Being only the fourth person in 70 years to lead Amalgamated Life of White Plains, New York, David Walsh likes to characterize the company’s latest chapter as the end of the beginning. What lies ahead, according to Walsh, is an age of geographic growth — one that should pose few hurdles so long as Amalgamated.

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Jack Sweeney is editor in chief of Middle-Market Executive. He is the former editor in chief of Business Finance Magazine and recent editorial director for The CFO Alliance. Jack was the founding editor of Consulting magazine today owned by Bloomberg L.P. He served as editor of Integration Management and Washington Technology, both published by The Washington Post Cos. He can be reached at