2020 Speakers

Mike Andler

Mike Andler

EVP, Property Leader — Lockton Companies

Mike Andler has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. His career began as an engineer with IRI before he transitioned into the brokerage side of the business.

He has spent most of his brokerage time working as an engineer-broker placing worldwide complex risks and holding various leadership roles within various firms.

Mike has experience marketing all classes of business with particular emphasis on technical risks.

Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews

New York Times Bestselling Author

Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers including The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer. He is also an in-demand speaker, coach, and consultant for the world’s largest organizations.

Both The Noticer and The Traveler’s Gift were featured selections of ABC’s Good Morning America and continue to appear on bestseller lists around the world. His books have been translated into over 40 languages.

Andy has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents, worked extensively with the Department of Defense, and regularly addresses the world’s largest corporations. 

Andrew Barklage, CPDM

Andrew Barklage, CPDM

VP, Claims Cost Control Consultant/Manager — Lockton Companies

Andrew Barklage leads Lockton’s unique Claims Cost Control Department. As both a working consultant and the department leader, his responsibilities include not only the day-to-day oversight of the team but also selling the CCC philosophy to prospects and clients, evaluating their existing workers’ compensation programs, and assisting with the design and implementation of a process that positively impacts the injured employee’s recovery and reduces workers’ compensation costs.

His strong understanding of data serves
his clients well in terms of understanding cost drivers and potential savings opportunities. He has gained national account expertise through his work with clients in a variety of industries.

Brian Benjamin

Brian Benjamin

Head of Management Solutions, U.S. Commercial Insurance — Zurich North America

Brian Benjamin is head of Financial Lines for U.S. Commercial Insurance. He is a member of the North America Commercial Insurance senior leadership team. In his role, he is responsible for setting strategy and delivering underwriting results, sales execution, and talent management for the financial lines business unit. 

Prior to joining Zurich, Brian most recently served as Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance for XL Catlin. He has extensive financial lines and transactional risk leadership experience working with brokers and customers, as well as expertise in underwriting strategy and models, product innovation and strategic initiatives across various management and professional liability lines.

Devin Beresheim

Devin Beresheim

EVP, Specialty Practices and Financial Services Practice Leader — Lockton Companies

Devin Bereshiem is an executive vice president and financial services practice leader for Lockton Companies. Devin leads the practice responsible for advising clients on strategy, execution and recovery for D&O, E&O, cyber/privacy, employment practices, fiduciary/ERISA, fidelity and related insurance products and services. Devin has deep expertise in advising clients experiencing significant
corporate change, including M&A, bankruptcy, restructuring, public offerings, and litigation.

Prior to joining Lockton in August 2019, Devin was with Marsh for 28 years. Since January 2015, he led the financial and professional (FINPRO) group in the US and Canada.

Chris Clearfield

Chris Clearfield

Founder — System Logic

Chris Clearfield is the founder of System
Logic, an independent research and consulting firm focusing on the challenges posed by risk and complexity.

He previously worked as a derivatives trader at Jane Street, where he analyzed and devised mitigations for the financial and regulatory risks inherent in the business of technologically complex high-speed trading.

He has written about catastrophic failure, technology, and finance for The Guardian, Forbes, the Harvard Kennedy School Review, the popular science
magazine Nautilus, and the Harvard Business Review blog.

Chris holds an A.B. from Harvard College, where he studied physics and biology.

Mark Crites

Mark Crites

President — StempleCrites LLC

Working in valuation since 1991, Mark Crites has been engaged by companies to value facilities and equipment throughout the globe. His experience encompasses virtually every industry vertical.

Mark has provided valuation opinions for insurable values, allocation of purchase price, fresh-start accounting, merger and acquisitions due diligence, tax and financial compliance, property accounting, asset based lending, just to name a few.

In the area of property insurance, Mark has managed and been technically involved in more than 500 projects for over 2,500 locations totaling over $500B in Property Damage values for replacement cost and actual cash value.

Anthony Dagostino

Anthony Dagostino

EVP, Global Cyber and Technologyy Practice Leader — Lockton Companies

Anthony Dagostino oversees Lockton’s cyber strategy focusing on delivering innovative and effective solutions to clients across the globe through risk transfer solutions, analytics and risk consulting.

Prior to joining Lockton in July 2019, he led Willis Towers Watson’s global cyber risk consulting and insurance brokerage practices. He brings nearly two decades of experience in cyber, technology, and financial lines insurance underwriting and brokerage through an array of leadership positions. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Anthony was a research analyst in the venture capital space focusing on early-stage emerging technology companies.

Duncan Ellis

Duncan Ellis

Head of Retail Property, North America General Insurance — AIG

Duncan Ellis is Head of Retail Property, North America General Insurance for AIG. In this role, he is responsible for growing and diversifying AIG’s Property portfolio, as well as implementing consistent underwriting practices in the U.S., Bermuda and Canada that are aligned with AIG’s overall risk appetite to position the Retail Property business for sustained profitable growth.
Prior to AIG, Duncan served as managing director and leader of Marsh & McLennan’s US Property Practice from 1992 through 2019.
Duncan began his career in insurance as a P&C underwriter and spent six
years at The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Vince Gaffigan

Vince Gaffigan

EVP, Director — Risk Consulting — Lockton Companies

Vince Gaffigan leads Lockton’s Strategic Consulting Practice for the Midwest. He is also a member of Lockton’s National Risk Practices Group.

