2019 Speakers

David Crowe

David Crowe

Senior Vice President, Claims — Berkshire Hathaway

David Crowe is responsible for the group’s Claims function. Crowe has been in the industry for over 25 years, most recently as Global Head of Commercial Property Claims at AIG. Prior to joining the AIG companies, Crowe was with Aetna Casualty & Surety and Envision Claims Management where he handled both commercial and personal lines property and casualty claims. Crowe holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Washington & Je­erson College and a Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School.

Ivan Gonzalez

Ivan Gonzalez

President & CEO of the Everest Insurance Division — Everest Insurance

Ivan Gonzalez was appointed CEO North America in July 2016. He has been a member of the Corporate Solutions Management Committee since March 2011. Gonzalez is responsible for Corporate Solutions’ rapid expanding commercial insurance business with North American corporations, offering innovative, high-quality insurance capacity and customized risk transfer solutions to assist in mitigating their risk exposure. Before his appointment as CEO North America Corporate Solutions, Gonzalez was CEO Latin America Corporate Solutions for five years.

Paul Horgan

Paul Horgan

Head of North America Commercial Insurance — Zurich NA

Paul Horgan is the Head of U.S. Commercial Insurance for Zurich North America and is responsible for the direction, management and performance of all commercial and specialties business in the U.S. He joined Zurich in 2007 and has served as Head of Global Corporate in North America; Head of Group Reinsurance, serving at the company’s worldwide headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland; and Chief Underwriting Officer for Global Corporate in North America.

Horgan has more than 30 years experience in the insurance industry.

Matthew Merna

Matthew Merna

Division President, Major Accounts — CHUBB

Matt Merna is Division President, Chubb North America Major Accounts. He has executive and operating responsibility for Chubb’s retail commercial property and casualty insurance businesses that serve the large account and corporate market in the U.S. and Canada. He is responsible for all aspects of the Major Accounts division, including strategy, production, product development and management, and profit and loss performance.

Merna is an 18-year veteran of the large-risk and national accounts marketplace.

Dr. Rick Rigsby

Dr. Rick Rigsby

President and CEO — Rick Rigsby Communications

In 2017, Dr. Rick Rigsby delivered one of the most passionate speeches ever heard. More than 200 MILLION PEOPLE worldwide viewed the speech in a video that went viral in just a matter of days.

Dr. Rigsby is President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications.
The former award-winning journalist followed a television career with graduate school–and two decades as a college professor.

Dr. Rigsby’s dynamic presentations motivate, empower and inspire worldwide–from Africa and Asia, to the Americas, Europe and Canada.

Said Taiym

Said Taiym

Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer — Lockton Companies

Said Taiym is executive vice president and chief digital officer for Lockton, the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker and consultant. Taiym’s focus is on digital innovation and new technologies to help Lockton Associates transform how they deliver best-in-class strategic solutions for clients. He is an expert in leading change and creating technology innovations that improve the customer experience.

Taiym has more than 10 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Jonathan Zaffino

Jonathan Zaffino

President & CEO of the Everest Insurance Division — Everest Insurance

Jonathan Zaffino is Executive Vice President of Everest Re Group, Ltd, and President and CEO of the Everest Insurance® Division.  Zaffino has responsibility for all facets of the global insurance operations of the Everest Re Group.  Zaffino joined Everest in February of 2015 as President of the U.S. Insurance Operations for Everest National Insurance Company. 

Zaffino’s career spans 24 years with extensive experience and leadership responsibilities across both the underwriting and brokerage community.

Peter Zaffino

Peter Zaffino

Executive Vice President and CEO — AIG

Peter Zaffino is Chief Executive Officer of AIG’s General Insurance business, which is a leading provider of insurance products and services for commercial and personal insurance customers. General Insurance has over 30,000 colleagues in more than 80 countries and generates $35 billion in annual gross written premiums.

Zaffino is also Global Chief Operating Officer of AIG and serves as a member of AIG’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

Zaffino has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry.