Deerfield, IL (February 1, 2023) — Alera Group, a top independent national insurance and wealth services firm, announced today the appointment of two regional managing directors: Christopher “Chris” Hayes and Richard “Ricky” Levitz. In their new roles, Hayes and Levitz will help drive Alera Group’s growth activities and develop leadership teams who will help create and bolster expansion in the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States.

Christopher “Chris” Hayes has been appointed managing director in the Southeast region overseeing growth and operations across 26 locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. Rooted in a strong relationship-driven belief system, Hayes brings his extensive experience to this new leadership role. He joined Propel, an Alera Group company, in 2021 as a regional director. Prior to that, he spent 29 years in senior leadership roles at McGriff, a national insurance brokerage firm.

Richard “Ricky” Levitz has been named managing director in the Midwest region working with 16 offices throughout Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Levitz has held several senior leadership roles within Alera Group and Alera Group Midwest (formerly GCG Financial), including his role as managing partner for the past six years. His depth of experience with leading a large, complex and highly successful firm positions him incredibly well to help all the locations in the Midwest region come together in a high performance, growth-oriented organization.

“To continue moving Alera Group forward and support our goals, we have begun to implement several initiatives including the formation of a regional structure across Alera Group,” said Jim Blue, President of Alera Group. “Chris and Ricky’s appointments will ensure that the Southeast and Midwest regions have intentional leadership, resources and a culture of collaboration needed to succeed. We are excited to announce these two well-deserved promotions and we look forward to seeing them continue to excel.”


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Alera Group is an independent, national insurance and wealth services firm with more than $1 billion in annual revenue, offering comprehensive employee benefits, property and casualty insurance, retirement plan services and wealth services solutions to clients nationwide. By working collaboratively across specialties and geographies, Alera Group’s team of more than 4,000 professionals in more than 180 offices provides creative, competitive services that help ensure a client’s business and personal success. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn.