TOLEDO, Ohio Feb. 2, 2016 – Hylant, one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms, has promoted Bill Pridgeon to president and chief financial officer. Mike Hylant, Hylant’s chief executive officer, made the announcement.
In his new role, Bill will be responsible for the overall management and direction of the operational and financial functions of the firm, which includes 14 offices and all related businesses. His oversight includes operations, finance, legal, information technology, talent management, long-term strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Bill is also a member of Hylant’s executive leadership team and board of directors.
He began his career at Hylant in 1994 as the controller of Hylant Administrative Services – a division of Hylant – where he was responsible for the financial administration of company programs, as well as general corporate accounting. He was then promoted to chief financial officer and executive vice president. Prior to joining Hylant, Bill’s experience was in public accounting, specializing in service and insurance-related industries.
“Bill has been an asset to Hylant for many years and we’re honored he accepted the role of president,” said Mike Hylant, CEO of Hylant. “He is well respected in the industry and has the leadership strength we need going forward. He is committed to our clients, our employees and the community.”
As an active member of the industry and the community, Bill serves on the executive board of the Regional Growth Partnership and on the board of Junior Achievement of Northwest Ohio where he is the past chairman. Bill is also past president of the Toledo chapter of Financial Executives International, the chair of the CFO Forum of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Bill received his bachelor of business administration degree from Eastern Michigan University with an accounting and mathematics focus and his master of business administration degree in Executive Management from the University of Toledo. He also completed the Executive Development Leadership Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Bill is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).