2022 Speakers

 

Andy Andrews

New York Times Best Selling 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 a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The NoticerHow Do You Kill 11 Million People?, and the modern classic, The Traveler’s Gift.

 

Parag Bavishi

USQRisk Group (USQ)

Parag Bavishi is a Co-founder of USQRisk Group (USQ) and Chief Underwriting Officer having 20+ years of experience in Alternative Risk Transfer/Risk Finance (re)insurance. Parag currently is overseeing pricing, underwriting and portfolio management with USQ and maintains the (re)insurance relationships for the Alternative Risk Transfer business.

Prior to joining USQ, Parag held senior executive roles in underwriting and actuarial functions at Allianz, Northbridge and Zurich. Parag holds a PhD in Quantitative Finance and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London, UK.

 

 

Brenden Beeg

Business Development Manager, North America
Descartes Insurance Solutions Agency, Inc

Based in Denver, Colorado, Brenden Beeg is responsible for all aspects of sales and distribution management, as well as strategy for brokers and clients in the North America region. Brenden joined Descartes in February of 2022 from Aon where he held the position of Account Specialist in the Honolulu, Hawaii office. Prior to Aon, Brenden held various roles in business development and product development for Tokio Marine Group companies in North America.

 

 

Daniel Berger

Lockton Companies

Dan is the Senior Vice President and Head of Tax Insurance at Lockton Companies.  Before joining Lockton, he led tax insurance underwriting for AIG in North America. He previously worked as a Tax Director at Brookfield Asset Management and as an Associate at Moelis & Company, both in New York. Dan began his tax career as an attorney at Proskauer Rose, where he advised on various transactional tax matters. Dan received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

 

Greg Chambers

AXA XL, Underwriting Manager

Greg Chambers is an Underwriting Manager in the Midwest Region for Cyber and Technology E&O at AXA XL.  Greg has close to 20 years of experience within the insurance industry with 10 of those years working in the Cyber and Technology E&O space.  Greg specializes in underwriting complex risks and acting as a subject matter resource for other members of the team.

Mark Crites
ASA, MRICS

StempleCrites LLC
President/CEO

Working in valuation since 1991, Mark has been engaged by companies to value facilities and equipment throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. His experience encompasses areas such as automotive; consumer business; energy production, transmission, and distribution utilities; technology; financial services; food service; healthcare; hospitality; mining; plastics, pulp, paper, and converting; communications and media; textiles; transportation, et. al.
Mark has provided valuation opinions for insurable values, allocation of purchase price, impairment analysis, fresh-start accounting, restructuring support, merger and acquisitions, due diligence, like-kind exchange and sale lease-back analysis, interest expense allocation, tax and financial compliance, property accounting, tax consulting, and liquidation analysis.

David Deck

AIG, Chief Executive Officer
North America General Insurance

David is a former professional soccer player and has a successful executive with progressive experience building into high performing individuals, teams, and leaders. He is an educator by degree, a teacher, and coach at heart. Here’s a little bit about what what David believes:

  • Elite athletes regularly practice the physical skills required to play at a high level but rarely work as hard on the mental aspect.
  • High performance individuals, teams and cultures don’t just happen; they are built with purpose and continually fought for.
  • We all have fear, some are controlled by it, some face it and work hard to overcome it – the choice is yours.
  • “Our own words predict and perpetuate our current and future performance.” (Trevor Moawad)
  • Great lives require thinking and acting. The more deeply you think, the more frequently you must act. The more you act, the more you must slow down and reflect.
  • Learning about yourself is one of the hardest things you can do. Accepting what you discover is even harder. Mastering your self is the ultimate challenge.
  • Leaders believe and trust, first in themselves.
  • Peace comes when you’ve done all you can do.

Michael DuCharme, CPCU

Vice President, Client Service Manager
FM Global – St. Louis Operation

Mike has over 30 years experience in the insurance industry including 10 years in his current role where he oversee a team of Account Managers and Underwriters responsible for advising clients on property risk management issues that threaten their operations, ensures the St. Louis client base is underwritten in a profitable manner, and ensures clients and brokers experience a high-quality interaction with FM Global’s client service teams.

Areas of expertise:

  • Understanding and underwriting complex business interruption scenarios
  • Designing and implementing shared/layered approaches to large property placements
  • Consulting with clients on ways to increase resiliency at key locations within their organizations

Debra Fox

The Hartford, Vice President, Head of Middle & Large Commercial Product

Debra Fox is responsible for innovation, management, and the overall health of the core lines of business – inclusive of the products and tools we use to compete in our broad set of specialized businesses.

Debra has been with The Hartford for 29 years, starting her career as an underwriter in the Chicago Regional Office. She has held various leadership roles over her tenure with The Hartford in underwriting, product development, industry management, marketing, and strategy.  Prior to her current role, Debra was the Underwriting Officer for the Middle Market General Industries business, including Life Science, Technology and Media, Arts & Entertainment. Other roles have included leading two large scale strategic underwriting initiatives. From 2018-2020, Debra was the senior advisor to our Mature Professionals employee resource group (MatPros).

Sanjay Godhwani

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
Head of North America

Sanjay Godhwani is Head of North America, Casualty, Executive & Professional Lines, Healthcare, Property, Medical Stop Loss, Small Business platform, Surety and Programs business at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance. Sanjay has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years. Prior to joining BHSI, he was  President of AIG Latin America and Caribbean and Property Product Line Leader, AIG Property Casualty in the U.S. and Canada. Sanjay holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Tim Johnson

APJ Consulting

Presentation/speaking skills coach.

James Felton Keith

CEO, Inclusion Score 
Author, Inclusionism and Ethics of Personal Data

James Felton Keith, is an award-winning engineer and economist who was the first Black LGBTQ person to run for US Congress. He currently lectures on Inclusion at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. As an activist, his Data Unions redefined the labor movement and personal-data as the natural resource driving all corporate productivity. As an entrepreneur, he established the first international diversity & inclusion certification and the first insurance policy for a lack-of-inclusion based on an “inclusion score”. As an author, his bio-political philosophy, Inclusionism, is at the forefront of International Relations and Human Rights diplomacy. JFK has incubated the data industry via his founding of Data Unions and Personal Data Week conferences. He co-founded and edits the Ethics of Personal Data Collection series at Anthem Press. He and his institutions have either written or consulted on all of the seminal global cyber policy of the 2010s. He has founded multiple companies across the Non-Profit InsurTech FinTech and AdTech sectors. Most notably: Slay TV, LGBT Chambers, and Accrue.com. His expertise is in the ethnography of technology, or the study of the culture of tech. Over the past 20 years between 4 continents, he has been obsessing about economic inclusion, and how to get equity in the hands of the people who have increasingly less, while the world becomes more productive from their input.

Edward Kim

Lockton Companies
Senior Vice President

Prior to joining Lockton in 2021, Eddie was a Senior Vice President in Aon’s transaction liability group from 2018-2021. Prior to that, he practiced as a corporate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP from 2014-2018, where he worked on various corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fund formation and corporate governance.

Matthew Moore

Liberty Mutual Insurance, President of Underwriting, Global Risk Solutions North America

Matthew is responsible for the underwriting strategy and results for the $20B organization.  Covering 25 countries and 51 (re)insurance products it represents one of the broadest portfolios in commercial and specialty insurance. He was formerly President of Liberty Specialty Markets, covering all the major international insurance hubs, one of the largest Lloyd’s syndicates and a significant global reinsurance business.

Matthew was previously LSM Group CUO, and Active Underwriter of Syndicate 4472 and has been with the organisation for over 20 years.  As an underwriter he specialised in Political and Trade credit risks.

