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Brian Kirsch retires after 25 years in industry

Former owner and MD of Event Assured and EVCOM board member retires

Pictured: Brian Kirsch

Brian Kirsch, former owner and MD of Event Assured, has retired.

Kirsch, who ran the event insurance firm for 25 years, also served as an EVCOM board member for 15 years and as chairman of the EVCOM regulation committee.

Kirsch said: “I had a great time, I’ve made a lot of friends and hopefully not too many enemies. I’ve met a lot of great people and been to some great places - and never claimed any expenses! 

“We had a really good relationship with clients, and because of that and what we did for them our retention rate was really high. They stuck with the business, and that was really satisfying.

Kirsch stepped down as MD at Event Assured in September following the sale of the company to Hiscox in 2014, as well as leaving the EVCOM board last month.

He said: “It was a long process. Life’s different now. When you’ve been running a business for 25 years, as my wife and I did, things are bound to be different. We’re at a different phase in our lives now.

“I’ll stay in touch with the industry, but now I’ll be catching up on holidays. I’ll also be around to help my daughter and my new grandson, and others may follow.

“We’ve planned for retirement for a while; we started talking to Hiscox about selling the business in November 2013. Going through negotiations and due diligence and trying to run a company at the same time was quite stressful - we had a few nervous moments.”

EVCOM paid tribute to Kirsch, saying: “The Board would like to thank him for his many years of support and hard work for the ITMA, Eventia and EVCOM. He has tirelessly represented and promoted our industry through countless meetings, policy documents and lobbying sessions. His eye for detail has held ministers to account and, as an association director, he has done the same to our CEOs and chairmen.  We wish him well in his new-found life of leisure.”

Kirsch added: “It’s now passed on to others to carry the baton forward. There’s a lot of work to do. The prospects of the events industry in this country are very good and they need to make sure they make the best of that. I wish them well.”

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