Alex has 40+ years of experience in the industry with a specific interest in the international P&C business. Alex began his career with Rollins Burdick Hunter Co in Chicago; moved to New York with the firm; then back to Chicago HQ after the acquisition of RBH by Aon. As part of Aon’s global acquisition team, he moved to The Netherlands to help with the integration of Hudig-Langeveldt and Frank B. Hall in Europe, Scandinavia, United Kingdom and the Middle East. Alex has expertise managing large multinational insurance programs. His last position with Aon was managing the Aon-owned Strategic Underwriters International MGA for Kidnap, Ransom & Extortion, Workplace Violence and Political Risk. Alex is the founder of Insurance Services Network Corporation and Editor-in-Chief of the IRL – Insurance Research Letter.
Aaron is a Special Counsel and represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and litigation. Aaron has experience in every stage of litigation having represented clients with insurance disputes over product liability, environmental contamination and other claims. He also identifies gaps in coverage and assists clients in negotiating for improved terms and conditions. He has helped clients maximize their insurance assets under almost all types of insurance policies. Aaron has experience across a range of industries, including food and beverage, life sciences, manufacturing, retail, technology, and utilities.
Andy Andrew Barile MBA CPCU is the Chief Executive Officer of Alternative Global Risk Management Mr. Barile has built intricate knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance marketplaces through over 40+ years of industry-wide experience. Mr. Barile has several years of insurance carrier experience, including his time as a Director at U.S. Property & Casualty Surplus Lines Insurance, where he worked in 1979-1980. Mr. Barile has experience on the agent side of the business as President and CEO of Insurance Agency Programs, Inc. from 1992-1997. Mr. Barile was the President of the Commercial Division at Arrowhead General Insurance Agency from 1997-2001. His expertise canvasses wholesale insurance brokerage, excess and surplus lines, MGAs, admitted and non-admitted insurers, direct and broker market reinsurance, Bermuda Reinsurance, and Captives. Mr. Barile has been published numerous times in various media and scholarly journals.
Annette is MetLife Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance; Director of the Risk Management and Risk Analytics Program (M.S.); Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science; Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University. In Annette’s words “I have previously held business school faculty appointments at two other universities: Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) and the University of Hamburg (Hamburg Business School) in Germany. At St. John’s, I teach courses in risk management, insurance, econometrics, and financial mathematics. My research involves the application of microeconomics and data science techniques to the analysis of interdependent risk networks, decision-making under risk, prevention decisions, insurance markets, health care markets, and industrial organization. With over 15 years of research and teaching experience in the field of risk and insurance economics, I have an extensive academic background with more than 35 publications in this field as well as over 10 years of experience as an active faculty member at 3 different Business Schools after completion of my Ph.D. in Germany. This includes working as an Assistant Professor and Stand-in Chair for 4 years at the University of Hamburg (German research excellence university) and 5 years in the U.S., plus 2 years as a Full Professor at another business school helped me to develop my skills as a researcher and instructor.”
Arnie is the President and Founder of Procor Solutions + Consulting. He is an attorney and risk management professional with thirty years of experience in all aspects of property and casualty insurance law and claims. He began his career as an insurance trial attorney in New York and New Jersey and quickly developed a reputation as a leading insurance expert. In 2001, Mr. Mascali joined Aon and rose to Managing Director of Aon’s Global Property Risk Consulting group and a member of the Aon Global Risk Consulting US Operations Board. While at Aon, Mr. Mascali managed the response to some of the largest property and business interruption claims in history, arising out of catastrophes such as September 11th, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous other man-made and natural disasters. In 2012, Mr. Mascali founded Procor Solutions + Consulting, a leading risk, disaster, and insurance claims management firm that focuses on improving business resilience by providing expertise in disaster planning and response, property/business interruption loss mitigation and risk technology. In just five years, Procor has worked with organizations across the country, managing many of the largest and most complex disasters and property/business interruption recoveries. In addition, Mr. Mascali has been appointed as an appraiser of losses arising from Superstorm Sandy and other recent events. Most recently, Procor has responded to clients impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria with new and innovative service offerings, such as creating an Employee Disaster Recovery program, as well as assisting businesses with expertise in claims preparation, forensic accounting, property analysis and business interruption losses.
Ashley currently serves as marketing program manager for Argo Group. In this role, she oversees Ascend With Argo, a program designed to provide ongoing development opportunities for early career insurance professionals. Prior to this role, she served as public relations specialist for Argo. She holds a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Trinity University.
Assaf Wand is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hippo Insurance, an InsurTech company that’s reimagining home insurance through the lens of homeowners – building policies with more comprehensive coverage for today’s consumers at up to 25 percent less than competitors. Hippo Insurance is available to homeowners in over a dozen states throughout the US and will be available to more than 60 percent of the nation’s homeowners by the end of 2018.
Brad is a managing director of insurance services within the Fixed Asset Management and Insurance practice. He is experienced in developing the cost approach for insurance purposes in public sector, commercial, aviation, religious and water/wastewater occupancies. He is currently sits on the Machinery & Technical Specialties Discipline Committee within the American Society of Appraisers, where he has been an accredited senior appraiser since 2008. Brad began his career in 2002 with American Appraisal (now Duff & Phelps).
Carrie is a SVP at JLT Specialty USA. Carrie joined the JLT Legal and Claims Practice in April 2016 as Senior Vice President. In addition to her national role in servicing and advising clients and brokers on complex management liability issues and claims, Carrie serves as US Financial Lines Product Leader, driving innovation and solutions in the fast paced world of management liability. Carrie has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining JLT, Carrie spent two years at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance where she served as Head of Product Development for the Executive and Professional Lines team. Her duties included drafting all insurance products, negotiating and drafting all endorsements and manuscript policies, and educating the E&P team on management and professional liability coverage issues. Previously to Berkshire Hathaway, Carrie was Managing Director of the Financial Services Group and Directors and Officers/Fiduciary Liability National Practice Leader at Aon in Denver, and Senior Vice President in the Financial Services Group at AON in San Francisco. Prior to that, Carrie served as Client Advisor and Claims Advocate at Marsh Risk Services for four years.
Cheyene Marling, Hon. MBCI, Firestorm Executive Vice President of People Solutions and Program Analytics, has been an executive recruiter with specific emphasis in the Business Continuity field for more than 22 years. Her career as an executive recruiter began in Madison, Wisconsin shortly after graduating from UW-Madison. Cheyene founded staffing and research data analytics firm, BC Management in 2001, and the practice was acquired by crisis management firm Firestorm in early 2018. Cheyene heads the Program Analytics division (in addition to People Solutions) and is responsible for driving industry leading analysis assessing every aspect of Business Continuity program planning program budget initiatives, reporting structures, number of personnel, BCM service providers, critical third-party providers, IT/ DR assessment, program maturity and organizational impact resulting from crisis events. Cheyene is a leader in the business continuity community, previously serving on the board for the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP) of Los Angeles and Orange County and currently serving as the National Secretary for the ACP. In addition, she is an active professional on the Editorial Advisory Board for Continuity Insights. She was also the recipient of the inaugural ACP Hall of Fame award in 2006 and she was awarded an Honorary MBCI by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in 2010.
Chris places network, privacy, technology, and media E&O insurance for companies in a variety of industries including financial institutions, authentication providers, manufacturers, healthcare, retail, and telecommunications companies. He has also executed cyber information risk assessment projects and worked with regulators on evaluation of E-Business risks. Chris is closely involved with the development of new insurance products designed to transfer electronic risk and is often asked to speak on these topics at seminars and functions throughout the United States and Canada. He has published articles and books on privacy, intellectual property, and technology and is licensed to practice law in New York, New Zealand, and England. Prior to joining Beecher, Chris was a National Resource at Willis for Cyber and E&O and leader of the Information Risk Advisory Practice at Marsh. Before joining Marsh, Chris was Vice President at Zurich Reinsurance (North America) Inc. He worked in New York and London as a lawyer in private practice from 1985 to 1999. Chris is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, assisting their efforts for the Department of Homeland Security and NIST in designing assessments for Cyber and technology risk. Chris graduated from Long Island University with a B.A. in English and a J.D. from Saint John’s University School of Law.
Christine Trimarco is Complex Claims Counsel at Assurance. She is responsible for a wide variety of activities, including reviewing contracts and conducting legal research, but her primary objective is to help our claims team secure coverage for clients. With 17 years of experience as a civil defense attorney and legal expertise in insurance, professional liability and product liability, Christine reviews insurance carriers’ positions on coverage to help Assurance claims team advocate for specific coverage on clients’ behalf. In addition to advising clients on how to approach particular claims, she educates clients on best practices to avoid similar problems down the road. In addition to advising clients on how to approach particular claims, she educates clients on best practices to avoid similar problems down the road. Before joining Assurance, Christine was a partner at Cassiday Schade LLP, a law firm specialized in defending civil litigation. There she focused on insurance, construction, products liability, professional liability, premises and transportation, handling all phases of litigation through trial.
Chris is a Credit and Political Risks Underwriter at Argo Global.
Damian is the Founder and Principal Attorney at Colorado Insurance Law Center, a private law firm representing commercial policyholders and assisting business attorneys and litigators with insurance issues. Damian is a: Seasoned Colorado insurance law expert witness providing high-level case review, consulting expertise, and trial testimony in bad faith and insurance agent/broker liability matters; Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law/Contractual Risk Transfer, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Educator, writer, and speaker to the bench, bar, insurance industry associations, business groups, and private companies on legal issues related to the insurance industry; and an Influencer and Thought Leader on insurance and risk management issues Active community service provider.
Daniel is a seasoned e-discovery special master, forensic neutral, mediator, and arbitrator retained for complex, high-stakes cases around the country. He is an experienced jurist with a deep understanding of both law and technology, enabling him to efficiently and cost effectively resolve some of the most challenging disputes. For over a decade, Mr. Garrie has served as a mediator, arbitrator, electronically stored information (ESI) liaison, discovery referee, special master, neutral, and neutral expert. He has appeared before the Los Angeles County Superior Court, New York Supreme Court, Delaware Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Seventh Circuits.
Dan is a partner in Anderson Kill’s Washington, D.C. office. He started his career with Anderson Kill and then served over five years as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. He appeared as lead trial counsel in federal and state courts across the country, received numerous Outstanding Attorney awards and served as the E-Discovery Coordinator for the Tax Division. Dan currently is the Co-Chair of Anderson Kill’s Cyber Insurance Recovery Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Technology, Media and Distributed Systems and Regulated Products Groups.
Daniela is the Editorial Director for the XPRIMM Publications and President PIA-Presse Internationale des Assurances.