In this capacity, Vince collaborates with Fortune 1000 clients to develop high impact, multi-year strategies around property, casualty, risk finance, analytics, global services, and risk control.

With over 30 years of experience broking and underwriting global accounts, Vince is well versed in most property/casualty rating plans, including large deductibles, self-insurance, captives, and alternative risk structures.

In 2011, Vince was named a “Power Broker” by Risk and Insurance Magazine.

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

AVP, ATD Master Trainer, RCS Client Training Consultant — Lockton Companies

Keith Johnson has a multifaceted position within Lockton’s Risk Control Services Practice. His expertise includes seminars, workshops and training sessions (from large to small) as well as one-on-one coaching. In his role, Keith oversees the Risk Control Services Training Institute, where he develops curriculum and educational opportunities for clients.

Keith provides team building and
efficiency workshops, public speaking coaching, employee engagement
consultation, culture and morale seminars, supervisor training, safety
training, training facilitation consultation, brainstorming services, post-injury management consulting/training, and various customized training and
presentations as clients’ needs warrant.

Melissa Klaus

Melissa Klaus

SVP, Unit Manager, Director — Property Practice — Lockton Companies

Melissa Klaus is the unit manager, director — Property Practice of Lockton Midwest. Melissa is a unit manager who is committed to providing the highest level of service to her clients. In this role, she is responsible for assisting in the management of all aspects of clients’ risk management programs, such as market strategy, program structure, claims and loss control service, insurance market relationships, and risk identification — all with the objective of reducing the total cost of risk for clients.

Melissa specializes in complex property placements, including global programs, shared and layered, healthcare, manufacturing, and mining.

Jay Lefkowitz

Jay Lefkowitz

President — AIG Risk Management (AIGRM)

Jay Lefkowitz is the president of AIG Risk Management (AIGRM), the large account, primary casualty group in AIG. In this role, he is responsible for managing the field operations and is also responsible for managing the top and bottom line growth.

Jay has worked in the insurance business for 35 years almost exclusively in the large account, primary casualty space. 

Jay’s previous experience includes working for National Union, ACE (Chubb), and XL. Jay came full circle in 2018 rejoining AIG as the President of AIG Risk Management. 

Debbie Michel

Debbie Michel

EVP of National Insurance Risk Management — Liberty Mutual Insurance

Debbie Michel is the executive vice president and general manager of National Insurance Risk Management, Liberty’s nationwide large-account casualty business. National Insurance Risk Management provides general liability, auto and workers’ compensation insurance for companies with $1.5 million in premium or more. This segment has written premium of $1 billion.

Previous roles include President of Helmsman Management Services, leading the UPS Dedicated Unit, division general manager in the Middle Market and general manager of Major Accounts. 

In 2017, Ms. Michel was honored as one of Business Insurance‘s 2017 Women to Watch.

Mark Moitoso, FCAS, MAAA

Mark Moitoso, FCAS, MAAA

EVP, Risk Practices Leader — Lockton Companies

As the risk practices leader, Mark is  responsible for Lockton’s national practices, delivering customized solutions in the areas of property, casualty, captive consulting, risk finance, private equity, analytics, global services, risk control and claims. These solutions are delivered within a strategic risk consulting framework aligned with clients’ corporate operational and financial goals.

Having developed more than 25 years of underwriting company experience prior to joining Lockton, Mark leverages quantitative capabilities to drive decision-making and deliver superior results.

Phillip Moretti, CPCU

Phillip Moretti, CPCU

Managing Director USA and Senior Executive Adjuster — Integra Technical Services

Phillip Moretti is the Managing Director USA and Senior Executive Adjuster with Integra Technical Services. Responsibilities include handling some of Integra’s largest and most complex claims, while managing their entire US operations and supporting Integra’s global footprint as an Independent Adjusting firm.  

Prior to joining Integra, Phillip held positions with Zurich North America.  His responsibilities included adjusting large complex property and business interruption claims then managing a group of General Adjusters throughout North America.

Phillip has over 32 years of experience in the industry.

Vincent Reyda

Vincent Reyda

Operations Senior Vice President, Client Service and Market Relations — FM Global

Vincent Reyda is the operations senior vice president of client service and market relations. In this role, he is responsible for broker relations and client services to meet the changing needs of the market affecting our internal and external customers.

He is responsible for developing and implementing innovative ideas that provide value for both our clients and FM Global. This may include enhancements to our current offerings, as well as new products.

Since joining FM Global in 1988, Vincent has held a variety of positions, both internationally and for New York operations, as well as roles in underwriting, engineering and business development.

Christopher Swift

Christopher Swift

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer — The Hartford

Christopher J. Swift is chairman and chief executive officer of The Hartford. He is responsible for the company’s strategy and growth, capital allocation, performance, culture and leadership. Swift leads the company at a time of unprecedented technological innovation and continues to sharpen The Hartford’s competitive advantages through the use of data, analytics and digital technology to meet the needs of consumers today and in the future.

As CEO, Christopher has focused on expanding the company’s capabilities and geographic reach through organic growth and strategic investments. He also completed the company’s exit from the run-off life and annuity business, providing greater financial flexibility, and improving The Hartford’s ROE and earnings growth profile.

Swift joined The Hartford in March 2010 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In that position, he played a central role in the company’s strategic transformation to focus on the P&C, group benefits and mutual funds businesses, as well as strengthening the balance sheet through the sale of its individual life and retirement plans businesses, reducing debt and creating greater balance-sheet strength.