Robert J. Klonk is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Unison Risk Advisors and Oswald Companies, one of the nation’s largest privately held and employee-owned insurance brokerage and risk management consulting firms.
A leader in the insurance field for more than 40 years, Klonk led the 2020 creation of Unison Risk Advisors, formed by the merger of Oswald and RCM&D, a Baltimore, Maryland-based risk and insurance firm. With an entrepreneurial approach, Unison is poised for expansive growth.
Klonk demonstrates a steadfast commitment to the advancement and sustainability of the industry at-large and is an advocate for the critical role of the independent broker and advisor.
Klonk currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB), over which he presides as Chairman. He previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Assurex Global, an exclusive partnership of the most prominent privately held brokers in the world. He has served both organizations in membership and leadership capacities for more than 20 years. He previously was Chairman of The Council of Employee Benefits Executives in Washington D.C., and Council PAC, a political action committee that serves the broker community and employers.
Built on a solid history of developing and implementing breakthrough solutions to meet both the current and future needs of employers, Klonk continues to be a prominent thought leader in the insurance industry. He is a frequent speaker and panelist and has been the recipient of various business and leadership recognitions throughout his career. In 2013, Klonk was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Oswald and promoted to the dual role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in February 2020. As a mark of his success and visionary approach, he also was recognized in 2013 as one of the Top 100 Insurance Industry Game Changers in the last century, by Leader’s Edge Magazine and CIAB. In 2022, Klonk received the Dick Pogue Award from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for his leadership in business and unrivaled commitment to the betterment of the community.
He exemplifies Oswald’s core value of Commitment to Community, serving as incoming Chairman of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Klonk also serves on the board of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Cleveland Leadership Center, among various board appointments and leadership positions he has held with nonprofits throughout his career.