A Brattleboro-based insurance and employee benefits firm has announced a new hire.

Bill Wilson is the newest member of the commercial insurance and risk management team at The Richards Group, according to a recent news release from the company. Wilson will work throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and Western Massachusetts, the release notes, but he will be based out of the firm’s Brattleboro headquarters.

Wilson joins The Richards Group after a three-year stint at Putnam Insurance. Before moving into insurance, he started his career in hospitality.

Originally from Canada, Wilson attended Green Mountain College on a lacrosse scholarship, and he graduated with a degree in leisure resource facilities management, with a minor in economics. He lives in Brattleboro with his wife and three children, where he coaches youth sports and serves on the town’s parks and recreations advisory board.

The Richards Group has been offering insurance and employee benefits solutions to clients in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 1867, according to the release. The firm employs 125 people and has expanded its service offerings to include safety, wellness and human resources consulting.