McGowan Excess & Casualty (MEC) was formed in January 2011 with the merger of Statehouse Casualty Managers (NJ) and The Windward Group, Inc. (GA), both subsidiaries of The McGowan Companies. Both companies were Managing General Underwriters that specialized in Umbrella and Excess insurance.

Statehouse Casualty Managers (Statehouse) was formed as a division of The McGowan Companies in 2005 by Chris Longo, formerly the President of the St. Paul/Travelers Excess Umbrella division. Statehouse was created in response to the need for an unsupported umbrella and excess facility to underwrite accounts that fell outside of the program areas that McGowan & Company were noted for. Statehouse originated with offices in New Jersey and Ohio and quickly added offices in New York and Dallas, Texas.

The Windward Group, Inc. (Windward) was created in 1999 and purchased by The McGowan Companies in 2008. The founding member, Greg Clowe held a senior management role with Markel Insurance Company and The Home Insurance Company. Greg continues with McGowan Excess & Casualty in an executive management role.

Chris Longo currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of MEC. Today, MEC has offices in 9 states and is staffed by experienced insurance professionals.