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John Hines joined TAG Financial in April 2019. He is the Principal and founder of Global Insurance Partners, LLC, a specialty consulting firm focused on the insurance industry. John has extensive operating and financial experience with broad subject matter expertise. His 30 years of industry experience includes senior financial and operating positions within insurance organizations as well as providing consulting services to insurance company clients on a broad range of issues.
Previously, John was a Director in the insurance advisory practice of SMART Business Advisory and Consulting, LLC. He joined SMART in 2003 and has worked on a wide range of projects such as business risk assessments, reinsurance run-off management, financial statement re-statement, rating agency advisory, business modeling, reinsurance issues, enterprise risk management and Sarbanes Oxley compliance. John briefly left SMART, and subsequently returned, after joining Vesta Insurance Group (a SMART client for whom he was managing a project) where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. John joined Vesta to address the company’s weak financial and capital positions and its poorly managed financial department.
John originally went to SMART having formerly held distinguished upper management positions in regional insurance companies. In his experience as President, CEO, COO, and CFO, he has developed a track record of improving operations and bottom line results. Additionally, John gained international experience as the internal audit manager for AIG’s Bermuda, Caribbean and Latin America region.
As a member of the senior management team of United Agents Holdings, Inc., (having held positions of EVP, COO, CFO and director of the holding company and President, CEO, CFO and Director of the two operating companies) John was instrumental in building the company from the ground up. He was actively involved in the creation of UAH’s go-to-market plan, was principle in the management of product roll-out, designed and negotiated the Company’s reinsurance program and was involved in raising the Company’s initial capital. As CFO, John established the company’s finance and IT functions and implemented systems and procedures throughout the company. Additionally, he developed a financial planning model that was closely calibrated with the company’s actual financial results and developed performance metrics that helped to drive results.
Before establishing himself with UAH, John was Treasurer of The United Casualty Insurance Company of America and was the senior financial officer for the accident and health division of United Insurance Company of America, a subsidiary of Unitrin. There, he was part of a small management group that turned around the division and redesigned the company’s A&H product offerings, achieving the first underwriting profit for the division in many years.
He is a seasoned leader in the insurance industry. John has led companies and departments through difficult management and business transitions. Staff members John has developed have become leaders at other companies. He was a member of the Board at United Agents and had worked closely with investors, including private equity.