David has been practising corporate commercial law for many years, principally around the London and Lloyd’s insurance market. Prior to founding EC3 Legal, he has been a partner at two of the best known London insurance and commercial legal practices. He advises and supports insurance brokers, underwriting agents, MGAs and other service providers, and those looking to invest in the market including venture capital funds, business angels and (re)insurers. David is a founder of the Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA) and sits on their Regulatory and Compliance Committee, and has regular contact with the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the UK regulator of brokers and insurance agents) in such capacity.
David has 30 years experience as a journalist, mainly covering the insurance industry, financial services and politics but also writing on a wide range of other subjects. In addition, he has a broad experience of editorial management in large and small publishing companies, launching and re-launching publications, and brand development through the launch of conferences, awards and websites and of overseeing production and design services. David has extensive experience of re-aligning content creation and delivery for the modern, multi-platform, mobile world, especially working with publishing teams that need to move from a print-centric environment to the web first world of today. A key part of this was developing effective strategies for delivering content through Apps. This includes a wide knowledge and understanding of the role social media plays in modern media. He was also responsible for developing video and audio content for Incisive Media’s websites through two top quality in-house studios.
Duke is founder of Simply Easier Payments, a leading no-cost total payment solution partner for insurance and other industries accepting mobile or online payments. Providing a one-stop credit card payment processing solution designed especially for insurance agencies, brokers and carriers, it offers a hassle-free experience without the high fees other providers charge, and it’s 100 percent compliant in all 50 states in the U.S. Since 1996, Simply Easier Payments has provided secure, compliant and reliable payment solutions to thousands of businesses around the nation with reliability and affordability being the cornerstone principles for delivering real, working solutions to its customers. To learn more, visit: https://www.simplyeasier.com.
Giles joined Lloyd’s in 2007 and was appointed Chief Risk and Compliance Officer of Lloyd’s Brussels in May 2018, with responsibility for risk governance, compliance and for Lloyd’s Brussels’ regulatory affairs. He was previously Senior Manager in the Lloyd’s International Regulatory Affairs team and led the regulatory authorisation process for the new Belgian company. Prior to joining Lloyd’s, Giles worked for ACE (now Chubb) for ten years, gaining experience in the Lloyd’s and London company market environments. Giles is a Chartered Insurer and has a degree in History. He is married and has three children.
Grover holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance, is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, is an Associate in Research and Planning, is a Certified Enterprise Risk Analyst, and an Associate in Risk Management. Prior to joining Huggins he was Vice President and Chief Actuary at Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company, and before that was Vice President and Chief Actuary at GMAC Insurance Company where he oversaw all actuarial activities including, pricing and loss reserving, and enterprise risk management in personal auto, commercial lines, auto extended service contracts, assumed reinsurance and other miscellaneous lines of insurance. Mr. Edie has over forty years of experience in the actuarial field.
Hamish is the CEO Power Division at JLT Specialty. Hamish began his career at CT Bowring in 1984 and joined Johnson & Higgins in their new London ‘start-up’ company and began working in their energy department on downstream business emanating from J&H World Wide Network. It was there that Hamish began to specialise in Power Utility Business. In 1997 Marsh purchased J&H and Hamish, along with his team were transferred into the Global Broking Company. In 2001 he was promoted to Managing Director and Head of Placement worldwide for Power and Utility business. In 2004 Hamish joined JLT to head up their Power activity. He built a team handling Global Retail and Wholesale business. Hamish was promoted to head the group’s Energy team, including power in 2007. In 2008 he joined Aon as CEO of their Global Power business and built their team to over 200 people globally. Hamish joined JLT Specialty in April 2014 as Business Development Director. He worked with all the Specialty division. In 2018 Hamish became CEO of the Power division and has been involved in the power sector for over 30 years.
Harry is President of Novume. Harry joined Novume as one of the co-founders of Firestorm Solutions, LLC which Keystone acquired in January 2017. Over the eleven years prior to joining Novume, Harry and his co-founders built Firestorm into a nationally recognized brand in crisis and risk management, and violence prevention and response. Firestorm is well known for its contributions in handling some of this nation’s worst crises, as well as providing thought leadership in the prevention of catastrophic events.
Heather is a Partner in the New York City office of Hinshaw. Heather McArn advises financial services businesses on regulatory compliance, the integration of financial technology with business operations, and on data governance, cyber security, and incident-response best practices. She prepares clients for regulatory exams, and advises them on responding to regulator inquiries and investigations, as well as the creation and implementation of policies and procedures to meet evolving requirements. Heather has extensive experience handling corporate restructuring and insolvency matters. Over the course of her career, she has represented debtors, creditors, financial institutions, trustees, and examiners in connection with large chapter 11 restructurings, transactions, and compliance investigations, including Lehman Brothers, General Motors, and MF Global.
Jack is originally from Scotland. After graduating from Bristol University with a degree in Spanish, he joined the MS Amlin Graduate Programme in London. This was a two-year rotational scheme which involved placements in each sector of the business including Claims, Finance, Risk Management, Underwriting, Business Development Strategy and Marketing. On completion of the Graduate Programme, Jack took up an underwriting role with MS Amlin’s North American Property Treaty team. Jack moved to Angola in July 2018 to take up the role of General Manager at Allied Insurance Brokers Angola (AIBA). AIBA continues to be the largest broker in Angola by market share and will soon become part of the Olea Group. Their client base is varied and covers all industries, although the core is still focused on the oil and gas sector. AIBA places local insurance covers with Angolan insurers and also has a wealth of experience in organizing facultative reinsurance placements into the international markets. They are well versed in handling the local placements of global programmes and ensuring that local regulations are met and that transfer of RI premiums out is as seamless as possible. Jack and his team have an experience in dealing with Employee Benefits, Marine, Aviation and Energy placements as well as Facultative and Treaty placements for the leading Angolan insurers.