Julia Oltmanns

Zurich Resilience Solutions
Director of DEI Services

Julia Oltmanns is Director of DEI Services for Zurich Resilience Solutions in North America, helping businesses advance diversity, equity and inclusion in their organization through measurable actions that can help manage risks. In her previous role as Assistant Vice President of Employment Law at Zurich, she specialized in diversity and inclusion, advising on D&I initiatives, supervising pay equity audits and overseeing analyses of hiring, promotions and separation data. She joined Zurich in 2016. Julia has 20 years of experience as an employment attorney, primarily in corporate legal departments. Throughout her career, she has supervised investigations of workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Julia earned a Diversity & Inclusion Professional certification from the University of Georgia, a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Logan Payne, MBA, CPCU, ARM

Lockton Companies
Senior Vice President
Director of Emerging Risk

Logan is a Senior Vice President and Director of Emerging Risks focused on the identification and tracking of emerging issues in the P&C space, working in tandem with Lockton product line leaders to develop risk transfer solutions. As a part of the Technical Intelligence & Emerging Risks (TIER) Practice, he works with clients, underwriters, legal professionals and industry-specific experts to proactively uncover new threats or issues. The Emerging Risks team leverages global expertise in P&C, executive risk, cyber, reinsurance, and coverage to evaluate loss scenarios and pinpoint solutions using mitigation or risk finance techniques. Lockton’s TIER Practice gets ahead of issues that could impede our clients’ results and provides expert advice to safely navigate these issues.
Logan has more than 10 years of experience working as a resource for Associates and global clients on the design, implementation and servicing of international programs across property, casualty, E&O, trade credit, travel accident and financial lines. He has traveled extensively to Lockton offices around the world in support of clients and the Lockton Global partnership and has been quoted by CBS News and in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Risk & Insurance and Business Insurance on a variety of global risk management topics.

 

 

Michael Perich

Lockton Companies, Vice President | Head of Litigation Insurance, Transaction Liability

Michael Perich is head of Lockton’s Litigation Insurance business. Prior to joining Lockton last year, Michael spent much of his career working at the world’s largest litigation finance company, Burford Capital, and the nation’s leading litigation finance broker, Westfleet Advisors.

During his career in the litigation finance industry, Michael helped clients monetize pending litigation. He has significant experience in understanding and mitigating the financial risks associated with complex commercial actions.

Michael Price

AIG, Chief Executive Officer
North America General Insurance

Michael Price is the Chief Executive Officer of North America General Insurance. In his role, he oversees General Insurance’s retail, wholesale, and programs businesses in U.S., Canada, and Bermuda. Additionally, Michael has responsibility for AIG’s Global Travel and Warranty businesses.

Over the past 25 years, Michael has served in a range of underwriting and management roles in the insurance industry. In 2018, Michael joined AIG as the Deputy Chief Underwriting Officer for General Insurance. He helped implement General Insurance’s global underwriting framework and guidelines, in alignment with AIG’s overall risk appetite. Most recently, Michael was the Global Chief Operating Officer for General Insurance. As COO, Michael was responsible for ensuring strategic alignment between underwriting, operations, and technology. He also oversaw General Insurance’s data strategy.

Michael’s roots are in the Professional Liability industry, having started his career as an Executive Protection underwriter at Chubb. He spent the first 18 years of his career in the Professional Liability space overseeing books of business in Financial Institutions, Alternative Asset Protection, Public & Private D&O, Cyber and E&O at Arch, the Hartford, National Union (AIG), Reliance and the Chubb Group.

Brian Roberts

Lockton Companies, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Director of Operations

Prior to being the COO, Brian was the Chief Diversity Officer for Lockton, the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker and consultant. In his role, Brian works with leadership to develop and implement Lockton’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy for the enterprise to create opportunities for minorities, shape the enterprise’s overall human capital strategy and ensure all voices at Lockton are heard.
In addition to Brian’s previous role as Chief Diversity Officer for Lockton, he was responsible for the strategic growth of Lockton’s Founders Series, encompassing the Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota and Nebraska region. In his new rold of COO, he focus solely on the Midwest Series. He brings over a decade of industry experience in operational growth, sales recruiting and innovative technologies that transform how Lockton delivers strategic solutions for clients.

 

Joe Scarlato, MBA, CFE,

Lowers Risk Group, Chief Strategy Officer

Joseph M. Scarlato  has 15 years of global specialization in forensic accounting and litigation support. Clients include major property insurance companies, law firms, and corporations.
Mr. Scarlato has handled some of the largest international claims in recent history, with particular focus on mining and energy. He has also handled a wide range of diverse matters, with specific focus on quantum and business interruption.

Mr. Scarlato enjoys providing lectures and
presentations to his peers at industry wide and
client-centric gatherings.

Prior to forming Lowers Forensics, Mr. Scarlato was a partner at Hagen, Streiff, Newton & Oshiro and worked at Meaden & Moore, and C. Lewis and Company, both of which have provided services to the insurance and legal industry. His primary work experience is in insurance claim analysis, forensic accounting and litigation support.  

Vic Svec

ESG Services for Alvarez & Marsal, Managing Director

Vic Svec is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Chicago, specializing in environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis and strategy.

Mr. Svec has more than three decades of corporate experience in Investor Relations, Social Responsibility/ESG and Corporate Communications with Fortune 500 companies and global category leaders in the Energy, Consumer Products and Recreation sectors.

Among other accomplishments, he has:

  • Helped to drive tangible ESG improvements with companies in the Specialty Chemicals, Mining, Natural Resource and Infrastructure industries
  • Measurably increased ESG ratings at his prior employer by 60%
  • Enabled his company to earn number-one honors for small/mid-cap companies in the metals/mining sector by Institutional Investor Magazine in 2019
  • Chaired a global industry initiative that resulted in companies becoming signatories to responsible ESG principles
  • Directed social responsibility activities that were recognized by first-in-sector social responsibility honors by Fortune’s Most Admired Companies ranking in 2006 and the Platt’s Global Energy Awards in 2013 

Said Taiym

Lockton Companies
U.S. Chief Operating Officer

Said is U.S. Chief Operating Officer for Lockton, the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker and consultant. In his role, Said works with US leadership to help Lockton continue the company’s unprecedented growth, lead the company’s transformation goals, attract the best industry talent, and maintain Lockton’s position as the best place to work and do business in insurance.
Said previously served as Chief Digital Officer for Lockton, focusing 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.
Prior to joining Lockton in June 2018, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AF Group, a leading workers’ compensation insurance organization. Said has more than 10 years of experience in the insurance industry, delivering huge impact for industry leaders including XL Group and Zurich North America. He also spent six years with Accenture, leading large personal and commercial carrier transformations.
Said is active in insurance industry groups as well as in local communities.

Joe Turek

Chubb, Vice President

Joe Turek is a Vice President for Cyber and Professional Liability at Chubb. Joe manages the Midwest Region and is responsible for production throughout the territory. He frequently speaks on cyber insurance topics, and earned his Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designation during the 2020 quarantine.

Within about five minutes of talking with Joe, it’ll be clear he’s passionate about three things: family, cycling, and insurance! He’s happiest with his wife Sarah raising their two daughters in his hometown of Naperville, Illinois.

Chris Varvares

VP Economics, S&P Market Intelligence

Mr. Varvares has nearly 40 years of experience in macroeconomic modeling, forecasting and policy analysis, as VP of US Economics at S&P Market Intelligence and in his previous roles at IHS Markit and Macroeconomic Advisers. He is a former member of the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (1981-1982); he served as a member of the US delegation to the OECD in April 1982.

He and the S&P Market Intelligence economic principals serve as consultants to key agencies of the US and foreign governments, major trade associations, and private corporations, and are widely quoted in the business and financial media. S&P Market Intelligence, is widely recognized as among the most accurate forecasters of the US economy. Mr. Varvares is a recent past president and a former director of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He served as president of the NABE Gateway chapter in St. Louis and is a member of the American Economic Association.

Doug Worman

CNA, Executive Vice President
Global Head of Underwriting

Doug Worman serves as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Underwriting CNA. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic underwriting direction of CNA’s Property & Casualty operations. He also oversees field operations, sales, marketing, distribution, reinsurance and enterprise risk management.

Prior to joining CNA, Doug served as CEO of Endurance U.S. Insurance, responsible for a broad range of professional, casualty, property, and specialty lines offered through the company’s extensive producer network.

Previously, Doug served as Executive Vice President of Alterra Capital Holdings, and CEO of Alterra US Insurance. He also served as the Managing Director of Sharebridge Holdings, and President & CEO of Sharebridge Underwriting Group.
Doug began his insurance career as an underwriter at AIG, where he worked his way up through various underwriting and management positions, culminating in his serving as President & CEO of AIG Excess Casualty Group, formerly known as American Home.