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An account executive with Gallagher Coyle, Brian L. Gruber is responsible for new business development to grow the firm’s commercial property and casualty insurance division. A rising star in the industry, he advises clients on employee benefit plans, consults on insurance and risk management, and works to create loss control programs and safety initiatives that help reduce risk and promote a safer work environment.

A Peoria native, Gruber left the area for six years, returning with his wife and two children in 2012. Upon his return, he wasted no time re-engaging with a range of community organizations. A board member of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Illinois, he has volunteered numerous times on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee and co-chaired the 2005 Walk, which raised more than $100,000 for the organization. In 2013 and 2014, he served on the Kentucky Derby Party Committee and currently sits on the Development Committee, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.

Gruber was a founding member of EPIC (Emerging Philanthropists in Central Illinois), a fund within the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, and serves on the Animal Welfare Grant Review Committee. A strong supporter of Easter Seals, he volunteered for the 2003-2005 VIP campaigns and served on the 2014 Passage to India Sponsorship Committee. He serves on the Membership and Marketing Committee at the Creve Coeur Club and currently chairs the Activities Committee. As a Rotarian with Peoria Rotary-North, he has served on the Membership Committee and volunteered for Tee It Up For the Troops and numerous other community service functions.

As a member of the Rock River Valley Tooling and Machining Association, Gruber helped organize events to promote the manufacturing sector, and from 2004 to 2006, he mentored a “little brother” for the Heart of Illinois Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is also a 2013 Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School Graduate and volunteer for the Moss-Bradley Residential Association. iBi