Jeff is a director of insurance services within the Fixed Asset Management and Insurance practice. He has more than 14 years of experience in valuation and fixed asset management. He specializes in the appraisal of water/wastewater and historical valuations. Jeff has extensive knowledge in insurance valuations including buildings, personal property and land improvements for educational facilities, municipalities, healthcare, higher education, utility facilities, industrial properties and churches.
James is the Cyber Product Leader at CFC Underwriting in London.
Mr. Higgins is a Registered Patent Attorney with 30+ years’ experience in Intellectual Property matters. He has litigated IP cases in 18 states and successfully argued cases in both state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court where he was prevailing lead counsel in the landmark Moseley v. Victoria’s Secret trademark dilution case. Mr. Higgins founded the Intellectual Property Section of his Firm, Middleton Reutlinger, P.S.C. of Louisville KY, which represents inventors and corporations nationally and worldwide.
Jim Pierce is Deputy Co-Chair of JLT Global Specialty, and Head of JLT’s Energy, Mining, and Power Global Specialty. Mr. Pierce is a graduate of Kenyon College and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He began his insurance career in 1978 as a marine insurance broker at Johnson & Higgins in New York. He subsequently joined the marine and energy department of Marsh & McLennan in New York, and soon transferred to London to lead a liaison office for that firm. Two years later, he moved to Houston to head the marine & energy group in the Southwest Region. Mr. Pierce joined Energy Insurance International in 1986, where he ultimately became manager of the marine & energy division in addition to his duties as an executive committee member. Following the acquisition of Energy Insurance by Aon in 1995, he rose to the position of Managing Director of Aon Natural Resources, where he was responsible for Aon’s marine and natural resource insurance practices in the United States. He held various corporate management responsibilities in addition to his role as Account Executive for a number of Aon’s major energy industry clients. In 2006, Mr. Pierce rejoined Marsh to lead its global marine and energy operations. This role was expanded in 2012 to include global responsibilities for that company’s aviation, construction, energy, infrastructure, marine, power, and rail industry practices. Mr. Pierce joined JLT’s U.S. retail operation as its Chairman in 2014, and became Deputy Chairman of its Global Specialty operation in April of 2018. JLT is one of the leading insurance brokerage firms in the world, and specializes in the lines of business and industries with which Mr. Pierce has been involved throughout his career.
Jim is the CEO and co-founder of Firestorm®. Jim is a nationally recognized expert, keynote speaker and author on crisis management, threat assessment, disaster preparedness and business continuity planning. He has experience as President, CEO and COO of various public and private companies in business continuity, communications, crisis management, environmental, insurance, reinsurance, risk management and technology. Jim has extensive expertise in the identification and quantification of risk. Jim led the Firestorm team that provided the crisis and media management support at Virginia Tech in response to the shootings, as well as hundreds of other client crisis engagements.
Jason is the founder and managing member of the Centers for Better Insurance. CBI is an independent organization making available unbiased analysis and insights about key regulatory issues facing the industry for use by insurance professionals, regulators and policymakers.
JD Weisbrot is the President of JW Surety Bonds, the nation’s largest volume surety bond producer specializing in contract surety solutions.
Ms. Straton is a senior partner at Kissel Hirsch & Wilmer, LLP who focuses on professionals, directors & officers and technology liability and attendant liability policies. Ms. Straton also advises clients on political risk issues and emerging technologies. Ms. Straton has close to twenty years of experience in the legal profession and insurance industry. Before working as a lawyer, Ms. Straton worked overseas for the US Government in countries who were a part of or considered satellites of the former Soviet Union. Currently, in addition to managing her own practice, Ms. Straton serves as the Administrative Partner and General Counsel for her Firm.
Jesse is the CEO of https://www.efilecabinet.com, a best-of-breed advanced document management system that improves the lives of people, small to enterprise-level businesses, and their clients. Wood has 20 years of leadership experience innovating custom technical solutions for a wide range of business applications.
Role at Willis Towers Watson: Mr. DePaul is part of the Cyber and E&O Practice Team. As a national resource he provides strategic advice, and consultation on risk transfer solutions to large complex corporations in all industry sectors, in the areas of Privacy, Network Security, Technology and Non-Technology Errors & Omissions, and Media. Relevant Experience/Specialization: Joe has been in the insurance industry for 23 years, with a focus in the Cyber area for the last 15 years. He began his career underwriting and broking Management Liability risk transfer solutions, gained further expertise working with M&A Transactional Products, and most recently, Cyber. He has held management and executive positions in each of the underwriting, brokerage and MGA businesses he was part of.
Joe is an Executive Vice President of Insurgent Consulting. He is an innovative, analytical and passionate leader with experience in building successful, high performing teams. With a background that includes executive oversight, strategic planning and consulting / professional services, at both large, public corporations and mid-sized, privately-held companies; Joe has experience in delivering solutions that drive revenue and overall bottom line growth.
John is President of JMD Ross, a Sydney, Australia based broker. John specialises in casualty classes, including liability and professional indemnity, and tailored corporate insurance programs.
