Brown & Riding has hired transportation program specialist Michael Dauth and his team from MGA platform Breckenridge Insurance Services in a move that will also see the US wholesale broker open a Houston office, The Insurer can reveal.

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The Houston, Texas-based executive joins the independent privately held firm as a senior vice president.

He was at Breckenridge for just under five years as a property and inland marine broker and was previously national director at eXtreme Truck Warranty.

Dauth was at CRC for eight years after moving over to the BB&T Insurance Holdings subsidiary from Swett & Crawford in 2003.

Market sources said the executive has brought a small team of around five employees to Brown & Riding with him.

At Breckenridge he focussed on dealer’s open lot insurance, an area that has been challenged in recent years as a result of elevated cat losses.

Sources said it is likely that Brown & Riding will look to make additional team and individual hires in Houston after opening the new office.

Los Angeles, California-based Brown & Riding is 100% employee owned and managed.

Brown & Riding and Breckenridge did not respond to a request for comment on this article.