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2014 40 Under 40 Broker Awards: Kelly Kinzer

Midwest Region

2014 40 Under 40 Broker Awards: Kelly Kinzer

Senior vice president

Marsh USA Inc., a unit of Marsh L.L.C.

Age: 33

Construction industry growth driven by economic recovery has made Kelly Kinzer one of the key brokers to which Marsh USA Inc. clients turn.

The senior vice president in Marsh's construction practice is one of the top professionals with the construction insurance sales team in Minneapolis.

She is responsible for placing insurance for construction projects in nearly half of the United States, including construction of the $684 million St. Croix River Crossing project that connects Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, and St. Joseph, Wisconsin.

She also provides insurance and risk advisory services on construction projects around the world. She said clients want more risk management services, including advice on attracting talent and protecting aging workers, as construction has rebounded.

Ms. Kinzer began her post-college career as a construction underwriter for Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.'s construction program, and said that has proven helpful to her on the brokerage side of the insurance business.

“Each contractor and each project is so incredibly different, and the risks can range from simple to very complex. So each day is challenging, and the work is incredibly diverse,” Ms. Kinzer said.

Mary E. Wawro, Minneapolis-based vice president and general counsel of commercial real estate firm Ryan Cos. US Inc., said Ms. Kinzer has “consistently delivered outstanding service” as a broker for the firm. “When I first interviewed Kelly, I was struck by her maturity, experience and knowledge. Now, after having worked with her, she has become one of my favorite outside vendors for the value and integrity of the service she provides,” she said.

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