John is Broker Relationship Manager at The Clements Marketplace – Clements Worldwide.
John qualified as a Solicitor in October 2016 and works in EC3Legal’s Corporate and Commercial department. Advising on a range of matters including start-up and joint ventures, commercial contracts and regulatory considerations, John is also a member of the EC3\Insurance Consulting team. John has recently written articles on: The EU’s new Data Protection regime; International Complaints Handling and Product oversight and governance arrangements by insurance companies. Prior to joining EC3\Legal, John worked at a leading regional firm where he managed a broad spectrum of Commercial matters for corporate clients.
Partner, Global Head of Transport Sector, Head of Marine & Trade at DFW Law. As Head of DWF’s Transport sector, he specialises in working with companies involved in the shipping, aviation, rail, automotive and road transport and logistics sectors. Jonathan acts for international traders, charterers, shipowners, insurers and reinsurers, handling commercial disputes often concerning high profile, international incidents. He is ranked in four separate areas of practice in the leading global legal directories. Jonathan’s practice covers multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration in the marine, non-marine and reinsurance sectors and matters as diverse as professional indemnity and D&O risks, shareholder and complex contractual disputes. Jonathan acts for clients in the full range of commodities, shipping and commercial litigation involving, for example, port facilities, tankers, liquid cargoes and metals, and advises on contamination claims, sale of goods issues and cases arising from salvages. He also drafts a range of contracts including Storage Agreements and Terminal Usage Agreements. Jonathan is fluent in French and is listed counsel for the French Consulate in London.
Rupert looks after business for AIB Brokers in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Judy is a Partner at Hinshaw in New York City. For more than 25 years, Judy Selby has served as a trusted advisor to insurers across a wide variety of industries. Focused primarily on insurance coverage matters, Judy represents clients in all phases of large scale, complex first and third party insurance issues. She has extensive experience handling insurance coverage trials in the U.S. and international arbitrations in London. Judy also helps clients navigate insurance due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, as well as run off and adverse development cover transactions. In recent years, Judy has also expanded her practice to accommodate emerging technology risk, by focusing on matters involving cyber and data privacy. Operating at the intersection of cybersecurity and insurance coverage, she has counseled clients on cyber policy adoption, and also provided compliance advice regarding privacy and cybersecurity laws and regulations.
With over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, 10 specialising in IPT, Karen previously held roles with insurers and brokers in the London market, before bringing her experience of global insurance programmes and non-conventional insurance into the IPT arena. Karen is Portfolio Director IPT Business Development Director, TMF Group.
Karen is the Chief Intelligence Officer and EVP for Firestorm. Together with Jim Satterfield, Firestorm COO and President, she launched the Firestorm Predictive Intelligence Practice in 2012. Karen directs the Predictive Intelligence Analyst teams for the practice area, in addition to Marketing and Content teams. In addition to serving as the Firestorm Predictive Intelligence advisor, she also serves on the Firestorm Expert Council and delivers Predictive Intelligence Analysis and social media strategy and policy services for Firestorm clients. Karen brings specific experience in senior level marketing leveraging emerging technologies to Firestorm. Her passion and experience are focused on technology innovation from the customer point-of-view with drivers being extraordinary service, policy development and training, risk mitigation, customer usability and customer and community interaction.
Kevin is the Founder i3 Family Office and Private Asset Management. Kevin is a strategic advisor, dynamic speaker and well-respected thought leader who works with family-held organizations and family offices to unravel the complexities of decision-making in times of change. Kevin has grown the organization into a team of professionals who provide high-wealth family clients with access to relevant information to make informed decisions, the infrastructure to actively manage their assets and investment opportunities to (re)invest their capital. Prior to founding i3, LLC, Mr. Heaton was CFO of a home services investment company, and grew revenues from $2 million dollars to $30 million dollars in only two years. Kevin was also responsible for developing the US presence of Bucephale Asset Management, a Swiss-based, $250 million-dollar hedge fund. Mr. Heaton began his career as an investment advisor at Merrill Lynch for five years after attending the Citadel in Charleston, SC.
Kevin is a senior data advisor specialising in data strategy, the use of data science and predictive analytics. He has spent over ten years advising and assisting companies globally on data analytics and machine learning across a range of industries including insurance, e-gaming, financial services, fintech, politics and education. Kevin’s specialism in this field spans across the value chain, from the design of an organisation wide data strategy, through to the data audit, feature selection and the creation of algorithms using machine learning techniques. His work is designed to leverage on existing data systems and enable companies to optimise business processes and gather insights pertaining to the business resulting in increased performance.
Leah has more than 13 years of industry experience. She currently serves as SVP, U.S. head of marketing and producer management at Argo Group. Prior to joining Argo, she held a series of increasingly senior roles at Marsh, eventually becoming SVP, Central Zone marketing leader. Ohodnicki graduated from Duquesne University with a BSBA in marketing and management.
Lihong is a research fellow in the Research Centre of Reinsurance at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and a claims consultant at R+V Re.
Mallorie is AVP, marketing and producer management at Argo Group. In this role, she interacts with distribution partners and actively manages the relationships in support of Argo’s Transportation, Contract P&C and Surety business units. Prior to joining Argo, she served as AVP, project manager at Marsh. She holds a BBA and MBA from Marshall University.
Marci is the CEO of Fraud Sniffr, Inc., a software company that locates, downloads & distributes social media content about WC/liability claimants to their adjusters. Her online technical and linguistic algorithm skills predate Google, which has allowed her to launch and sell two search technology companies prior to starting Fraud Sniffr. She was also an adjunct professor of Marketing & Social Media for six years at The Johns Hopkins University Whiting Engineering School. Fraud Sniffr has been one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Maryland for the past three years.
Marina is an employment law specialist in the insurance market in London. She has extensive experience across the whole spectrum of employment law. From giving day-to-day employment advice to companies to advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, Marina also litigates employment disputes in the Employment Tribunal. Marina studied French and then trained as a lawyer in London. Marina is fluent in both French and Modern Greek.
Mark is President of Stemple Crites. Working in valuation since 1991, Mark has been engaged by companies encompasses all industries with facilities in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Mark has provided valuation opinions for insurable values, allocation of purchase price, merger and acquisitions, tax and financial compliance, property accounting, and liquidation analysis, et. al. Before forming StempleCrites in 2017, Mark was the Valuation Global Practice Leader for an international insurance brokerage company.
Maximiliano is Regional Director for Casualty and Direct Business at XS LATAM LLC MG Coverholder at Lloyds.
Ms. Coleman is a Partner at Kissel Hirsch & Wilmer, LLP, who represent the interests of insurers and reinsurers in the areas of professional liability, with specific emphasis on legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, technology E&O, emerging technologies, financial institutions, and employment practices and management liability. In addition to her work assisting in the monitoring of underlying litigation and providing coverage analyses, Ms. Coleman also assists in the drafting of policy wordings and endorsements.
Meyer is the Founder and President of M Squared Advisory, focusing on risk consulting and mentoring Insurtech startups. Meyer has over twenty years experience within the (re)insurance industry, starting at Willis followed by TransRe underwriting specialty property before spending 15 years with catastrophe modeling firms CoreLogic (EQECAT) and RMS. During that time, Meyer worked with the global industry on integrating data and analytics for transferring, trading, underwriting, aggregating, and managing risks. Meyer became proficient with contingent risks after Hurricane Katrina and started working on the concept of Supply Chain Comprehensive Business Interruption Insurance (SCCBII). He joined AIG thereafter to head their Supply Chain Risk practice. During that time, Meyer expanded his understanding of all different risks that can impact supply and demand chains, including cyber, trade credit, political, cargo and intermodal logistics risks. He has developed an E2T2 model to contingency risk expectations. Meyer was a trustee scholar and graduate of the Greenberg School of Risk Management & Insurance at St. John’s University’s Tobin College of Business, and currently serves on their alumni board. He is also a member of the Risk and Insurance Council of the American Management Association. He has presented to global regulators, analysts and participated in numerous industry round table discussions.
Mikaela is a Partner in Pasich LLP’s New York office and a founding member of the insurance recovery team. Recognized since 2014 by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro Rising Star for Insurance Coverage, Mikaela has more than a decade of experience representing policyholders—never insurance companies—in complex insurance coverage matters. Mikaela litigates and mediates insurance disputes across the United States and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for policyholders. In addition to her litigation practice, Mikaela is a strategic advisor to in-house counsel on mitigating risk and maximizing value from insurance assets. Mikaela’s areas of expertise include disputes concerning directors and officers (D&O) insurance, first-party property insurance, employment practices liability insurance (EPL), commercial general liability insurance (CGL), and media liability insurance. She has represented policyholders in obtaining coverage for a wide range of claims, liabilities and lawsuits, including losses from floods, hurricanes, product recalls and liabilities, environmental contamination, cyber losses, bodily injuries, securities claims, and energy industry liabilities.
Nancy joined XL Catlin in 2017 as the Global Chief Underwriting Officer for Casualty. In her role, Nancy is responsible for the aggregated portfolio management of the Global casualty lines within XL Catlin. Responsibilities include the implementation of a common Casualty framework with focus on innovation, product development and business building. Prior to her present role, Nancy joined Swiss Re in 2013 as Head of Underwriting for Casualty, responsible for the underwriting and actuarial treaty teams in the US and Canada. In this role, her main focus was on pricing development, portfolio management and strategy development and deployment. Nancy also served as the President & Chief Executive Office of C.V. Starr & Company (California), responsible for the overall operations of the agency. Nancy joined CV Starr in 2006 as Manager of the East Coast offices and continued her tenure with advancing responsibilities and roles; including Executive Vice President & Director of Field Operations. Nancy has more than 27 years’ experience in the insurance industry with a concentration in primary and excess specialty casualty lines working for companies such as General Star Management Company, Admiral Insurance Company and Marsh McLennan as a casualty insurance broker.
Patty Templeton-Jones serves Wright Flood as the President and Chief Program Advocate working cooperatively with FEMA/NFIP as well as congressional representatives to recommend flood reform solutions and review practical impacts of current and future flood reforms. In recognition of these efforts, Ms. Templeton-Jones was awarded the 2014 Political Involvement Award by Property and Casualty Insurance Agents of America. Patty has served as NFIP flood coordinator for Wright Flood, Chairperson for the Institute for Business and Home Safety and The WYO Marketing Committee. With over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry in all aspects of underwriting, operations and claims, Patty is an outspoken advocate of the flood insurance program and the education of flood insurance.
Paulina is the Executive Assistant to CEO of unisonSteadfast brokers.
