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Insurance and risk management firm Schauer Group announces key hires

Schauer Group, one of Ohio’s largest independently owned insurance and risk management firms, announces two strategic hires that help position the company to sustain its record sales growth and expand its brand recognition across the region.

Rob Schiesswohl has been hired as a client executive in the company’s Cleveland-area office. In his role, he will work closely with Schauer Group’s business insurance clients to gain an understanding of how their organizations operate and to help craft customized risk management programs that meet their business needs.

Prior to joining Schauer Group, Schiesswohl worked as a public service sector underwriter for Hylant in Cleveland, handling territories in Indiana and Pennsylvania. He also worked at Cincinnati Insurance as a commercial lines underwriter.

Schiesswohl graduated from Ohio University, where he majored in marketing and business analytics and obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration and a sales certificate from the university’s highly ranked Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre.

Alison Matas Smith joins Schauer Group as director, communications. In this newly created role, Smith will help build and advance the Schauer Group brand throughout Northeast Ohio, focusing on both marketing efforts and talent attraction and retention.

Most recently, she served as development director for Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio, leading the affiliate’s volunteer and community outreach team. Smith began her career as a reporter for The Canton Repository, where she won several statewide awards for her work. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marietta College and a master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rob and Alison to Schauer Group and are confident their experience and knowledge of the Northeast Ohio community will benefit both our clients and our team,” said Schauer Group President and CEO Joseph Schauer. “At Schauer Group, we are committed to attracting the region’s top talent and creating an empowering environment where our associates excel – so that every day, we are delivering excellence and helping people, companies and communities thrive.”



Schauer Group, Inc. is one of the largest independently owned insurance and risk management firms in Ohio, providing risk management, business insurance, human capital services, employee benefits, contract surety, and personal insurance to clients nationwide. The company was the first independent insurance agency in the nation to become ISO registered – a designation that speaks to Schauer Group’s ongoing commitment to delivering superior client service. With an industry-leading 95 percent client retention rate, Schauer Group remains focused on attracting and developing the region’s top talent and giving back to the communities where associates live and work. The fourth-generation family-owned company is headquartered in Canton, with additional offices in Cleveland and Alliance. Schauer Group will celebrate its 104th anniversary in 2023.