Richard G. Spiro
Chief Executive Officer
Ricky Spiro brings over 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services sectors to the Hilb Group. From 2008 to 2016, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Chubb Corporation (Chubb), which was one of the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurers. Before joining Chubb, Ricky was an investment banker specializing in advising the insurance industry on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and equity and debt financings. Ricky was a Managing Director in the financial institutions investment banking group at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (Citigroup) where he worked from 1999 to 2008. He held a variety of positions in Citigroup’s financial institutions group, including Head of North America and Head of Insurance Investment Banking. He began his investment banking career at The First Boston Corporation in 1986 where he was a Managing Director in the financial institutions group. He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. degree in Economics. Ricky was also a member of the Board of Overseers of the School of Risk Management at St John’s University.
R. Judson Elliott, Jr.
EVP – Mergers & Acquisitions
Jud Elliott was one of the founding members of the Hilb Group leadership team in 2009. Jud has over 30 years of industry experience, primarily in the employee benefits space. He began his career in 1983 as a group sales representative with The Travelers. He subsequently held senior leadership roles on both the insurance carrier side and the brokerage side of the industry, including Vice President, Major Accounts for BCBS of Georgia and South Region Head of Employee Benefits for Marsh. Jud is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a BA degree as well as a MBA from the Terry College of Business.
Jason S. Angus
EVP & Chief Growth Officer
Jason Angus was the founder, and President of Venture Specialty Insurance and in 2011, Venture was acquired by the Hilb Group. After acquiring Venture Specialty Insurance in September 2011, the Hilb Group appointed Jason Angus as its Chief Marketing Officer. In 2014, Jason was named to Business Insurance Magazine’s 40 under 40 brokers. Jason earned a BA from Hampden-Sydney College and a MBA from the Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary.
Robert W. Blanton, Jr.
SVP & Controller
Rob joined the Hilb Group with over 25 years of accounting experience. From 1990 to 2006, he held various positions at Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (HRH Insurance), the last eight as Vice President & Controller. Rob also worked as Chief Financial Officer of Southern Title Insurance Corporation, a regional title insurance underwriter, before holding various positions at Genworth Financial, the latest as Director of Business Initiatives and Forecasting. Rob graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with an accounting degree. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
William C. Widhelm
SVP, Quality Assurance
Bill joined the Hilb Group with over 20 plus years as an accounting professional. From 1994 to 2008, he held various positions at Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (HRH Insurance) but served a majority of that time as its Vice President and Director of Internal Audit. Bill also worked as Chief Financial Officer of the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity before becoming a Senior Advisory Consultant at VACO Resources serving several diverse clients. Bill is a graduate of Auburn University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President of Human Resources
Rob joined the Hilb Group with over 18 years of human resource leadership and management experience. Rob is responsible for the Hilb Group’s human resource team and brings insight on integration, onboarding, hiring, training and overall employee experience with the company. Prior to joining the Hilb Group, Rob served as the Senior Human Resources Director for BreakThru Beverage, and held key senior human resource leadership roles at Luck Stone Corporation and Loomis Fargo. Rob graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a BS and an MBA.
Chief Information Officer
Ashish Shroff moved to Richmond from Cincinnati, OH in 2003 and joined First Health Services as Manager of application development. Since November 2008 to the present, Ashish worked at Virginia Farm Bureau as Manager of Affiliated Company Technologies. In this role, he was responsible for the integration of companies Virginia Farm Bureau acquired during his tenure and was accountable for the delivery and oversight of technology for all of the affiliated companies.
Anne Nicoll Esq., CPCU
Director of Operational Risk Management
Anne began her career at Gencorp Insurance Group in 1997. In 2015, Gencorp merged with the Hilb Group and is now known as the Hilb Group of New England. Anne’s roles expanded with this merger and she now serves as corporate general counsel for the Hilb Group. She is responsible for the compliance of the firm’s carrier and government operations. Anne is a past president of the Rhode Island CPCU Society, where she continues to serve as a Director. She has also served as a Director on the Boards of the Gencorp Insurance Charitable Foundation and the Rhode Island CPCU Scholarship Fund. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College and Roger Williams University School of Law and holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) insurance designation.