Peter is a partner in Pasich LLP’s New York office. Peter represents commercial policyholders in complex insurance coverage matters with a focus on recovery strategies in relation to cyber crime, natural disasters, professional services, regulatory investigations, and technology disputes. Over the course of his career, Peter has arbitrated, litigated, and mediated claims involving a broad range of insurance policies and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance proceeds for policyholders. Peter has advised clients regarding insurance coverage under an array of forms and policies including Boiler & Machinery, Builder’s Risk, Commercial Crime, Cyber, Directors & Officers (D&O), Employment Practices Liability (EPL), Errors & Omissions (E&O), Fidelity, General Liability (GL), Kidnap & Ransom (KKR), Media Liability, Pollution Legal Liability (PLL/EIL), Products Liability, Property, Technology E&O, Trade Credit, and Workers’ Compensation.
Peter is a Vice President & Senior Producer Commercial Insurance, Global Organizations with Clements Worldwide in Washington, D.C. and focuses on specialty and war risk coverage for USG contractors and NGOs, including but not limited to Property, Liability, Automobile, Cargo, Accident and Health insurance including Emergency Evacuation.
Peter is a Partner at Hinshaw in Chicago. Peter has served as a trusted advisor for professionals and corporations for more than 30 years, both nationally and internationally. As part of his extensive complex, multi-party litigation and appellate experience, Peter has tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. Focusing primarily on insurance coverage disputes, his practice includes handling first-party insurance, reinsurance, and subrogation as well as cyber and extra-contractual matters. Peter also works with clients involved in commercial, construction, and environmental litigation, defending the interests of professionals—including accountants, attorneys, architects, and engineers—facing liability claims. As part of his efforts to help clients mitigate risk and stay out of court, Peter has represented both insurance companies and professional firms in numerous arbitrations.
Rhonda is the managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Rhonda represents policyholders in coverage cases nationwide, including cyber liability, third-party tort and environmental liability claims, first-party property damage and business interruption claims, directors & officers liability, errors & omissions liability, fidelity bonds and alternative risk transfer arrangements, including for employee benefit plans. She has served as lead counsel in multiple jury and bench trials, argued before the highest courts of several states, and appeared in two cases before U.S. Supreme Court. Through jury verdicts, summary judgment decisions and confidential settlements before and during litigation, she has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for policyholders, including nine-figure recoveries.
Rica is a Senior Manager in the Seattle office of RGL Forensics, a leading financial investigations company that specializes in the insurance, legal and corporate markets globally.
Firestorm Expert Council member Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on topics related to disaster, crisis and emergency contexts. His subject matter expertise also includes aspects of communication, leadership, decision making, team and group communication, crisis and emergency communication, message composition, audience variables and meaning, comprehension and understanding. Dr. Robert Chandler currently holds an appointment as Visiting Professor at Lipscomb University where he founded the Forum on Crisis and Consequence Management and he oversees graduate academic and professional development educational offerings in the areas of health communication, crisis and consequence management, crisis and emergency communication, public relations, advertising, intercultural communication, and organizational communication. Dr. Chandler is the author, editor or co-author of nine books and more than 175 academic and professional papers. His research and applied models have been widely adopted and he is an acclaimed speaker and featured presenter. His academic subject matter expertise is wide ranging and includes areas of intercultural communication, leadership, teamwork, communication assessment, persuasion, health communication, risk communication and advocacy. His more than 30 years of ground-breaking research into social scientific variables related to messages, comprehension, understanding, decision-making and human behavior has been applied in a wide range of practical applications and as solutions for fundamental challenges in both routine and extreme contexts. His focused research for communication and decision making during stress, high stress and hyper stress contexts has produced groundbreaking theoretical and practical applications. He is also a highly praised speaker and presenter, researcher, educator, accomplished trainer, and valued consultant.
Sandy is an Executive Vice President of Insurgent Consulting. The majority of her carrier has been with Norman-Spencer Agency, Inc., a large MGA with home office in Dayton, Ohio. Utilizing her strong insurance operations experience, she works with insurtechs, agents, brokers and carriers to provide solutions and services essential to launch new insurance products and programs.
Scott is Executive Vice President and Chief Acquisitions Officer of Brown & Brown. Always pursuing new avenues for business growth, Scott has been an integral part of Brown & Brown’s diversification of capabilities and strategic expansion, now totaling more than 240 offices across North America, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and the United Kingdom. As Executive Vice President and Chief Acquisitions Officer, Scott’s aggressive approach and knowledge of Brown & Brown’s business segments drive the organization’s expansion strategy. Scott has been a part of Brown & Brown for more than 25 years. Before taking on the role of Chief Acquisitions Officer, Scott held a number of other positions, including Regional President, Regional Executive Vice President, Profit Center Leader, producer, and marketing representative. Scott has served in various advisory and board capacities for Central Indiana Insurance Agents, United Way of Volusia County, United Way of Indianapolis, and the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis. Scott has also served on various regional and national insurance carrier advisory councils including The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers Council on Employee Benefits Executives Board and holds a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Scott is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he received a degree in Political Science. Scott resides in Daytona Beach, Florida with his wife and three children.
Scott is a Partner at Hinshaw in Chicago. Scott Seaman is Co-Chair of the firm’s global Insurance Services Practice Group. The group is ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Insurance: Dispute Resolution Illinois and earned a National Tier 1 rating in the Best Law Firms list published by U.S. News – Best Lawyers as well as Tier 1 regional ratings in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami. As a commercial litigator and trial lawyer with more than 32 years of experience, Mr. Seaman has had the privilege of working with some of the most dedicated and talented senior management, legal counsel, and insurance and reinsurance claims and litigation professionals in the world and of serving as counsel in precedent setting cases involving some of the most challenging contemporary coverage and reinsurance issues confronting the insurance industry.
