president and partner at broker Lockton Cos. L.L.C. in New York.

“I love working with clients. I am passionate about finding new and creative ways to help larger companies protect their balance sheets,” Ms. Halvorsen said.

At the same time, “It is inspiring for me to work with smaller, startup companies, helping them to find new ways to grow,” she said.

Clients agree.

“She is so knowledgeable in her area,” said Thomas Hallen, chief financial officer of restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien in New York.

Her colleagues are in awe of Ms. Halvorsen's energy as well as her knowledge.

“I have never met anyone more dynamic or energetic. She seems to know just about everything in the field,” said Rose Puerto, vice president of the Northeast operations of Lockton in New York.

Her accomplishments are many, including building Lockton's Northeast book of business and establishing an educational forum where private equity firms can discuss insurance issues.

Her interests extend beyond the brokerage world.

For example, she developed a risk leadership development program for women attending St. John's University School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science in New York in 2012.

Ms. Halvorsen also led a number of charity fundraising events in New York, and serves on the board of directors for Youth at Risk, which provides mentors to help children complete their education.

“Certainly, my goal for the future is finding ways to build Lockton's business, but it also is helping people in need of support,” Ms. Halvorsen said.