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  • October 25, 2018
  • Nominees Announced for the Inaugural 2019 Emerging Leaders Conference in Miami
  • CHICAGO — The Emerging Leaders Conference, powered by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), the Insurance Careers Movement (ICM), and A.M. Best, today announced its inaugural class of 83 of the best and brightest rising talents in insurance who have been invited to an exclusive executive development and networking event in February 2019.

    “The Insurance Careers Movement was launched to address the pending talent shortage in the insurance industry,” said Jessica Hanna, PCI’s senior vice president of public affairs. “The industry needed a centralized campaign to showcase the innovation and excitement in insurance jobs. The first phase was to build a grassroots, social media, and digital movement to spread the word that insurance is the career trifecta—stable, rewarding, and limitless. The Emerging Leaders Conference is the next dynamic and tangible phase of the Insurance Careers Movement. We are proud to show ideas turning into action.”

    The Emerging Leaders Conference is the next global industry initiative from the Insurance Careers Movement, which aims to harness the tremendous responses and energy from the first digital engagement phase of the ICM. The conference is multi-dimensional, providing company CEOs a way to get involved in industry-wide recruitment, in addition to developing new leaders within the industry. Insurance industry CEOs and executives were asked to nominate rising stars within their organizations. These up and coming leaders will receive executive training from top industry icons, giving emerging leaders new perspectives on industry challenges, opportunities, and enterprise-wide leadership. The conference will provide networking opportunities, and in turn the participants will be recruited to become ambassadors for the industry.

    The nominees below represent a wide-range of job functions including actuarial, claims, client relations, finance, marketing, product development, risk management, sales, technology, and underwriting. They work from coast to coast as well as overseas. Nominees have approximately 8-10 years of job experience and are already making a positive impact on their companies and the industry.

    “The Emerging Leaders Conference nomination process was created to help spark internal conversations about rising stars within companies and to provide a professional development opportunity that rewards high performers. The conference is career focused and will also embed health and wellness strategies to help fuel a healthy executive lifestyle,” said Marguerite Tortorello, president of Tortorello Communications and one of the founding members of Insurance Careers Movement.

    The following quotes about the nominations highlight the outstanding caliber of the selected Emerging Leaders Conference attendees:

    “It is rare to find an individual with the passion, dedication, and professionalism that she exhibits each and every day. It is at times when tension is high and the pressure of a deadline looms that great leaders rise to the occasion. There is no better individual than she that we would want in control during those times.”

    “His passion and commitment to his core responsibilities show his desire to excel in his role. He treats his work as his craft, constantly striving for improvement by way of industry designations and furthering his education. However, he realizes that his individual success will not grow the company, it takes the entire team, working in unison with focus, determination, and a touch of fun that will put us on a path for growth and success. His passion and motivation inspire others on the team to accomplish our goals and create a better future for the next generation.”

    “She is a consistent high achiever who continually challenges herself and those around her to excellence. Her personal contributions to the branch and organization are framed by her high degree of confidence, honesty, respect and passion for success.”

    The Emerging Leaders Conference will be held Feb. 24 - 26, 2019, at the Confidante Hotel during the 4th Annual February Insurance Careers Month. The agenda will feature panel discussions with leading company CEOs providing insights on major industry trends and sharing knowledge on some of the most pressing issues facing insurance.

    The nominees will have an opportunity to network with insurance executives from diverse job functions in a vibrant environment. Click here to learn more iabout the Insurance Careers Movement or how to get involved.

    We encourage you to follow the conversation on social media #ELC2019. For information on sponsorship opportunities contact Kristen McCann at kristen.mccann@pciaa.net          

     

    Jyotipriya

    Ajay

    Amica Mutual Insurance Company

    Assistant Vice President

    Eduardo

    Amador

    Weston Insurance Management, LLC

    AVP, Director of Marketing

    Scott

    Applequist

    American Agricultural Insurance Company

    Actuary

    Kasey

    Baker

    CM Regent - wholly owned subsidiary of Church Mutual Insurance Company

    Manager of Broker Relations & Distribution

    Julie

    Berenz Anderson

    The Hanover Insurance Group

    Associate State Manager

    Andy

    Bloechl

    CM Vantage

    Director of Operations

    Joshua

    Bouchez

    Trident Insurance

    Territory Marketing Manager

    Sarah

    Braughler

    United Educators

    Associate Vice President

    Phil

    Brodeur

    RLI Insurance Company

    AVP, Risk Services

    Holly

    Brokaw

    Illinois Casualty Company

    Underwriting Manager

    Colin

    Burns

    COUNTRY Financial

    Director, Brand Marketing & Activation

    Meagan

    Campbell Shields

    LWCC

    Investment Portfolio Manager and Enterprise Risk Specialist

    Bruno

    Caron

    A M Best Company

    Financial Analyst

    Raymond

    Charrier

    Confie Seguros

    AVP, Claims

    Stephanie

    Coe

    CNA

    Business Analysis Director

    Nick

    Coldwell

    The Hanover Insurance Group

    AVP New Business

    Nick

    Cook

    Crum & Forster

    SVP- Small Business Team

    Patrick

    Crotty

    Navigators Management Company, Inc.