Sean A. Ahrens, MA. CPP, FSyl, CSC is the Security Market Group Leader with Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI) a multi-disciplinary consulting and Engineering firm that provides security consulting, assessment, training workplace violence planning and technology design solutions for projects worldwide. Sean is a protection (security) resiliency leader/expert consultant with over twenty years of achievement, focusing on the development/administration of cost effective programs that reduce security exposures within domestic and international markets. He is a well-known security/resilience leader; whose achievements span the globe. He has assessed/audited hundreds of organizations/operations for compliance with best practices and regulatory requirements. Mr. Ahrens has also offered thought leadership in the development of security standards and guides and also participates on the ASIS Commercial Real Estate Council (CREC). A former founding member of the ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) commission on guidelines, Sean has contributed to several security guides and standards and continues his work now with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in the creation of a guide to support proactive resilience planning for future tall towers.
Stephen is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Anderson Kill. A seasoned trial lawyer and litigator with extensive experience in insurance recovery, Stephen also has significant hands-on software development and design experience. He is co-chair of Anderson Kill’s recently launched Blockchain and Virtual Currency group, a cross-disciplinary team providing counsel to Blockchain entrepreneurs and investors in areas including litigation, trial practice, insurance coverage, tax, intellectual property, corporate/transactional and employment law. Stephen has written and been quoted widely on legal issues arising from the use of Blockchain technology, with appearances in both print and television media.
Toby is Co-Founder & the Chief Innovation Officer of Premonition. Toby pioneered lawyer “win rates” and co-founded Premonition, the World’s largest litigation database. He began his career in recruitment, eventually founding NetSearch. The online headhunting firm received 4 offers in the first 27 days, valuing it at $160M. Toby Unwin was inaugurated as The Republic of Austria’s Honorary Consul in Orlando, Austria’s youngest Consul of all time. He is the bestselling author of several books, 13 patents and a video series teaching commercial property investment, owning developments throughout Florida. He sits on numerous boards such as Maximum Life Medical Research Foundation and the Central Florida Ballet. National Rowing Championship Gold Medallist and an accomplished pilot, he holds a World airspeed record. He speaks five languages and studied International Commercial Law at Kings College London.
CEO and Founder of Innovation Insurance Group, LLC. Mr. Sagalow is a 30-year veteran of the insurance industry, having held senior executive positions in underwriting, legal, and product development for major insurance companies. Mr. Sagalow is an expert in new product development in a range of insurance product lines, particularly cyber-insurance, directors & officers liability insurance, professional liability insurance, employment practices liability insurance, and reputation insurance. Additionally, with his unique background combining management and professional liability legal, underwriting, and policy drafting, Mr. Sagalow is one of the industry’s most sought-after experts in D&O/E&O coverage disputes. Mr. Sagalow spent 25 years as a senior executive with AIG. His major positions included ten years as Chief Underwriting Officer and General Counsel for AIG Executive Liability (f/k/a National Union). National Union is the largest provider of management and professional liability insurance in the United States. From 2000 to 2005, he was Chief Operating Officer of AIG eBusiness Risk Solutions, a large provider of security and privacy insurance. From 2005 to 2009, he headed up new product development at AIG General Insurance as President of Product Development before moving to Zurich North America as Chief Innovation Officer. In April 2011, he departed Zurich to create Innovation Insurance Group. Products Mr. Sagalow has created have produced hundreds of millions of dollars of gross premium and include Y2k Insurance, (Entity Cover) Directors and Officers Insurance, Cyber Insurance, Reputation Insurance, and Intellectual Property Collateral Insurance. Mr. Sagalow is a frequent author and speaker. His works include @Risk: Internet and E-Commerce Insurance and Reinsurance Legal Issues and Directors & Officers Insurance Handbook. Mr. Sagalow has appeared on CNBC, WPIX-TV, PBS and Bloomberg Radio, and he has spoken before various tech, legal and insurance forums on issues including the White House, Department of Homeland Security, and Congress. He is also the host of the series “Innovations in Insurance with Ty Sagalow,” produced by World Risk and Insurance News. Mr. Sagalow has been interviewed on the topic of innovation by many organizations, including Harvard Business Review and Business Insurance. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Long Island University, a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and he earned the LLM from New York University School of Law.
Uwe-Peter is Loss Prevention Manager, GDV, and IUMI Loss Prevention Committee Vice Chair. The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) is a professional body which is run by and for its members. IUMI represents national and international marine insurers and considers issues of interest to the worldwide marine insurance industry. IUMI has a unique status in the world of marine and transport insurance. Its members are dedicated to maintaining and expanding global trade focusing both on developed and emerging markets.
Will is an Associate in the Commercial Litigation department in Chelmsford. He has a particular focus on the resolution of commercial disputes. He also advises insolvency practitioners, companies and individuals on corporate and personal insolvency matters. Will’s experience includes advising on a wide variety of commercial disputes, acting in High Court and County Court litigation, enforcing judgments in the UK and abroad, company restoration, commercial debt recovery, and winding-up and bankruptcy petitions. Will is also experienced in advising clients on crisis and reputation litigation matters, including defamation and harassment claims, urgent court applications such as freezing orders and delivery up injunctions. He has expertise in regulatory investigations and dawn raids.