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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.
Todd Dillon is serving as an Executive Managing Director for Risk Consulting Partners and works from our St. Louis office. With over 30 years of industry experience. Mr. Dillon’s time and energy is focused on supporting our Client Service Team in order to provide best in class service to our valued clients. Mr. Dillon is also providing assistance in developing new business opportunities for the firm with particular focus on Private Equity.
Prior to joining Risk Consulting Partners, Mr. Dillon was a Senior Account Executive with Aon Risk Services in St. Louis. He spent 22 years with the firm, primarily in client and relationship management. He has significant experience in supporting Private Equity clients and their investments in manufacturing, healthcare, media, glass, steel, copper, coal mining, media, food, inland river transportation, chemicals, oil, marine, agribusiness and nutraceuticals. Prior to joining Aon, he served as the Risk Manager for Zeigler Coal Holding Company in Fairview Heights, Illinois. He also served in a risk management capacity for Consolidated Grain and Barge Company in St. Louis for 12 years after beginning his career with the Ralston Purina Company.
Mr. Dillon is active in supporting the National MS Society and has been a significant fundraiser for the St. Louis chapter for the past 15 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
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.
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.