    Vice President, Environmental

    Kathleen

    Dalton

    Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company

    Assistant Vice President Operations

    Ryan

    Daniele

    MJ Insurance

    Director, Strategy & Operations - Risk Management

    Daniela

    De Leon Pacheco

    Argo Group International Holdings

    Manager of Business Operations for Latin American Operations

    Lisa

    DeCarolis

    CNA

    Risk Control Consulting Director

    Nicole

    Dinan

    Westfield

    Commercial Lines Product Management and Underwriting Practices Leader

    Mandy

    Donovan

    Illinois Casualty Company

    Product Development Supervisor

    John

    Eckmair

    Utica National Insurance Group

    Director of Underwriting Operations

    David

    Edgerton

    Erie Insurance

    VP, IT

    Tim

    Ekberg

    COUNTRY Financial

    Director, Field Operations

    Simon

    Evans

    Argo Group

    Senior Recruitment Manager, International

    Rosa

    Figueroa

    Catalina U.S. Insurance Services LLC

    Senior Claims Examiner

    Jamie

    Flowers

    Illinois Casualty Company

    Legal Counsel

    Jenna

    Francis

    Electric Insurance Company

    Senior Claims Adjuster

    Candice

    Germain

    The Segal Group

    Senior Broker

    Marc

    Glickman

    Argo Group

    Underwriting Director

    Karen

    Guard

    Nationwide Insurance

    AVP, Product - Personal Lines

    Zain

    Hasan

    NICG

    Founder & CEO

    Janelle

    Henkel

    COUNTRY Financial

    Director of Billing Operations

    Sarah

    Hinman

    Utica National Insurance Group

    Digital Delivery Manager

    Kelly

    Hirn

    Church Mutual Insurance Company

    Claim Shared Services Manager

    Daniel

    Hofmeister

    A.M. Best Company

    Financial Analyst II

    Shane

    Hutsen

    Argo Group

    University Relations Program Manager

    Brent

    Johnson

    Accredited Surety and Casualty

    Programs Manager

    Rebecca

    Joseph

    The Hanover

    Executive Middle Market Sales Underwriting Specialist

    Clifton

    Kersey

    Vela Insurance Services

    Assistant Vice President, Segment Underwriting Director

    James

    Kienzle

    CNA

    Director Strategic Coverage Counsel

    Meredith

    Krasnecky

    Lincoln Financial Group

    Business Process Improvement Consultant

    Lynn

    LaGram

    The Hartford

    Assistant Vice President, Product Management

    RICK

    LANTER

    ASSURANT

    VICE PRESIDENT

    Aaron

    Lee

    Ally Insurance / Motors Insurance Corporation (MIC)

    Director of P&C Underwriting

    Courtney

    Lehman

    Westfield

    Actuarial Leader

    Thompson

    Mackey

    EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants

    Risk Management Consultant

    KUNAL

    MALHOTRA

    ASSURANT

    PRESIDENT, INNOVATIONS

    Lauren

    Marsh

    PayneWest Financial

    Team Lead - Select (small business commercial)

    Mohideen

    Masood

    Utica National Insurance Company

    Technical Delivery Manager

    Alison

    McLean

    Swiss Re

    Head Behavioral Research

    Sean

    Metzger

    Lancer Insurance Company

    Division Manager

    Kristi

    Milbourn

    American Family Insurance

    Talent Acquisition Manager

    Alex

    Miller

    United Educators

    Associate Vice President

    Lane

    Miller

    Johnson Lambert LLP

    Principal

    Tyler

    Nielsen

    Utah Business Insurance Company

    VP Operations

    Christina

    Parrott

    American Family Insurance

    Compensation Manager

    Nicole

    Parrott

    FBL Financial Group, Inc.

    Specialty Lines Vice President

    Nicholas

    Petcoff

    Conifer Holdings, Inc.

    Executive Vice President

    Leah

    Porath

    Erie Insurance

    IT Manager

    Alison

    Powell

    Erie Insurance

    Inside Claims Supervisor

    Kelly

    Ruud

    CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company

    Assistant Vice President, Financial Systems

    Robert

    Ryan

    Navigators Management Company, Inc.

    NY Marine Branch Manager

    Chris

    Schumacher

    Church Mutual Insurance Company

    Actuary

    Sephora

    Sciara

    CAA Insurance (CCG)

    AVP, Insurance

    Nick

    Scott

    Spinnaker Insurance Company

    General Counsel

    James

    Shay

    ACIG Insurance Company

    Vice President

    Amanda

    Sklavenitis

    Ohio Insurance Institute

    Vice President, Education and Workforce Development

    JooHye

    Smith

    MetLife Auto & Home

    Manager

    Dana

    Soubra

    CAA Insurance (CAA Club Group)

    Vice President, Insurance

    Jessica

    Soufrine

    Amerisure Insurance Company

    Assistant Vice President, Field Marketing and Underwriting

    Lynanne

    St. Denis

    Navigators Management Company, Inc.

    Vice President, Commercial Excess Casualty

    Ryan

    Stieg

    Stieg Insurance, a Division of PayneWest Insurance

    Client Relations Director, Commercial Insurance

    Katie

    Stryker

    CNA

    Consulting Director

    Yen

    Tang

    MassMutual Life Insurance Company

    Head of FP&A Data Analytics

    Alison

    VanOtterloo

    Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company

    Vice President

    Kari

    Vaughn

    CNA

    Actuarial Consultant (P&C)

    Ryan

    Vigus

    CSAA Insurance Group

    Vice President

    Karen

    Williams

    Argo Group

    Group Senior Manager of Training and Organizational Development

    Deidre

    Wright

    Business Insurance

    Director, Engagement & Marketing

  • PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write $220 billion in annual premium, 37 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance. Member companies write 44 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 30 percent of the homeowners market, 35 percent of the commercial property and liability market and 37 percent of the private workers compensation market.
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