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Mr Danis is founder chairman of Risk Consulting Partners a risk management advisory insurance brokerage firm with offices in Chicago, Dallas and Saint Louis. The firm represents corporate enterprises, private equity firms and private clients as it relates to property asset protection, corporate, professional and personal liability, health care benefits, life insurance and other specialty needs.
In addition, he is currently a Senior Advisor to investment firms Rising Tide and board member of Chicago Pacific Partners and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. In addition. Danis most recently is a past board member of Chief Executive Organization, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. and Chairman of the Loyola University School of Business. and has served on many other corporate and civic boards during his career.
He was the Founder And Senior Managing Principal of RCP Advisors, LLC. An Institutional Private Equity Fund of Funds with in excess of $8B under management and was responsible for general management and strategic directionof the firm. He served as Chairman of the firm until June of 2012. In addition, Mr. Danis led the institutional relationships of many buyout funds throughout the United States and was on the advisory boards of several buyout funds in which RCP invested. He has been involved in the private equity industry for over 25 years.
Mr Danis was Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aon Corporation and and later became Vice Chairman of Aon Risk Services of the Americas. His responsible for the United States operating businesses and served on the boards of both Aon Risk Services of the Americas and Aon Risk Services Worldwide .
For more than 10 years, Mr. Danis served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Corroon and Black of Missouri, Inc.
He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization and Chief Executive Organization CEO.
Mr. Danis received a B.S. in Mathematics from St. Louis University and an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and has a CPCU and Investment Advisory certification.
Personally he has been married for 53 years, has 4 daughters and 10 grandchildren.
Heather Gardere is CEO and Chief Growth Officer of Risk Consulting Partners. Ms. Gardere is responsible for business development across all geographies, recruiting, developing, and retaining key people, client service and the overall growth and success of the firm. Heather is a founding principle of RCP and has been instrumental in building the firm based on the vision of the Chairman, Tim Danis.
Prior to joining Risk Consulting Partners, Ms. Gardere founded and was President of Crestone Risk Management, a specialty insurance broker in Dallas. Her firm focused on executive liability including directors and officers, errors and omissions, fiduciary, crime and other related exposures.
Ms. Gardere began her career over twenty years ago at Corroon and Black in Boston as part of the management training program. Ms. Gardere then joined Aon Risk Services in Chicago as the national practice liaison for voluntary benefits. She was the top producer in 1999 and 2000, in a group of more than 100 sales associates. She joined Lockton Companies in Dallas focusing on large corporate opportunities and complex risk management strategies.
Ms. Gardere received her Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Psychology from Saint Louis University. Ms. Gardere is married and has been for 27 years. She and her husband have a daughter 24 and a son 22.
Nick Koenemann joined Risk Consulting Partners (RCP) in 2015. Currently, Nick serves as the President of RCP and is a leader of the private equity practice group within the firm. Nick is part of the leadership team responsible for shaping the strategy and growth plans for the firm.
In the private equity space, he has worked with clients across the country to help guide them through complex transactions. His extensive private equity expertise is focused on consulting clients on employee benefits, insurance, and risk management strategies and best practices focused on pre-close due diligence and post-close value creation in their portfolio companies. Other areas of expertise include reps and warranties, corporate retirement plans, and key person life insurance.
Nick started his insurance career at Lockton Companies in St. Louis, Mo. Later, he worked at Marsh & McLennan Companies and was responsible for managing complex insurance, risk management and employee benefit programs for numerous clients across industries and geographies.
Nick received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from The George Washington University.
In addition to spending time with his family, Nick enjoys being outdoors and traveling. Nick is a member of both the Association of Corporate Growth and the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors.
Jim Myer is an Executive Managing Director of Risk Consulting Partners’ St. Louis office, and leads the firm’s Private Equity Risk Consulting practice. Jim has more than twenty five years in the insurance industry with significant experience in the Private Equity space, as well as a variety of other industry sectors.
Prior to joining RCP, Jim was Vice President and Senior Sales Executive at Wells Fargo Insurance Services. Previously, Jim spent fifteen years helping Private Equity firms as Senior Director of Aon’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group, conducting business nationwide. He also started a St. Louis office and was Managing Director for Krauter & Company, a national brokerage firm specializing in risk management and insurance needs of Private Equity firms. Jim started his insurance career with Corroon & Black (subsequently Willis) in 1986.
Jim is a longtime board member and past President of the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is involved in a variety of charitable boards and activities in St. Louis.
Jim received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Colorado.
Scott Uhl is the National Practice Leader of the Executive Risk unit at Risk Consulting Partners, LLC. Scott’s core placement and consulting focus is on Directors, Officers and Corporate Securities Liability (D&O), Technology Errors & Omissions, Information Security & Cyber/Privacy Liability, Professional Errors and Omission Liability, Employment Practices Liability, and Fiduciary Liability. He has direct access to both the domestic and the Lloyd’s of London marketplaces. Scott regularly speaks and writes on management and professional liability matters.
Prior to joining RCP, Scott served was a Senior Vice-President at EWI Re’s Specialty Casualty wholesale underwriting and captive reinsurance units. Earlier assignments include serving as the Practice Leader of Lockton Financial Services Governance Risk Management Group and Technology unit, based in Silicon Valley and Dallas, as the Western U.S. Underwriting Manager for Liberty International underwriting D&O, EPLI, Fiduciary and Financial Institutions unit, and as the Branch Manager and lead IPO management liability underwriter at American International Group (NYSE: AIG) and as a Risk Manager for CLP Resources (NYSE: TBI).
Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Chico in Economic Geography and attended graduate school at the University of California. Scott was the Southwest Regional Director of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS) and Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS). From 2006-2012, Scott served two-terms on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Director, North Texas Chapter. He regularly lectures at the University of Texas, Dallas (UTD) Department of Risk Management.
When left to his own devices, Scott can usually be found doing something outdoors with his kids, watching the history channel or C-Span or searching out live music or running a 5K. Scott is also an Assistant Scout Master (ASM) for BSA Troop 928 at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, and is member of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth.