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  • December 3, 2019
  • Emerging Leaders Conference Announces its 2020 Class
  • CHICAGO - This year, 102 insurance professionals from across the country as well as overseas were selected as “Emerging Leaders” and will be invited to attend the 2020 Emerging Leaders Conference, Feb. 23-25, 2020, at the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas.

    The conference, hosted by the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), the Insurance Careers Movement (ICM), and AM Best, is designed to recognize the best and brightest rising talents in the insurance industry. Those selected represent a wide range of job functions including actuarial, claims, client relations, finance, marketing, product development, risk management, sales, legal, technology, and underwriting. Nominees have more than 8 years of job experience and are already making a positive impact on their companies and the industry.

    “We are pleased to see the momentum and strong industry support for the Emerging Leaders program,” said David Sampson, president and CEO of APCIA. “This underscores the industry’s commitment to create meaningful developmental opportunities for the next generation of leaders. The Emerging Leaders Program is another example of the industry’s dedication to talent recruitment and retainment.”

    “The Emerging Leaders Conference is held in conjunction with the 5th Annual February Insurance Careers Month, where we look to not only recruit talent to the insurance profession, but also spark internal conversations about the rising stars within companies that someday will fill the C-Suite offices,” said Marguerite Tortorello, president of Tortorello Communications and one of the founding members of the Insurance Careers Movement. “The conference is unique in its focus on providing emerging leaders new perspectives on industry challenges and opportunities, while calling upon them to become ambassadors for the industry.”

    “APCIA and the Insurance Careers Movement are thrilled to continue our partnership with AM Best and appreciate their strong commitment to addressing talent in the industry in innovative ways,” said Sampson.

    The Emerging Leaders Conference agenda will feature panel discussions with leading company CEOs and senior executives providing insights on major industry trends and sharing knowledge on some of the most pressing issues facing insurance.

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

    We encourage you to follow the conversation on social media #ELC2020. For information on sponsorship opportunities contact Ashley Solovy (

    Class of 2020 Emerging Leaders

    Mike Maurer, Accident Fund, Divisional Director Business Development

    Clarisia Seay, Accredited Surety and Casualty, HR Director

    Montell Taylor, AF Group, Director, Operations

    Denise Campbell, AIG, AVP

    Garrett Pendleton, AIG, VP Manager Airport and Product Liability Claims

    Keri Petersen, Alliance Member Services, Claims Manager

    Leah Gooley, ALPS, Underwriting Manager

    Chris Draghi, AM Best, Senior Financial Analyst

    Monica Groves, American Family Mutual Insurance Company, State Government Affairs Director

    Mike Piercy, American Modern Insurance Group, Claims Field Manager (West)

    Levi Fisher, American Modern Insurance Group, Territory Sales Manager (West)

    Matt Ryan, American Modern Insurance Group, Operations Consultant

    Tracy Yaun, Amerisure, AVP Liability Claims

    Mahnoor "Noor" Amjad, Argo Group, Director, BI and Analytics

    Jessica Tanner, Argo Group, VP Primary Casualty

    Shantell Bishop, Argo Insurance, Underwriting Manager

    Scott Kelley, Argo Pro, Underwriting Manager

    Larry Phillips, Arthur J Gallagher, AVP

    Melissa Williard, BMIC, Director of Underwriting, Middle Market

    Jeff Beatty, BMIC, Director of Underwriting, Express Account Underwriting

    Koleman Brenner, Church Mutual Insurance Company, IT Administration & Finance Manager

    Stephanie Lynn, Church Mutual Insurance Company, ERM Director / Actuary

    Nicole Jolley, Church Mutual Insurance Company, Director Special Business Unit

    Danny Hayes, Cincinnati Insurance Companies, IT Resource Manager

    Mike Strange, Cincinnati Insurance Companies, IT Service Manager

    Terron Kemp, Cincinnati Insurance Companies, Regional Casualty Claims Manager

    Terry Smith, ClearPath Mutual Insurance Company, Accounting Manager

    Seth Ochsner, CM Select, Senior Product Director

    Sonia Dziubek, CNA Insurance, Director, Strategic Sourcing and Innovation

    Victoria Chen, CNA Insurance, Claims Director (Specialty)

    Valentino Elliott, CNA Insurance, Small Business Strategy Consulting Director

    Whitney Brooks, CNA Insurance, IT Business Analysis Director

    Kristi Houston, CompWest, Regional Director Business Development

    Molly Kerr, Co-operative Insurance Companies, Underwriter II

    Jolene Kerr, COUNTRY Financial, Investment Services Manager

    Tracie Caldwell, COUNTRY Financial, Manager, Life Policy Services

    Michael Thomas, COUNTRY Financial, Director, Personal Lines Underwriting

    Stephanie Hunt, Crum & Forster, Director

    Nick Johnson-Hill, Crum & Forster, AVP

    Daisy Lopez, Crum & Forster, AVP

    Teresa Lala, Crum & Forster, AVP

    Melissa Rice, CSAA Insurance Group, Senior Manager, Internal Audit

    Jing Shi, CSAA Insurance Group, VP, Marketing Strategy and Analytics

    Lavanya Lingala, CSAA Insurance Group, Commercial Operations Manager

    Andrea Zdaniewski, Erie Insurance Group, Counsel II

    Morgan Kimble, Erie Insurance Group, Medical Management Claims Facilitation Supervisor

    Megan Euston, Erie Insurance Group, Manager, Digital Marketing

    Abey Thomas, EWI Re, Vice President Risk Management

    Jon Swartz, FBL Financial Group, Inc, Managing Actuary

    Alyssa Bouchard, Gamma Iota Sigma, Director of Education and Programming

    Abbas Raza, GSFSGroup, Performance & Analysis Manager

    Andrea Rossi, Guaranty Fund Management Services, Vice President of Operations

    David Amaro, Hamilton Insurance Group, VP, Associate Legal Counsel

    Frank Gualtieri, Hartford Steam Boiler, AVP, Product Manager, Personal Lines Lead

    Keith Allen, Lancer Insurance Company, Assistant Vice President

    Lori Yash, MAPFRE USA, Director Claims

    Thomas Hoffey, MAPFRE USA, Supervising Attorney

    Jamie Ancheta, MJ Insurance, Client Executive

    Aaron Parker, MJ Insurance, Vice President, Client Experience

    Spencer Borisoff, Monarch E&S Insurance Services, Director of Marketing / Junior Underwriter

    Elektra Croy, Motors Insurance Corporation (Ally), Director, Statutory Accounting & Reporting

    Noah McClain, Mutual of Omaha, Product Development Manager

    Kate Ro, NJM Insurance Group, General Counsel

    Melissa Yarnell, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance, CRO

    Kim Aday, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance, CFO

    Lindsey DiGangi, PA Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co, Senior Business Analyst

    Ivy Kitzinger, Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Group, AVP Professional Liability Claims

    Brennan McLoughlin, Property & Liability Resource Bureau, Education Counsel

    Ashley Burris, Protective Insurance, Vice President of Accounting & Financial Reporting

    Ginger Witte, Protective Insurance, Director of Internal Audit

    Taylor Jones, Questpro, College Recruiting Manager

    Alex Ulmer, RAS, Business Development Manager

    Nate Wenzl, RAS, Business Development Manager

    Scott Gennusa, RLI, AVP, Inland Marine

    Laura Sutter, RLI, Actuarial Director, P&C Products

    Nathalie Hiemstra, RLI, AVP, Claim (Executive Products)

    Kristin Heiges, Secura, Director Marketing

    Michael Rosenau, Society Insurance, Director of Risk Control

    Dennis Saldana, Society Insurance, Director of Commercial Underwriting

    Benjamin Kimmons, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company, Vice President - Actuary and R&D

    Ryan Reik, State Auto Insurance Companies, Enterprise Agent Reporting Lead

    Rachel Lynch-Herrington, The Hanover Insurance Group, Director Claims

    Maegan Weller, The Hanover Insurance Group, Director, Commercial Operations and Service

    William Linthicum, The Hanover Insurance Group, Assistant Manager - Surety

    Candace Rhea, The Hartford, Underwriter

    Pete Alburtis, The Hartford, Managing Director, Houston Regional Office

    Jeff Woronick, The Hartford, Data Management Solution Owner

    Justin Grimm, The Hartford, Director

    Roxanna Maiberger, TMLT, Associate Risk Management Representative

    Rebecca Selman, TMLT, Associate Education Coordinator

    Nancy Enderby, United Educators Insurance, A Reciprocal Risk Retention Group, Associate VP, Underwriting

    Nitesh Patel, United Educators Insurance, A Reciprocal Risk Retention Group, AVP, Information Technology

    Barbara Keyes, Utica National Insurance Group, AVP, Director of Business Owners Policies

    Andrew Ford, Utica National Insurance Group, Managing Actuary

    Scott Johnson, WCF Insurance, Director, Product Development

    Steve Butler, Westfield, Personal Lines Product Management & Underwriting Practices leader

    Shannon Ahlborn, Westfield, Distribution Programs and Strategy Leader

    Kimberly Sanders, Weston Insurance Management, LLC, Regulatory Product Administrator

    Michelle Gauder, Zurich North America, Assistant Vice President of Medical Bill Review

    Noy Saunders, Zurich North America, Training & Quality Specialist

    Adam Kerns, Zurich North America, AVP, State Affairs, Government & Industry Affairs

    Brian Budzicz, Zurich North America, Assistant General Counsel

  • The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) is the primary national trade association for home, auto, and business insurers. APCIA promotes and protects the viability of private competition for the benefit of consumers and insurers, with a legacy dating back 150 years. APCIA members represent all sizes, structures, and regions—protecting families, communities, and businesses in the U.S. and across the globe.
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